Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

February 15, 2007 Council Minutes






REGULAR MEETING, February 15, 2007   6:00 P.M.      TOWN HALL


Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, Mayor Rich Bauer called the Zumbrota City Council to order at 6:06 p.m.  PRESENT:  Mayor Bauer, Councilmembers Willard Eberhart, Doug Borgschatz, Michael Feil, Betty Jo Grothe.  Others present: City Administrator Neil Jensen, City Accountant Kim Simonson, Community Development Director Dan King, Police Chief Gary Selness, City Attorney Matt Rockne, News Reporter Sandy Hadler, Jim Wedge, Brian Haugen.


The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.




             Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to adopt the agenda.  Carried 5-0-0.




            Motion Eberhart, second Grothe, to approve the regular meeting minutes of       02/01/07.  Carried 5-0-0


            Motion Borgschatz, second Feil to approve the work session minutes of            02/01/2007. Carried 5-0-0



Motion Eberhart, second Feil to approve the accounts payable of $59,527.14.  Carried 4‑0‑1 (Grothe)


Public Comment: 

No public comment.


Unfinished Business;


7-A Police Union Contract;

Mayor Bauer reported that the police officers union has signed the contract and is complete.  Mayor Bauer stated this is for your information because council had approved the contract previously.


7-B  Police Squad Car Proposal;


Mayor Bauer reported that the Police Departments squad car is 3 years old and the department is in need of a new vehicle.  The proposal is based on the state bid of $18,409.15. The city will be putting out for bids a 1994 Chevrolet Caprice and 2001 Ford Crown Victoria. 


            Motion Grothe, second Eberhart to accept the squad car proposal of $18,409.15         and put out for bids the 2 older squads.  Carried 5-0-0


New Business;


8-A  Resolution 2007-04 Forming a Covered Bridge Task Force;


 The Zumbrota Community Trust expressed interest in forming a Task Force to explore the maintenance and promotion of the Covered Bridge.  The details were discussed at the February 1st council meeting.


            Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to approve Resolution 2007-04 Forming the           Covered Bridge Task Force.  Carried 5-0-0


8-B  Strategic Plan review;


Mayor Bauer explained to the council the strategic plan was last updated in 2003 and the master plan finished in 2001.  Bauer explained that normally a new master plan is completed every decade and that Community Development Director Dan King should continue to update the existing plan. 


            Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to have Community Development Director Dan King update the strategic plan to reflect the current situation in the City of        Zumbrota.  Carried 5-0-0




City Administrator Neil Jensen;

Reported that he is meeting with the Goodhue County Administrator and Engineer to discuss several issues that Zumbrota currently is involved in with industrial activity and also that the council can expect the 2006 budget and building permit report in March. 


Community Development Director Dan King;

Reported that a RFP will be distributed to a potential business that is interested in coming to Zumbrota.


Mayor Bauer;

Reported that he attended the Minneola Township Board meeting this month and will continue to meet with the other townships to keep communications open. 


Meeting adjourned  6:21.


                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

City of Zumbrota; 175 West Avenue; Zumbrota, MN 55992