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Zumbrota, MN 

Bridging the Past and the Future

November 15, 2007 Council Minutes

 

 

 

 

CITY OF ZUMBROTA COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

NOVEMBER 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 6:00 p.m.  PRESENT:  Mayor Rich Bauer; Council members. Others present: Others present: Public Works Director Rick Lohmann, Community Development Director Dan King, Police Chief Gary Selness, City Attorney Matt Rockne, City Engineer Bill Angerman, Tom Thompson, Sandy Bryant, Larry Pederson, Parker Quammen, Ron Wasmund of Inspector, Inc., Lisa Hanni of Goodhue County, Doug Moran of Goodhue County, Bruce Goodman, Brian Haugen, Dan Schoenfelder, Jessica Schoenfelder, and Jim Wedge. 

 

 

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

AMENDMENTS/ADOPTION OF AGENDA

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

 

MINUTES

Motion Feil, second Borgschatz, to approve the regular meeting minutes of November 1, 2007.  Approved 5-0-0.

 

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

Motion Feil, second Grothe to approve the accounts payable of $137,910.61.  Approved 5-0-0.

 

Public Comment: 

 

Public Hearings/MeEtings: 

6-A Atlas Cold Storage Petition for Easement Vacation in FACS Subdivision

The public hearing was opened at 6:05pm.  There was no comment and the hearing was closed at 6:07 pm.

 

6-A Schoenfelder Petition for Vacation of Zumbrota Avenue between 4th and 5th Street

The public hearing on the vacation of Zumbrota Avenue between 4th and 5th Street was opened at 6:08pm. Dan and Jessica Schoenfelder were present to ask the Council to vacate Zumbrota Avenue between 4th and 5th Street.  The street is currently barricaded.  They want to combine the parcels and build a new garage.  Council had concerns about future owners.  It was stressed the City would not pay for any future infrastructure improvements on that street.  If the street is not vacated the City will be required to maintain the street.   The public hearing was closed at 6:20 p.m.

 

Unfinished Business:

7-a RFP’s Building Code Administration

RFPs from Inspectron, Inc., Jazacc Inspections, Jeffrey Thill, Goodhue County Land Use Management, and Thomas Thompson were received.  The Council was addressed by Goodhue County, Inspectron and Tom Thompson.  There were questions asked. The Council was interested to see who would be responsible for a building built, inspected and later found to have problems.  Tom Thompson stated the contractor is liable.  Ron Wasmund stated that there is a statute of limitations. The Council tabled the item until the next meeting. 

 

7-b Sewer and Water Rate Increase

At the last meeting the Council began the discussing a possible increase in the sewer rate at the previous meeting.  The fee structure for DFA was discussed.  Currently DFA is paying less of a rate than the residential users.  City Administrator Jensen presented the Council with a budget showing a .20/1000 gallon increase in sewer rates.  Eberhart stated the rates may have to be increased to $0.25.  Feil requested a comparison sheet be brought back to the Council with the new rates factored in.

 

7-c Final review Budget and Levy 2008

Council reviewed the budget.  It remained unchanged at this time except for the sewer portion which will need to be adjusted for any rate increase.

 

NEW BUSINESS;

 

8-A.  Habitat for Humanity Request

Parker Quammen was on hand to request the sewer and water connection fees be waived for a home to be built at 760 Dubuque Blvd. 

 

Motion Grothe, second Eberhart to waive the sewer and water connection fees for 760 Dubuque Blvd.  Approved 5-0-0.

 

8-B.  Resolution 2007-16 Accepting Preliminary Report and Ordering Improvement Warren Avenue

Council discussed the feasibility of the improvements proposed for Warren Avenue. 

Motion Eberhart, second Grothe to approve Resolution 2007-16 Accepting Preliminary Report and Ordering Improvements for Warren Avenue from 5th Street to 8th Street.  Approved 5-0-0.

 

8-C.  Advertise Part Time Public Works

Two public works employees will be out for various reasons over the next few months.  Public Works Director, Rick Lohmann asked the Council to approve advertising for part time public works employees for snow removal on an as needed basis.

 

Motion Borgschatz, second Feil to advertise for two part-time temporary public works employees.  Approved 4-0-0 (Eberhart Absent).

 

8-D.  Goodman Conditional Use Permit for proposed Planned Unit Development

Bruce Goodman is the owner of Lot 2, Block 1, Meyerhofer Third Subdivision.  He is requesting to be allowed to put a two unit town home on the lot.  The property is zoned R1.  He proposed a planned unit development to allow a town home to be constructed on the parcel. 

A Planning and Zoning public hearing was held on November 13, 2007 to allow affected property owners to comment.  The Planning and Zoning Board approved to recommend the permit.   The Council tabled this item in order to talk to the neighbors and do additional research.

 

8-E.  Atlas Cold Storage variance requested to the Zoning Code Section 21(k) Off- Street Parking

Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve the variance for Atlas Cold Storage.  Approved 5-0-0.

 

8-F.  Atlas Cold Storage variance request to the Zoning Code Section 15 (5) (e) Maximum Building Height in a I1 Light Industrial Zoning District

Motion Feil, second Grothe to approve the variance for Atlas Cold Storage.  Approved 5-0-0. 

 

8-G.  Atlas Cold Storage Vacation of Easement

Motion Eberhart, second Grothe to approve the Atlas Cold Storage Vacation of Easement.  Approved 5-0-0.

 

8-H.  Schoenfelder Vacation of Zumbrota Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets

Motion Borgschatz, second Grothe to draft a resolution to approve the vacation of Zumbrota Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets.  Approved 5-0-0.

 

8-I. Sale of Forfeited Vehicle

Police Chief Selness requested approval to dispose of a 1992 blue Chevrolet S10 Vehicle as junk.  Motion Feil, second Grothe to approve sale of the forfeited vehicle.  Approved 5-0-0.

 

8-J.  Annexation by Ordinance of .24 acres in Roscoe Township

This annexation is for the ¼ acre parcel the City recently purchased from Tim and Marie Mack.  Motion Grothe, second Borgschatz to approve the annexation ordinance of .24 acres in Roscoe Township.  Approved 5-0-0. 

 

Reports;

 

City Attorney Matt Rockne;

Disclosed that he (City Attorney and Planning and Zoning Member) has applied for the Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) grant.  Due to his positions with the City, there exists a conflict of interest.  Rockne agrees to withdraw his rights to voting or decision making in relationship with SCDP. 

 

Also, on authority granted by Dale Hinderaker (Chair of the Zumbrota Economic Development Authority), disclosed that Dale Hinderaker has applied for the SCDP grant.  Due to Mr. Hinderaker’s position with the EDA, there exists a conflict of interest.  Mr. Hinderaker agrees to withdraw his rights to voting or decision making in relationship with SCDP.

 

Council Member Doug Borgschatz;

Reported the streetlights are installed and working in the Highway 52 Business Park.

 

Council Member Bill Eberhart;

Commented the commuter parking lot and ball fields are a great joint project between the City Council and the Park Board.

 

Council Member Michael Feil;

Stated he is pleased with the parking lot project.

 

Meeting adjourned 8:00 p.m.

                                                                                    ________________________

                                                                                    Neil Jensen City Administrator

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