“Thank You” for your service.
Zumbro Falls January 2017 City Council meeting welcomed incoming council members and thanked out going members.
Bruce Heitmann begins his first term as Mayor. Sarah Jackson will serve as a Council member and Sue Eischens continues her service as City clerk.
Al VanDeWalker retires after 24 ½ years as Mayor of Zumbro Falls. As Mayor, he began serving in 1990 and terms ran consecutively thru 2010. He stepped back in to fill a mayoral vacancy in 2012 and completed two more terms. Looking back in history, beginning 1898 thru 2016, Al served as Mayor longer than anyone before him (Zumbro Falls Centennial Book, City Government information-chapter 4). Zumbro Falls has seen many challenges and changes during these years. Al’s leadership, dedication, determination, perseverance and hands on approach has surely been an asset to our community. Thank you!
Thank you to Kelly Preble for serving a term as a Council member.
Zumbro Falls Fire Department Election Results for 2017 are as follows:
- Fire Chief, Dan Preble
- Assistant Chief, Bruce Heitmann
- 2nd Assistant Chief, Nate Richardson
- President, Matt Fick
- Vice President, Scott Kennedy
- Secretary, Leon Sexton
- Treasurer, Ashley Kennedy
- Training Officer, Chris Conrad
- Assistant Training Officer, Ashley Kennedy
- Fire Relief members, Leon Sexton, Matt Fick, and Logan Deobald
Zumbro Falls 2016 election results are as follows:
- Mayor – Bruce Heitmann
- Council member – Sarah Jackson
- Council member – Lee Anderson
- City Clerk – Susan Eishens
New members will be sworn in at the January 2017 meeting, see more info
Zumbro Falls City Residents – Friendly reminder… Flat Fee Building Permits are required for installing/replacing the following projects: AC Units $35, Furnace Units $35, Hot Water Heater $35, Re-roof Permit $35, Residing Permit $35, Window & Door Replacement 1-5 $35, 6 or more: $5 per additional window/door. This includes the $10 Application Fee. Building Permits for Basement Finishing/Remodel and all other building projects require a permit based on the project cost along with the $10 Application Fee. Applications for all Building Permits can be printed from the City Website, completed and returned to the Zumbro Falls Planning & Zoning Administrator, call Jason 507-753-3039. For complete Building Permit information you can view the 2016 Municipal Schedule of Fees located on the Planning and Zoning page.
Zumbro Falls is proud of our Firefighters! They work hard to keep everyone safe. The 2015 Annual Report is located on the City Website along with the 2016 Roster. Anyone interested in joining the ZFFD visit the Zumbro Falls Fire Department page.
Springtime can bring flooding issues. You can find local Zumbro River flood information at http://waterdata.usgs.gov/mn/nwis/uv/?site_no=05374000&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060.
Hiawathaland Transit is looking to expand into the Zumbro Falls area. Do you need a ride to the clinic, grocery store, or work? Do you struggle getting your child to/from pre-school or home after school activities? Does your middle schooler or high schooler need rides in the summer to the pool or library? These are some of the ways that Hiawathaland Transit can help. Hiawathaland Transit is available to everyone, for any reason. Every year, we transport thousands of individuals (seniors, adults, children, persons with disabilities) in Wabasha, Goodhue, and Rice counties to activities, shopping, clinic appointments, school, and work.
Due to the rising number of transportation requests, we are starting the process to bring Hiawathaland Public Transit to your neighborhood. The first step in the process is to survey the area for need. Please help us by completing the following survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HWTWAB If a computer is unavailable to you, surveys may also be filled out by calling the transit center toll-free at 866-623-7505. The survey takes less than a minute to complete.
The City of Zumbro Falls marks the 10th anniversary of the city water tower and water distribution project this summer – 2016. The project cost was about $2 million. To learn more visit the ZRV History and News page at Zumbro Falls – Water Tower, Water and Sewer Project 2006.
The Barn Quilts/Valley Giants projects are a part of the Zumbro Valley Art Tour Projects. The goal is to promote tourism and aimed at bringing motorists to the Zumbro Valley.
Barn Quilts in the Zumbro Falls area are located at the Cold Brook Farm, just west of Zumbro Falls and Scooters Bar & Grill, downtown Zumbro Falls.
There are currently 20 locations to visit; approximately 12 of these locations are on or near the Highway 60 corridor. Each one of the Barn Quilts/Valley Giants on display has a story to tell. For example, the Barn Quilt at the Cold Brook Farm has special meaning for Chuck Sprenger and his sister Linda. The double wedding ring quilt was a pattern that Sprenger’s grandmother made and gave 9 of her grandchildren. The Valley Giant art billboard is an image of the late Jim Poncelet that is located on the Terry Poncelet Farm, west of Mazeppa.
These colorful images enhance the valley history and invite visitors to the Zumbro Valley.
The Art Tour projects are funded by the Zumbro Valley Community Growth Initiative (CGI) process; which was facilitated by the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. This is a multi-county community economic development effort.
The Zumbro Valley Art Tour Map gives the locations along the Art Tour and access to more information.
The City of Zumbro Falls has added a city business sign, it is located along Hwy 63. Local businesses interested in participating may contact Al at 507-753-2710 for more information.