“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
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.
Vicky Fick of the Greater Lake City Community Foundation presented a $1,000 check to Zumbro Falls Mayor Al VanDeWalker for the Buckman’s Landing park project in Zumbro Falls. Lawrence Svien is the executive director of the Zumbro Watershed Partnership. Other project partners include the City of Zumbro Falls, the Center for Changing Landscapes (University of Minnesota), the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Conservation Corps of Minnesota and the Southeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (University of Minnesota).
See more at: http://www.lakecitygraphic.com/community/zf-park-gets-1000-lift
The City of Zumbro Falls has added more trees to the landscape, Hwy 63 along the Buckman Coulee Drainage Channel. Check it out, turning green space into city beautification!
Pickleball? Zumbro Falls is playing the Game. Thank you to Daryl and David Bluhm for painting the (basketball) court and providing the net, set of paddles and ball. Anyone interested in playing the game may use the equipment. The key to access the equipment is available at Rod’s Service and is only given out to an adult. Learn something new, exercise more and enjoy the out of doors. Win, win situation. Need Pickleball Rules? Visit http://pickleball.com/pages/rules-how-to-play-the-game
The Consumer Confidence Report for the City of Zumbro Falls – 2014 Drinking Water Report is now available upon request. No contaminants were detected at levels that violated federal drinking water standards. Copies of this report are available by contacting City Hall at 507-753-2423.
The Zumbro Falls Community Gardens has added 2 pear trees and 4 apple trees around the garden area. These trees will mature and produce fruit to share with those visiting the city park, out for a walk, working in the gardens and others. Enjoy a healthy treat!