City Council Minutes | April 1, 2019

April 1, 2019 7:00 pm


The City Council of the City of New Hampton met in regular session in the Council Chambers on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Larsen at 7:00 p.m. Council members present were Carey, Denner, Diiro, Kuhn, McDonald and Perkins. Light Plant General Manager Brian Quirk, Jeff Bernatz, Kenny Rasing, Rick Kramer, Tony Schwickerath, Brian Laures, Karen McGrath, Aaron Flugum, Jeremy McGrath, Airport Commissioner Rich Grote, Jr Mai, Jennifer van der Meer, Tammy Robinson, Tim Angell, several high school students and Mira Schmitt-Cash were also present.

Moved by Kuhn, seconded by Perkins; That the agenda be approved as presented. Ayes-Six. Nays-None. Motion carried.

Moved by Carey, seconded by Diiro; That the minutes of the March 18, 2019 regular Council meeting be approved. Ayes-Six. Nays-None. Motion carried.

Moved by Perkins, seconded by McDonald; That claims in the amount of $116,765.96 be approved. Ayes-Six. Nays-None. Motion carried.

Lt Plant General Manager Brian Quirk requested that the City Council implement additional policies that allow the City and Lt plant to remove trees on private property that are considered a hazard to property and pedestrians. The current city code allows for the Tree Board and/or a qualified person to determine if a tree is a hazard. After discussion, the Council directed Mayor Larsen to appoint a Tree Board and proceed as the city code allows.

Airport Commissioner Rich Grote requested that the City Council allow any unspent funds from the airport’s FY 2018/2019 budget be transferred to the airport capital project account. Finance committee chair Perkins recommended the transfer be allowed. City Clerk Karen Clemens will process the funds at the end of the year as part of the end-of-year transfers. The Airport Commission will need to make this transfer request annually.
Bids were accepted for the Curb and Gutter Improvement on Court Avenue. The following bids were received:

Bidder Bid Amount
Randy Brummond Construction $16,461.45
Roger Dreckman Construction $17,110.00

The bids were given to Street Superintendent Jr Mai for review.

The Chickasaw County Ambulance Council is receiving bids for an ambulance service for Chickasaw County. The City of New Hampton has assisted the current ambulance service provider with the use of the garage attached to the police dept. This has been provided at no charge, and has included repairs, maintenance and utilities for the garage space. Prospective bidders would like to know if the City of New Hampton plans on continuing this assistance. Moved by Diiro, seconded by Perkins; That the City of New Hampton continue to allow the ambulance service provider for Chickasaw County free use of the garage space located next to the police department. Ayes – Five. Nays – None. Abstain – Kuhn. Motion carried.

Jr Main completed the review of the bids. Moved by Denner, seconded by McDonald; To accept the bid of Randy Brummond Construction for $16,461.45 for improvements to the curb, gutter, sidewalk and driveways along Court Street, be approved. Ayes – Six. Nays – None. Motion carried

Tammy Robinson, Economic Development Director made an incentive request for Cobblestone Hotels regarding hotel/motel tax. She is requesting that 50% of the hotel/motel tax revenues generated by this new Cobblestone Hotel be rebated to them for the first 5 years of business. Moved by Kuhn, seconded by Denner; Approving a Hotel/Motel tax incentive for Cobblestone Hotels which includes a rebate of 50% of the 7% hotel/motel taxes paid in by the Cobblestones Hotel located in New Hampton, for the first 5 years of business, be approved. Ayes-Five. Nays-None. Abstain-Perkins. Motion carried.

Moved by McDonald, seconded by Carey; That the application of Rancho Viejo Mexican Restaurant liquor license, be approved. Ayes – Six. Nays – None. Motion Carried.

Moved by Perkins, seconded by Kuhn; That the following be accepted and placed on file:

  1. Sanitation Committee minutes of March 18, 2019
  2. Library Board minutes of March 5, 2019

Ayes – SIx. Nays – None. Motion carried.

Street Superintendent Jr Mai informed the council that he has completed the street survey of the condition of the city streets. The Council would like to review and discuss possible plans; a Committee Meeting As A Whole was set for April 15, 2019 at 6:00 pm.

Moved by Carey, seconded by McDonald; That the meeting adjourn at 7:32 p.m. Ayes-Six. Nays-None. Motion carried.