City Council Minutes | August 15, 2022

Council Chambers
August 15, 2022 7:00 pm


The City Council of the City of New Hampton met in regular session in the Council Chambers at 112 East Spring Street, New Hampton Iowa at 7:00 p.m. Monday, August 15, 2022. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Schwickerath at 7:00 p.m. Council members present were Humpal, McDonald, Speltz, Daly, Denner, Fisher. Also in attendance were Casey Mai, Tammy Robinson, Bob Fenske, Matt Kuhn and City Attorney Todd Prichard.

Moved by Daly, seconded by Humpal; that the consent agenda be approved as presented. Ayes –Six. Nays – None. Absent – None. Motion carried.

1. Approve meeting agenda
2. Approve City Council Minutes of August 1, 2022
3. Approve Special City Council Minutes of August 4, 2022
4. Approve and place on file Fire Department minutes of August 1, 2022
5. Approve and place on file Cemetery Board minutes of August 2, 2022
6. Approve and place on file Department Head minutes of August 2, 2022
7. Approve and place on file Park & Rec Board minutes of August 10, 2022
8. Approve and place on file the Finance reports for July, 2022
9. FMC Landfill Reports
10. Helping Services for Youth & Families thank you correspondence
11. Summary of bids received for Street Shop A/C unit (amount is under threshold)
12. Summary of bids received for Rip Rap projects (amount is under threshold)
13. Approve City Claims of $83,750.53


GENERAL $56,730.79 $261,791.20
ROAD USE TAX $38,817.32 $29,021.40
SPECIAL REV/EMPLOYEE BEN $11,274.76 $30,675.44
LOCAL OPTION TAX $43,504.72 $0.00
SPECIAL REVENUE- GRANTS $26.00 $55,239.65
DEBT SERVICE $989.22 $1,000.00
CAPITAL PROJECTS $14,816.84 $66,653.95
WATER UTILITY $56,358.42 $26,195.52
SEWER UTILITY $52,751.37 $46,649.08
WASTEWATER PROJECT $6,453.00 $2,631.00
SOLID WASTE $12,428.93 $13,137.06
CUSTOMER DEPOSITS $2,085.00 $901.00
TRUST & AGENCY $166.00 $0.00
TOTAL $322,355.50 $534,170.33

Matt Kuhn, Chair of the Chickasaw County Board of Supervisors, was in attendance to explain two possibilities that may occur with the garage space that currently houses the ambulances. First, the Chickasaw County Ambulance Council (CCAC) may request to end the lease agreement without the required 180 day notice. If Chickasaw County assumes responsibility of the county ambulance service, the CCAC will no longer need to lease the garage space. Second, Kuhn suggested there is a possibility that Chickasaw County may want to sign a lease agreement with the City of New Hampton for garage space if the County does not have space to house the vehicles after January 1, 2023. The council was inclined to be cooperative with both scenarios.

Public Works Director Casey Mai requested council input on which city funds will be used to pay for the dead tree/stump removal project with Wilson Tree Service in the amount of $121,500. Mai requested that the Road Use Tax not fund the entire project, he suggested he can budget a portion of the expense from the current budget. Mai is concerned with the uncertainty of unexpected expenses for streets that will deplete the RUT fund. Council member McDonald was not inclined to take funds from the General Fund. Moved by McDonald, seconded by Denner; that the Road Use Tax fund be solely used for the payment of the Wilson Tree Service contract of $121,500, be approved. Ayes – Six. Nays – None. Absent – None. Motion Carried.

The Committee as a Whole met at 6:00 pm to discuss the possible addition of a public works employee. The Committee recommended to PDW Mai to suspend his research until later in November, 2022. The Mayor requested this item be put on the November 21, 2022 council agenda.

Mayor Schwickerath requested the appointed committee of Speltz, Fisher, Clemens and himself, meet on August 22, 2022 at 5:30 pm in the Economic Development office to discuss the LOST ballot request on November 8, 2022.

City Clerk Clemens notified the council that she received an email today from the IDOT requesting that a sign permit needs to be completed to install new signage at the intersection of Linn and Main for the ‘No Right Hand Turn on Red’. The signs were installed last week. The signs will need to be changed to comply with code.

Moved by Denner, seconded by Fisher; that the meeting adjourn at 7:38 p.m. Ayes – Six. Nays – None. Absent – None. Motion carried.



ATTEST: Karen Clemens, City Clerk

Robert Schwickerath, Mayor