The City Council of the City of New Hampton met in regular session in the Council Chambers on Monday, March 18, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Larsen at 7:00 p.m. Council members present were Perkins, Carey, Denner, Diiro, Kuhn and McDonald. Zachary Nosbisch, Jr. Mai, Courtney Lechtenberg, Tammy Robinson, Jonas Schwickerath, Alan Powell, owner of Jendro Sanitation, several high school students and Mira Schmitt-Cash were also present.
Moved by Perkins, seconded by Carey; That the agenda be approved as presented. Ayes-Six. Nays-None. Motion carried.
Moved by Kuhn, seconded by Diiro; That the minutes of the March 4, 2019 regular Council meeting be approved. Ayes-Six. Nays-None. Motion carried.
Moved by Perkins, seconded by McDonald; That claims in the amount of $113,431.56 be approved. Ayes-Six. Nays-None. Motion carried.
Alan Powell, President of Jendro Sanitation, Inc. requested a recycling rate of increase of $1.51 per resident/per month. He cited that a dwindling recycling market, increased transportation costs and increased tipping fees for recyclables are the major contributing reasons. Moved by McDonald, seconded by Perkins; That Resolution No. 6387 A RESOLUTION APPROVING A $1.51 INCREASE IN THE RECYCLING FEE PER RESIDENT PER MONTH, EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2019, be approved. The roll call resulted as follows: Ayes –Perkins, Carey, Denner, Diiro, Kuhn and McDonald. Nays – None. Resolution adopted.
Street Superintendent Jr. Mai requested the council approve a bid request for curb, gutter, sidewalk and driveways along Court Street, between North Locust and North Chestnut. Moved by Carey, seconded by Kuhn; To allow Jr Mai to take bids for Court Street curb, gutter, sidewalk and driveway approach improvements, be approved. Ayes – Six. Nays – None. Motion carried.
City Attorney Kevin Kennedy received a letter from the New Hampton Municipal Light Plant attorney, Kit O’Donohoe, requesting an amendment to the existing tree ordinance in the City Code. After a short discussion, the issue was tabled until the April 1, 2019 city council meeting so Light Plant staff could be in attendance and share their concerns.
Moved by Diiro, seconded by Denner; That the route for the Panther Prowl 5K Run/Walk on Saturday May 11, 2019 be approved. Ayes – Six. Nays – None. Motion carried.
Moved by Perkins, seconded by McDonald; That the Finance Reports for February 2019, be approved. Ayes – Six. Nays – None. Motion carried.
Moved by Kuhn, seconded by Carey; Approving the application of Andy and Jess Geerts for Tax Exemption under the City-Wide Urban Revitalization Plan for New Hampton and authorizing the Mayor to sign the application and forward to the County Assessor. Ayes – Six. Nays – None. Motion carried.
City Attorney Kevin Kennedy reported that the Board of Adjustment approved a request for Dan Rausch to build a detached building/shed.
Moved by Kuhn, seconded by Carey; That the following be accepted and placed on file:
- Airport Commission Minutes of October 8, 2018
- Airport Commission minutes of January 2, 2019
- Park & Rec Board Minutes of March 6, 2019
- Fire Department Minutes of March 4, 2019
- Department Head minutes of March 5, 2019
Ayes – SIx. Nays – None. Motion carried.
Police Chief Zachary Nosbisch informed the council that the roof is leaking on the police buildings, the garage and the office. He will keep the Council informed and may need possible capital improvement funds. The Council suggested he get an estimated cost of repairs.
Moved by Denner, seconded by Diiro; That the meeting adjourn at 7:30 p.m. Ayes-Six. Nays-None. Motion carried.