City Council Minutes | March 4, 2019

March 5, 2019 7:00 pm


The City Council of the City of New Hampton met in regular session in the Council Chambers on Monday, March 4, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Larsen at 7:00 p.m. Council members present were McDonald, Perkins, Carey, Denner, Diiro and Kuhn. Zachary Nosbisch, Tammy Robinson, several high school students and Mira Schmitt-Cash were also present.

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

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

Moved by Perkins, seconded by Denner; That claims in the amount of $100,842.05 be approved. Ayes-Six. Nays-None. Motion carried.

Mayor Larsen announced now is the time and place fixed for the public hearing on the proposed City Budget estimate for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2020. The Council investigated and found that the time and the place of the hearing had in accordance with the law and as directed by the City Council been published in the New Hampton Tribune on the 19th day of February, 2019 in New Hampton in the County of Chickasaw. Mayor Larsen asked for oral comments. There were none. Mayor Larsen asked for written comments. There were none. Mayor Larsen declared the hearing closed. Moved by McDonald, seconded by Carey; That Resolution No. 6386 A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE 2019/2020 FISCAL YEAR BUDGET, be approved. The roll call resulted as follows: Ayes – McDonald, Perkins, Carey, Denner, Diiro, Kuhn. Nays – None. Resolution adopted.

Mayor Larsen serves on the Chickasaw County Ambulance Council and is requesting the City of New Hampton contribute towards legal fees that the CCAC has incurred. Previously the Chickasaw County attorney staff has assisted the CCAC, but the current council has hired a private attorney to assist with the development of RPF’s and contracts that will need to be developed. There was concern from the city council regarding the cities involvement with a private entity. Mayor Larsen explained that we are part of a 28E Agreement that provides ambulance service to Chickasaw County and its’ cities. After a lengthy discussion, it was moved by Carey, seconded by Denner; To assist with legal expense fees incurred by the Chickasaw county Ambulance Council, be approved. Ayes – Four. Nays – Perkins and Kuhn. Perkins requested a roll-call vote. Roll call resulted as follows: Ayes – McDonald, Carey, Denner, Diiro. Nays – Perkins, Kuhn. Motion carried.

City Attorney Kevin Kennedy suggested that the council include a “not to exceed” amount in a motion. Moved by Diiro, seconded by McDonald; To assist with legal expense fees, not to exceed $50.00, incurred by the Chickasaw Ambulance Council be approved. Ayes – Five. Nays – Perkins. Motion carried.

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

  1. Water Committee Minutes of February 18, 2019
  2. Library Board minutes of February 5, 2019

Ayes – SIx. Nays – None. Motion carried.

Mayor Larsen informed the council that she responded to the IDNR letter regarding the effluent violations at the wastewater treatment plant. She has not received a response.

Mayor Larsen also shared with the council that between her and the Emergency Management Agency, there was a successful cooperative effort to assist stranded motorists during the blizzard on February 24th and 25th, 2019.

Moved by Denner, seconded by Diiro; That the meeting adjourn at 7:30 p.m. Ayes-Six. Nays-None. Motion carried.