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, May 3, 2021.The meeting was called to order by Mayor Schwickerath at 7:00 p.m. Council members present were Diiro, Fisher, Perkins, Boos, Denner. McDonald was absent. Also in attendance were Zach Nosbisch, Casey Mai, Megan Baltes, Bob Fenske, Tim Angell, Rick Kramer and City Attorney Kevin Kennedy.
Mayor Schwickerath shared with the council that the adoption process is complete for him and his wife, Emma. Today, Cinetta is officially part of their family.
Moved by Perkins, seconded by Diiro; that the agenda be approved as presented. Ayes-Five. Nays-None. Absent–McDonald. Motion carried.
Moved by Diiro, seconded by Fisher; That the minutes of the regular council meeting of April 17, 2021, be approved. Ayes-Five. Nays-None. Absent–McDonald. Motion carried.
Once again, there was concern about the seed money payment to the Chickasaw County Ambulance Council and how it will be used. The council requested the claim for Chickasaw County in the amount of $7,295.70 be pulled from the claims. Mayor Schwickerath stated that the City of New Hampton will be responsible for billing the individual cities for the garage rent fee. The council requested some clarity from the CAC with the contract regarding insurance. Moved by Diiro, seconded by Boos; that the amended claims in the amount of $188,291.93, be approved. Ayes-Five. Nays-None. Absent–McDonald. Motion carried.
7:00 PM PUBLIC HEARING
It was reported that notice of the intention of the Council to conduct a public hearing on a Development Agreement between the City and Ozo Kleen Solutions, LLC, in connection with improving a building for use as a commercial facility, which provides for certain property tax incentives in the form of annual appropriation, incremental property tax payments in a total amount not exceeding $8,000, had been published according to law and as directed by the Council and that this is the time and place at which the Council shall receive oral or written objections from any resident or property owner of the City. The Mayor asked for any oral objections. There were none. The Mayor asked for any written objections. There were none. There being no further objections or comments, the Mayor announced that the hearing was closed. Moved by Perkins, seconded by Boos; That Resolution No. 6466 TO APPROVE A DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT WITH OZO KLEEN SOLUTIONS, LLC, INCLUDING ANNUAL APPROPRIATION TAX INCREMENT PAYMENTS IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $8,000. Ayes – Diiro, Fisher, Perkins, Boos, Denner. Nays-None. Absent-McDonald. Resolution approved.
City staff shared with the council that there have been very few questions regarding the utility rate increase, that residents understand the need for additional funds. Moved by Denner, seconded by Perkins; That Ordinance No. 882 entitled AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SEWER AND WATER RATES AND PROVIDING FOR A INFRASTRUCTURE MAINTENANCE AND OPERATION FEE, receive its third and final consideration. Ayes – Diiro, Fisher, Perkins, Boos, Denner. Nays – None. Absent – McDonald. Mayor Schwickerath ordered Ordinance #882 duly adopted.
Perkins requested to meet regarding the changes in fees and rental ordinance proposal. The Committee Meeting as a Whole will meet at 6:00 pm on May 17, 2021 at 6:00 pm in the Economic Development office.
Moved by Perkins, seconded by Denner; That Resolution No. 6467 TO FIX A DATE FOR A PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2020/2021 BUDGET AMENDMENT (HEARING DATE MAY 17, 2021). Ayes – Diiro, Fisher, Perkins, Boos, Denner. Nays-None. Absent-McDonald. Resolution approved.
Megan Baltes, TRIBE Trail Committee member, is requesting the council’s approval of a resolution authorizing the TRIBE Trail Committee to apply for Federal COVID19 Funds. Moved by Boos, seconded by Fisher; That Resolution No. 6468 A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING SUBMISSION OF AN APPLICATION FOR A COVID19 RELIEF RECREATIONAL TRAILS PROGRAM FUND TO PAVE A SECTION OF THE TRIBE TRAIL IN THE CITY LIMITS OF NEW HAMPTON, IOWA, be approved. Ayes – Diiro, Fisher, Perkins, Boos, Denner. Nays-None. Absent-McDonald. Resolution approved.
New Horizon Chamber Director, Jason Speltz updated the council on the activities for Heartland Days, which will be celebrated June10th – 13th, 2021. The Chamber is requesting the following items be approved for the weekends activities. Moved by Denner, seconded by Boos; To allow the New Horizons Chamber to:
1. Block traffic access to Spring Street from Hwy 24 from 10:00 am June10th until Noon, June 13th
2. Close Ring Road from the entrance from Hwy 24 (near Poor Richards) to the entrance onto Spring Street
3. Have the Street Department assist with supplying barricades.
4. No parking on Main Street from 4:30 pm, June 11th and closing Main street from Linn Ave to Water Ave until the parade is over, approximately 6:45 pm
5. No parking on Locust, Chestnut and Water Avenues between Main Street and Logan Avenue at 12:00 pm Friday, June 11th until the parade is over, approximately 6:45 pm
6. No parking on East Hamilton Street from Water Ave to Walnut Avenue
7. Police controlled blockade of East Hamilton and South Walnut Ave,
Ayes-Five. Nays-None. Absent-McDonald. Motion carried.
Moved by Denner; seconded by Perkins; That the request of the Carnegie Cultural Center to hold a temporary exhibit of “Cheer to Craft Beer” on the lot north of the CCC on June 13, 2021, be approved. Ayes-Five. Nays-None. Absent-McDonald. Motion carried.
Moved by Boos, seconded by Fisher; That the American Legion be allowed to block off parking spaces on North Locust, between Prospect and Court Ave along the west side of Locust for their annual Memorial Day Observation, be approved. Ayes-Five. Nays-None. Absent-McDonald. Motion carried.
Retiring Wastewater Treatment Plant Supervisor Tim Angell requested that, upon his retirement, the Council allow him to use his total earned sick leave of 960 hours to be paid toward his HRA. The Union agreement states that only 50% of accumulated sick leave can be used for funding the HRA account. The council was concerned about setting precedent for future retirees and will follow the current Union Agreement. No motion was made.
City Clerk Karen Clemens and Mayor Schwickerath shared a proposal endorsed by the Iowa League of Cities to offer a Service Line Warranty Program. This program will be a contract between the resident and the Service Line Warranties of America. This program solicits residents to purchase water and sewer line insurance in the event they have a water or sewer backup. The program will use local plumbers for any repairs needed in the community. Moved by Denner, seconded by Perkins; That the Mayor sign the marketing agreement between the City of New Hampton and the Utility Service Partners Private Label, Inc. d/b/a Service Line Warranties of America, be approved. Ayes-Four. Nays-Boos. Absent-McDonald. Motion carried.
Public works Director Casey Mai informed the council that he has not received any applications for the Grade 4 operator. Mai has discussed a possible contract with Iowa Municipal Solutions owner, Chris Even. Even has visited with Mai and Angell several times and is interested in proposing a contract to the City of New Hampton. Moved by Diiro, seconded by Boos; That Public Works Director Casey Mai proceed with hiring Iowa Municipal Solutions to assume the responsibilities of a Grade 4 Wastewater Supervisor effective June 1, 2021 and to sign the contract, be approved. Ayes-Five. Nays-None. Absent-McDonald. Motion carried.
Moved by Perkins, seconded by Diiro; That the application for Tax Exemption under the City of New Hampton, Iowa Urban Revitalization Plan for Mathew & Nichole Ackerson, Brenda Vestal, be approved. Ayes – Five. Nays-None. Absent – McDonald. Motion carried.
Moved by Denner, seconded by Boos; that the following minutes and correspondence be accepted and place on file.
Ayes – Five. Nays-None. Absent – None. Motion carried.
Airport Minutes of April 12, 2021
Cemetery Minutes of April 23, 2021
Moved by Perkins, seconded by Boos; that the meeting adjourn at 7:45 p.m. Ayes –Five. Nays-None. Absent – McDonald. Motion carried.