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, November 1, 2021. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Schwickerath at 7:00 p.m. Council members present were Fisher, McDonald, Boos, Denner and Diiro. Perkins was absent. Also in attendance were Zachary Nosbisch, Casey Mai, Tammy Robinson, Mindy Humpal, Kalista Daly, Bob Fenske, Kalee Richter, several NHHS government class student and City Attorney Todd Prichard.
Mayor Schwickerath requested that Item B. 2020/2021 Annual Financial Report be removed from the agenda. Moved by Diiro, seconded by Boos; that the agenda be approved as amended. Ayes – Five. Nays – None. Absent – Perkins. Motion carried.
Moved by Denner, seconded by Diiro; That the minutes of the regular council meeting of October 18, 2021, be approved. Ayes – Five. Nays – None. Absent – Perkins. Motion carried.
Moved by Diiro, seconded by Fisher; That the claims in the amount of $ 17,190.02 be approved. Ayes – Five. Nays – None. Absent – Perkins. Motion carried.
At the October 18, 2021 City Council meeting the council directed City Attorney Todd Prichard to prepare an ordinance change for the Little Spouts Children’s Center parking request. The change will include making the south five parallel parking stalls on the east side of North Locust Avenue between Court Street and Hale Street between 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday a school loading zone. The only parking allowed will be for “Drop Off and Pick up”. Moved by Denner, seconded by Boos; That the Ordinance change entitled AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SCHOOL LOADING ZONES, receive its first consideration, be approved. Ayes – Fisher, McDonald, Boos, Denner, Diiro. Nays – None. Absent – Perkins. The ordinance request will be placed on the November 15th Council meeting agenda for its second consideration.
Residents Bo Gaudineer & Kalee Richter, who reside at 110 North Linn Ave., were requesting to install a fence on the lot line on the west side of his property. The property adjoins the city alley. During the meeting, Kalee Richter stated their plans had changed and will place the fence 4 feet off the lot line. Adjoining property owner permission is not necessary with a 4’ setback. Public Works Director Casey Mai wanted to remind the property owner that there may be incidents of the snow removal equipment damaging their fence if it was on the lot line. No action was necessary.
City Clerk Karen Clemens presented the Annual Appropriations request needed to pay the TIF projects for their rebate agreements. This list will be forwarded to the Chickasaw County Auditor prior to December 1st in preparation for the 2022/2023 budget process. Moved by McDonald, seconded by Fisher; that Resolution No. 6490 RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING ANNUAL APPROPRIATIONS FROM TAX INCREMENT REVENUE, be approved. Ayes – Fisher, McDonald, Boos, Denner, Diiro. Nays – None. Absent- Perkins. Resolution approved.
Moved by Denner, seconded by Boos; To accept of the resignation of Melissa Drewelow, effective immediately and that Tony Trower be appointed to the Board of Adjustment with a term ending July 1, 2023, be approved. Ayes – Five. Nays – None. Absent – Perkins. Motion carried.
City Attorney Todd Prichard reported that the Board of Adjustment meeting for the variance request of Mark & Diane Beckman, property owner at 115 North Walnut, was approved granting a side yard variance to build an addition to the existing home.
Moved by Denner, seconded by Diiro; That the liquor license for Kwik Star #895 License #BC0029806 and Butch’s Place License #LC0039605, be approved. Ayes – Five. Nays – None. Absent – Perkins. Motion carried.
City Attorney Todd Prichard shared with the council his request to update the new Hampton City Code. It has not been updated since June, 1985 and needs to be updated with State of Iowa Code and ensure that all local ordinances are included. Prichard has contacted Simmering-Cory / Iowa Codification for a quote for a complete review and updating the existing code. The initial quote is $6,500, there are additional expenses if the City chooses to have it posted online. Moved by McDonald, seconded by Boos; To proceed with the update of the New Hampton City Code with Simmering-Cory / Iowa Codification, be approved. Ayes – Five. Nays – None. Absent – Perkins. Motion carried
Moved by Diiro, seconded by Denner; That the utility rate study correspondence from CGA Consultants be accepted and placed on file. Ayes – Five. Nays – None. Absent – Perkins. Motion carried.
Police Chief Zach Nosbisch shared with the council that an officer attended an out of town New Hampton district football game and did receive permission to attend with the police vehicle prior to the game.
Moved by Diiro, seconded by Fisher; that the meeting adjourn at 7:40 p.m. Ayes – Five. Nays – None. Absent – Perkins. Motion carried.