The City Council of the City of New Hampton met in regular session in the Council Chambers on Tuesday, September 3, 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, Jr Mai, Courtney Lechtenberg, Tammy Robinson, Tim Angell, Jason Speltz with New Horizons-Chamber, Ken Smith, John Winter and Jeff Hageman all with Five Star Cooperative and City Attorney Kevin Kennedy were also present.
Moved by Carey, seconded by Perkins; The agenda be approved as presented. Ayes-Six. Nays-None. Motion carried.
Moved by Diiro, seconded by McDonald; That the minutes of the August 19, 2019 regular Council meeting minutes be approved. Ayes-Six. Nays-None. Motion carried.
Moved by Perkins, seconded by Carey; That claims in the amount of $427,512.44 be approved. Ayes-Six. Nays-None. Motion carried.
Economic Development Director Tammy Robinson shared with the Council the $9.5 million feed mill building project that Five Star Cooperative is planning. Five Star Coop has requested Tax Increment Financing for the project, but they are currently in a TIF District that has expired. Tammy is working with Bob Josten of Dorsey & Whitney and he is preparing the documents to renew the district. Five Star Coop would like to start the construction process and needs City Council approval to begin construction prior to the approval of Tax Increment Financing. Moved by Perkins, seconded by Denner; To grant Five Star Cooperative permission to begin their project prior to approval of the tax increment financing. Ayes – Six. Nays – none. Motion carried.
Wastewater Superintendent Tim Angell presented to the council a revised Wastewater Treatment Agreement with ATEK Metal Technologies. ATEK had an inspection in June, 2019 by DNR and recommended they amend their treatment agreement with the City. The revised limits in the treatment agreement are consistent with the NPDES permit. Moved by Carey, seconded by Kuhn; That Resolution #6407 A RESOLUTION APPROVING THE AMENDED WASTEWATER TREATMENT AGREEMENT WITH ATEK METAL TECHNOLOGIES, be approved. Ayes – McDonald, Perkins, Carey, Denner, Kuhn. Nays – None. Abstain – Diiro. Resolution passed.
Jason Speltz with New Horizons Chamber office made a request for two street closures. He is asking for closures for the ‘Rally the Square’ event and for a farm-to-table meal, ‘The Giving Dinner’. Moved by Kuhn, seconded by Diiro ; That the following streets be closed for the New Horizons–Chamber 1) North Walnut from Main to Prospect on September 6, 2019 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm for the ‘Rally the Square’ event and 2) Close North Walnut from Main to Prospect on October 10, 2019 from 7:00 am to 10:00pm for a farm-to-table meal, ‘The Giving Dinner’, be approved. Ayes – Six. Nays – None. Motion carried.
City Attorney Kevin Kennedy provided the council information for a tobacco license violation by Dollar General Store #2397. Kennedy presented 4 exhibits supporting the violation. The exhibits are as follows:
- Notice of Hearing
- Tobacco compliance documentation provided by police officer
- Case No: 01191 STA 0025059 Deferred Judgment and Sentence
- Attorney General Office Notice
Moved by Denner, seconded by Perkins; That Resolution No.6408 A RESOLUTION TO DIRECT MAYOR LARSEN TO SIGN THE ORDER DECLARING A CIVIL PENALTY OF $300.00 TO DOLLAR GENERAL STORE #2397 FOR A TOBACCO VIOLATION, be approved. Ayes – McDonald, Perkins, Carey, Denner, Diiro, Kuhn. Nays – None. Resolution passed.
The council requested street superintendent Jr Mai to review previous years bridge inspection reports and report back to the Council if repairs are necessary on the bridges.
- Advisory Board Minutes of August 28, 2019
- Bridge Inspection and Rating from Calhoun-Burns and Associates, Inc.
Moved by Kuhn, seconded by McDonald; That the following be accepted and placed on file: Ayes – Six. Nays – None. Motion carried.
Moved by Denner, seconded by Perkins; That the meeting adjourn at 7:22 p.m. Ayes-Six. Nays-None. Motion carried.