City of Hampton

5265 238th Street East • P.O. BOX 128 • Hampton, MN 55031 • United States of America • 651.437.8846

Hampton City Council Meetings Happen Every Second Tuesday of the Month.


Friday, August 14, 2015

Hampton City Council Public Hearing and Regular Meeting Minutes for July 14, 2015

The Hampton City Council met on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at the Hampton City Hall for a public hearing and the regular scheduled meeting. Present were Mayor Skog; Council Members John Knetter, David Luhring, Jerry Huddleston, and Amanda Jensrud. Also present was Marlin Reinardy, Water and Sewer Superintendent. 

Public Hearing Called to Order - The purpose for the public hearing was to discuss and consider being a conduit issuer for the benefit of Augustana Care in Hastings, Minnesota. Mayor Skog opened the public hearing at 7:01 p.m. Aaron Youngdahl, a representative of Augustana Care in Hastings addressed the Council and explained that Augustana Campus provides care and services to seniors and was planning improvements and refinancing of the facility. Youngdahl stated that as Hastings had used their bank qualified financing for the year, Augustana was requesting Hampton act as a conduit issuer to provide the beneficial savings that the municipality would qualify for and in return would be willing to pay a fee. Huddleston said that he had read through the information provided and as Hampton would have no liability regarding the loan, the resolution looked to be accurate and a benefit to the City. No other public comment was made. Skog requested all information be forwarded on to the City Attorney for review. 

Adjournment - Motion by Huddleston seconded by Knetter to close the Public Hearing. All voted in favor. None opposed. Motion passed 5:0. The Public Hearing closed at 7:05 p.m. 

Regular Meeting Called to Order - Mayor Skog called the Regular Scheduled Meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Present were Mayor Skog; Council Members John Knetter, David Luhring, Jerry Huddleston, and Amanda Jensrud. 

Disclosure of Interest – Council Member Jensrud stated that she would refrain from voting on the disbursement to Siewerts Towing as her husband was employed there. 

Approval of June 9, 2015 Regular Scheduled Meeting Minutes – Motion by Knetter seconded by Luhring to approve the June 9, 2015 Regular Scheduled Meeting Minutes. All voted in favor. None opposed. Motion passed 5:0. 

Approval of Disbursements – Motion by Jensrud seconded by Knetter to approve the July disbursements excluding Siewerts Towing and John Knetter‘s. All voted in favor. None opposed. Motion passed 5:0. Luhring questioned the Siewerts Towing disbursement as the vehicle that the City had towed was in violation of the Code of Ordinances and typically the owner of the vehicle would be responsible for any costs incurred and not the City. Luhring confirmed that the Deputy Sheriff had been contacted and felt that proper procedure had been followed. Skog stated that he had received a call from a frustrated resident and that he requested the towing company bring back the vehicle. Jensurd reminded the Council that Luhring was in charge of streets and ordinance compliance and that a decision had been made by him to tow the vehicle. Skog said that he did not indicate that the City would be paying the bill. Wendy Carpenter, City Clerk confirmed that Siewerts did state that when the Mayor called and asked that the vehicle be returned he had implied that the City would cover the cost. Skog agreed that he had said Hampton would pay the bill as he felt the owner was not notified. Huddleston supported Luhring’s decision as he had seen the vehicle as well and thought that it was abandoned, in which case, the City has a responsibility to have it removed from the right-of-way. Knetter recommended placing a notification on such vehicles in the future giving a 24 hour notice before the towing takes place and stated that cities do in fact tow vehicles when needed and are well within their rights. Council agreed that at this point the City would be responsible for paying Siewerts. Motion by Luhring seconded by Huddleston to approve Siewerts Towing and John Knetter’s disbursement. All voted in favor. None opposed. Motion passed 3:0. Knetter and Jensrud both abstained from voting. 

Public Comment – The Deputy Sheriff commented that things had been fairly quiet but reminded residents to lock their vehicles and leave on lights as a few incidents have occurred when garage doors were left open and doors unlocked. Marlin Reinardy mentioned that here had been a couple of break ins behind the Round-up and apartments and requested the Department patrol that area between 2:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. Reinardy also stated that there had been a break in at the pavilion in the park but was guessing that it was juveniles. Luhring asked the Deputy what the procedure was when a vehicle needed to be towed. The Deputy stated that they do try to contact the owner before towing but in some cases they are unable to find any information by running the plates due to them being expired. Marlin Reinardy thanked Mike Thurmes and Dan Hines for their help clearing a tree in the park. 

Petitions, Requests, and Communications - Council agreed to meet at 6:30 p.m. on August 11 before the regular scheduled meeting to review and prepare the budget for 2016. 

Ordinances and Resolutions 

Resolution 2015-06 - Approving the Issuance and Sale of Housing Revenue Note - Motion by Knetter seconded by Huddleston to approve Resolution 2015-06 to Approve the Issuance and Sale of Housing Revenue Note to benefit Augustana Care. All voted in favor. None opposed. Motion passed 5:0 

Reports of Officers, Boards, and Committees

Engineer Report – Marlin Reinardy stated that Cory Bienfang was unable to attend the meeting, but did confirm with him that the Main Street Project would be completed by the end of July. 

Water / Sewer Report - Marlin Reinardy, Water and Sewer Superintendent stated that the annual well pump inspection had been conducted and went well. Reinardy explained the sewer permit application was due on September 1 and he was working on completing the detailed information needed. Marlin announced that Dan Hines requested to put in his resignation but will stay on until a replacement was found and recommended that the City Clerk advertise for a Water / Sewer Operator as she had done previously and perhaps add that the preferred candidate reside in the Hampton area. Council agreed to advertise the position. 

Park Report – Huddleston explained that the next step in receiving the grant for the park plan update is to provide a scope of work to the CDA so that they will be able to collect quotes on the project. Huddleston stated that the City Clerk would work with the City Planner on providing the CDA with the information. Skog mentioned that Dakota County had a program that offered recycling dumpsters to cities at no charge. Marlin Reinardy commented that it may collect a large amount of garbage that was not city related. Knetter inquired who would attend to the dumpster when it was full. Skog said that he would or other city volunteers. Huddleston commented that recycling would be a good idea but wasn’t sure if a large dumpster would be necessary as smaller receptacles are already in place at the park. Jensrud requested Huddleston to research the program further. 

Street Report - Knetter inquired if the City had heard any results of the traffic study that Mike Slavik had suggested. Luhring stated that the City Clerk and himself had been trying to reach Slavik but had gotten no response. Carpenter said that she would try another contact at Dakota County. Chris Meyer, City Treasurer stated that a CD will be coming due in November which will be used to help cover the cost of seal coating the streets. 

Unfinished Business – None 

New Business - None 

Adjournment - Motion by Knetter seconded by Luhring to adjourn the meeting. All voted in favor. None opposed. Motion passed 5:0. The meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m. 
Respectfully submitted, Wendy Carpenter