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.


Monday, April 15, 2019

Hampton City Council Regular Meeting Minutes for March 12, 2019

The Hampton City Council met on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at the Hampton City Hall for the regular scheduled meeting. Present were Mayor Knetter; Council Members David Luhring, Anthony Verch, Victor Anderson, and Kati Evertz-Garcia. Also present was Chris Meyer, City Treasurer; Cory Bienfang, City Engineer; and Brad Fisher with Bolton and Menk. 

Regular Meeting Called to Order - Mayor Knetter called the Regular Scheduled Meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. 
The Deputy Sheriff wanted residents to be aware of scams regarding the IRS and tax returns. 

Disclosure of Interest – None. 

Approval of February 12, 2019 Regular Scheduled Meeting Minutes – Motion by Evertz-Garcia seconded by Luhring to approve the February 12, 2019 Regular Scheduled Meeting Minutes. All voted in favor. None opposed. Motion passed 5:0. 

Approval of Disbursements –Motion by Luhring seconded by Anderson to approve the March disbursements. All voted in favor. None opposed. Motion passed 5:0. 

Public Comment – Neil Hoadley, 23440 Water Street, discussed the installation of a culvert at the time that his development was put in and said that they had no ditches or any culverts put in north of his property so all the residents were dealing with a lot of water pooling. Hoadley felt that what was installed was not up to city code and never met up with the wetlands. Neil requested the Council take action to alleviate the problem. 

Petitions, Requests, and Communications - Set Time for Cable Franchise Public Hearing – Council agreed to meet at 6:45 p.m. on April 9, 2019 to hold a public hearing on renewing the cable franchise. 
- 2018 City of Hampton Financial Statements – Chris Meyer, City Treasurer submitted the year ending December 31, 2018 Financial Statements and pointed out some of the highlights including: Cash / Money Market balance currently at $569,641.00; CD balance at $65,000.00; Water Fund looking at an operating loss of $19,436.00 due to depreciation of fixed assets and water main break at County Road 47; Sewer Fund showing an operating income of $43,500.00 due to sewage dumping; and bonds total outstanding debt of $1,699,000.00 with the 2013 bond series being paid off this month. Knetter thanked Meyer for the detailed report. 

Reports of Officers, Boards, and Committees 

Engineer Report – Cory Bienfang, City Engineer provided quotes for replacing the failing hydrant along Highway 50 showing costs to be estimated at $8,000.00. Knetter confirmed the barrel just needs replacing and that it shouldn’t be that involved. Verch suggested submitting a claim with the contractor’s insurance at this point. Anderson mentioned checking on options of putting a sleeve on the hydrant. 
Bienfang stated that in 2012 the City had approved a maintenance agreement in regards to the frontage road along Highway 52 and as MnDOT did not complete the documentation process at that time, was now requesting a fully executed agreement. Cory felt that the City could ask for something in return at this stage such as financing for seal coating the road. Council agreed to proceed with the negotiation. 
The City Engineer said that Dakota County had expressed interest in becoming the designated local government unit for the City of Hampton to enforce the laws and rules of the Wetland Conservation Act and mentioned that perhaps, they were more of a wetland specialist and that it may be a benefit to the City. Knetter felt it may be giving the County too much control over the issue. Council agreed to discuss the item further at the April meeting. 
Bienfang confirmed that the advertisement of bids for the 2019 Street Project had been placed and bids will be accepted until 3:00 p.m. on March 28 and provided a preliminary assessment roll based on past policy of 30% cost of accessible and replacement with a total cost of 1.4 million dollars. Cory pointed out some of the larger parcels being affected. Knetter felt the City needed to stay consistent with past policy and that the Council should consider the benefits to future development opportunities. Evertz-Garcia confirmed that the Engineer had shifted North Belmont a bit and straightened the road way so that the property on the corner was not affected anymore than necessary. Cory explained that the City could move forward with assessments this spring but hold off filing with the County until fall. The City Engineer also pointed out a pocket where water pools across from Park Street on the west side of Main Street and suggested a graded channel way to provide better drainage. Council agreed to discuss the idea of an easement with the adjacent property owner. 

Water / Sewer Report – John Knetter stated that a second water break on County Road 47 has been corrected and thanked Roger Otto for his assistance. Knetter commented on a new lift station contractor who had been working on the pump and also mentioned that the Minnesota Department of Health inspection had gone very well. 

Park Report – None. 

Street Report - Luhring commented on some complaints that some residents up at the Heights were plowing their snow into the street. Knetter confirmed that he had the plowing contractor clean out all of the catch basins in preparation for the spring flooding. 

Unfinished Business – None. 

New Business – None. 

Adjournment - Motion by Evertz-Garcia seconded by Verch to adjourn the meeting. All voted in favor. None opposed. Motion passed 5:0. The meeting adjourned at 8:07 p.m. 
Respectfully submitted, Wendy Carpenter