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, July 24, 2020

Hampton City Council Regular Meeting Minutes for June 9, 2020

The Hampton City Council met on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at the Hampton City Hall for the regular scheduled meeting. Present were Mayor Knetter; Council Members Anthony Verch, Kati Evertz-Garcia, Victor Anderson, and David Luhring. Also present was Brad Fisher with Bolton and Menk; and Marlin Reinardy, Water and Sewer Superintendent.

Regular Meeting called to Order - Mayor Knetter called the Regular Scheduled Meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. Disclosure of Interest – None.

Approval of May 12, 2020 Regular Scheduled Meeting Minutes – Motion by Verch seconded by Evertz-Garcia to approve the May 12, 2020 Regular Scheduled Meeting Minutes. All voted in favor. None opposed. Motion passed 5:0.

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

Public Comment – Tom Fluegal said that he was looking for a refund from the City has he paid to have a fence moved and that he was told a culvert would be installed by his home on Doffing which never happened. Knetter suggested completing an agenda request for next month and providing any documentation of what he was speaking of. Fluegal seemed to question the requirements so the Council moved to place the item on the July agenda. Motion by Luhring seconded by Verch to place the discussion of the Doffing culvert on the July agenda. All voted in favor. None opposed. Motion passed 5:0.

Petitions, Requests, and Communications – None.

Reports of Officers, Boards, and Committees

Engineer Report – Brad Fisher with Bolton and Menk confirmed that items were wrapping up in regards to the 2019 Street Project and all re-sodding and paving had been finished. Fisher said that the final pay request would be included in the July disbursements. Brad also explained that he was working with Marlin Reinardy on the tracer wire system to make sure all readings can be obtained.

Water / Sewer Report – Marlin Reinardy, Water and Sewer Superintendent said that 70% to 80% of the hydrants had been flushed and quarterly water tests had come back great. Reinardy stated that copper / lead testing would be taking place this month. Marlin confirmed that discharge tests were coming back good and sludge had been measured and treatment began in pond #1 as the sludge was up to 36” in spots. The Water and Sewer Superintendent explained that he had experienced a valve freeze up in pond #3 but after working on it he was able to break it loose.

Park Report – Marlin Reinardy said that the Minnesota Baseball Association was asking cities to submit a letter approving the use of their fields to resume baseball with social distancing in place. Motion by Verch seconded by Evertz-Garcia to allow the City Clerk to send a letter approving the use of the baseball field as long as state guidelines were followed. All voted in favor. None opposed. Motion passed 5:0. Evertz-Garcia mentioned that weeds would be sprayed around the play structures in the parks and that chips would be delivered around the end of the week. Reinardy commented that he had pulled out a lot of thistles in the parks and suggested that the FESBA Park receive a bit more chips than the Heights of Hampton as it was a larger area.

Street Report – Luhring explained that RCM had provided a quote of $5,100.00 to conduct spray patching needed in the Heights of Hampton as well as areas on Belmont and Main Streets. Luhring also suggested that rock be brought in to smooth the alley by Lincoln Street and would be working on a list of street signs that needed replacement.

Unfinished Business – None.

New Business –

City Ordinance Violation - Enforcement – Luhring confirmed that the City Attorney had a process in place where the City would send out three letters when an ordinance violation occurs and then pass it on to the Attorney for prosecution. Knetter felt that the ordinance should be reviewed. Council agreed to continue sending letters to residents in violation of ordinances as at times; they just need to be informed of the rules and regulations. Knetter suggested reaching out to the City Attorney and said that he would bring the information to the July meeting for further discussion.

Food Trucks within City Limits – Lurhring explained that someone had come to him questioning food trucks within the City and after reading the ordinance found that it was somewhat vague. Verch confirmed that they would need to be licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health and felt that this could be a product of Covid-19 as it was never an issue before. Individuals present in the audience of the Council meeting commented that he was a respectable vendor and had heard he was harassed at some point and questioned where these ordinances could be viewed. Wendy Carpenter, City Clerk stated that copies of the City Code were available at City Hall and if residents needed clarification or details they could call for specifics. Council felt if trucks were licensed by the State it may be fine. Eric Johnson, proprietor of Meric’s expressed his concern of additional trucks coming into the area. City Council agreed to research the subject and place it on July’s agenda as unfinished business.

Liquor License Renewal – Round Up & Meric's – Motion by Evertz-Garcia seconded by Verch to renew Round Up and Meric’s Liquor Licenses. All voted in favor. None opposed. Motion passed 5:0.

Adjournment - Motion by Luhring seconded by Evertz-Garcia to adjourn the meeting. All voted in favor. None opposed. Motion passed 5:0. The meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Wendy Carpenter