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Friday, July 22, 2016

Randolph, New Trier thefts prompt warning by Sandy Hadler

7/22/2016 7:47:00 AM
Randolph, New Trier thefts prompt warning
by Sandy Hadler

Deputy Matt Lohmann attended the July 12 Hampton City Council meeting, and reported that it has been quiet in Hampton, but in Randolph and New Trier, there were 10 unlocked cars and a number of sheds that had been broken into and items had been stolen. He warned the Council that Hampton is not far from where the thefts occurred, and to remind everyone in town to keep their cars and sheds locked at all times, and to keep valuables out of sight. 

Reports

•Engineer Cory Bienfang reported on Hampton's upcoming Capital Improvement Project. He mentioned that the City had attained a $10,000 block grant. Bienfang said he planned to review the content of the contract, to see what direction the city should go. He said, "Whether we are on target this year or not, we can lay some groundwork. We will continue to move forward next month, and I will bring some information back to you. There will be more discussion about the Capital Improvement Project and the grant at the August meeting.

•Sewer/Water Operator Marlin Reinardy gave an update on what's been going on at the sewer plant. He said he is in the process of replacing the gate valve rods. Numbers 2 and 3 were done in previous years, and he has replaced number 1 and will also be replacing the valve to the far north, which will assure that everything can be shut off. Ponds 2 and 3 were treated for algae and are doing well, but pond 1 is still covered in algae. He said this was caused because they had to keep water levels low, while they were replacing the rods. He hopes the phosphorus levels will soon come down to where they should be.

Reinardy said there had been a lift station power outage last week, due to a tree falling on a cable. When a branch was cut loose, the cable came up and a semi hit it. Several people were out of power for 17 hours, as well as the sewer plant. Reinardy got permission to use a generator, which was on from 10 p.m to 6 a.m.

He noted that the Minnesota Department of Health took samples from Well Number 2 that morning. 

•Councilor Jerry Huddleston reported that he had heard from a resident who told him the City needed more maintenance in its parks. The complaint was that there were weeds growing through wood chips. Huddleson said the city will have to contact its landscaper to have them put Round Up on the weeds. Reinardy said he had sprayed weeds in Winter Park and had pulled out the thistles, so no more work needs to be done there.

Mayor Tim Skog said there is a tree on Main Street on the west end of the hockey rink that needs to be trimmed or taken down. A resident had complained to him that drivers can't see at that intersection. Huddleston said he will walk around the parks to see if there is anything else that needs to be done. 

Councilor David Luhring reported that he had checked out the new street patches and they are holding up well. "It's easy, fast and inexpensive, and we will continue to do this (procedure) in the future," he said.

Election judges

Resolution 2016-09 was approved, appointing the following people as election judges for the primary election and the general election of 2016: Rosie Giefer, Linda Holty, Lois Nokleby, Charles Smith, Wendy Carpenter, Sharon Matthews, Lynda Willie, Connie Thurmes, James Rother and Marlene Reinardy. 

NSP Eminent 

Domain proceeding

Maren Swanson of Lampe Law Group LLP sent City Clerk Wendy Carpenter a letter explaining that the eminent domain proceeding that affects an easement in the City of Hampton, is being resolved by agreement between the land owner, the Tix family, and NSP/Xcel Energy. She said NSP had obtained an easement over the Tix property to erect power poles and lines, and will pay them for any impairment of use of the land that they may suffer.

The condemnation proceedings by NSP will permit farming to continue on the Tix property with no restrictions. It was noted that there is some ground loss to their farming operation where the poles are located, but farmers can, and do, continue to farm around the poles along the entire power line. 

A motion was passed unanimously stating that the city would not ask for any financial compensation as a result of the condemnation. The city's involvement in the situation began in 1993 when Hampton helped designate the land as an Agricultural Preserve for tax purposes. This designation restricted building more than one home per 40 acres for residential development. The financial benefit of the Ag Preserve designation has helped landowners because land has been, and still is, valued and taxed at a lower ag rate, even though it may have higher market value, because it is located in the metropolitan area. 

In other business: 

•Dale Hallcock, Secretary of the Randolph-Hampton Fire District, attended the meeting and reported that the benefit level for the Relief Association will remain at $1,300, the same as last year.

•Council members will meet on Wednesday, August 10 at 6:30 p.m. to review the 2017 proposed budget and to start preparing for next year

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