12/19/2013 10:18:00 AM Complaints heard about sewage smell
by Caitlyn Strack
The city of Hampton has received several complaints dating back to October about the smell of the sewage dump at 47th and Main Street. "We're working now to resolve that situation," said Council Member John Knetter. Marlin Reinardy noted that there are a lot less loads through winter and spring.
Mayor Timothy Skog thanked the fireman for their fundraising event. "Pictures with Santa was great," said Skog. There were roughly 325 people in attendance.
Resolution 2013(05), to adopt the final 2013 levy, was passed unanimously. The levy will be collectible in 2014.
In the engineer's report, Corey Beinfang announced that they have not yet located the well to seal, but he remains optimistic the well will be located.
In the street report, several citizens expressed distress over the city's snowplowing service. Among them was the complaint that ice chunks tend to accumulate on sidewalks making it difficult for handicapped citizens. Also noted was the snow piled onto lawns unequally on Grant St.
Skog and Council member Ron Endres interviewed the singular applicant for the position of deputy clerk, Linda Holden. Holden is "a great lady and I have no problem recommending her," said Skog. Holden's application was unanimously approved.
During the water and sewer update, debate ensued regarding the billing software sold by Banion and incorrect billings. Council member Amanda Jensrud began with saying the information obtained during a meeting between Skog and Banion should have been given to the council members a week before the meeting as procedure calls for, not the day of. "Why wasn't another council member given the opportunity to attend this meeting?" asked Knetter.
Skog responded that he had informed Endres, and a Hampton citizen was present. Erratic responses from Banion also impeded Skog from notifying council members, the mayor said.
Citizen Mavis Gerber, who was present during the meeting with Banion, gave the council a brief overview of the issues. "It's not a matter of vote, it's law. If we don't decide tonight we will go into another quarter of mistakes," said Gerber. Jensrud responded, "We're not disputing the issue, we're disputing how it was gone about."
Deputy Sheriff Qualy asked that citizens notify police when suspicious vehicles or traffic are seen.
The final 2014 budget was approved unanimously. Chris Meyer recommended Certificate of Deposits for long term capital planning. A CD purchase in the water fund of $22,000 for six months, and a CD purchase in the sewer fund of $15,000 for six months were unanimously approved. Also approved was a transfer of money from the general fund into debt service fund to make payments on time.