New Hampton City council

New Hampton property owners will see an increase in their property tax bills, after all, if the proposed budget that will have two public hearings next month is approved by the City Council. That’s because the City Council, after going into a closed session earlier this month, approved an emergency...
The good news for New Hampton property owners is this: If their properties didn’t see their assessed valuation increase in the last year, they’re going to have a lower city property tax bill in 2020-21. New Hampton’s Finance Committee that includes City Council members Scott Perkins, Cory McDonald...
It was short and sweet for New Hampton’s new mayor and the City Council last week when they held their first meeting of 2020. Enjoy it while it lasts, and quick, “easy” meetings aren’t going to be around all that long. Mayor Bobby Schwickerath and City Council members, including Bob Boos who took...
New Mayor Bobby Schwickerath poses for a photo with his parents, Sarah and Jim Rahlf, after taking his oath.
Bobby Schwickerath laughed last week when he was asked if he was ready for Monday night’s City Council meeting? “I’m very excited, and honestly, I can’t wait,” New Hampton’s new mayor said, “and seriously, I can’t wait to get to work on making this city an even greater place. … But yeah, I’m also...
New Hampton Mayor Deb Larsen, City Clerk Karen Clemens and City Councilmen Cory McDonald, Scott Carey and Scott Perkins look over their packets during the final City Council meeting of 2019 last Monday.
The New Hampton City Council has said “thanks, but no thanks” to a broadband company that wanted to install antennas on the city’s water towers in exchange for free wireless internet service for all city departments. Council members made the decision at last Monday’s meeting, the final one for...
The Chickasaw County ambulance saga took yet another turn recently when the Board of Supervisors made a settlement offer to cities. Supervisors designated their chairman, Jacob Hackman, and County Attorney Jennifer Schwickerath to serve as the negotiating team that came up with the offer that will...
The owners of a New Hampton mobile home park asked the City Council last week for a variance when it comes to the city’s water policy, and although council members didn’t take any action, they sent a signal that they would work with the owners. Andrea and Joel Rochford purchased Smith Estates, the...
Main Street business owners and New Horizons-Chamber Director Jason Speltz made a pitch to the New Hampton City Council to loosen the city code that gives them very little space to display their wares outside their stores. “My biggest concern is we need to promote New Hampton, Iowa, and bring...
A New Hampton resident made a pitch last week to the City Council to have members of the New Hampton Light Plant Board elected, rather than appointed, but he may have to first lobby the Iowa Legislature to change state law. Larry Throndson, a former member of the Light Plant Board, last Monday...
If New Hampton residents want to run a “trickle” of water to keep their pipes from freezing this winter, they will have to pay for that water and the sewer treatment for it. The City Council on Monday night decided that the unwritten policy that has been in effect for years in New Hampton will no...

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