7/18/2013 1:44:00 PM Hampton retains 5% of contractor's pay
by Olivia Detweiler
At the July 9 meeting, The Hampton City Council approved paying the contractor's request of $81,000 for the Main Street Project, but agreed to retain some of the cost until two issues were resolved.
Cory Beinfang with Bolton & Menk, Inc. suggested holding back two-percent of the project cost, which would be $19,000. Beinfang explained that Frontage Road was not finished being patched yet and the results back from televising of the pipes could reveal that the sewer backup, which occurred a few months ago, was construction related. If this were the case, the percentage of the pay withheld would cover the costs that the city incurred from the backup.
Beinfang said that it is normal procedure to hold back five percent, but he assured the council that two percent would cover these items if needed.
The council discussed this idea, but decided it was more comfortable holding back five-percent of the final cost until everything is complete.
Community Center feedback
Hampton resident, David Luhring, presented a petition against using the old city hall for a community center and looking at other options available.
Luhring said he and his wife visited approximately 109 households one weekend, and from those households they received 96 signatures.
Former city council member Kristina Waltman also addressed the council and explained the option St. Mathias had for the city.
The church, which would like to be more involved with the city, would be open to the idea of letting the city use the space that was once occupied by the school at St. Mathias. Waltman explained that the basement is furnished and has a large racetrack for the kids.
Love Shack, LLC
City Inspector, Scott Qualle, informed the council that no progress had been made on the Love Shack, LLC. building on Water Street.
Qualle explained that the building has been declared unsafe and the owner has said he is planning on bringing it up to code, but at the time of the meeting nothing had been done.
The council decided to ask the owner one more time before they take further action, and told Qualle to give the building owner a date by which work has to be started.
The council approved the Randolph Hampton Fire Relief Association's request for $131.50
The council was set to appoint David Luhring to the Planning Commission, but Mayor Tim Skog told the council that it should not move forward because they have not received a formal resignation yet.
Skog also added that the position should be posted before the council makes a decision. There was some disagreement among the council about whether or not it had to be posted. City Clerk Wendy Carpenter said she would check on this.