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WELCOME TO HAMPTON, IOWA!
WELCOME TO HAMPTON, IOWA! Welcome to the City of Hampton Website! We hope you find this site a useful resource for various information about the City of Hampton.

Please, contact City Hall if you have any questions or comments on how we might further assist you. Thank you!
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122 1st Avenue NW
Hampton, IA 50441
641-456-4853

SWIM TEAM REGISTRATION
Until the Aquatic Center opens, City Hall is taking registration(s) for the Aquatic Center Swim Team for the 2014 Season (thru the month of June).

Start Date: TUESDAY, JUNE 3RD

Practices: Weekday mornings 10:15-11:15
(Times may vary with advanced notice.)

Registration form signed by parent or legal guardian and fees payable at the time of registration. Form may be printed from this website by clicking "More Info", filled out in advance, and brought to City Hall to secure the registration(s).

$20 - 1 Swimmer
$35 - 2 Swimmers (Same immediate family)
$45 - 3 Swimmers (Same immediate family)
SWIM TEAM REGISTRATION

GROUP SWIM LESSONS REGISTRATION
GROUP SWIM LESSONS REGISTRATION City Hall is now taking registrations for Group Swim Lessons offered for the 2014 Summer Season at the Hampton Aquatic Center until the facility opens.

$20 per person. Payment and parent's or legal guardian's signature required on the registration form to secure a spot.
LIMIT OF 8/TIME SLOT/LEVEL, in accordance with Red Cross restrictions.

Registration form may be printed by clicking on "More Info" and filled out in advance and brought to City Hall, but preferred session and time can only be honored if an opening exists.

Session I: June 9th - June 20th
Session II: June 23rd - July 3rd
8:30-9:15 a.m. or 9:15-10:00 a.m.
Levels 1 thru 6

PRIVATE LESSON REGISTRATION IS PENDING AT THIS TIME, DUE TO DETERMINATION OF STAFF AVAILABILITY. Watch the City's website Announcements or signs posted at City Hall for updates.


Street Sweeping beginning Wednesday, April 9th
The Hampton Street Department will begin Spring street clean up operations with their sweeper in the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 9th. They'll start in the business/commercial district and expand into the residential areas as time and weather conditions allow. Street Sweeping beginning Wednesday, April 9th

LAWN MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS
LAWN MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS With the onset of the lawn mowing season, property owners should plan or make arrangements for regular maintenance of lawns at any occupied or vacant residential, commercial or vacant lots within the city limits. Non-compliance will be monitored and action taken in accordance with City Code.

Those seeking to provide lawn mowing & trimming services may leave their information with City Hall, in the event property owners are inquiring about services available for hire.

Check the "Code Enforcement" section of this website for responsibilities of property owners for lawn maintenance requirements enforced by the City.

SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS
The website link to Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management regarding severe weather preparedness is available in the Community Resources section of this website.

In the event a funnel cloud has been identified by trained weather spotters as likely to affect the town of Hampton and reported to authorities or when the National Weather Service has issued a TORNADO WARNING for Franklin County with Hampton in the path of the storm, civil defense warning sirens will be activated. Sirens are programmed to sound for three minutes each time they're activated. NO ALL CLEAR SIGNAL WILL BE GIVEN. If warning sirens are activated again, it is an indication of ANOTHER tornado sighting.

WHEN WARNING SIRENS SOUND, SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY IN A BASEMENT (IF AVAILABLE) OR INTERIOR ROOM WITHOUT WINDOWS AND AWAY FROM POTENTIAL FLYING BROKEN GLASS OR DEBRIS.

Tune radio to KLMJ FM-104.9 for local weather updates.

IF EMERGENCY HELP IS NEEDED, CALL 911.
DO NOT call 911 with non-emergency matters.

HAMPTON EMERGENCY SIREN TESTING IS CARRIED OUT ON THE SECOND MONDAY OF EACH MONTH AT 1:00 P.M., unless potentially threatening weather conditions already exist at that time. (If routine test schedule is postponed, it will be rescheduled for the next day at the same time, when weather conditions are non-threatening.)
SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS

Aquatic Ctr Pre-Season Specials thru April 30th!
Aquatic Ctr Pre-Season Specials thru April 30th! The Hampton Aquatic Center Pre-season Specials are available now at City Hall through WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30TH. (May 1st. regular prices begin.) DON'T DELAY!

Family Pass - $100 (Reg. $135)
Single Pass - $45 (Reg. $60)
Senior Pass (Age 55 & over) - $30 (Reg. $40)
Senior Couple Pass - $40 (Reg. $55)

Family Passes may include Parents/Guardians, dependent children, ages 18 & under. (Other relatives & guests must purchase separate season pass, punch card or daily admission.)

SWIMMING LESSON & SWIM TEAM SCHEDULES & INFO PENDING AT THIS TIME.

Season Passes will be for sale at City Hall (122 1st Ave NW), M-F, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM until the Aquatic Center opens.

MISSING PERSON - $20K Reward (Ethan Kazmerzak)
The Hampton Police Department is investigating the disappearance of Ethan Kazmerzak, age 22, of Hampton; last seen in rural Hampton shortly after midnight, Sunday, September 15th. His silver 2006 Volkswagen Jetta, License #AUZ382, is also missing.

REWARD TERMS
This reward shall only be payable to any person or persons for any relevant and useful information that leads to the location and/or safe return of Ethan Kazmerzak.

This reward shall not be payable to any person or persons: (1) who assisted or participated in the disappearance of Ethan Kazmerzak (2) who work for an organization involved in the location of missing persons.

This reward is limited to all or part of $20,000 total in the event of multiple claimants to the reward.

THIS REWARD OFFER PREVIOUSLY EXPIRED ON DECEMBER 2, 2013, BUT IN MARCH 2014 WAS EXTENDED AT THE DISCRETION OF THE OFFEROR. Information on how to submit a claim for the reward can be obtained by calling the phone number below.

Anyone having information relating to the disappearance or the current location of Ethan Kazmerzak should call the North Iowa Crime Stoppers at 800-383-0088 or the Hampton Police Department at 641-456-2529.

Click "More Info" for image of the poster available for distribution.
MISSING PERSON - $20K Reward (Ethan Kazmerzak)

Water Bill Adjustments to avoid frozen lines
Water Bill Adjustments to avoid frozen lines WARMER AIR TEMPERATURES WILL NOT PREVENT WATER LINES FROM FREEZING UNTIL GROUND FROST LEVELS RISE TO SAFER LEVELS. TEST WATER TEMP BEFORE DISCONTINUED PRACTICE OF RUNNING WATER; SAFE WATER TEMP LEVEL IS OVER 45 DEGREES.

WATER BILL ADJUSTMENT DETAILS:

Customers who have been running water to prevent service lines from freezing will need to register their name and address at City Hall.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE:
For the April 1st Bill Adjustment, customers must register at City Hall by
MONDAY, MARCH 17TH, 5:00 P.M., No Exceptions.

Customers who contact City Hall after that date WILL NOT be eligible for adjustments to the April bill and will be expected to pay their April bill in full, but their name will be added to the adjustments list for the May bill.
Once customers have been placed on the list at City Hall, there is no need to make further contact for the May bill adjustments. Due to billing procedure schedules, no additional registrations can be accepted at this time.

Registered customers will have their water/sewer bill averaged according to their November & December 2013 and January 2014 usage.


TIPS TO AVOID FROZEN WATER LINE
With the persistent freezing temperatures this season, the City has been receiving calls regarding frozen water lines. It is recommended that property owners check the temperature of their water; if it is less than 45 degrees, a helpful measure is to run a faucet inside at a steady stream the thickness of a pencil constantly until the ground frost level improves and the water temperature is above 45 degrees.(Note: This will affect the usage and increase the monthly water bill, but less expensive than potential damage repairs.) The City Council approved adjustments to April billing (averaging bills from November, December & January) for customers who call City Hall to register for the adjustment with their name, address and phone number. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MONDAY, MARCH 17TH., 5:00 P.M. Those not registered by the deadline will not be eligible for April adjustments.

If your water line has frozen, let City Hall know and contact a plumber if attempts to increase the air temperature in the area where the water service line enters the home doesn't thaw the frozen blockage.

THE CITY DOES NOT ENDORSE USE OF WELDING EQUIPMENT TO REMEDY THIS PROBLEM, DUE TO POTENTIAL RISKS OF FIRE AT THE SITE AND NEIGHBORING PROPERTIES.

Click on "More Info" to read tips for avoiding frozen water service lines.

Landlord Property Maintenance
Landlord Property Maintenance Hampton Code states that landlords as property owners have a responsibility to provide and maintain plumbing facilities and fixtures for their properties. The City is asking that tenants, who have no water service potentially due to freezing, call Hampton City Hall, 641-456-4853. The City will then work with the landlord or property owner to assure that a reasonable attempt to regain water service has been attempted. Please contact Hampton City Hall if you have questions or concerns. Customers running water as a preventative measure against frozen lines must call City Hall to be eligible for billing adjustments.

Congratulations Captain Morrison!
Mark Morrison was promoted to the rank of Police Captain, following City Council approval at their regular session on Thursday, February 13th.

Morrison began his employment as a Police Officer with the Hampton Police Department in February 2005.

Congratulations and thank you for your service, Captain Morrison!
Congratulations Captain Morrison!

Officials Sworn In
Officials Sworn In Mayor Shawn Dietz administered the oaths of office for the swearing in of elected Council Members Dick Lukensmeyer (At Large) and Jay Hickman (Ward IV), terms expiring December 2017; and for Mayor Brook Boehmler, term expiring December 2015. (Councilman Jim Davies - Ward II, was unable to attend and was sworn in at a later date.)

BURN BAN IN EFFECT
Burn Ban in effect. Open burning prohibited in City of Hampton.

105.08 SEPARATION AND DISPOSAL OF YARD WASTE. All yard waste shall be separated by the owner or occupant from all other solid waste accumulated on the premises and shall be composted, mulched or utilized or burned on the premises in such a manner so as not to cause a public nuisance, or placed in acceptable containers and set out for collection. As used in this section, “yard waste” means any debris such as grass clippings, leaves, garden waste, brush and trees. Yard waste does not include tree stumps. Burning of yard waste shall be limited to a 30-day time period in the fall of each year. Said time period will be determined by the City Manager. Burning during said 30 days shall only be allowed from 12:00 p.m. (noon) until darkness, “darkness” being defined as when the street lights come on. Burning of yard waste shall not occur at a proximity of less than 20 feet from any structure or building and shall be supervised by a competent person at all times and shall not be left unattended until the fire is completely extinguished.

Note: If the smoke generated is excessive, persons may be instructed to extinguish the burn until items are drier and likely to create less smoke. Windy conditions may also result in the need to refrain from or stop open burning. Violations will be enforced with the potential for citations and fines for non-compliance.

BURN BAN IN EFFECT

Free Mulch & Compost for Franklin County residents
Free Mulch & Compost for Franklin County residents The City of Hampton is offering FREE for the taking MULCH and COMPOST
to Franklin County residents while supplies last from the Hampton Compost & Brush Site.

Available for collection during regular Compost/Brush Site business hours. (Access at other times for this purpose may be arranged by contacting City Hall; weather conditions may prohibit collection options.)

NO DELIVERIES,but loading assistance available by appointment only, M-F, 7am-4pm (No Holidays) Street Dept.: 641-456-4372 - City Hall: 641-456-4853

Compost/Brush Site Schedule
The Compost/Brush Site opened for its 2014 Season on April 7th.

Spring/Summer Schedule:

Mondays & Saturdays 8AM - 6:30PM
Wednesdays & Fridays 2PM - 6:30PM

The site may be CLOSED in the event of RAIN, EXTREME TEMPERATURES or posted HOLIDAYS. (Holiday Closures: Good Friday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Friday after Thanksgiving)

The Compost/Brush Site is located on the west edge of town, north of Hwy 3 on Olive Avenue.

It's recommended that loads be secured or covered during transport to prevent the loss of items on the roadway while enroute.

Use of the site is available at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE to properties within the city limits. Gate fees are accessed to those from outside the city limits; punch cards for a reduced rate are available at City Hall (or the Police Department after regular business hours).

RESIDENTS WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS ONLY may now collect branches/wood from the brush site, after signing an acknowledgement of regulations for same with staff and acquiring a receipt for branches/wood being removed with each collection.

NOTE: The most recent BURN BAN LIFT expired November 30, 2013. Open burning is now restricted.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Click on "More Info" to view informational brochure.
Compost/Brush Site Schedule

City Council Workshops
City Council Workshops Beginning January, 2013, the City Council initiated a Workshop format for full Council on the Mondays (6PM), immediately preceding their 2nd & 4th Thursday regular sessions, rather than the previous three committee meetings. These workshops will also be open to the public.

Workshop schedules may vary during budget planning season or when conflicts with holidays or other schedules occur. Check the Calendar of Events section of this website for current information or contact City Hall to verify workshop schedules.