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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013, 5:30 PM, CITY HALL

The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Barry Hoffmeier.  

Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Council members present on roll call:  Conrad, McCreight, Olsen, Behrens, Helmold.  Visitors:  Kirk Steinke, Jenna Obernolte, Derrick Lange, Pat Kroemer.

M/S Conrad, Helmold to approve the consent agenda including the 12/3/2012 minutes, bills, and financial reports, with the Christmas light repair bill from Lowden Plumbing and Heating, $103.68, be forwarded to the Christmas Lighting Fund and the BWC bill, $3325.19, for the sewer main break, will be reduced by $205.46, one-half the amount of the City mens’ wages related to the repairs.  Ayes:  All.

M/S Olsen, Helmold to close the meeting and open the Public Hearing on the rezoning of 2324 Hwy. 30, Wes Fox property.   Ayes:  All.

In December, the Lowden Zoning Board approved the request from Wes Fox to rezone his property at 2324 Hwy. 30 from Industrial 1 to Residential 1.

M/S Behrens, Olsen to close the Public Hearing and open the council meeting.  Ayes:  All.

M/S Olsen, McCreight to approve the rezoning of 2324 Hwy. 30 from Industrial 1 to Residential 1.   Ayes:  All.

Jenna Obernolte, MMS Consultants, presented 11 bids for the McKinley Avenue, 8th St. to 10th St., water main project.   The lowest bid was from JJJ Enterprises, $47165.05.   To pay for the project, there are contingency funds from the McKinley Avenue sewer main project.  The remaining amount, estimated to be $10,000 to $20,000 can be paid from water fund reserves. 

M/S McCreight, Behrens to approve the plans prepared by MMS Consultants for the McKinley Avenue, 8th St. to 10th St., water main project.  Ayes:  All.   The new water main will be 10 ft. from the sewer main and will be a 6 wk. project from onset beginning in April.  

M/S Helmold, Olsen to accept the JJJ Enterprises bid of $47165.05 for the McKinley Avenue, 8th St. to 10th St., water main project.   Ayes:  All.

F&B provided a quote, as requested by City Council, for a security camera system for outside City Hall on Main Street.   The proposal, $1275, included two cameras and additional equipment and services.  The information on the cameras would be fed to the City Hall computer.  Councilmember Conrad said the City did not need the cameras.  After discussion, City Council took no action on the proposal. 

Council discussed the 8th St. bridge inspection report from Calhoun-Burns & Associates detailing the deterioration of the bridge.  Correspondence was received from IDOT offering 80% funding for a bridge replacement project for the 8th St. bridge, with the City responsible for 20% of the cost.   According to the IDOT, bridge replacement cost could be anywhere from $136,000 to $243,000.   Council said they would be interested in this funding, but for a new culvert rather than a bridge.

M/S Conrad, Olsen to accept the proposal from IDOT for 8th St. bridge replacement funds noting the City is interested in a culvert to replace the bridge.   Ayes:  All.

M/S Conrad, Helmold to approve the amended building permits of Lowden Plumbing & Heating-storage building, and Bob Kroemer-shed, indicating the heights on both buildings are 25 ft.  Ayes:  All.   The heights are different than what was originally approved, but still within compliance for the height of a commercial building.  Ayes: All.     
Kirk Steinke reported the trickling filter structure at the sewer plant is crumbling away
and could be a safety issue.   Council asked Jenna Obernolte, MMS Consultants, to look at the structure and consult a structural engineer for their opinion.   MMS will also begin work on a Preliminary Plan and Intended Use Plan for a new wastewater plant structure.

Kirk Steinke is reviewing the classification of all businesses to determine commercial garbage rates and will advise City Clerk to make changes as recommended.   City men are also compiling a list of residents who have not shoveled snow from their sidewalks. Sidewalks are to be cleared of snow within 48 hrs. of a snowfall according to the City’s ordinance. 

Mayor reported Golf Cart Permit stickers are available for 2013.   Permit holders are required to obtain a new permit yearly and should bring a copy of their insurance to City Hall to renew the permits.

Mayor Hoffmeier changed the Water, Sewer, Fire Committee members to McCreight and Olsen.

M/S Conrad, Helmold to adjourn at 6:44 PM.  Ayes:  All.

Barry Hoffmeier, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk


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