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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, SPECIAL MEETING, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2010, 6:00 PM, CITY HALL

The special meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Dan Hamdorf.  Council persons on roll call:  Ryan, Olsen, Decker, Hoffmeier.  Visitors:
Gene Hamdorf, Jan Olsen, Laurie Millam, Larry Wiebel.

Jan Olsen, Lowden Tree Committee, referred to a comment made at the 1/4/10 Council meeting.  Wes Griesbach, at that meeting, told the Council he had received a letter from the City to trim his tree along Washington Avenue.  However, he said Gene Hamdorf said to wait on the trimming because the Tree Committee would look at it to see if the tree needed to be cut down.  He then received a bill for $100 for trimming done by the City.   Jan wanted to clarify that the Tree Committee was never contacted about looking at the tree in question.

Laurie Millam, presented the Lowden Library budget request for FY2011.  The budget remains the same as the previous year.  She did ask, if City employees, including Librarian Vicki Mohr,  receive a pay increase, the Library’s budget would increase accordingly. Their current budget is $38,476.

Council discussed other budget items for FY2011.

In the Park budget, the line item for food stand manager was eliminated.  That expense will now come from the separate Park account which handles all food stand activity.

Larry Wiebel, LEDCO, requested $5000 for the economic development group.  Over the past several years, they have helped new businesses in Lowden and donated to various organizations and projects in town.  Council will budget for this request.

Council will advertise for bids for insurance coverage for the City.  Bids should be submitted to City Hall by March 1, 2010, 12:00 PM.

Council will budget for new carpeting and paint in the meeting room.

M/S Ryan, Olsen to seat Conrad at 7:05 PM.  Ayes:  Ryan, Olsen, Decker, Hoffmeier.

Lowden Rescue asked to increase their budget of $5925 by $500 for Rescue equipment.  Council said their budget will remain the same since they currently have $35143 in their savings.

City will purchase a new John Deere mower for the Park at the cost of $4918.66 from Green Valley Ag & Turf.  Total for the new mower is $8918.66 with a trade-in of $4000 for the City’s 1984 mower. Councilman Conrad will check with Green Valley if a better trade-in amount could be negotiated.    City will pay for one-half of the mower in FY10 and one-half in FY11.

Gene Hamdorf presented a price from MSI, Wyoming, for resurfacing Main Street east and west of town to the City limits.  Total cost would be $77,867.  Council told Gene to get another price from LL Pelling Co.  Gene also presented cost information on radio read meters.   The cost for the radio read starter kit and 350 meters would be $56,012.  Gene said it could take two years to get all the meters installed.  Council was not interested in the long process of installing the meters and discussed hiring someone to do only meter installations.  After discussion, Council decided not to budget for radio read meters in FY2011.

Gene presented a price of $41,600 for a new tractor from Green Valley Ag & Turf.   total cost of the tractor is $73,100 with a $31,500 trade-in allowance for the City tractor.  Council determined the City could pay $25,000 down on the tractor and finance, through Farm Plan or the local bank, over a three year period, the balance owed.  Funds from water, sewer, and road use would pay for the tractor. Councilman Conrad will speak to Green Valley Ag & Turf about a better trade-in amount for the City tractor.

City will budget $3500 for insulating the west end of the City Shed.

Council discussed pay raises for City personnel.

M/S Decker, Ryan to increase salaries by 3% for Gene Hamdorf from $16.50/hr. to $17.00/hr., Tim Burmeister from $14.95/hr. to $15.40/hr., Peggy Kedley from $1551.35/month to $1597.90/mo., Vicki Mohr from $11.35/hr. to $11.70/hr., Lucille Horman from $11.35/hr. to $11.70/hr. and a $25 per month increase for the health insurance stipend of Gene, Tim, and Peggy from $345/mo. to $370/mo. and Vicki Mohr from $335/mo. to $360/mo.  Ayes: Conrad, Ryan, Decker, Hoffmeier.  Nays:  Olsen.

M/S Ryan, Decker to approve budgeted items as listed in the above minutes.  Ayes:  All.

Council set March 1, 2010, 6:30 PM for the Public Hearing on the FY2011 budget.

M/S Decker, Olsen to adjourn at 9:20 PM.  Ayes:  All.

Next regular meeting is February 1, 2010, 6:30 PM.     

Dan Hamdorf, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk


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