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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, SPECIAL MEETING, MONDAY, JANUARY 24, 2011, 5:30 PM, CITY HALL

The special meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Pro Tem Chuck Ryan.   Council members present on roll call:  Conrad, Olsen, Decker, Hoffmeier.   Visitors:  Pat Kroemer, Gene Hamdorf, Laurie Millam, Mark Fox,
Jan Olsen, Bill Norton, Dave Lindaman, Karen Mackey, Netty Schneider, Kelly Nabb.

Mayor Dan Hamdorf entered the meeting at 5:33 PM.

Kelly Nabb, representing Little Home Day Care Center, provided information about the day care center to the city council.   She said they are struggling, but improving in their financial situation from a year ago.  She stated the City currently is paying for snow removal and lawn mowing and they are asking the City to continue to make the loan payments for the building.   Council discussed the situation and said if the day care center went out of business, the City is still responsible for making payments on the USDA loan for the building.  The original 28E agreement calls for the loan payments to be made only with revenues from the day care center.  Council agreed the City would make the loan payments to USDA for FY2012 in the amount of $1462/month.   A motion was made later in the meeting regarding this.

Other budget discussions followed.   Lowden Library asked for their budget to remain the same as last year, $40,075, but if salary increases were given to City employees, their budget would reflect that increase for Vicki Mohr, librarian.

Lowden Rescue budget will remain the same as last year, $5925.  Lowden Fire Dept. budget will also remain the same at $30,500.   Park budget will be $12,500 down $1000 from the previous year.

After discussion on salaries, M/S Decker, Hoffmeier to increase salaries by 2% and increase the health insurance benefit of Gene Hamdorf, Tim Burmeister, Peggy Kedley, and Vicki Mohr to $400/month.  Ayes:  Conrad, Decker, Hoffmeier.  Nays:  Ryan, Olsen. Wages will be as follows:  Gene Hamdorf-$17.35/hr., Tim Burmeister-$15.70/hr., Vicki Mohr-$11.95/hr., Peggy Kedley, $19,555/yr., Lucille Horman-$11.95/hr.

Council discussed the wastewater plant pump that needs repairs.  They decided to have ECINC rebuild the ABS dry pit pump at a cost of $1528, plus $250 for a 1-year warranty. 

Mark Fox, LEDCO, presented a suggestion to the council on assessing property owners in Lowden a special tax over a time period of 10 to 40 years, to pay for the USDA loan.  This would be a more even distribution of who pays for the day care, but would have to be approved by a public vote.       

Council continued discussion on what funds could be used to pay the USDA day care loan, amount $17544. for FY12.  Council thought the $17,000 expended for street lighting, normally taken out of the general fund, could be expended from local option tax dollars.   Council interpreted street lighting as “infrastructure”, which would be an allowable use of local option tax dollars.

M/S Ryan, Olsen to pay for street lighting from local option tax money and pay the USDA day care loan payment of $1462/month from the general fund for FY2012.  Ayes:  All.   Little Home Day Care Center will be informed they are to submit a financial report monthly to the Lowden City Council.

Mayor will also speak to the City Attorney about preparing a new $1 a year lease agreement  with Little Home for FY2012.

M/S Ryan, Olsen to adjourn at 7:53 PM.  Ayes:  All.

Dan Hamdorf, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk


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