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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2007, 5:30 PM

The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Reuben Wenndt. Councilmembers present on roll call: Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Madden (Decker seated at 5:40 PM). Visitors: Gene Hamdorf, Pat Kroemer, Rob Fangmann.

M/S Madden, Olsen to approve the minutes of the 1/8/07 and 1/22/07 meetings. Ayes: Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Madden.

M/S Conrad, Ryan to approve payment of the bills as presented. Ayes: Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Madden.

Rob Fangmann, Cedar County Engineer, presented a bridge inspection report on the 155th St. bridge west of the Lowden Cemetery. The City and County share equal ownership of this bridge and it is in need of replacement. Fangmann presented three options for replacement: 1) a new 24’bridge, cost range $100,000-120,000, potential for some federal funding, 2) a 10’by 8’reinforced concrete culvert, cost range $100,000, potential for federal funding, and 3) replace the existing bridge with one the same size and use the county bridge crew, cost $45,000, which would be split between Cedar County and City. If option 3 is approved, the City would not need to buy additional property for right-of-way or have additional engineering fees. Fangmann said they have the replacement of this bridge in his 5 yr. program and is scheduled for FY08.

M/S Madden, Olsen to seat Decker at 5:40 PM. Ayes: Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Madden.

After discussion, Council felt the option 3 was the best bridge replacement plan presented. Fangmann said he would keep the council informed on the schedule for replacing the bridge.

M/S Ryan, Decker to approve the Right-of-Way Certificate for the Little Home Day Care with the school. Ayes: All.

M/S Ryan, Decker to approve Resolution #01-07 for the loan with USDA for the day care project. Ayes: All.

Council discussed a fence ordinance. Mayor directed each council member to bring ideas to the March meeting on what things they want included in an ordinance for fences.

Council appointed Jeff Decker and Wes Griesbach as commissioners on the Eastern Iowa Regional Housing Authority Board.

Mayor Wenndt will speak to the Cedar County Sheriff about enforcement of the City’s nuisance ordinance relating to junk on properties.

M/S Ryan, Decker to approve Resolution #02-07 designating the Lincoln Highway as an Iowa Heritage Byway. Ayes: All.

Gene Hamdorf presented a price for a water line dectector, $4000. He also is getting estimates on replacing the water lines at the pump house.

Mayor Wenndt presented quotes from Strackbein’s for a new mower at the Park. A 4-wheel steer, 62”deck, mower with trade-in, would be $6800 and a Z-TRAK mower with a 60”deck with trade-in, would be $7150. Council will discuss the mower purchase at the March meeting. Mayor Wenndt will also get a price for a sweeper attachment for the mower.

The City will take bids at the March meeting for Park mowing and a Park food manager. Bids are to be returned to City Hall by March 5, 2007, 12:00 PM.

Council was informed the Lowden Lion’s Club will hold a Diabetes Walk on April 28, from 8-10 AM, in Lowden. Portions of some streets by the school may be barricaded.

M/S Ryan, Madden to adjourn @ 6:45 PM. Ayes: All.

Next regular meeting is March 5, 2007, 5:30 PM.

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