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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2006, 7:00 PM

The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Reuben Wenndt. Council members present on roll call: Conrad, Olsen, Decker, Kroemer. Visitors: Karma Kruckenberg, Eunice Boedeker, Jan Olsen, Joy Combs, Aaron Horman, Tim Burmeister, Pat Kroemer.

Council discussed appointment of a council member to fill the vacated seat of Roger Gottschalk. Mayor Wenndt said Dawn York would be interested in the position. Council has 40 days from the date of resignation to appoint a new member. M/S Conrad, Decker to wait until the March 6 meeting to appoint a new council member. Ayes: All.

M/S Decker, Olsen to approve the minutes of the 1/9/06 and 1/30/06 meetings. Ayes: All.

M/S Conrad, Decker to approve payment of the bills as presented. Ayes: All.

The Sesquicentennial Committee gave a report to the City Council. The celebration will be held August 3, 4, 5, 2007. They asked if the City’s insurance will cover their activities. Clerk will check with the City’s insurance carrier.

Council discussed the City’s ordinance relating to the fine imposed for tampering with a water meter. M/S Conrad, Kroemer to raise the fine from $100 to a maximum of $500. Ayes: All. The first reading of the change in ordinance will be held at the March 6 meeting.

M/S Decker, Conrad to change the frequency of water billing from every 3 months to every 2 months, beginning with the June 2006 billing. Ayes: All. The first reading of the change in ordinance for water billing frequency will be held at the March 6 meeting. The increase on water and sewer rates will be effective on the June 2006 bills.

M/S Kroemer, Olsen to set the Public Hearing date on the change in zoning at 309 Washington Avenue for March 6, 2006, 7:15 PM. Ayes: All.

M/S Kroemer, Decker to go out for bids for mowing at Lowden Memorial Park. Ayes: All. Bids are to be returned by March 6, 2006, 12:00 PM, to Lowden City Hall. Council will also advertise for someone to open and close Park Shelters and clean the shelters and restrooms at a wage of $10.00/hr. Bids will also be taken for Park concession stand manager.

Tim Burmeister presented a price of $695, from Eastern Iowa Overhead Door, for a new overhead door at the City shed with two remote controls. Council asked Burmeister to get another bid or two.

Burmeister reported the water pump at the well at the water treatment facility was pulled 1-1/2 wks. ago. The pump was 14 years old and was not working properly. Gene Hamdorf authorized the purchase of a new pump. Mayor and Council said they were unaware of the situation and want to be kept informed.

M/S Olsen, Decker to approve the monthly financial report. Ayes: All.

M/S Decker, Olsen to adjourn at 8:05 PM. Ayes: All.

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