The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Dan Hamdorf.  Council members present on roll call:  Galen Conrad, Chuck Ryan, Jim Olsen, Lisa Decker, Barry Hoffmeier.  Visitors:  Tiffany Deerberg, Doug Deerberg, Marcella Kreusch, Julie Goodell, Jim Richmond, Ryan Venditti, Don Larson, Cindy Larson, Robert Niermeyer, Jan Olsen, Sharon Kruckenberg, Jim Kruckenberg, Sharon Schneider, Brad Schneider, Jay Hein, Jodie Snowbarger, Pat Kroemer, Gene Hamdorf,  Ray Wiese, Mary Jo Wiese, Johnathan Ibsen, Elisabeth Ibsen, Denise Conrad, Connie Gottschalk, Bryan Conner, Marilyn Klahn, Bill Norton, Josh Quillin, Olivia Guthrie Quillin, Gerald Jensen, Donna Jensen, Derrick Lange, David Horman, Rodney Schneider, Rex McCreight, Wes Griesbach, Clark Gordon, Rob Hunter, Joe Goodlove, Aaron Horman, Joe Crock.

M/S Conrad, Decker to approve the minutes of the 2/1/10 meeting.  Ayes:  All.

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

Visitors Cindy Larson and Joe Goodlove questioned the City Council on why the surveillance cameras the City owns are not up.  Mayor Hamdorf said the cameras are motion cameras not surveillance cameras so would not be up 24 hours a day, but are more for “spot checking”.  He said any business is welcome to use them too. 

Bill Norton complained to the City Council about the bad bump on the road on Main Street at Hall Avenue.  Mayor Hamdorf said signs have been ordered to place there to alert people of the dip and also this spring the area will be dug out and cement poured there.   The area has previously been dug up three times trying to correct this problem.

M/S Ryan, Hamdorf to close the meeting and open the Public Hearing on the FY2011 proposed budget.  Ayes:  All.

No oral or written comments were made on the FY2011 budget.

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

M/S Ryan, Olsen to adopt the budget for FY2011.  Ayes: All.

M/S Conrad, Decker to accept the only bid received for the City’s insurance package from Niermeyer-Maurer Insurance.   Ayes:  All.  The premium will be $19,906. for
2010-2011 with anticipated dividends estimated to be $2600.  This premium includes a change from a $250 deductible to a $1000 deductible on property coverage.

A building permit presented by Schneid’s LLC  for a bar/restaurant in the Pruess Addition #3 on 1st Street was rejected by the City Council.  Pruess has restrictive covenants in the addition which state the lots in question are to be used for single or two- family unit dwellings and the covenants are in place until 2015.  Two petitions with a total of 38 signatures were presented to the council opposing any consideration of rezoning from agricultural to commercial for a bar/restaurant in that location.  Comments opposing the business included noise from motorcycles or snowmobiles, smoking outside the business, excessive traffic, and decreased residential property values.   Jodie Snowbarger, representing Schneid’s LLC, told the council they felt this was an opportunity to operate a family-oriented business and said there would be increased revenues and taxes for the City.  Council suggested they try to find another more desirable location for their business.

Josh Quillin, 108 Main Street,  told the City Council he will be moving out of his house in approximately twelve to eighteen months due to a job transfer.  This will be before the end of his 5-year forgivable loan agreement with the City, in which he had his house rehabilitated through a CDBG grant in the amount of $26,680.  According to the loan agreement, if Quillin moves out of his house between March 2011 and March 2012, he would owe 40% of the loan, or $10,672, back to the City.   Quillin said he would not be able to pay that amount back to the City unless the sale of his house shows that much profit above his mortgage.   Council member Conrad said he is not in favor of forgiving any part of the remaining loan.  Quillin assured the council he will pay back any profit he gets on his house. After discussion, M/S Decker, Olsen to have Quillin pay to the City any profit he makes on the sale of his house between March 2011 and March 2012, in payment on the forgivable loan agreement up to $10,672.   Ayes:  Conrad, Olsen, Decker, Hoffmeier.  Nays:  Ryan.

Clark Gordon presented a petition with 66 signatures requesting the Lowden City Council televise Lowden City Council meetings.  The City had a cost estimate from F & B on what would be involved with televising the meetings.  Start up costs would be approx. $600 and someone would need to operate the camera at the meetings and the DVD provided to F & B for airing.  Council was in favor of televising the meetings, but were not interested in spending  $600 to buy a camera.  They thought if someone wanted to donate a camera and operate it, that would be favorable.  Council member Ryan said he had a camera the City could use and the Council said they would look into getting someone to volunteer to operate the camera at meetings.

M/S Ryan, Hoffmeier to approve the Park Board’s recommendation to accept  Jeff Goettsch’s bid of $3500 for mowing Lowden Memorial Park this summer, and accept Lisa and Jeff Decker’s bid of $950 for shelter and restroom cleaning at the Park.  Ayes:  All.   One other bid for Park mowing, $3300, was received from Ben Hanks, Riverside, Iowa.

M/S Ryan, Hoffmeier to approve Kyle Proesch as a new Park Board member.  Ayes:  All.

M/S Olsen, Ryan to have City maintenance men put up and take down Christmas banners and wreaths yearly and also put up the City banners in May.  Ayes:  All.

Joe Goodlove reported the Lincoln Highway Association will be having a nationwide yard sale this summer on August 5, 6, 7.  He will have more information regarding this in  upcoming months.   

M/S Ryan, Hoffmeier to pay the Little Home Day Care snow removal bill for Jan. and Feb. 2010 in the amount of $257 to Jeff Goettsch.  Ayes:  All.

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

Gene Hamdorf stated MMS Engineers will attend the April council meeting to discuss the proposed waterwater plant project.

Gene presented additional information about radio read meters.  He also told the council he will be taking pictures of junk cars so nuisance abatement notices can be sent out.

City Clerk told the council bills for sidewalk snow removal done by the City over the winter will be sent out this month and residents will be charged $100/time for snow removal.

M/S Olsen, Decker to adjourn at 8:00 PM.  Ayes:  All.

Next regular meeting will be April 5, 2010, 7:00 PM.

Dan Hamdorf, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk

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