LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2004, 7:00 PM
regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor
Reuben Wenndt. Councilmembers present on roll call: Kroemer, Decker,
Hamdorf, Gottschalk, Conrad.Visitors:Gene Hamdorf, Pat Kroemer, Jim Holz,
Larry Wiebel, Joey Wenndt, Steve Maurer, Steve Lacina.
Conrad, Gottschalk to approve the minutes of the 2/2/04 meeting. Ayes:
Hamdorf, Conrad to approve the bills as presented. Ayes: All.
Kroemer, Hamdorf to close the meeting and open the Public Hearing on
the FY05 budget. Ayes: All.
being no oral and written comments on the FY05 budget, M/S Kroemer,
Hamdorf to close the Public Hearing and open the council meeting. Ayes:
Kroemer, Hamdorf to adopt the FY05 budget as published. Ayes: All.
bid was received for the City’s insurance package from Maurer Agency.
Steve Maurer explained to the council the bid of $19469 effective
Hamdorf, Kroemer to accept the bid of $19469 from Maurer Agency. Ayes:
All.Council asked Maurer to quote $500 and $1000 deductible limits and
he will also check on insurance for displaying fireworks for a Sept.
anniversary celebration sponsored by the Lowden Fire Department.
Wenndt told the council there are several houses and businesses in
Lowden that do not have house numbers on them. Response time in case
of an emergency could be delayed if emergency personnel cannot
house.Clerk said letters had been sent in 2001 to address this but there
still remain houses without numbers. The Fire Dept. will compile a list
of houses with no numbers and Clerk will send a letter requesting a
house number be put in place. Maintenance men will also make a list of
street signs and poles that need to be replaced and order them.
Lacina, CEDCO, gave an updated reported on CEDCO’S projects for Cedar
Hamdorf, Decker to give $600 a year to the AMVETS for the Senior
Citizen’s use of their building. Ayes: All. Currently the City is
giving $300 but the Senior Citizen’s may be meeting more often and
this prompted the request for an increase.
Construction gave an estimate of $1958 for a new overhead door at the
shed and Gritton Garage Doors quoted$1557 which does not include work
enlarge the door opening. The
opening may need to be enlarged for the new garbage truck.
Council will decide which bid to accept after the new garbage
truck is received and they know what work needs to be done to enlarge
discussed the water billing cycle of every 3 months. Mayor thought
smaller monthly bills would be a help to residents.
After discussion, council decided to leave the billing cycle as
it currently is.
Kroemer, Conrad to approve a 28E agreement with Cedar County for law
enforcement in Lowden at a cost of $28584 per year beginning 7-1-04.
discussed the sewer extension to Hunwardsen’s Car Wash.
At this time, it is undecided whether an extension will be done
or not. Councilman Kroemer
reported that Kendall Miller, FS, said he did give permission for the
City to use the west 20 ft. of New Horizon property north of Highway
30 as an easement to extend the City’s sewer line.
Council stated they were not aware of this but were not
interested in a sewer line extension in that area.
area of street on north McKinley Avenue is broken up and soft and muddy.
Gene Hamdorf said this area will have to be dug out and 2 ft.
of rock put in for a base, as weather permits.
Decker will obtain information on animal control services in Cedar
County and report back to the council in April.
discussed seasonal mowing of Lowden Memorial Park.
Councilman Hamdorf thought the town men could take care of the
mowing this summer with the help of some part-time youth.
He felt there were no big City projects this summer and the town
men would have time for mowing and the part-time help could also be
backup on garbage and recycling pickup days.
Mayor Wenndt said he would be interested in mowing for the City
as he has done previously.
discussion, M/S Conrad, Decker to go out for bids for summer mowing at
Lowden Memorial Park to be returned by April 5, 2004, 12:00 PM.
Conrad, Kroemer, Decker. Nays:
Hamdorf. Council stipulated
the garbage barrels at the Park must be emptied every Mon. or Tues. into
the dumpster and the large
JD750 mower will be used for all mowing except trimming.
Holz, MSA, told the council they should be working on the income survey
which is needed to apply for an IA Community Developmenty Block
Grant for a new water tower. Survey
has to be done door to door and an 80% return is needed.
Council took no action on when they would have the survey done.
Wiebel asked the council about what can be done about dog waste in his
yard from other residents’ dogs. Council
knows this is an ongoing problem and also a problem at the Park where
owner’s do not pick up after their dogs.
Council told Larry to find out the individuals who do this and
report it. Also, council
directed Clerk to check with the City Attorney to see if pets can be
banned from Lowden Memorial Park. Council
will discuss this further at the April meeting.
by Kroemer to waive its right to review Pruess Second Addition as
requested by Todd Pruess and Brain Engineering.
No second. Councilman
Gottschalk said he would like to know more about roads and driveways
in the addition to allow for proper access by fire and emergency vehicles.
Gottschalk will contact Brain Engineering regarding this.
Hamdorf, Kroemer to approve the monthly financial report.
reported the Lowden Garden Club and City Clerk will be looking at new
refuse containers for Main Street.
also will speak to an individual who is interested, as a volunteer, in
repairing the sidewalk to the Lowden Cemetery.
will call Durant City Clerk about the procedures for assessment of taxes
for homeowner’s for new curb and gutter.
Kroemer, Hamdorf to adjourn at 9:32 PM.
Next regular meeting will be April 5, 2004, 7:00 PM.