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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2004, 7:00 PM

The 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.

M/S Conrad, Gottschalk to approve the minutes of the 2/2/04 meeting. Ayes: All.

M/S Hamdorf, Conrad to approve the bills as presented. Ayes: All.

M/S Kroemer, Hamdorf to close the meeting and open the Public Hearing on the FY05 budget. Ayes: All.

There 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: All.

M/S Kroemer, Hamdorf to adopt the FY05 budget as published. Ayes: All.

One bid was received for the City’s insurance package from Maurer Agency. Steve Maurer explained to the council the bid of $19469 effective 4/1/04.

M/S 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.

Joey 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 locate the 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.

Steve Lacina, CEDCO, gave an updated reported on CEDCO’S projects for Cedar County.

M/S 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.

Leeper 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 the opening.

Council 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.

M/S 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.  Ayes:  All. No specific number of hours will be provided but the City will be covered as needed.

Council 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.

An 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.

Councilperson Decker will obtain information on animal control services in Cedar County and report back to the council in April.

Council 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.

After 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. Ayes:  Gottschalk, 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.

Jim 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.

Larry 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.

Motioned 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.

M/S Hamdorf, Kroemer to approve the monthly financial report. Ayes: All.

Mayor reported the Lowden Garden Club and City Clerk will be looking at new refuse containers for Main Street.

Mayor also will speak to an individual who is interested, as a volunteer, in repairing the sidewalk to the Lowden Cemetery.

Clerk will call Durant City Clerk about the procedures for assessment of taxes for homeowner’s for new curb and gutter.

M/S Kroemer, Hamdorf to adjourn at 9:32 PM.  Ayes:  All.

Next regular meeting will be April 5, 2004, 7:00 PM.

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