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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2009, 7:00 PM, CITY HALL

The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor
Dan Hamdorf. Council members present on roll call: Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Decker, Tucker. Visitors: Pat Kroemer, Gene Hamdorf, Vic Young, Rob Hunter, Jan Olsen, Aaron Horman, Derrick Lange, Clint Henning, Dalton Yutesler, Jody Yutesler, Levi Ruchotzke, Joe Goodlove.

M/S Conrad, Ryan to approve the minutes of the 2/2/09 meeting with the deletion of the bill to Staples, $119.95, Fire Dept.-chair and ink. Ayes: All.

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

Boy Scouts, Levi Ruchotzke and Dalton Yutesler, were present to earn their citizenship merit badge for attending a city council meeting.

Joe Goodlove reported a grant for the Lincoln Highway banners had been submitted and they are still working on the grant for a kiosk.

M/S Ryan, Decker to open the Public Hearing on the FY10 budget. Ayes: All.
Discussion followed centering on the increased deficit in the general fund balance. The actual general fund balance for 6/30/08 was $-22,690, projected to be $-54,717 on 6/30/09, and with the new FY10 budget, $-84853. This deficit is largely in part to council approved purchases of two fire trucks for the Fire Dept. in FY08 and FY09. Firemen Clint Henning and Derrick Lange stated they will try to sell the old fire truck that is out of service and also will be holding fundraisers this year to help their budget. Henning also told the council they want to apply for a grant for a new fire station and it would require a match from the City.
M/S Ryan, Conrad to close the Public Hearing on the FY10 budget and open the council meeting. Ayes: All.

M/S Ryan, Conrad to adopt the FY10 budget as published. Ayes: All.

Council also directed the Lowden Fire Dept to: 1-provide a monthly financial statement to the City as required by the State Auditor, 2-give a key to the Fire Station to Mayor Hamdorf, and 3-reduce their heating costs significantly at the Fire Station by lowering the thermostat.

M/S Ryan, Decker to accept the only bid received from Jeff Goettsch, $3500, for Park mowing for summer 2009. Ayes: All.

M/S Decker, Tucker to waive the second reading, have the third reading and adopt Ordinance #785 regarding control of disorderly conduct in private houses. Ayes: All.

Correspondence was received from the EPA regarding revitalization of the old FS gas station on Old Highway 30. Council decided they were not interested in the project at this time.

IDOT correspondence to the City said they will begin patching Highway 30 from Clarence to DeWitt beginning in April.

Jan Olsen, Lowden Park Board, updated the council on some future projects at the Park including, a new crow's nest at the baseball diamond, a basketball court on one-half of the old tennis court, and a new sign for the disc golf. These projects will be funded by Sesquicentennial and Community Foundation of Cedar County monies. The Park will be advertising for a food stand manager and a caretaker for the shelters and restrooms.

Jan also informed the council they would like to do some new landscaping at the City Park next to City Hall. They want to dismantle the current brick planter donated by the Walter Ibsen Estate and re-use some of the bricks. Council told Jan Olsen to contact a member of the Ibsen family to inform them of the changes that are going to be made at the City Park.

M/S Ryan, Tucker to approve a wine permit for Two Friends Gift & Flower Shop. Ayes: All.

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

Gene Hamdorf reported Welby Leeper will begin curb and gutter work on Grant Avenue this spring. Council discussed the severe dip on Main Street by Hall Avenue but no action was taken to correct this.

Mayor Hamdorf reported a nuisance abatement notice will be sent to the owner at 802 McKinley Avenue to remove all the junk and trash around the house.

Mayor Hamdorf appointed Lisa Decker as a council representative to attend Little Home Day Care meetings.

Next regular meeting will be April 6, 2009, 6:15 PM.

M/S Ryan, Decker to adjourn at 8:15 PM. Ayes: All.

Dan Hamdorf, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk


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