OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, MARCH 2,
2009, 7:00 PM, CITY HALL
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:
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.
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk