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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2007, 5:30 PM

The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Reuben Wenndt. Council members present on roll call: Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Decker, Madden. Visitors: Gene Hamdorf, David Boettcher, Derrick Lange, Kirk Steinke, Wes Griesbach, Louis Licht, Jana Goettsch, Jeff Goettsch, Bill Elijah.

M/S Ryan, Decker to approve the minutes of the 2-5-07 meeting. Ayes: All.

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

M/S Ryan, Madden to close the meeting and open the Public Hearing on the FY08 Budget. Ayes: All.
There being no written or oral objections to the FY08 City budget., M/S Madden, Olsen to close the Public Hearing and open the council meeting. Ayes: All. M/S Olsen, Decker to approve Resolution #03-07 for the FY08 budget. Ayes: All.

One bid was received for mowing at Lowden Memorial Park from Jeff Goettsch - bid $3500. M/S Olsen, Ryan to accept the bid of $3500 from Jeff Goettsch for mowing at Lowden Memorial Park for the 2007 season. Ayes: All.

City received no bids for Food Stand Manager at Lowden Memorial Park.

Bill Elijah, Lowden Legion, was present and asked the Council why the snow piles at the Legion weren't removed by the City as per a past agreement. Gene Hamdorf said there were rocks in the snow and the City did not have a place to dump it. Galen Conrad will see if the snow piles can be dumped behind West-Side Truck Center on the F.S. property.

David Boettcher, Lowden Fire Department, presented information to the Council on a new chassis and/or a used chassis for a tanker truck. A new chassis could cost $53,000 and it would cost $10,000-15,000 to put the old tank on the new truck. A complete tanker truck from Midwest Fire would cost $85,000. Councilmember Chuck Ryan though the current tank could go on a new chassis and said he would contact Kemmann's for a price on a chassis. Several of the Council thought, for the price difference between old and new, a new truck would be preferable. Council tabled the issue until the April meeting when the Fire Dept. will have more firm prices on a truck.

Louis Licht, visitor, said the snow was piled up against the north side of the old lumber yard building. Gene Hamdorf said they would haul the snow away from there. Licht also stated there is a drainage problem along 1st Street there and asked if the street could be reshaped. Summer street work will address this problem.

Council put Licht on the April agenda to discuss the City's wastewater plant and possible discharge changes that could benefit the City environmentally and be more cost effective.

Maintenance men will paint the City's street sweeper and Councilman Chuck Ryan offered to help.

Council discussed a proposed fence ordinance. Some ideas by the Council included - property owners should have their lots surveyed before fences could
be erected, no fences in the front or side yards of lots, fences should be off the property line or some Council thought the fences should be on the property line.
After discussion, Council decided the Mayor, Councilman Ryan, and Clerk should put together a draft ordinance for fences for the April meeting.

M/S Ryan, Olsen to consider replacement of the bridge by the Lowden Cemetery, ownership shared ½ by the City and ½ by County, by the County Bridge replacement crew in FY10. Ayes: Ryan, Olsen, Decker, Madden. Nays: Conrad. Clerk will send a letter to the County Engineer stating the above. The time frame for bridge replacement is different from what was discussed at the Feb. 2007 meeting. Council also wants to know from the Engineer if the City could make payments on the bridge replacement.

Council discussed the purchase of a new mower for the Park. M/S Ryan, Decker to purchase a JD X724 all-wheel steer mower from Strackbein's at a cost of $6800. which includes trade-in of the City's JD445. Ayes: Ryan, Olsen, Decker, Madden. Nays: Conrad.

M/S Olsen, Madden to approve the Lion's Club Walk on April 28 from Lowden Memorial Park to west on Old Highway 30. Ayes: All.

M/S Conrad, Ryan to not allow an adjustment on a resident's $212 water bill due to a leak in their basement. Ayes: All.

Council also stated any garden meters at houses will be read throughout the winter months and even if there is no usage, a minimum bill will be issued.

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

Councilman Ryan will speak to Wes Griesbach about junk and refuse on his property along the north side of 1st Street.

M/S Ryan, Olsen to adjourn at 7:05 PM. Ayes: All. Council decided the
April 2 Council Meeting will also meet at 5:30 PM.


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