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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL
OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2007,
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,
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:
M/S Conrad, Decker to approve payment of the bills as presented. Ayes:
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
snow away from there. Licht also stated there is a drainage problem
along 1st Street there and asked if the street could be reshaped.
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
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
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,
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
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
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.