The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Reuben Wenndt. Councilmembers present on roll call: Conrad, Olsen, Kroemer, Decker. Visitors: Dawn York, Beth Fox, Mark Fox, Austin Lange, Derrick Lange, Tim Drewelow, Jan Olsen, Gene Hamdorf, Bill Norton, Steve Lacina.

Mayor Wenndt presented three names of people interested in the council seat vacated by Roger Gottschalk: Dawn York, Bob Madden, and Rodney Lange.
M/S Kroemer, Conrad to appoint Bob Madden to the vacant seat. Ayes: Conrad, Olsen, Kroemer. Nays: Decker.

M/S Decker, Olsen to approve the minutes of the 2-6-06 meeting. Ayes: All.

Visitor Austin Lange spoke to the council and wanted to know why his water shutoff had to be dug up by JJJ Enterprises when the town maintenance men could have located it with a metal detector. The digging expense of $80 is to be assessed to Lange. Mayor Wenndt said if Austin had a delinquent bill and the water needed to be shut off, the shut off needed to be repaired. Council felt possibly the maintenance men could have looked further for the buried shutoff. Gene Hamdorf stated they were not sure where the shut off was located.
After discussion, M/S Conrad, Olsen to have the City pay for ½ of the digging bill, $40, and Austin Lange pay for 1/2 , $40. Ayes: All.

M/S Decker, Olsen to add “Little Home Day Care Center”to the agenda. Ayes: All.

Bill Norton stated the City Council needed to approve three things to proceed with the day care project. First, a building permit on behalf of Little Home Day Care and the City of Lowden needs to be approved. Secondly, approval is needed for Resolution #1-06 authorizing the City to enter into a contract with a bonding attorney, and third, Resolution #2-06 stating the City will utilize small businesses, minorities and women-owned businesses in the letting of bids needs approval. M/S Decker, Olsen to approve the building permit for Little Home Day Care Center, Resolution #1-06 authorizing a contract with a bonding attorney and Resolution #2-06 whereby the City will use small businesses, minorities and women-owned businesses in the letting of bids. Ayes: All.

M/S Decker, Conrad to close the meeting and open the Public Hearing on the FY07 budget. Ayes: All. There being no oral or written comments on the budget, Mayor Wenndt closed the Public Hearing and opened the meeting. M/S Decker, Olsen to approve the budget for FY07. Ayes: All.

M/S Kroemer, Olsen to close the meeting and open the Public Hearing on the proposed zoning change from R-1 to C-1 at 309 Washington Avenue. Ayes: All.
Lisa Decker reported she and Anita Kruckenberg are going to open a gift and flower shop in that location. Mayor Wenndt closed the Public Hearing and opened the meeting.
M/S Kroemer, Conrad to have the 1st reading and waive the second and third readings of Ordinance #770 approving the zoning change from Residential 1 to Commercial 1 for property at 309 Washington Avenue. Ayes: All.

Lowden Park Board members, Jan Olsen and Tim Drewelow, were present
to inform the council they want to build a 18 x 32 open shelter west of the softball food stand to allow for seating when people are eating. They are applying for some grant money and other money has been set aside for the project. Council asked the Park Board if they would check into having the badly cracked cement floor in the south enclosed shelter repaired.

Park mowing bids were opened: Allen and Mikki Hamdorf-$2310, Cole Hamilton-$3440, Randall Millam-$120/weekly, Jeff Goettsch-$2200, and Beth Fox-$2250 or $2275 which included trimming the ditch three times during the season.
M/S Kroemer, Decker to hire Beth Fox to do the summer mowing at Lowden Memorial Park for $2275. Ayes: All.

One Park food stand manager bid was received: Julie Hoffmeier-$850.
M/S Conrad, Decker to hire Julie Hoffmeier to be the food stand manager at Lowden Memorial Park for the summer. Ayes: All.

Three people were interested in cleaning the restrooms and opening shelters at the Park: Pam Fitzgerald, Randall Millam, and Jana Goettsch. The position will pay $10/hour. M/S Olsen, Conrad to hire Jana Goettsch to clean the Park restrooms and open and close Park shelters for rentals. Ayes: All.

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

Steve Lacina, CEDCO, was present and updated the City Council on their activities. CEDCO was informed in January the City of Lowden would not be renewing their membership with them effective July 1, 2006.

M/S Conrad, Kroemer to approve the following permits: curb and gutter-Lisa Decker, sidewalk-Lisa Decker, Class B native wine permit-“Two Friends”, liquor license-Good Times LLC, building permits-house-Imogene Rohling, house-Jason Conrad, and house-Kenneth Dircks. Ayes: All.

M/S Kroemer, Olsen to purchase a new overhead door with two openers for the town shed from Gritton Garage Doors at a cost of $653.00. Ayes: All. One other estimate of $695 was presented from Eastern IA Overhead Door Co.

Gene Hamdorf reported they are using the phosphates in the water supply and have seen an improvement in the rust problem. Gene said he will speak to Lee Dexter about the tiling that needs to be done behind Gary Oster’s duplex.

Mayor Wenndt reported someone had tampered with the Road Closed sign on the west edge of the Park and had moved it and driven across the bridge. Council suggested he call the sheriff’s office and report the incident.

Clerk reported the Zoning Commission will have to meet to approve a 2-lot subdivision, Conrad’s 1st Addition, since the area is within two miles of the corporate limits of Lowden. After the Zoning Board’s approval, the final plat will be presented to the Lowden City Council for approval.

City maintenance men will check on large broken tree limbs at the Park and clean them up.

M/S Decker, Olsen to adjourn @ 8:43 PM. Ayes: All

Next regular meeting is April 3, 2006, 7:00 PM.

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