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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012, 5:30 PM, CITY HALL

Mayor Barry Hoffmeier called the meeting to order.

Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Council members present on roll call:  Conrad, McCreight, Olsen, Behrens, Helmold.

M/S McCreight, Conrad to approve the consent agenda including the minutes and bills.   Ayes:  All.

M/S McCreight, Helmold to approve the subordination of the housing rehabilitation forgivable loan agreements, due to refinancing of mortgages, for Ruben Gonzalez and Cody Poppe.  Ayes:  All. 

Council discussed designating Farm to Market roads in Lowden.

M/S Olsen, McCreight to have City Clerk contact the City Attorney to prepare an ordinance designating 1st St., 10th St., Washington Ave., Main St., Country Club Lane, Yankee Ave., and 155th St. as Farm to Market roads.   Ayes:  All.  The first reading of the ordinance will be at the May 7 City Council meeting.

Council reviewed priority sewer line repairs as noted by Brian Searcy, MMS Engineers.   McKinley Avenue seems to be the worst with “belly sags” in several areas of the sewer lines and breaks in the tile.   Searcy suggested having Shoemaker & Haaland Engineers do the surveying and engineering work for this area and put together a plan for the project.   Mayor will speak to Searcy about compiling a scope of work, specifications and estimate for sewer line repairs on McKinley Avenue.  Shoemaker & Haaland Engineers may be called as consultants for the project.

Mayor Hoffmeier will also contact Shoemaker & Haaland Engineers about assessing water drainage problems on Hall Ave. and 5th St.   Water and debris pool in the intersection and on Hall Ave. towards 4th St.   

Dean Behrens asked the council if he could be allowed to have approximately 6 hen chickens on his property as a 4-H project for his daughter.   Conrad did not think neighbors would want something like that and the City would be setting a precedent by allowing it.  The current ordinance says livestock is not allowed in the City “except by written consent of the Council”. After discussion, M/S McCreight, Behrens to allow Behrens to have 6 hen chickens on his property and also get his next door neighbor’s approval.  Ayes:  Helmold, McCreight, Behrens.  Nays:  Conrad, Olsen.

Kirk Steinke said he was having trouble with the wastewater pumps.  At one time on the weekend, only one of three pumps were working.  But currently two are in operation.  Council told Kirk to get an estimate for repairs on pump #1.

M/S McCreight, Helmold to approve a building permit for a deck and fence permit for David Summers and a liquor license for Cedar Country Store.  Ayes:  All.   A fence permit for Joe Abels was not approved since he did not provide proof of his property lines with a survey.   Jon Ibsen also asked about a fence permit without a survey. Council told him he must have a survey for a fence permit or be able to prove where survey pins are located on his property.

City Council clarified the new golf cart ordinance.   Any golf cart used on City streets is required to have a permit even if they are going directly to the golf course.

Kirk Steinke said he would be spraying weeds along the City’s right-of-way in 5th St. Place and also at Little Home Day Care Center.   He also informed the Council no one has been interested in buying the old riding mower/snow blower he listed for sale for $1400.  Council told him to go ahead and use the mower if necessary.

Kirk told the Council they should be considering the purchase of an additional 
30 ft.of land north of the wastewater plant.   This land will be required for wet wells when the new plant is under construction.

Kirk said the Day Care water usage has appeared more in the normal range the last two months but Council wanted him to contact Lowden Plumbing and Heating to make sure there are no water leaks with the geothermal system there.   Several times the usage at the day care was 80,000-100,000 gallons for a 2-month period, but the City waives  Little Home water bills.

Dean Behrens, Lowden Park Board, told the Council they are considering renovating the baseball dugouts and making them ground level.  They have a private donor for the project. 

Council set May 7, 2012, 7:00 PM, as the date for a Public Hearing on a FY12 Budget Amendment.

M/S McCreight, Behrens to adjourn at 7:22 PM.  Ayes:  All.

Next regular meeting will be May 7, 2012, 7:00 PM.

Barry Hoffmeier, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk


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