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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011, 5:30 PM, CITY HALL

The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Dan Hamdorf.  Council persons present on roll call:  Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Hoffmeier.  Absent:  Decker.   Visitors:  Jan Olsen, Aaron Horman, Pat Kroemer, Randy Millam.

M/S Hoffmeier, Olsen to approve the minutes of the 3/7/11 meeting with the following correction: the motion for park mowing bids should have read M/S Ryan, Hoffmeier, not Horman.   Ayes:  All.   Conrad reported on the wastewater ABS  #3 pump repairs by ECINC.  Council did not approve payment of the ECINC bill, $1778, until there is further explanation on the pump repairs. 

Aaron Horman, Lowden Memorial Park Board, reported Blake Proesch will do the Park Shelter/Restrooms cleaning for the summer for a stipend of $950.  No one submitted a bid for the Park food stand manager. The Park Board has spoken to the North Cedar School Athletic Boosters to see if they are interested in running the food stands.   The Park would charge them a nominal fee to help with utility expenses, etc. but Park will lose revenue by not managing the food stand.   The Park Board and City Council discussed possibly having the City maintenance men mow the Park next year and also take charge of cleaning the restrooms and shelters.  By doing this, the City/Park could save $5000 in extra expenses.

Aaron Horman, also reported the Our Iowa magazine has chosen Lowden as a location for “Burma Shave” signs.   The signs will be erected on east Old Highway 30 coming into Lowden.

Mayor reported 15 applications were received for the Public Works position.  Council persons Ryan and Hoffmeier and Mayor Hamdorf will form a committee to review the applications, choose who to interview, and discuss salary and benefits.

Five bids were received for the 1977 Ford fire truck: Doug Deerberg-$501, Kody Klahn-$300, Kirk Steinke-$350, David Scheer-$577. M/S Ryan, Conrad to accept the highest bid from David Scheer-$577.  Ayes:  All.

M/S Olsen, Ryan to release the forgivable loan agreement for CDBG housing rehabilitation for Josh Quillin, 108 Main Street.  Ayes:  All.   Quillin is required to relocate with his job.  The 5 yr. requirement for ownership of his house after the CDBG housing rehabilitation has not been met.   But, at the 3/1/2010, council meeting, council voted to have Quillin pay to the City, any profit he makes from the sale of his house.    According to documents received on 4/1/11from WHR, a government relocation group, Quillin paid $61,000 for his house in 2006 and the house is now being sold for $51,500.

The ordinance for the $1/month water meter user fee will be placed on the May council meeting agenda.

Street Committee, Olsen and Conrad, will look at streets and consult w/Gene Hamdorf about necessary summer street work.  Council will then determine what street improvement company to use for the street work.   Mayor will compile the list of homes on Hall Avenue that will have new curb and gutter installed this summer. Letters will be sent informing the owners of the curb and gutter work to be done.

M/S Olsen, Hoffmeier to approve Karen Mackey as a new Library Board member. Ayes:  All.

Randy Millam, visitor, reported to the Council, since the March meeting whereby he had submitted results of the survey done on this property, Gene Hamdorf had measured the property lines between his property and the Wiebel lot to the north of his lot.  He had the survey done in anticipation of submitting to the City a fence permit.  After discussion, Council told Millam the City does not get involved in property line disputes and he should to try to work out the property line issue as necessary.

M/S Olsen, Ryan to approve a liquor license for Good Times.  Ayes:  All.

Gene Hamdorf and Chuck Ryan will check a residence at 304 McKinley Avenue for possible violation of the City’s building permit ordinance.

City Council discussed a complaint received about Lowden Firemen drinking beer and smoking on fire vehicles.   Councilmen Ryan and Olsen, will address this with Fire Chief, Derrick Lange.

M/S Conrad, Ryan to adjourn at 6:58 PM.  Ayes:  All.

Next regular meeting is May 2, 2011, 7:00 PM.

Dan Hamdorf, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk


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