The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Dan Hamdorf.  Council members present on roll call:  Conrad, Ryan, Olsen.  Absent:  Hoffmeier, Decker.  Visitors:  Malissa Woolley, Betty Ellerhoff, Brad Schneider, Gene Hamdorf, Pat Kroemer, Jay Hein, Joe Crock, Dan Sinclair, Rob Hunter, Eben Hunter, Bryan Conner, Louis Licht, Bob Tobin, Edward Brinton, Bill Norton, Tom Schwarz.

M/S Ryan, Conrad to approve the minutes of the 3/1/10 meeting.  Ayes:  All.

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

Visitors Betty Ellerhoff  and Malissa Woolley, candidates for Cedar County Supervisor and Cedar County Recorder respectively, were present to introduce themselves to the council.

Edward Brinton, MMS Engineers, and Bob Tobin, Shoemaker & Haaland Engineers, were present to discuss the proposed wastewater plant project.   To proceed with the project they said a facilities plan should be submitted to the DNR.  Also, an Intended Use Plan should be submitted to the DNR so the City could qualify for State Revolving Loan funds.   The City will also contact ECIA for assistance in applying for CDBG money.  Bob Tobin will do a scope of services for future engineering work, whereby they will define their engineering costs.   The City Council indicated they are interested in a low maintenance wastewater plant similar to the Solon facility.  

Louis Licht, University of Iowa, also was present to inform the council of a tree treatment system for wastewater and said he would like to work with Lowden on a project of this type.

Dan Sinclair, Dakota Supply Group, presented information to the council on radio read meters.  He said the approximately 380 badger meters currently being used by Lowden are becoming outdated, but we could build on what we now have and be updated with the radio read system.  The new meters are devised to show leak detection and do data profiling and would be tamper resistant.  They would also increase revenue for the City because of their efficiency.   With the wand reader system, the meters could be read in a very short time and the system would interface with the billing on the City Hall computer.   No decision was made by the council regarding new radio read meters.

M/S Conrad, Ryan to approve a building permit for Schneid’s LLC, for a bar/restaurant along the west side of the 200 Washington Avenue block.   Ayes:  All.  The area is zoned Commercial I.   Jay Hein indicated they want to build a fence around part of the property and council told them they would also need a fence permit.

Galen Conrad told the council Kevin Hartwig will be installing two field driveways on the north side of his field along 155th St. north of Lowden.   Gene was directed to check the culvert installation and driveways when the work progresses.

Joe Crock, Little Home Day Care, was present to ask the council if the City could make 3 more loan payments through Sept. at $1462.00/month to USDA. They are waiting to see if North Cedar School will be offering Pre-K/Preschool for 4 year olds or if Little Home will assume those classes which would help them in their financial situation.  The City made the last USDA payment the end of March with Little Home “flow through” money and there is only $464.49 in that account.   After discussion, Council decided to on the loan payment issue, until all parties know what the North Cedar School’s position is regarding their Pre-K/Preschool program.

M/S Olsen, Conrad to approve the monthly treasurer’s report.  Ayes:  All.

M/S Olsen, Ryan to approve the following permits:  garage-Carey Howard, porch-Ray and Mary Jo Wiese, deck-Rob Hunter.  Ayes:  All.   A fence permit submitted by Jay and Charity Stoffer was tabled until the survey of their property is completed.

Gene Hamdorf told the council it is difficult and unsafe for them to drive the garbage truck, recycle trailer, and road grader on 5th St. Place.  There is no turn around and they have to back the vehicles the whole distance down the street.   No “turn around” or cul-de-sac was built on the street at the east end of 5th Street Place because it was thought future development by the landowner might occur there.  Gene said there is a 12’ utility/trail easement on the east side of the two houses on the far east end and suggested using those two areas for pulling in and turning around.  Some council thought that would not be enough room to turn around.    Council agreed to look at the area and report back to the May meeting.

Mayor Hamdorf said he will talk to Louis Miller about the sidewalks at the Lutheran School Apts.

Gene reported they will be digging up water leaks this week near 96 Main Street and 510 Main Street.

Gene told the Council Mel Hamilton wants to install a 15” culvert along his property on 4th Street.   Then the City would have to tear out their portion of 12” culvert and install a 15” culvert to match up with Hamilton’s.  Council confirmed they decided at the 10/5/09 meeting that Hamilton could install a 12” culvert and pay for the rock but the City will not pay for tearing out any of the City’s existing culvert.

Council discussed the City Park landscaping project and questioned the delay in the work.  The City Park has been torn up for 6 months and work has not progressed.

Galen Conrad will speak to Larre Petersen about the purchase of 3 acres of his land for the City’s proposed wastewater plant project.

Council authorized the purchase of a blower from Ecinc for the wastewater plant Imhoff tank at a cost of $2490.

Mayor directed maintenance men to put up the Lincoln Highway banners as soon as possible.

Council set the date of 5/3/10, 7:00 PM, for a Public Hearing on the franchise agreement with Alliant Energy for gas and electric.

Nuisance abatement notices will be sent out this month with pictures of the nuisances.

Council said a resident’s water bill showing usage of 91,000 gallons should stand as billed.   The high usage was just discovered because of a discrepancy between the outside reader and the inside meter which occurred over a period of time. 

M/S Conrad, Ryan to adjourn at 10:10 PM.  Ayes:  All.

Next regular meeting is May 3, 2010, 7:00 PM.

Dan Hamdorf, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk

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