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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL
OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, MAY 3, 2004, 7:00 PM
The regular meeting
of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Reuben Wenndt.
Councilmembers present on roll call: Conrad, Kroemer, Decker.
Absent: Gottschalk, Hamdorf. Visitors: Gene Hamdorf, Pat Kroemer, Lewis
Terlisner, Bill Norton.
M/S Kroemer, Decker to approve the minutes of the 4-5-04 meeting. Ayes:
Conrad, Decker, Kroemer.
M/S Kroemer, Conrad to seat Hamdorf at 7:09 PM. Ayes: Conrad, Decker,
M/S Kroemer, Hamdorf to approve the bills as presented. Ayes: All. During
presentation of the bills, Councilmen Hamdorf and Kroemer said the town
men, instead of the Mayor, should be doing the lawn mowing this summer
since there are no big projects planned for the City. Councilmen asked
Gene if he felt the maintenance men had the time to mow this summer.
Gene said they could use Mayor Reuben Wenndt for mowing when the maintenance
men take vacation.
Lewis Terlisner asked the council about the Legion extending their beer
permit for for one day on Sept. 11. for the Lowden Fire Department's
celebration at Lowden Memorial Park. Council told Terlisner to have
the Legion fill out the proper beer permit forms for the City to approve.
Terlisner also asked the Council if they would donate to the Legion's
outdoor painting project. Council said they would place the issue on
the June agenda.
Council discussed complaints of rusty water in town. Council directed
maintenance men to flush the hydrants every month.
A Public Hearing for the FY04 budget amendment was set for June 7, 2004,
M/S Kroemer, Hamdorf to sign a year contract with Friends of Animals,
Tipton, for animal control. Ayes: All. There is no charge to sign the
contract but if they make a trip to Lowden to pick up an animal, there
is a $40 fee. If the owner reclaims the animal from the shelter, they
pay the $40 fee rather than the City.
M/S Kroemer, Hamdorf to have MSI do the summer street work in Lowden.
Gene says a culvert needs to be taken out and the area sealcoated along
the 300 to 400 block of west Washington Avenue.
Gene will also check on building heights for building permit specifications
and the item will be placed on the June agenda.
City Clerk is checking with Alliant Energy on the addition of a street
light in the alley area of 5th Street between Washington Avenue and
Kemmann Chevrolet presented three quotes for new 1/2 T. or 3/4 T. trucks
for the City. Quotes were in the price range of $20900 to $25463. Council
is interested in
a good used truck if possible. Bob Kroemer said an individual he knows
has a 1996 Dodge 3/4 T. truck for sale, 80,000 miles, manual shift,
After discussion, motioned by Kroemer to purchase the 1996 Dodge truck
at a cost of $10,000. Motion died for lack of a second. Council decided
to discuss this further at the June meeting.
Kroemer reported there are two walnut trees in the alley area behind
Harvey Hein's new house that Hein would like to have removed and Hein
would do the work himself. Council said it was okay for Hein to take
the trees out.
Bill Norton was present to ask the Council if they would consider having
the City hold the license for the Bingo held at the Legion. Currently,
they have to pay sales tax and could avoid this if the Bingo license
was held in the City's name. City Clerk will check with City Attorney
William J. Sueppel for his opinion on this.
M/S Hamdorf, Conrad to approve the monthly financial report. Ayes: All.
M/S Conrad, Hamdorf to approve the following permits: George Morden-house,
pending proper specifications are met, Sun-News building-curb/gutter
& sidewalk, Neil Shaull-shed/garage (which was approved at the April
meeting but they are amending the dimensions of the building), J &
J Grocery-cigarette, Sunday Sales permit, Junior Sander-curb/gutter.
Council will review a sample ordinance from the City Maquoketa regarding
nuisances on properties.
Councilman Hamdorf reported Mike Blake will be installing a sidewalk
at Blake Apartments on May 8.
Approval for the final plat of the Schwarz Addition-Part 2 will be placed
on the June agenda.
M/S Hamdorf, Conrad to adjourn at 8:39 PM. Ayes: All.
Next regular meeting is June 7, 2004, 7:00 PM.