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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, MAY 3, 2010, 7:00 PM, CITY HALL

The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Dan Hamdorf.   Council members present on roll call:  Ryan, Olsen, Decker, Hoffmeier.  (Conrad seated at 7:04 PM.) Visitors: Pat Kroemer, Bryan Conner, Scott Fields, Gene Hamdorf, Edward Brinton, Bob Tobin, Glenn Apler,  Dawn York, Tom Schwarz, Joe Crock.

M/S Ryan, Olsen to approve the minutes of the 4/5/10 meeting.  Ayes:  Ryan, Olsen, Decker, Hoffmeier.

M/S Olsen, Ryan to seat Conrad at 7:04 PM.  Ayes:  Ryan, Olsen, Decker, Hoffmeier.

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

Council member Ryan offered Ordinance #790 relating to an electric franchise for Interstate Power and Light Company.

It was moved by council member Ryan and seconded by council member Decker that said ordinance be placed upon its first reading.  Ayes:  Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Decker, Hoffmeier.

Mayor Hamdorf declared said motion carried, and said ordinance #790 was placed upon its first reading and was read the first time.

Thereupon, it was moved by council member Ryan and seconded by council member Decker that the laws and rules providing that ordinances shall be fully and distinctly read on three different days be suspended and dispensed with, and that Ordinance #790 be placed on its last reading.  Ayes:  Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Decker, Hoffmeier. 

Mayor Hamdorf declared the motion carried, and ordinance #790 was then placed upon its last reading and was read the last time.

Thereupon, it was moved by council member Ryan and seconded by council member Decker that Ordinance #790 be place upon its final passage and passed.   Ayes:  All.

Mayor Hamdorf declared the motion carried and the ordinance passed and adopted.

Council member Ryan offered Ordinance #791 relating to a natural gas franchise for Interstate Power and Light Company.

It was moved by council member Ryan and seconded by council member Decker that said ordinance be placed upon its first reading.  Ayes:  Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Decker, Hoffmeier.

Mayor Hamdorf declared said motion carried, and said Ordinance #791 was placed upon its first reading and was read the first time.

Thereupon, it was moved by council member Ryan and seconded by council member Decker that the laws and rules providing that ordinances shall be fully and distinctly read on three different days be suspended and dispensed with, and that Ordinance #791 be placed on its last reading.  Ayes:  Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Decker, Hoffmeier.

Mayor Hamdorf declared the motion carried, and Ordinance #791 was then placed upon its last reading and was read the last time.

Thereupon, it was moved by council member Ryan and seconded by council member Decker that Ordinance #791 be placed upon its final passage and passed.  Ayes:  Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Decker, Hoffmeier.

Mayor Hamdorf declared the motion carried and the ordinance passed and adopted.

Scott Fields was present to discuss his high water bill whereby the usage was 91,000 gallons for two months.  Gene Hamdorf said the bills at Fields’ house had fluctuated somewhat over the past several years but not enough to trigger checking the meter.  The high usage amount came from a discrepancy between the outside reader and the actual water meter in the basement.   Council felt the blame did not lay with Fields since they did not know anything was wrong and just paid their water bills as billed.  Council said this was a different situation than someone’s toilet leaking or water softener cycling.

After discussion, M/S Ryan, Olsen to have Fields pay $300, a high average for them, for their April 2010 water bill and maintenance men are to install a new meter and outside reader immediately.  Ayes:  All.

Bob Tobin, Shoemaker & Haaland Engineers, and Edward Brinton, MMS Engineers, presented the council with a scope of services schedule for the proposed new wastewater plant.  The schedule outlined the steps that would be taken with the wastewater plant project stating it could take 5 years to complete.  Council asked the engineers to bring an agreement for professional services to the June council meeting for approval.

M/S Ryan, Olsen to approve the Cedar County 28E Agreement for General Law Enforcements Services.  Ayes:  All.   It is the same contract as the previous one with Cedar County.

Council discussed a turn-around at the end of 5th St. Place to allow for the garbage truck and recycling truck to turn around.  Gene Hamdorf said it is difficult to back all the way down the street there.  Council said there is no place to make a turn around.   Mayor Hamdorf said to continue backing the trucks down 5th St. Place.

M/S Olsen, Hamdorf to amend the agenda to add – Park Food Stand Manager Contract.  Ayes:  All.

M/S Ryan, Conrad to approve Rozella Steinke as the Park Food Stand Manager for this summer at $1500.  Ayes:  All.

Joe Crock, representing Little Home Day Care Center, asked the council who is supposed to be mowing the lawn at the day care.  He stated according to the Management and Use Agreement between the City and Little Home, the City is responsible for the lawn mowing and snow removal.   He said Kip Esbaum previously mowed the lawn every two weeks for $50 and Little Home paid for it.

M/S Olsen, Hoffmeier to amend the agenda to add  - Little Home Day Care – Mowing.  Ayes:  All.

M/S Hoffmeier, Ryan to have Kip Esbaum mow the lawn at Little Home Day Care at the rate of $50/for every two weeks.  Ayes:  All.

Joe Crock also stated they would be able to make the next loan payment to USDA and will bring the check to City Hall this week.

Council determined Dawn York should submit a fence permit for fence panels they are installing along their property near the alley.

M/s Decker, Ryan to approve the following permits:  J & J Grocery-cigarette permit and beer permit, Charity Stoffer-fence permit, Dawn York-fence permit.  Ayes:  All.

A sidewalk permit submitted by Louis Miller was not approved.  Council member Olsen will speak to Miller about the sidewalk.

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

Clerk will check the status of FY10 expenditures after the April monthly report is finished to see if a FY10 budget amendment needs to be done in June.

Mayor Hamdorf will contact Chris Surls at Norton Law Office about the paperwork to finalize the purchase land from Larre Petersen for the proposed wastewater plant project.

Clerk was directed to contact Turkle Tree Service to trim dead branches from a City right-of-way tree at 300 Jefferson Avenue.

Council will discuss radio read water meters at the June meeting.

Council member Hoffmeier said a resident asked if the City would treat the dandelions on the City’s property that borders the resident’s property.  Council said if the resident wants the dandelions treated, they can do the treatment themselves since the City won’t be doing it.

Barry also said a resident asked about repairing the sidewalks to the cemetery.  Council took no action on this.

Gene told the council Tim Burmeister will be off work for several weeks and he would need help with mowing. Council agreed Jeff Goettsch could be asked to help with mowing if needed. 

Council directed City Clerk to contact JJJ Enterprises to clean up the lot west of the Library.

City Clerk reported nuisance abatement notices were sent out last month by certified mail.  Two were returned to City Hall since the owners did not pick them up.  The Sheriff’s Dept. will be asked to serve the notices giving owners 30 days from the date of serving, to clean up the nuisances.   Council member Decker will check other locations of cited  nuisances to determine if they have been cleaned up properly.

City Clerk also informed the council there are complaints about people allowing their dogs to run loose at Lowden Memorial Park and not picking up their waste.   A notice will be placed in the Sun-News and on the local cable channel about the City’s leash law and picking up after the dogs.   Gene was directed to look into dog waste containers for the park similar to what the Clarence Park has.

Bob Dohmen, Buildings and Grounds Director at North Cedar School, contacted the City about a flip up stop sign for McKinley Ave. and 7th Street, rather than the pull out sign type on wheels.  Council said the City could order the sign and North Cedar said they would pay for them.

M/S Ryan, Olsen to adjourn at 9:03 PM.  Ayes:  All.

Next regular meeting is June 7, 2010, 7:00 PM.

Dan Hamdorf, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk


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