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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, MAY 5, 2008, 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, Tucker. Absent: Conrad. Visitors: Gene Hamdorf, Pat Kroemer, Rob Hunter, Eben Conner, Reuben Wenndt.

M/S Ryan, Decker to approve the minutes of the 4-7-08 meeting. Ayes: All.
 
M/S Decker, Olsen to approve payment of the bills as presented. Ayes: All.
 
Mayor Hamdorf said he had checked the drainage problem on north Washington Avenue from the property at 908 Washington Avenue west to the Tim Wadsworth property. At the April city council meeting, Rick and Joyce Turner said there was a drainage problem in that area. Mayor Hamdorf said a storm sewer is needed there, but no action was taken by the council.
 
M/S Ryan, Olsen to close the council meeting and open the Public Hearing on the FY08 budget amendment. Ayes: All.
 
The amendment was needed due to additional expenses including the purchase of a new tanker for the Fire Dept., new softball lights at Lowden Memorial Park, and a new pump at the wastewater plant. There were no oral or written comments concerning the budget amendment.
 
M/S Olsen, Decker to close the Public Hearing, open the council meeting and approve the FY08 budget amendment. Ayes: All.
 
Lowden Cemetery Board had asked City Hall in the last month about a new sidewalk to the cemetery. Visitor Reuben Wenndt said there was still about $5000 in the cemetery account from the Ella Licht Estate designated for cemetery improvements. Clerk w/check on this and give this information to Craig Wiebel, Lowden Cemetery Board president.
 
Mayor Hamdorf reported the Lowden Fire Department recently had tried to burn the creek bank/ditch between 101 5th Street Pl. and 99 5th St. Place. Council felt since the City has an ordinance against burning, the Fire Dept. should get approval from the council before any burning takes place. Mayor Hamdorf will speak to Joe Wenndt concerning this.
 
Council discussed the creek bank behind Wayne Behne's at 300 Hall Avenue. Mayor Hamdorf said the bridge plank and posts need to be extended in the creek because the water is hitting into the side of the bank and eroding it. Gene will get a price for doing the work and the matter will be discussed at the June meeting.
 
M/S Ryan, Olsen to table the purchase of radio read meters until the June meeting. Ayes: All.
 
Cary Solberg, MMS Consultants, will be at the June meeting to discuss the wastewater plant improvements study.
 
M/S Tucker, Ryan to approve the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan contract with ECIA. Ayes: All.
 
Mayor Hamdorf appointed a Pre-Disaster Mitigation planning team as follows: Gene Hamdorf-Public Works, Joey Wenndt-Lowden Fire, Vic Young-Lowden Fire, Dawn York-Lowden Rescue, Judy Tucker-Council, Jim Olsen-Council, Cedar County Sheriff or representative, and Dan Hamdorf, Mayor.
 
M/S Ryan, Decker to appoint a Park Committee to consist of at least 4 community people and 1 council person, with appointments as follows: Jan Olsen, Larry Wiebel, Kip Esbaum, Rob Hunter, Aaron Horman, and Judy Tucker. Ayes: All.
 
City will order a sign for the Park posting the hours open - "Dawn to 10:00 PM".
 
M/S Decker, Ryan to approve the monthly financial report. Ayes: All.
 
M/S Olsen, Tucker to approve the following permits: Mark McElhaney-deck, Bob Rowold-deck, Clark Gordon-retaining wall, and Lowden Fast Stop-beer permit. Ayes: All.
 
The Street Committee will meet before the June meeting to make a list of summer street work that needs to be done and prioritize areas of most need.
 
Mayor Hamdorf will speak to residents south of Main Street at 306 McKinley Avenue to have them clean up their property and get rid of junk.
 
Gene Hamdorf will check the storm sewer drainage by the Lincoln Hotel.
 
M/S Decker, Tucker to adjourn at 8:27 PM to the next meeting on June 2, 2008,
7:00 PM. Ayes: All.

Dan Hamdorf, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk


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