The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Reuben Wenndt. Council members present on roll call: Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Madden. Decker seated at 7:08 PM. Visitors: Mark Schneider, Gene Hamdorf, Pat Kroemer, Larre Petersen, Mark Dewell, Marsha Dewell, Aaron Horman, Warren Wethington.

M/S Ryan, Olsen to approve the minutes of the 4/2/07 meeting. Ayes: Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Madden.

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

M/S Olsen, Madden to seat Decker at 7:08 PM. Ayes: Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Madden.

M/S Conrad, Madden to close the meeting and open the Public Hearing on the FY2007 budget amendment. Ayes: All.
There being no written or oral comments concerning the FY2007 budget amendment, M/S Olsen, Ryan to close the Public Hearing and open the meeting and approve the FY2007 budget amendment. Ayes: All.

M/S Conrad, Decker to close the meeting and open the Public Hearing on the status of funded activities for the CDBG day care project. Ayes: All.

Mark Schneider, ECIA, presented a progress report on the day care project. At this date, the project is about 80% complete with 7-11-07 as the targeted completion date.

M/S Madden, Ryan to close the Public Hearing on the status of funded activities for the CDBG day care project. Ayes: All.

Council discussed a proposed sidewalk in east Lowden on Main Street to Country Club Lane. Chuck Ryan presented an estimate of $15,500 from Leeper Construction for sidewalks along Main Street from Roosevelt Avenue east to the 3-30 Club. This does not include grade work. An extended sidewalk from the 3-30 Club to Larre Petersen’s cost estimate would be $16,000. Mark and Marsha Dewell asked if the cost for new sidewalks was passed onto the individual homeowners, would the City consider sharing the expense of new sidewalks. Council indicated they would that could be a consideration. Council also discussed widening the street and painting a line where pedestrians would walk. Gene will get information for the next meeting about widening the street. Council decided to place a stop sign on Main Street at the Country Club Drive intersection coming from the east and from the west. Crosswalks would be painted at the crossing at that intersection.

M/S Ryan, Olsen to have the 1st reading at the June 4 council meeting of an ordinance placing stop signs on Main Street, east and west, at the Country Club Drive intersection. Ayes: All.

Sheriff Warren Wethington was present and gave a report on the Cedar County’s police protection coverage in Lowden.

A request was made from Roger Fox to adjust the sewer portion of his April water bill due to excessive usage from a water hydrant being turned on at his residence. His usage for a two-month time period was 34,100 gallon. Council said no exceptions are being made for water/sewer bill adjustments due to leaks that are not the fault of the City. M/S Ryan, Madden to make no adjustment on Fox’s sewer bill. Ayes: All.

Mayor Wenndt will speak to Jim Leeper about filling in the curb areas with cement on west Washington Avenue just north of Main Street. Lisa Decker will speak to Lori and Ray Boedeker, owners of Lowden Floor Coverings about the project.

Two estimates will be requested from Jason Conrad for a new roof on three sides of the City Hall. One estimate will be for tearing off the old roof and new sheeting and shingles and the other estimate will be for tearing off the old roof and new shingles. The City Hall roof project will be on the June 4 meeting agenda.

Clerk will send information on fence regulations to ECIA for them to prepare an ordinance for the June meeting.

M/S Decker, Ryan to approve Ashton Kintzel for cleaning shelters and restrooms at Lowden Memorial Park and opening park shelters for rentals at $10.00/hr. Ayes: All. Current cleaning person, Jana Goettsch, does not want these duties this summer.

M/S Decker, Olsen to declare May 18, 2007, as Poppy Day in Lowden. Ayes: All.

The City will not have an official “Clean-Up Day”. Gene Hamdorf said old furniture and other junk items can be set out every week on regular garbage day and the City will pick them up.

M/S Decker, Olsen to approve the monthly financial report. Ayes: All.

Chuck Ryan reported the Street Committee has decided that for a curb and gutter project they would like to start on the east edge of Lowden at Roosevelt Avenue from 4th Street south to 1st Street. The City would pay for one-half of the project and the homeowner the other one-half. Mayor Wenndt and Chuck Ryan will check on property frontages along that street. Eventually, each homeowner will be notified by letter of the proposed curb and gutter work to be done in that area.

Mayor Reuben Wenndt will check with the City’s insurance company to check if individuals other than firemen are covered when riding on the fire trucks.

Council person Decker presented a petition signed by 69 people complaining of the tar on the street in front of the Post Office and Two Friends Gift Shop. Gene has applied sand several times. Also, Municipal Street Improvements was called and asked what the City could do about the tar. They said continue with the sand and they will be resurfacing streets in Lowden in early June and hope the problem will be over then.

M/S Decker, Ryan to approve the following permits: Lawrence Bandixen-garage addition, Jon and Barb Muhs-deck, and Rex McCreight-water hook-up permit. Ayes: All.

M/S Conrad, Madden to approve the follow liquor permits: Two Friends Gift Shop-Class B Native Wine permit, Good Times-Class C liquor license and Sunday Sales permit, 3-30 Club-Class C liquor license, Sunday Sales, and Outdoor Service Area permit. Ayes: All.

M/S Madden, Decker to adjourn at 8:55 PM. Ayes: All.

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