The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Barry Hoffmeier.

Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Council members present on roll call:  Conrad, McCreight, Olsen, Behrens, Helmold.

Visitors:  Kirk Steinke, Patricia Warren, Dee Pope, Charlene Bixler, Karen Mackey, Kelly Nabb, Bill Norton, Pat Kroemer.

M/S Conrad, Olsen to approve the consent agenda, including the 4-2-12 minutes with a correction referring to wastewater pump #3 not #1, bills and financial report.   Ayes:  All.

M/S McCreight, Helmold to close the meeting and open the Public Hearing on the proposed FY12 budget amendment.  Ayes:  All.

The budget amendment is due to additional expenses for sewer line work and engineering fees related to the sewer system.   There being no oral or written comments, M/S Helmold, McCreight to close the Public Hearing and open the meeting.   Ayes:  All.

M/S McCreight, Behrens to adopt Resolution #12-02 for the FY12 budget amendment.  Ayes:  All.

Council discussed a proposed Farm to Market ordinance whereby certain streets would have a weight limit so semi trucks could not drive on them.  Council tabled the ordinance until the June 4 meeting.

M/S McCreight, Behrens to approve Resolution #12-03 for the Plat of Survey of Parcel B which is property in Section 14, Township 81 N, Range 1 W. of the 5th PM, in Cedar County, Steve Bowstead property.   Ayes:  All.

M/S Olsen, Conrad to approve Resolution #12-04 for the Plat of Survey of Parcel E a parcel of land outside the city limits located N. of the Lowden Development land (golf course), Section 36, Township 82 N, Range 1 W. of the 5th PM, Cedar County.
Ayes:  All.

M/S Conrad, Olsen to approve Resolution #12-05 for the Plat of Survey of Parcel K, land north of the Schwarz Addition, subject to conforming with Chapter 16.08 of the Lowden City ordinance and provisions of Section 354.6-8 of the Iowa Code if the property is converted from farm land to development.   Ayes:  All.

M/S Conrad, Olsen to continue to make the USDA loan payment, $1462/month, through FY13, for Little Home Day Care Center.   Ayes:  Conrad, Olsen, Behrens, Helmold.  Abstain: McCreight.   Kelly Nabb, Little Home Day Care, reported the center has 62 children on the roster, a waiting list for the infant room and they now have reserve funds.

M/S Olsen, Behrens to have the first reading of Ordinance #796, regulating tree planting and the types of trees that can be planted in the City curb area and also regulating tree planting within 5 ft. of property lines on private property.  Ayes:  All.

M/S Behrens, Helmold to approve the following permits:  Joseph Abels-fence permit, survey completed, Patricia Warren-fence permit, survey completed, and liquor licenses for J & J Grocery and 3-30 Country Club, pending dram shop.  Ayes:  All.

M/S Conrad, Olsen to approve a building permit for Lowden Plumbing & Heating for a pole building at 617 4th St., pending approval of a zoning change from Residential 1 to Commercial 1 by the Lowden Zoning Board.  Ayes:  All.    If a zoning change is approved by the Zoning Board, an ordinance will have to adopted by the City Council. The proposed ordinance will be placed on the June 4 meeting agenda.

Cedar County Engineer said they will be resurfacing Y24 north of Lowden and asked the City if they want to resurface the roadway from 10th St. north to the cemetery road.  Estimated costs for this area range from $28,000 to $60,000, depending on the type of surface selected.  Council tabled a decision on this until the June 4 meeting.

Kirk Steinke asked the Council if they would consider a laptop computer for the maintenance men to use for water/wastewater reports rather than using the City Hall computer.   Council told him to get prices for a laptop. 

Councilmen McCreight, Helmold, and Conrad will speak to the adjacent property owner by the sewer plant about purchasing additional land, approximately 30 ft. by 600 ft., an area necessary for the proposed new wastewater plant.

Kirk Steinke presented the February and April financial reports for the Lowden Fire Dept.   Council told him the Fire Dept. is to submit a report every month to City Council with receipt and expense detail.

Mayor Hoffmeier reported Steve Noack, MMS Engineers, will be meeting with Kirk and him on May 22 to discuss sewer line repairs and answer questions.   Rex said he would like to attend the meeting also.  Rex stated the City needs to get infiltration of ground water under control which could reduce the necessary size for a new wastewater treatment facility.

Mayor instructed Kirk to contact JJJ Enterprises to get a bid on materials and labor for a storm sewer project at 5th  St. and Hall Ave. south to 4th St. and Hall Ave.   It will be a 15” storm sewer tube with additional intakes to allow for improved drainage.

Mayor appointed councilmen Behrens and Olsen as a committee to create or update by the July meeting, an “Emergency Procedure Guideline Handbook”. This handbook is necessary according to Tim Malott, Cedar County EMA.   Kirk will check with the Fire Dept. to see if they have a copy of the handbook.

M/S Behrens, McCreight to adjourn at 8:50 PM.  Ayes:  All.

Next regular meeting June 4, 2012, 7:00 PM.

Barry Hoffmeier, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk

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