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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, JUNE 2, 2003, 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, Hintz, Kroemer, Clark, Hamdorf. Visitors:Vicky Wishmire, Rudy Quevas, Mark Fox, Gene Hamdorf, Tom Schwarz, Nadine Schwarz, Jim Holz, Aaron Horman, Brian Armstrong, Pat Kroemer.

M/S Hamdorf, Conrad to approve the minutes of the May 5, 2003, meeting. Ayes: All.

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

Vicky Wishmire was present to ask the council if they would be interested in providing a refreshment stand for walkers coming through Lowden on
August 7. The walk is a Spirit Walk across the country for the Lakota Nation. Council said they would consider this at their July meeting.

Mark Fox, 402 Hall Avenue, said a tree between the sidewalk and street in front of his home is decayed and needs to be removed. Since the tree is in the City right-of-way, he asked for the City to take the tree down. Council directed City Clerk to get an estimate from Jim’s Tree Service, Mt. Vernon, for removing the tree.

Visitor Brian Armstrong, asked the Council if the City would negotiate the $3434.80 he owes on the forgiveable loan agreement for housing rehabilitation on his house in Lowden. Armstrong’s have sold the house and are between the 4th and 5th year on the agreement whereby a percentage is due to the City if the house is sold. Council said the amount would stand as recorded with no adjustments.

Tom Schwarz is considering expanding his housing addition on 5th Street Place for seven more lots. The area is already in the existing TIF area. In a 15 year agreement, Schwarz can recoup up to $199,068 as reimbursement for putting in the street, curb & gutter, and water and sewer service. Schwarz asked the council if they would consider amending that amount for an additional $70,000 to extend the existing street, and install curb & gutter and water and sewer service in the new area. 

After discussion, M/S Hintz, Conrad to set July 7, 2003, 7:00 PM, as the date for a Public Hearing to consider amending the TIF reimbursement amount to Schwarz. Ayes: Conrad, Hintz, Hamdorf. Nays: Kroemer, Clark.

Schwarz also told the council he is watering the lawn at his tri-plex and wanted to know if he had to pay sewer charges for this. Council told him he would have to install a separate meter to avoid paying sewer charges on outside watering.

Council decided the creek bank behind Wayne Behne’s is washing away due to water from the City-installed culverts hitting the banks. Council was in agreement that if Behne would do the work, the City would provide bridge planks and poles to secure the bank.

M/S Hintz, Conrad to hire Aaron Horman to do annual maintenance on the City’s web page at a cost of $300/year. Ayes: All. The web page could include council meeting minutes and agenda, City ordinances, etc. 

Jim Holz, MSA, Dubuque, was present to further discuss a proposal for a water tower study. A study has to be done before any grant applications are completed for a new water tower.

M/S Conrad, Hamdorf to hire MSA to do a study of the City’s complete water system at a cost of $7500. Ayes: All.

M/S Hamdorf, Hintz to pay IIW Architects $3220, for architect work done on the old FS station. Ayes: Conrad, Hintz, Clark, Hamdorf. Nays: Kroemer.
This was a negotiated amount decreased from the original $4023 billed. 

M/S Hamdorf, Kroemer to approve a subordination agreement for Kevin and Dawn Sander to Quad City Bank and Trust Co. for their housing rehabilitation forgiveable loan agreement. Ayes: Hintz, Kroemer, Clark, Hamdorf. Nays: Conrad.

M/S Hamdorf, Conrad to discontinue loaning out picnic tables from Lowden Memorial Park. Ayes: All. Lowden Commercial Club, only, may borrow the tables.

Annexation discussions were tabled until more information is received from interested property owners.

M/S Kroemer, Hamdorf to authorize City Clerk to pay FY03 end of year bills and transfer any unused FY03 budget funds for the Library to their savings.
Ayes: All.

An agreement from Alliant Energy was reviewed whereby they will pay the City $5000 for extending their fenceline at the substation on Roosevelt Avenue.
Council would like the City’s attorney to review the agreement. 

Gene Hamdorf will speak to Alliant Energy about the new transformer at Lowden Memorial Park and who is responsible for the cost.
M/S Hintz, Kroemer to approve the monthly financial report. Ayes: All.

M/S Kroemer, Hamdorf to approve the following permits: 3-30 Club-Sunday Sales, Outdoor Service Area, Cigarette, Legion-Sunday Sales, Kirk Meyer-garage, Robert Scheeper-curb and gutter, Peggy Bishop-curb and gutter, Stan Boedeker-bin, Bob & Sandy Fields-deck. Ayes: All.

Mayor reported the City men will do necessary welding on the iron fence at the Lowden Cemetery and the fence will be painted.

Council approved Lou Krafock as a member of the Lowden Zoning Board of Adjustment and Julie Parker as no longer a member of the Lowden Library Board. 

M/S Kroemer, Hamdorf to adjourn @ 9:34 PM. Ayes: All. Next regular meeting is July 7, 2003, 7:00 PM.

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