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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL
OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, JUNE 2,
2008, 7:00 PM, CITY HALL
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: Louis Licht, Wes Griesbach, Kirk Hein, Jeff
Kaufmann, Pat Kroemer, Gene Hamdorf, Cary Solberg.
M/S Decker, Tucker to approve the minutes of the May 5, 2008 meeting.
M/S Ryan, Olsen to approve payment of the bills as presented. Ayes:
Kirk Hein presented a building permit to move a grain bin at their old elevator
site on west Main Street to his bin site on Yankee Avenue in east Lowden. He
asked the council if it would be okay to use the sewer plant road to load his
trucks. Council said that would be ok. M/S Ryan, Tucker to approve the Rex Feed
building permit for a grain bin on south
Yankee Avenue. Ayes: All.
Kirk Hein also told the council he would like to install a tile south of his
along 1st Street and hook onto the tile on Louis Licht's 1st Street property.
No action taken by Council.
Council directed Gene Hamdorf, as they did at the May meeting, to get a price
to shore up the creek bank by Wayne Behne's behind Hall Avenue and present the
estimate at the July meeting.
Cary Solberg, MMS Consultants, presented the study for improvements at the wastewater
plant. He said the main consideration is what kind of treatment plant we could
have on the existing ground and still meet setback requirements. He thinks we
would need an additional 30' strip of land, less than an acre, on the north side
of the current facility. Cost estimates for a new plant, just over 2 million
dollars, include removal of the old buildings. Four options for a new plant included:
extended aeration-submerged diffusers, integrated fixed film-activated sludge,
extended aeration-brush rotors, and covered aerated pond and polishing reactor.
He stressed the City should not do anything before the DNR issues a new permit.
But, the City should address the infiltration issue from groundwater and leaking
manholes as soon as possible. At the advice of Shoemaker & Haaland Engineers,
the City could use the deep pump structure we currently have for the future design.
Solberg said this wastewater facility report may, with a small amount of additional
information, be used as a completed facility report when the City chooses to
go forward with a project.
Jeff Kaufmann, State Representative, was present for an annual visit.
Gene will get prices for installing a culvert to run from the top of the present
culvert at 907 Washington Avenue (Tim Wadsworth property) to run towards 10th
Street and the drainage ditch in that area. Currently, the ground on the Wadsworth
property is higher than the culvert opening and causes backup problems on the
east side of Washington Avenue.
Council directed Gene to get prices from Welby Leeper to install two new box
culverts on the corners of Washington Avenue just north of Main Street. The current
ones are in need of repairs.
Gene also reported he had checked the storm sewer
drainage near Lincoln Hotel and found any water coming into the hotel basement
was not from the City's storm sewer.
said Connie Gottschalk had spoken to him about drainage problems
along their property on 1st Street. Gene said the pipe installed
last fall in the ditch along 1st Street east of Gottschalk's is too
small and water does not drain properly. After discussion, no action
was taken by the Council to correct this problem.
The purchase of radio read meters was tabled until a full council is present.
Councilman Olsen had looked at streets to get a list of street work needing
to be done this summer. Gene will talk to MSI to get prices for necessary street
M/S Tucker, Ryan to authorize clerk to pay end of FY08 bills. Ayes: All.
M/S Decker, Tucker to approve Resolution #08-04 setting FY09 salaries for City
employees. Ayes: All.
Councilman Ryan will look into getting prices for a used truck to replace the
City's 1986 F7000 dump truck.
M/S Decker, Olsen to approve the monthly financial report. Ayes: All.
M/S Decker, Tucker to approve the following permits: cigarette permit-J & J
Grocery and Lowden Truck Stop, beer permit-J & J Grocery, and liquor permit-American
Legion Lillis-Deerberg Post. Ayes: All.
Mayor Hamdorf will speak to residents along Roosevelt Avenue about installation
of curb and gutter and options for payment, etc.
Tim and Gene will remove the cement from the old day care site by the Park.
Gene will also speak to Welby Leeper about the installation of new curb and
gutter at the new day care center.
Clerk reported the City received $13967.50 on 5/29/08 for principal and interest
on excess LOSST from the County.
Council discussed mowing of public alleys and the north Roosevelt Avenue extension
and stated the City will not maintain these areas.
M/S Decker, Tucker to adjourn at 9:08 PM. Ayes: All.
Next regular meeting is Monday, July 7, 2008, 7:00 P.M.
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk