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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, JUNE 3, 2013, 7:00 PM, CITY HALL

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, Helmold. Visitors:  Pat Kroemer, Kirk Steinke, Cindy Larson, Don Larson, Bonnie Butler, Steve Noack, Angela Jordan, Austin Lange.

Council considered names for appointment to the council seat vacated by Dean Behrens.  Austin Lange was the only name submitted as being interested in serving on the council. 

M/S McCreight, Conrad to appoint Austin Lange to the vacant council seat to serve until the election in November.  Ayes:  Conrad, McCreight, Olsen, Helmold.

Oath of Office as a city council member was taken by Austin Lange.

M/S Conrad, McCreight to seat Austin Lange at 7:04 PM.  Ayes:  Conrad, McCreight, Olsen, Helmold.

M/S Olsen, Helmold to approve the consent agenda.  Ayes:  All.

Mayor asked Steve Noack, MMS Consultants, if they were able to look at the erosion in the creek area between Hall Ave. and Grant Ave. and the drainage problem at the corner of 8th St. and Hall Ave.   He said the surveyors should be in town this month to look at those areas and then could make a recommendation for improvements.   Rex McCreight also asked that they look at the water drainage area behind the Mensing Apts. on Grant Ave. 

Steve Noack said a letter was sent to BWC Excavating last week asking for their schedule of work and start and completion dates for finishing the sewer main project on north McKinley Ave.  Mayor stated they hope to have the project completed in June so street work/grading could be done in July. 

B onnie Butler, Cedar County Public Health, gave a presentation to the City Council on health rankings of Cedar County as compared to other counties in Iowa.

M/S McCreight, Conrad to have the third reading and adopt Ordinance #801 increasing the commercial garbage rates.  Ayes:  Olsen, McCreight, Helmold.  Nays:  Olsen, Lange.

M/S McCreight, Helmold to waive the second reading and have the third reading of Ordinance #803, for placement of flip-up stop signs on McKinley Ave. at 7th St. and
 8th St. and Washington Ave. at 8th  St. durring before and after school hours.  Ayes: All.

M/S Conrad, McCreight to adopt Ordinance #803 to install flip-up stop signs as indicated above.   Ayes:  All.

Angela Jordan, ITC, was present and told the Council that ITC bought Alliant Energy’s transmission system in 2007.  This means they own the transmission lines and poles for Alliant Energy and would like to negotiate a franchise agreement with the City.
Mayor said the City Attorney had reviewed ITC’s proposed franchise agreement and prepared a draft agreement for the City Council to consider.

After discussion, M/S Olsen, Helmold to set a Public Hearing date on the ITC franchise agreement for July 1, 2013, 7:00 PM.  Ayes:  All.   

M/S Olsen, McCreight to authorize City Clerk to pay end of FY13 bills.   Ayes:  All.

M/S McCreight, Olsen to approve the following permits:  J & J Grocery-liquor license, 3-30 Club-liquor license pending dram shop insurance,  Lowden Legion-liquor license pending dram shop insurance, LEDCO-fence permit, Kip Esbaum-fence permit, Zion UCC-sidewalk permit, JKE Enterprises-shed addition pending Zoning Board of Adjustment approval for a variance of distance from property line.  Ayes:  All.

Kirk Steinke reported the water main project on McKinley Avenue is progressing.  They will repair the storm sewer inlets at 5th St. and 8th St. on McKinley. 

Mayor told the City Council he had attended a flood assistance meeting in Tipton.  He said FEMA is still in the process of determining reimbursement amounts for costs incurred by communities during the flooding in April.  

M/S Helmold, McCreight to adjourn at 8:30 PM.  Ayes:  All.

Next regular meeting is July 1, 2013, 7:00 PM.

Barry Hoffmeier, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk


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