The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Dan Hamdorf.   Council members present on roll call:  Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Decker, Hoffmeier.

Visitors:  Pat Kroemer, Kirk Steinke, Gene Hamdorf, Brian Searcy, Cindy Larson, Don Larson, Joe Goodlove.

M/S Ryan, Hoffmeier to approve the minutes of the 5-2-11 meeting.  Ayes:  All.

M/s Decker, Olsen to approve payment of the bills as presented.  Ayes:  All.

M/S Ryan, Hoffmeier to close the meeting and open the Public Hearing on the FY11 budget amendment.  Ayes:  All.

There were no oral or written objections to the budget amendment.

M/S Ryan, Hoffmeier to close the Public Hearing and open the council meeting and pass Resolution #11-02 adopting the FY11 budget amendment.   Ayes:  All.

Brian Searcy, MMS Engineers, presented costs for televising sewer lines.  About one-half of the City’s sewer lines were televised some years ago.  Searcy said, in order for the City to apply for funding or grants, the DNR or State will want to know how much water infiltration there is in the City’s sewer system from storm water.   Searcy presented three estimates for televising sewer lines:  Municipal Pipe Tool-$41,310, Visu-Sewer-$46,413, and Dave Schmidt-$32,562.   Each of those bids includes heavy cleaning of the sewer lines.

Councilman Conrad said he did not want to spend money on sewer line televising.

M/S Olsen, Hoffmeier to accept the bid from Dave Schmidt, Cedar Rapids, $32,562 for televising sewer lines.   Ayes:  Ryan, Olsen, Decker, Hoffmeier.   Nays:  Conrad.  Searcy said this company should be able to do the work in the next several months.

Joe Goodlove presented information on possible funding for Old Highway 30 road repairs within the City limits.  The City has an agreement with the IDOT, Federal Highway Administration and State Historic Preservation Officer regarding any improvements that can be made on the historic Lincoln Highway.   Councilman Barry Hoffmeier said he would look further into possible funding to upgrade Old Highway 30 within the City limits.

Maintenance men were directed to find the Lincoln Hwy. banners that are missing and hang them up.

M/S Olsen, Decker to accept the only bid received for the required 4-year City audit from Dietz, Donald & Company, Elkader, $4775.   Ayes:  All.

Street Committee members Olsen and Conrad will look at the streets before the July meeting and determine what streets need to be repaired this summer.   Estimates for the work will be obtained from MSI and LL Pelling.

M/S Olsen, Ryan to pay the 2-23-11 bill from ECINC for wastewater  pump repairs, $1778.   Ayes:  All.  There is a 1-year warranty on the pump.  Council decided to pay the bill even though there was a discrepancy on the work done on the pump and that it wasn’t the right pump to begin with.

Mayor Hamdorf said Steve Poppe and Carey Howard would like to install curb and gutter along 5th Street by their properties and asked if the City would pay for one-half of the costs. They said water runs off the street onto their driveways and into their garages.  Council said other places have the same problems and the garages are lower than the streets. Council said the City is currently installing curb and gutter projects in particular street order and this would be out of priority sequence. After discussion, M/S Decker, Ryan to have the City pay for one-half of the curb and gutter project along 5th Street, if funds are available after paying for the scheduled Jefferson Avenue curb and gutter project.   Ayes:  Conrad, Ryan, Decker, Hoffmeier.   Nays:  Olsen.

Council also said a portion of curb needs to be replaced near 503 Hall Avenue.

M/S Ryan, Hoffmeier to authorize Clerk to pay end of FY11 bills as allowed in the budget.   Ayes:  All.

M/S Ryan, Conrad to approve a building permit for a deck for Don Larson, pending approval by the Zoning Board of Adjustment.  Ayes:  All.   The proposed deck is too close to the north property line of their lot.

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

M/S Hoffmeier, Olsen to approve the following permits:  cigarette permit-J & J Grocery, liquor license-Lowden Legion, liquor license-3-30 Club, pending dram shop submittal,
C.M. Bixler-porch.   Ayes:  All.

Kirk Steinke, Lowden Fire Dept., reported on a non-visible fire hydrant on the east end of 5th St. Pl in the City right of way.  The property owner there has planted bushes, etc. around the hydrant and it is not visible.   A letter will be sent to the owner to remove the plants.

A letter was received from Ann Bomia requesting the fire whistle be blown at noon.
Kirk Steinke said they will blow the whistle during regular meetings or training exercises.

Council directed maintenance men to put dirt in along the curb by 200 Washington Ave. so the owners can mow the area properly.

A notice letter will be sent to the property owner at 202 Main St. to trim the broken branch off the tree in the waterway at that address and also keep the grass/weeds mowed along the waterway.

Council directed Gene to take pictures of the ongoing nuisance issue on the property at 303 1st St. and send the information to the City Attorney.

City Attorney will be told to proceed with legal action against Rodney Lange regarding the garage he built without a building permit.

Lisa Decker reported she had looked at a tree along 601 McKinley Ave.   She said it is the homeowner’s responsibility to do maintenance on the tree as necessary, not the City.

Gene Hamdorf said he would give a check to the City on 6/7/11 in the amount of $652 for old brass water meters that were removed from houses and then scrapped.

M/S Ryan, Olsen to go into Closed Session at 9:05 p.m. pursuant to Section 21.5 (l)(i) Iowa Code to evaluate the professional competence of an individual whose “appointment, hiring, performance or discharge is being considered”.   Ayes:  All.

M/S Ryan, Decker to come out of Closed Session and return to the open meeting at
9:16 p.m.  Ayes: All.

M/S Hoffmeier, Decker to adjourn at 9:20 p.m.   Ayes:  All.

Due to the July 4 Holiday, the next regular meeting will be July 11, 2011, 7:00 p.m.      

Dan Hamdorf, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk

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