The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Reuben Wenndt. Councilmembers present on roll call: Conrad, Hamdorf, Decker, Kroemer. Absent: Gottschalk. Visitors: Wes Griesbach, Pat Kroemer, Lewis Terlisner, Aaron Horman, Bill Norton.

M/S Hamdorf, Conrad to approve the minutes of the 5/3/04 meeting. Ayes: All.

M/S Kroemer, Decker to approve payment of the bills as presented. Ayes: All. Payment to McNeill Tree Service will be $675, as bid, for City Hall tree removal, with no additional $25 gas surcharge allowed. Approval to pay for winter snow removal to the County Engineer will be contingent on Dan Hamdorf speaking to the County first to verify the charges.

Visitor Wes Griesbach asked the council why the City does not blow the noon whistle anymore. Council decided to begin blowing the noon whistle again on June 14. A notice will be placed in the Sun-News.

M/S Kroemer, Hamdorf to close the meeting and open the Public Hearing on the FY04 Budget Amendment. Ayes: All.

There being no oral or written comments on the FY04 Budget Amendment,

M/S Kroemer, Hamdorf to open the open the meeting , close the Public Hearing, and approve the FY04 Budget Amendment as published. Ayes: All.

Aaron Horman presented an update on the City of Lowden’s web site and asked the council if they would like to continue using his services for maintaining the web page. M/S Decker, Hamdorf to have Aaron Horman continue to maintain Lowden’s web site at a cost of $25/month. Ayes: All.

After consideration of a letter from the DNR concerning discharge of wastewater from the water filter backwash at the water plant, M/S Kroemer, Hamdorf to have the City divert this wastewater into a sanitary sewer line. Ayes: All. This action needs to take place in order to qualify for a Drinking Water State Revolving Fund loan to fund a new water tower.

M/S Hamdorf, Decker to have ECIA solicit engineers for the water tower project. Ayes: All.

Council considered the Legion’s request for a donation to help paint the exterior of their building. M/S Kroemer, Decker to donate $1500 to the Legion. Ayes: Kroemer, Decker. Nays: Hamdorf, Conrad. Motion failed. M/S Hamdorf, Decker to donate $1200 to the Legion. Ayes: Kroemer, Decker, Hamdorf. Nays: Conrad. Motion passed.

Council discussed Bill Norton’s request for the Legion’s bingo license to be held under the City’s name to avoid paying sales tax. Clerk had spoken to City Attorney William J. Sueppel and he suggested Bill Norton get a letter from the State Division of
Gaming to see if it was possible for the City to hold the bingo license for the Legion. Maurer Agency, the City’s insurance holder, was skeptical about liability issues that could be raised if the City held a bingo license. After discussion, M/S Decker, Kroemer to have the City hold the license for bingo at the Legion. Ayes: Kroemer, Decker, Hamdorf. Nays: Conrad. Motion passed.

M/S Kroemer, Hamdorf to sign an agreement and contract for emergency medical services between the City of Clarence and the City of Lowden. Ayes: All.

Council will continue looking for a good used truck to replace the red recycling truck.

A request by Jim and Joyce Rice for an additional street light on 5th Street between Washington Ave. and McKinley Ave. was presented in the form of a street lighting resolution. They reported to City Hall they have had vandalism in that area and it is quite dark. There is no cost from Alliant to install the light and the monthly street lighting bills would reflect the operating costs. Councilman Kroemer said there are a lot of other dark spots in town too. Motioned by Conrad to approve the street lighting resolution. Motion died for lack of a second.

M/S Hamdorf, Decker to have Dennis Boedeker scrape and paint an area of siding on the upper exterior of City Hall at a cost of $125. Ayes: All. Boedeker will be required to provide proof of insurance.

Council discussed doing widespread curb and gutter in Lowden, either a block or a street at a time, with assessments to the property owners. Steve Laughlin, Shoemaker and Haaland Engineers, will be asked to attend the July council meeting to obtain more information about this.

Council suggested Mayor Wenndt make a list of jobs which need to be done in town and give to the maintenance men. Mayor would like the following painted: City shed, shed by water tower, and door on water building. Both maintenance men will be asked to attend the July meeting to discuss job performance.

M/S Conrad, Decker to transfer the remaining FY04 budget funds to the savings account for the Lowden Library and Lowden Fire Dept. Ayes: All.

M/S Hamdorf, Conrad to amend the agenda to add the following two items: camera for shared sewer jetter and subordination agreement for Ryan Venditti. Ayes: All.

M/S Kroemer, Conrad to approve the purchase of a camera for the sewer jetter by the 6 towns participate in the sharing agreement. Ayes: All. Approximate cost is to be $6500-7500.

M/S Hamdorf, Conrad to approve a subordination agreement of the City’s Housing Rehabilitation Loan to USA Funding for Ryan Venditti. Ayes: All.

M/S Decker, Conrad to approve the following permits: liquor license, Sunday Sales, and Outdoor Service Area for 3-30 Country Club, liquor license and Sunday Sales for American Legion, sidewalk permit-Amvets, building permits for Barry and Julie Hoffmeier-house, Harvey and Marilyn Lafrenz-manufactured house, Mike and Pam Jensen-shed, Chuck Ryan-deck. Ayes: All.

Mayor announced that either 9th Street or a portion of McKinley Ave. will be blocked off for a household sale on June 19 at the former Wilma Meier residence.

M/S Kroemer, Conrad to adjourn at 9:07 PM. Ayes: All.

Next regular meeting will be July 5, 2004, 7:00 PM.

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