The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Barry Hoffmeier.

A moment of silence was held for the 19 firefighters recently killed in an Arizona fire.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Council members present on roll call: Conrad, McCreight, Olsen, Lange, Helmold.
Visitors: Pat Kroemer, Nick Lange, Laurie Millam, Derrick Lange, Cindy Larson, Don Larson, Jan Olsen, Steve Noack, Mel Hamilton, Kelli Hamilton.

M/S McCreight, Helmold to approve the consent agenda: minutes, bills, financial reports. Ayes: All.

Steve Noack, MMS Consultants, told the council BWC is continuing the sewer main project on McKinley Avenue. When the sewer main work is completed, the curb and gutter will be set and grading McKinley Avenue will take place after that. MMS has also been doing surveying to establish boundaries for the proposed new wastewater plant. They are surveying stream channels to look at water flow patterns. Steve would like to meet with the sewer committee in the next few weeks.

M/S Olsen, McCreight to transfer the Lowden Legion liquor license to Lowden Memorial Park for Park Day on August 3, 2013. Ayes: All.

M/S Olsen, Helmold to set a public hearing date for August 5, 7:00 PM, for the first reading of the ordinance establishing a 25 year franchise agreement with ITC for electrical transmissions. Ayes: All.

Council tabled the sewer frontage assessment for Galen Conrad’s new building on 1st Street until the August 5 meeting. Conrad would like confirmation on what assessment was paid previously for those lots. He said he is willing to pay the difference from what was originally paid to what would be owed now for the frontage. Conrad also said he would pay the $300 commercial hook up fee for sewer connections.

Two quotes were received for 2210 ft. of curb and gutter on McKinley Avenue. Kluesner Construction bid $23.35/ft. for a total of $51603.50. WJ Leeper bid $21.85/ft. for a total of $48,288.50. M/S Conrad, Lange to accept WJ Leeper’s bid of $48,288.50. for McKinley Ave. curb and gutter. Ayes: All.

M/S Lange, Olsen to approve LL Pelling’s bid of $27,766.40 for summer street work minus $7956.00 for grinding down McKinley Ave. Ayes: All.

Austin Lange suggested diamond shaped cementing around the manholes on McKinley Avenue. Mayor said that can be looked into.

Mel and Kelli Hamilton were present to ask for approval to have ducks on their 4th Street property. They had talked to their neighbors and most had no objections to them having ducks. They would be in a pen near their garden. M/S McCreight, Lange to allow Mel and Kelli Hamilton to have ducks on their 4th Street property. Ayes: Conrad, McCreight, Lange, Helmold. Nays: Olsen. Council stated there would be a limit of 7 ducks.

Tim Malott, EMA Director from Cedar County, discussed the recent flooding in Lowden. For individuals with losses from the flood, there is individual assistance available to those meeting a 200% or less poverty level. If someone collected funding for damages from the April flood, they cannot submit a claim for damages again. Tim said public assistance will not be available for damages to the sewer plant and streets until a Presidential Disaster is declared. There could be a buyout of properties south of the railroad tracks between Washington Avenue and Harding Avenue.

Per Tim Malott’s recommendation, City Council set a public meeting date for Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 PM, at the Lowden Legion where Malott will discuss flooding issues, damages, and assistance available.

City will also accept white goods (appliances) damaged in the flood at the City Shed. Appliances can be dropped off free of charge. The City Council said residences in Lowden will not be charged for additional bulk garbage set out from the flood since this was a disaster.

M/S Conrad, McCreight to approve cigarette permits for J & J Grocery and Good Times LLC, and a fence permit for Todd Stuhr. Ayes: All.

Nick Lange reported they had to buy a new push lawn mower due to the flooding in the City Shed. He said the bottom of the shed has to be replaced due to flood damage. He also said the culvert at 4th Street and Grant Ave. needs to be looked at.

Mayor Hoffmeier told the council a resident has a delinquent water bill but the water cannot be disconnected because the property is served by a private well. The resident pays for sewer and garbage charges only. The sewer usage charge is based on water that is metered. The resident complained he pays sewer charges for water he used to do outside watering. He was told to install a meter for water only usage if he wants that amount separate. After discussion, Council said to send a letter to the resident to pay all the amount due by 7/16/13 . If not paid by that date, the landlord will be held responsible for the bill and it will be added to the property taxes for that property.

Austin Lange asked why painting of the Park shelters is paid for from the City park budget and not the Park’s separate account. Mayor Hoffmeier explained the City park budget has a line item for building maintenance that this expense would be paid from.

M/S Olsen, Lange to adjourn at 9:25 PM. Ayes: All. Next regular meeting is August 5, 2013, 7:00 PM.

Barry Hoffmeier, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk

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