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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL
OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, JULY 2, 2007,
The regular meeting
of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Reuben Wenndt.
Councilmembers present on roll call: Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Decker,
Madden. Visitors: Pat Kroemer, Gene Hamdorf, Wes Stender, Kay Stender,
Jim Rice, Joyce
Rice, Bill Norton, Lori Boedeker.
M/S Ryan, Conrad to approve the minutes of the 6-4-07 meeting. Ayes: All.
M/S Conrad, Decker to approve the bills as presented. Ayes: All.
Lori Boedeker, Lowden Floor Coverings, told the Council the boiler in the basement
of their business had a leak and they had excessive water usage,
27400 gallons, in a two month period. She was asking if the City would consider
adjusting the sewer portion, $131.52, of the bill. Council said they have had
other requests for adjustments on water bills due to leaks and have not done
so in the past, so an adjustment would not be made for them either.
M/S Ryan, Conrad to waive the 2nd reading, have the 3rd reading, and adopt Ordinance
#777, for placement of a stop sign at Main Street and Country Club Drive, going
east and west. Ayes: All.
M/S Conrad, Decker to waive the 2nd reading, have the 3rd reading, and adopt
Ordinance #778, regulating construction of fences in Lowden. Ayes: All.
M/S Conrad, Ryan to have the 1st reading of Ordinance #779, whereby a roll-out
stop sign will be placed on 8th Street north of the new Little Home Day Care
Center, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Ayes: All.
Wes Stender was present to discuss a nuisance abatement notice he received concerning
junk vehicles, vehicle parts, and weeds on his property on 1st Street. He said
he doesn’t have noxious weeds and he said if it wasn’t mowed it was
because his mower was broken or he was too busy. Council said he has had some
cars or car parts stored on this property for years. Stender said he wants to
build a fence and Council told him he would need his property surveyed before
a fence permit could be issued. They also told him all of his vehicles and car
parts are to be stored within a fenced area or in the building. Council directed
Clerk to send Stender a letter informing him he has 30 days to get a survey done
and then can apply for a fence permit.
M/S Decker, Ryan to approve Resolution #06-07 to appoint a Housing Rehabilitation
Committee, Jim Rice, Jim Olsen, and Peggy Kedley, to oversee the administration
of the CDBG housing grant. Ayes: All.
M/S Ryan, Conrad to approve ECIA for administration of technical services for
the CDBG Housing Rehabilitation project in Lowden. Ayes: All.
M/S Madden, Decker to approve Resolution #06-08 authorizing and approving a Loan
Agreement and providing for the issuance and securing the payment of a $330,000
Child Care Enterprise Revenue Note. Ayes: All.
Bill Norton asked the Council if the old day care building could be used for
a public purpose. He said the fence and little storage building would be removed.
Council questioned what the building would be used for and who would maintain
it. Councilperson Olsen told Norton the Park Board, comprised of Dan Hamdorf,
Jan Olsen, and Tim Drewelow are not in favor of keeping the building there and
would like the building removed. Council told Norton to come back to the next
if he would have a good idea for future use of the building.
M/S Olsen, Ryan to accept a donation of a granite bench at Lowden Memorial Park
in memory Denise Norton Hill, from the Norton Family. Ayes: All. Mayor Wenndt
said the Lowden Park Board will help establish placement of the bench in the
M/S Ryan, Decker to call for a special election to specify what the revenues
from the excess 1% Local Option Sales and Service Tax collected for the Cedar
County Law Enforcement Center will be used for by the City of Lowden - 100% for
the specific purpose of infrastructure of the City’s water lines, water
tower, sewer lines, and streets. Ayes: All.
Joyce Rice was present to ask if the burn ban could be lifted for several weeks
in the fall for leaf burning. She said it is difficult for elderly and others
to bag leaves and haul them to the wastewater plant dump site. Council said they
did not want to change the ordinance because they felt people have really adjusted
well to no burning in town. Council discussed raking leaves to the curb and using
a vacuum to pick up leaves. Chuck Ryan and Galen Conrad will check into a leaf
vacuum and report back at the next meeting. Mayor Wenndt will also bring up the
subject at the next Mayor’s meeting about possible sharing of equipment
M/S Decker, Conrad to have Watertower Paint and Repair paint the exterior of
the water tower this year at a cost of approximately $15,000. Ayes: All. This
work was delayed since the City had some major standpipe repair expenses on the
tower last year.
M/S Decker, Madden to approve the monthly financial report. Ayes: All.
Clerk reminded the Council, at the end of each fiscal year, Library, Rescue,
and Fire Departments should all make specific requests to be approved by the
Council to transfer any unused budget funds to their savings accounts - it is
not an automatic transfer.
Mayor Wenndt instructed maintenance men to trim trees that are hanging too low
over streets. Chuck Ryan will speak to David DeWine about using his lift for
the work. Mayor also told maintenance men to have parking space lines painted
on Main Street before the Sesquicentennial.
Council discussed the need for a sidewalk to the 3-30 Club from Roosevelt Ave.
east. Mayor directed Gene Hamdorf to get the exact width of Main Street in that
location and have a report for the next meeting.
M/S Ryan, Decker to approve a cigarette permit for Lowden Fast Stop, and a sidewalk
permit for Carey Howard. Ayes: All.
Chuck Ryan will look at the ditch behind Wayne Behne’s to check for erosion.
Gene Hamdorf will get a price from Welby Leeper for curb and gutter on both sides
of Roosevelt Avenue.
Clerk will contact the school about mowing and cleaning the ditch by the creek
on their property south of the bridge at Lowden Memorial Park.
M/S Madden, Ryan
to adjourn at 8:42 PM. Ayes: All. Next regular meeting is August
6, 2007, 7:00 PM