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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012, 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:  Olsen, Behrens, Helmold, Conrad, McCreight.  Visitors:  Steve Noack, Jenna Grubbs, Kirk Steinke, Lisa Decker, Dan Hamdorf, Warren Wethington, Pat Kroemer, William J. Sueppel.

M/S Olsen, Conrad to approve the consent agenda: minutes, bills, and financial report.  Ayes:  All.

Steve Noack and Jenna Grubbs, MMS Engineers, gave a revised estimate on the McKinley Avenue and 1st Street  sewer line project after doing the field work and surveying.  Depending on the alternative selected for the project, there could be a $35,000. difference in the cost.  Alternative 1 would include sewer line work on McKinley Avenue, 1st Street and a lift station by the railroad tracks along 1st Street, cost $389,500.  Alternative 2 would eliminate the lift station, would reverse some of the flow, and include pipe bursting along  the sewer lines by the railroad tracks near 1st Street, cost $356,700.  There also would be $91,100 figured in the project costs for contingencies, engineering, and administration.  By not having a lift station, there would not be ongoing pump and electrical costs.   Noack said Alternative 2 could be the best option for longevity and maintenance of the sewer lines. 

After discussion, M/S Olsen, McCreight to select Alternative 2 for the McKinley Avenue and 1st Street south interceptor sewer line project, pending soil sample results are favorable and an evaluation of the results is done by MMS Engineers.  Ayes:  All.   The City can opt for a different project plan if the soil samples are not acceptable.   

M/S Olsen, Behrens to authorize the City to borrow funds up to $500,000 on a
90-100 day short term loan for the sewer line project.  Ayes:  All.   Lending institution is to be determined with an estimated prime interest rate of 3.5%.  Two signatures of either the Mayor and Al and Rex would be required on the loan.

M/S Helmold, Olsen to have the first reading of Ordinance #797 amending the zoning
Ordinance to change the zoning at 617 4th Street from R-1 to C-1.  Ayes:  All.

M/S Conrad, Helmold to have the first reading of Ordinance #798, Flood Plain Ordinance, indicating the updated flood plain maps and updated property values are on file in City Hall.  Ayes:  All.

Council will review the proposed scavenging ordinance relating to scavenging through people’s curbside garbage, and have the first reading at the August council meeting.

M/S McCreight, Conrad to approve Resolution #12-07 setting salaries for City employees for FY13.   Ayes:  All.

M/S McCreight, Conrad at 8:00 PM to go into Closed Session pursuant to Section 21.5 of the Iowa Code to discuss a matter of pending litigation.  Ayes:  All.

M/S Helmold, Conrad to come out of Closed Session at 8:20 PM.   Ayes:  All.

M/S McCreight, Olsen to forward a building permit for a shed, Jeff King,
121 Grant Avenue, to the Board of Adjustment.   Ayes:  All.  The shed is proposed to be 5 ft. from the garage and according to the City’s ordinance, must be 7-1/2 ft. from other buildings on a lot.

M/S Behrens, Helmold to approve a cigarette permit for Good Times LLC. 
Ayes:  All.

City Clerk to will contact Turkle Tree Service to remove a tree and stump in the curb area at 601 McKinley Ave. due to its poor condition.

Mayor commented he had a compliment on what a good job Kirk Steinke is doing as Public Works Director.

Mayor asked if the Council would be interested in regulating placement of swimming pools on lots or fence requirements around the pools.  Several residents had contacted the Mayor about this concern.   Council was not interested in pursuing this.

Kirk Steinke will check with Lowden Plumbing & Heating about placement of a manhole lid over geo-thermal pipes in the softball parking area in the Park.  He also will check on wastewater pump #2 which is out for repairs and see if it is under warranty.

Dan Hamdorf asked if he could install a culvert in the creek area west of his house, at his own expense, so he could keep the area mowed .  Council said that would be permissible.

M/S Behrens, McCreight at adjourn at 8:50 PM.  Ayes:  All.

Next regular meeting is August 6, 2012, 7:00 PM

Barry Hoffmeier, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk


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