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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2005, 7:00 PM

The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Reuben Wenndt. Councilpersons present on roll call: Conrad, Hamdorf, Decker, Kroemer. Absent: Gottschalk. Visitors: Gene Hamdorf, Pat Kroemer, Harlan Pruess, Tom Schwarz, Jim Rice, Wes Griesbach, Randy Millam, Laurie Millam, Jeff Kaufmann.

M/S Kroemer, Decker to approve the minutes of the 6-6-05 meeting. Ayes: All.

M/S Conrad, Hamdorf to approve payment of the bills as presented. Ayes: All.

Jeff Kaufmann, State Representative, was present to introduce himself to the council.

Randy and Laurie Millam were present to inquire about a sidewalk permit. They also told the council they were interested in a skateboarding park for youth. Dan Hamdorf, Park Committee, told the Millam’s the committee has discussed using the tennis courts for a skate park and are looking into that. Millam’s also reported there have been ATV’s running down their alley. Mayor Wenndt will contact the Cedar County Sheriff concerning this.

Harlan Pruess presented the Preliminary Plat and the Final Plat for the Pruess Third Addition and also a copy of the restrictive covenants for the subdivision. He plans to make a shallow ditch along the south side of 1st Street west to the creek as opposed to installation of curb and gutter. M/S Kroemer, Conrad to approve the Preliminary Plat and Final Plat for the Pruess Third Addition. Ayes: All. The City will now send the plans to Steve Laughlin, Shoemaker & Haaland Engineers, for his approval.

M/S Hamdorf, Decker to place a stop sign on Park Avenue at 6th Street and have the first reading to change the stop sign ordinance at the August meeting. Ayes: Hamdorf, Decker. Nays: Conrad, Kroemer. Motion defeated.

The City received a bill from JJJ Enterprises for repairing the water shutoff at the Lowden Car Wash - $320.00. Council discussed who was responsible for payment of the bill and determined the bill was the responsibility of the owner. M/S Conrad, Decker to have the owner of the Lowden Car Wash pay the $320.00 repair bill for replacing the water shutoff. Ayes: Conrad, Decker, Kroemer. Abstain: Hamdorf.

M/S Kroemer, Decker to have the first reading of Ordinance #764 whereby all pit bull dogs are banned from the City. Ayes: All. The second and third reading of the ordinance will follow at the August council meeting.

M/S Hamdorf, Decker to appoint Charlene Bixler to the Lowden Cemetery Board. Ayes: All.

M/S Hamdorf, Decker to approve Resolution #07-05 setting salaries for City personnel for FY06. Ayes: All.

An on-site evaluation of the City’s polling site was held in June by the Secretary of State’s Office. The recommendations made were: provide an angle parking spot near the curb to comply with ADA requirements, lower threshold on center door , and replace the doorknob. The City will make these changes in the next few months in order to comply with ADA requirements.

Mayor told the council he would like to hire part-time help for mowing so the maintenance men can get other jobs done this summer. After discussion, council decided not to hire a part-time person for mowing.

Gene Hamdorf presented a bid, $1719, from JJJ Enterprises for replacing the standpipe cover at the water tower. Council told Gene to get additional bids from several other companies and present them at the August meeting.

City will buy a chop saw cart, estimated cost $200, for use at the Park for cutting the sidewalk for the walking path.

Council discussed the summer street work to be done by MSI. M/S Hamdorf, Decker to approve the summer street work proposal from MSI, using slurry seal on the first portion of 5th St. Place. Ayes: All.

M/S Hamdorf, Decker to approve the monthly treasurer’s report. Ayes: All.

M/S Decker, Hamdorf to approve a cigarette permit for Lowden Fast Stop. Ayes: Kroemer, Decker, Hamdorf. Nays: Conrad.

A delinquent final water bill for Gerald Steinke, doing business as Good Times, will be added to Steinke’s July residential water bill.

City will contact authorities, if necessary, to enforce noncompliance with the City’s building permit ordinance for the property owner at 304 McKinley Avenue.

Correspondence was received from Ed and Barb Kramer stating they will be cleaning out the creek area on their property.

M/S Decker, Kroemer to adjourn at 8:35 PM. Ayes: All. Next regular meeting is August 1, 2005, 7:00 PM.

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