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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL
OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, TUESDAY, JULY 6, 2004,
meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor
Reuben Wenndt. Councilmembers present on roll call: Conrad, Gottschalk,
Decker, Kroemer. Absent: Hamdorf (seated at 7:45 PM). Visitors:
Ginger Pruess, Barb McCreight, David Boettcher, Kirk Steinke, Gene
Hamdorf, Jan Olsen, Larry Wiebel, Brandy Lundy, Amanda Becker,
Bill Norton, Tom Schwarz, Nadine Schwarz, Joey Wenndt, Jason Miller,
Kent Stout, Deb Pruess, Bill Clark.
M/S Kroemer, Conrad to approve the minutes of the June 7, 2004, meeting with
the following correction: “Conrad, not Kroemer, seconded the motion on
the City holding the Bingo license at the Legion and roll call vote was - Ayes:
Conrad, Decker, Hamdorf and Nays: Kroemer”. Ayes: Conrad, Gottschalk, Decker,
M/S Conrad, Gottschalk to approve payment of the bills as presented. Ayes: Conrad,
Gottschalk, Decker, Kroemer.
The final plat for the Schwarz Addition Part Two was presented to the council
for approval. The only remaining work to be done is the double sealcoating of
the street in 2005. The City’s engineer, Shoemaker & Haaland, reviewed
the plat for conformance and recommends the City approve the final plat. M/S
Gottschalk, Conrad to approve Resolution #04-04 approving the final plat of the
Schwarz Addition Part Two. Ayes: Conrad, Gottschalk, Decker, Kroemer.
M/S Decker, Conrad to approve the Lowden Fire Department’s request to have
fireworks at the Park on Sept. 11 during their anniversary celebration. Ayes:
Conrad, Gottschalk, Decker, Kroemer. Fire Chief, Joey Wenndt, stated they have
all the necessary permits and insurance.
Jason Miller, MSA, was present to answer any questions about a wide scale curb
and gutter project for Lowden. He stated an engineer would first have to be hired
to analyze and assess all the streets in Lowden. That cost could be in the range
of $9000. Council decided to place the issue on the August agenda for further
Larry Wiebel, LEDCO, was present on behalf of Little Home Day Care Center. He
said the current building housing the day care is not meeting the center’s
needs and they are looking to expand somewhere else in the near future. They
want to apply for a grant or loan but the City’s name would have to be
on the application. Wiebel asked for the support of the City is this endeavor.
He said the public school system could be involved in this future plan as well.
Council told Wiebel to keep them informed on future meetings and plans.
M/S Kroemer, Conrad to seat Hamdorf at 7:45 PM. Ayes: Conrad, Gottschalk, Decker,
Council again discussed an earlier request for an additional street light in
the alley area on 5th Street between Washington Avenue and McKinley Ave. M/S
Conrad, Gottschalk to install an additional street light in the alley area on
5th Street between Washington Avenue and McKinley Avenue. Ayes: Conrad, Gottschalk.
Nays: Decker, Kroemer, Hamdorf. Motion denied.
M/S Kroemer, Hamdorf to approve Resolution #03-04 setting salaries for City Employees
for FY05. Ayes: All.
Council discussed open burning in Lowden. Subject will be placed on the August
M/S Hamdorf, Decker to go out for bids for the City’s FY04 audit.. Ayes:
Council determined Reuben Wenndt should do the City mowing as needed since the
maintenance men have been taking vacation throughout the summer and work projects
are not being done.
M/S Hamdorf, Decker to approve the monthly financial report. Ayes: All.
Council discussed the purchase of a 1997 3/4 T. used truck from Kemmann’s
to replace the red recycle truck, cost $10,200. Tim Burmeister had used the truck
to pull the recyle trailer to Cedar Rapids and reported the truck worked well.
After discussion, council decided to keep looking for a different truck, but
also told Councilman Gottschalk to talk to Kemmann’s about a bottom line
offer on the 1997 used truck.
M/S Hamdorf, Conrad to approve the following permits: building permit for a bin-Stan
Boedeker, and a liquor license with Sunday Sales and Catering Privilege for the
Good Times. Ayes: All.
Mayor asked all the council to look at a tree that is cracked at Ardelle Rettkowski’s
on Jefferson Avenue. The tree is in the City’s right-of-way and may need
to be removed. Clerk will also get an estimate for removal of the tree.
Council discussed purchasing a backhoe for the City. Mayor Wenndt will talk to
Strackbein’s about prices and options and report back to the council.
Mayor told Gene Hamdorf the streets should be swept every 3 weeks.
Clerk reported Laurie Steinke had informed the City Hall there will be a benefit
for Roger Gottschalk on August 8 at Lowden Memorial Park.
M/S Gottschalk, Conrad to adjourn at 9:20 PM. Ayes: All.