The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Dan Hamdorf. Council members present on roll call: Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Decker, Tucker. Visitors: Gene Hamdorf, Pat Kroemer, Kristy Regennitter, Clint Henning, Austin Lange, Kyle Proesch.

M/S Ryan, Decker to approve the minutes of the 6-2-08 meeting. Ayes: All.

M/S Ryan, Olsen to approve payment of the bills as presented. Ayes: All. Little Home Day Care will be asked to pay for one-half of the $1500 bill for dirt from Conrad Trucking for filling in the old day care site.

Kristy Regennitter, representing the Lowden Legion, said they are having a band and dance in the Legion parking lot in August. Council told her they will need to get an Outdoor Service Area permit for their liquor license, have the area fenced in, and have an officer on duty. They should also speak to the next door neighbors. She will have the actual date of the event presented for approval at the August 4 council meeting.

Kyle Proesch told the council there will be Lowden Park Days on August 1 & 2 at the Park. The Corner Café will have their Beer Permit transferred for those two days to Lowden Memorial Park for the event.

David Horman, visitor, told the council he had talked to people about radio read water meters and felt it would be an expensive project and some people don't like how they operate. Council has discussed radio read meters for several months and decided to wait a year or two for consideration of the purchase. By then, other towns that have used the radio read meters for a longer period of time would be able to tell if it was a favorable purchase for them.

M/S Conrad, Ryan to close the meeting and open the Public Hearing on the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan. Ayes: All.

There being no written or oral comments on the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan,

M/S Conrad, Ryan to close the Public Hearing and open the meeting. Ayes: All.

Austin Lange, Lowden Fire Department, was present and told the council many firemen have concerns about the financial reporting in their department. He said the Fire Chief is performing all treasurer duties and there is no proper reporting to the dept. on the receipt and disbursement of funds. After discussion, council decided the Mayor and City Clerk should meet with the Fire Chief this week to make sure their financial operations are in compliance, the Fire Dept. treasurer is performing his/her duties, and request they present a monthly financial report to the Council.

Lowden Rescue and Friends of the Library will also be asked to provide monthly financial reports to the council.

Lisa Decker reported the north Park shelter was used the end of May by unauthorized people without a reservation or payment. She does not know how they gained entry, because it should have been locked. They left a mess and she saw the people there. M/S Tucker, Ryan to charge Derrick Lange $30 for use of a Park shelter in May and if there is an objection to payment, the matter will be turned over to the Sheriff's Department. Ayes: All.

M/S Ryan, Decker to charge a $30 deposit, as well as the $30 rental fee, for Park sheltal rentals beginning in 2009. The deposit will be refunded if the shelters are left in good condition. Ayes: Ryan, Decker, Olsen, Tucker. Nays: Conrad. Conrad felt the deposit should be $100.

Council discussed the Roosevelt Avenue curb and gutter project. The cost per foot will be $19.83 with the total cost being approximately $17,153. The City will pay for the project and then the homeowner will be billed for one-half of the cost for their residence. A payment plan for homeowners can be arranged at City Hall.

M/S Decker, Tucker to provide planks and posts for Wayne Behne to use to shore up his creek bank behind his house. Ayes: Conrad, Decker, Tucker, Olsen. Nays: Ryan. The City will not do the work. Council person Decker will speak to Behne concerning this.

Council discussed a different billing schedule for “water only” meters at houses. They decided the policy will remain the same as we have now - if there is a meter connected for water only and there is no usage, they will continue to get a minimum bill. If the resident should decide to discontinue the piping for an extra meter and later on want to reconnect, they may do so with the approval of the Public Works Director, Gene Hamdorf.

M/S Conrad, Ryan to approve the following permits: 3-30 Club-liquor license,
Good Times-cigarette permit, Corner Café-transfer beer permit on 8/1/08 and 8/2/08 to Lowden Memorial Park. Ayes: All.

M/S Conrad, Ryan to approve the following permits pending they meet all specifications in reference to distance from property lines: Doug Roorda-shed, Jeffrey Colvin-deck, Duane Lasack-shed, Robert Rowold-garage, Rex McCreight-chicken coop. Ayes: All.

M/S Ryan, Olsen to fine, per City ordinance, Duane Lasack, Robert Rowold, and Rex McCreight $50 each for building structures before a building permit was approved by the Lowden City Council. Ayes: Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Tucker. Nays: Decker. In the future, all residents starting a building project without building permit approval will be fined up to $100, per City ordinance.

Chuck Ryan reported he is continuing to look for a good used dump truck for the City to replace the current truck.

M/S Decker, Tucker to approve the monthly financial report. Ayes: All.

Council discussed summer street work. North McKinley Avenue is being dug up this week and a new base put in. Council decided not to resurface 5th St. Place this summer because they felt other areas were much higher priority for now.

Council discussed installing a storm sewer on north Washington Ave. and 10th Street to alleviate water drainage problems near the area of 908 Washington Avenue. The project could cost in the range of $10,000-$15,000. Council decided to look further at the area before proceeding with this project and discuss it at the August meeting.

Mayor Hamdorf will speak to Kirk Meyer about finishing the sidewalk in the 300 block of McKinley Avenue before street work is done there.

Mayor Hamdorf will speak to Daniel Dickel about cleaning up the property at
401 Washington Avenue and removing the dump truck from that lot.

M/S Conrad, Ryan to adjourn at 9:27 PM. Ayes: All.

Next regular meeting is August 4, 2008, 7:00 PM.

Dan Hamdorf, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk

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