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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011, 7:00 PM, CITY HALL

The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Dan Hamdorf.  Council members present on roll call:  Conrad, Ryan, Decker, Hoffmeier.  Absent:  Olsen.  Visitors:  Gene Hamdorf, Kirk Steinke, Wes Griesbach, Duane Lasack, Pearl Huffman, Heather Hunter, Carol Larson, Bob Ibsen, John Ibsen, Doug Deerberg.

M/S Conrad, Hoffmeier to approve the minutes of the 6-6-11 meeting.  Ayes:  All.

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

Council decided the Street Committee, Conrad and Olsen, and Gene Hamdorf will look at streets on July 19 to determine what summer street work needs to be done.

Council decided not to accept an offer from Ament Engineering to evaluate the City’s street signs for reflectivity standards at a cost of $1150.00.   If the study was done, the City could apply for a grant up to $5000 to replace stop signs, etc.   Council said the City’s signs already meet the minimum reflectivity standards and if signs needed to be replaced, the cost would most likely be less than the cost of the study.

Pearl Huffman, Corner Café, and Heather Hunter addressed the Council on several issues.  Huffman requested reimbursement for the Corner Café apartment garbage bills.   She said, over the years, the City picks up the café garbage on Tuesdays and but did not pick up the apartment garbage on Wednesdays.  Council asked if the apartment’s garbage would ever be put with the Café garbage and she said yes.   Later in the meeting, Mayor Hamdorf told her there would be no reimbursement for the garbage charges.

Pearl Huffman, also told the City Council they were upset when the Corner Café’s garbage was not picked up on June 8 and Gene picked it up several days later and kept the cans.  He returned the cans later.  Mayor said the garbage should not have been picked up because of a delinquent water/garbage bill, but an individual councilman ordered the maintenance men to do so.

She was also upset the City threatened to dig up the water shutoff to turn the water off.   Council said if a shut off is not in working order, it has to be dug up to repair and that is done at the property owner’s expense.

Pearl also questioned why Gene Hamdorf was allowed to scrap old water meters without the knowledge of the Council and keep the funds received.   Council said that has been addressed and Gene repaid $652 to the City for the old meters.  Huffman said she wants a full accounting of how many meters were scrapped and the money received and will be at the August meeting. 

 M/S Ryan, Conrad to purchase a Blue Spruce evergreen tree, est. cost $100, from Kelly Tree Farm as a memorial to long-time City employee, Tim Burmeister.  Ayes:  All.  The tree will be planted in Lowden Memorial Park and Tim’s name will be added to the plaque for memorial trees.

M/S Ryan, Decker to approve Resolution #11-03 setting salaries for employees for FY2012.  Ayes:  All.

Duane Lasack presented information to the Council on an ordinance to allow golf carts on City streets.  After discussion, Council decided to review various ordinances from other cities and will place the issue on the August meeting agenda for consideration.

A fence permit was presented from John Ibsen.  According to the City’s ordinance, he is required to prove survey pins or have a survey done before a permit for a fence can be approved.   He was not able to find any survey pins but had signatures from his neighbors approving the location of the fence in regard to their property lines.  Council person Ryan said how can the City approve the permit when a survey was not done and other people have had to pay for surveys before their fence permits were approved. Motioned by Conrad to approve the fence permit for John Ibsen.  Motion died for lack of a second.  Ryan said he will contact the City Attorney regarding this and will get back to Ibsen with an opinion.

Council will forward a building permit from Bob Rowold for a garage to the Zoning Board of Adjustment.   With the proposed garage, the structures on Rowold’s lot would exceed the 40% coverage of buildings on a lot.

M/S Decker, Hoffmeier to approve cigarette permits for Cedar Country Store and Schneid’s.  Ayes:  All.

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

Council directed maintenance men to repair some of the storm sewer intakes that have gaps around the grates.

Clerk will add a notation to the August water bills indicating garbage containers or bags will not be picked up if in excess of a weight 65# as per City ordinance.

Mayor will contact Jim Holtz about the sump pump at the duplex on Grant Avenue discharging water onto neighboring property.

City men will trim the ditch along the north side Main Street west of Harding Avenue.

M/S Ryan, Decker to adjourn at 8:20 PM.  Ayes:  All.

Next regular meeting is August 1, 2011, 7:00 PM.           

Dan Hamdorf, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk


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