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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, AUGUST 1, 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:  Ryan, Olsen, Decker, Hoffmeier.   Absent:  Conrad.   Visitors:  Gene Hamdorf, Pat Kroemer, Kirk Steinke, Wes Griesbach, Ryan Hamilton, Mariah Thurston, Pearl Huffman, Ed Matheny, Louis Licht, Carol Larson, Bill Norton.

M/S Hoffmeier, Ryan to approve the minutes of the 7/11/11 meeting.  Ayes:  All.

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

Louis Licht, Ecolotree, asked the council if he could plant a test cell of trees at Lowden’s wastewater plant.  He is using this system throughout other areas of the United States to treat discharges from sewage treatment plants.   The test cells would be used to measure water quality from the discharges at the sewer plant and then the water quality after the water has gone through the test cell area.  There could be a minimal cost for the pathogen sample testing.   Council agreed to allow Licht to do a test cell at the sewer plant and will work with Gene Hamdorf  on this.

Council discussed the proposed golf cart ordinance whereby golf carts would be allowed on City streets with a required permit.  Council had mixed opinions on the ordinance.  Visitor, Wes Griesbach, suggested the town do a survey to see if there is interest in this.   After discussion, Councilman Hoffmeier said he would finalize the language in the proposed ordinance and then give it to the Mayor who will forward it to the City Attorney.    The subject will be placed on the Sept. meeting agenda.

M/S Decker, Ryan to approve Resolution #11-04, the Annual Street Finance Report.
Ayes:  All.

M/S Ryan, Hoffmeier to get estimates from local carpenters and proceed with adding a public access window with a wall in the City Clerk’s office to provide for better security.   Ayes:  All.   Councilman Ryan also thought security cameras should be installed.

M/S Ryan, Hoffmeier to advertise for a second maintenance man to begin work around October 1, 2011.  Ayes:  All.  Applications will be accepted until August 22 and interviews will take place after that.

Mayor will conduct a 90-day performance evaluation for Kirk Steinke who began employment with the City on 5/2/2011.

Ed Matheny presented a fence permit for consideration to the City Council.   He did not find survey pins on his property as required by the fence permit ordinance, but asked if he could use a property stone that he found, as a boundary marker.   During this discussion, Ryan Hamilton, 405 McKinley Ave., said he has had property line disputes with an adjoining property owner.   A survey was conducted recently and he lost a considerable amount of his lot.  A lot line was previously marked by Gene Hamdorf, but that determination was not accurate.  Gene Hamdorf said accuracy can only be determined by a licensed surveyor.  Council told Hamilton it basically is not a City problem when neighbors have property line disputes.  Matheny said it is cost prohibitive for him to get a survey.   Some of the Council thought the 4-year old fence ordinance requiring a survey should be changed.    Ryan said there had been a lot of problems with placement of fences prior to the fence permit ordinance and that is why the ordinance is strict.  After discussion, Council said they will consider changing the ordinance.

M/S Ryan, Olsen to approve the fence permit for Ed Matheny, if he can provide proof of survey markers on his lot.   Ayes:  All.

Bill Norton, Little Home Day Care Center, told the Council they have provided  USDA with information requested regarding their reserve payment, final title opinion, ground lease agreement and remaining grant funds of Little Home Day Care.

Pearl Huffman, visitor, asked the Council how many meters were scrapped by Gene Hamdorf and how much money was returned to the City.   Council said Gene paid $652 to the City for money collected for meters that were scrapped.   Councilman Hoffmeier said the City has not been able to get an exact count of meters scrapped because another employee, Derrick Lange, who is no longer employed by the City, actually took the meters to the scrap place, so no paperwork is available for the transactions. City Council told Huffman they have accepted Gene’s explanation concerning the scrapping of the old meters and the money received and the issue is settled. 

Carol Larson asked why the tornado sirens are not being set off.   Kirk Steinke said the local fire departments set them off at their own disgression and it may vary from town to town depending on weather conditions.

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

Gene Hamdorf will get a price to grind down and asphalt Old Lincoln Highway east of Yankee Ave. to the east city limits. Councilman Hoffmeier said neither the IDOT or Lincoln Hwy. Assn. have money to repair the historical highway.

Council set September 12, 2011, 7:00 PM, for the next regular meeting.

M/S Ryan, Decker to adjourn @ 9:05 PM.  Ayes:  All.     

Dan Hamdorf, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk


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