OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, AUGUST 2, 2004,
The regular meeting
of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Reuben Wenndt.
Councilmembers present on roll call: Conrad, Hamdorf, Decker, Kroemer.
Absent: Gottschalk. Visitors: Tim Burmeister, Kent Strackbein, Janice
Strackbein, Jason Miller, Amanda Becker, Brandy Lundy, Bill Norton,
Kent Stout, Lyle Fitch, Dan Hannes, Mark Schneider, Pat Kroemer.
M/S Kroemer, Hamdorf to approve the minutes of the 7-6-04 meeting. Ayes: All.
M/S Conrad, Decker to approve payment of the bills as presented. Ayes: All.
Cedar County Sheriff, Dan Hannes, presented a monthly report for July to the
council. One area of concern Sheriff Hannes stressed to the council was that
anyone operating a golf cart on public streets must have a valid driver’s
The City received information from ten engineering firms interested in Lowden’s
water tower project. Council decided to rate the engineers on a rating criteria
sheet supplied by ECIA. Two or three of the highest rated firms will be interviewed
at a special council meeting on August 17, 2004, 6:30 PM.
Amanda Becker, Little Home Day Care Center Director, updated the council on their
plans to apply for a CDBG grant for a proposed day care/preschool facility at
the elementary school. Mark Schneider, ECIA, said the City can support a CDBG
application of this type, along with Lowden’s application for a water tower
grant, since it is comes from different funding. After discussion, M/S Conrad,
Hamdorf to have the City support an application for a CDBG grant for a proposed
daycare/preschool facility on behalf of Little Home Day Care Center. Ayes: All.
Kent and Janice Strackbein were present with concerns about Sam Tika’s
new house to the north of theirs dumping all the sump pump water and eavespout
drainage onto their property. Council discussed the tiling behind the properties
as well. Council decided Mayor Wenndt will speak to Tika and tell him he must
install a solid tile around his house. This tile will then run to the rear of
his property and hook onto the City’s tile behind the properties affected.
Tim Burmeister will also get a quote from Junior Yutesler for approximately 165’of
new tile running north and south behind those properties.
Tim Burmeister will speak to Wayne Behne about the creek bank behind Behne’s
property. Burmeister will remind him in June 2003, the City said they would furnish
poles and planks for Behne’s creek bank if Behne would install them.
Two bids for the required audit of every 4th year for the City were received.
Ann Menke, CPA, West Point, Iowa, bid $7000 to audit FY04 for the City. The Auditor
of State bid $5475. M/S Kroemer, Decker to have the Auditor of State perform
the City’s audit for FY04 at a cost of $5475. Ayes: All.
Mayor Wenndt presented
a quote from Strackbein’s for a new backhoe for the City, price
$6800 for a B60C. Council asked Mayor Wenndt to talk to Strackbein’s
about a price for a different type of backhoe.
Council and maintenance men will continue to look for a used 1/2 T. truck from
Kemmann’s, 1999 or newer and in the $10000 price range.
City Clerk will contact several roofing firms to look at the roof on City Hall.
When firemen were cleaning gutters recently, they thought there could be holes
in some areas of the roof.
Tim Burmeister will look at an area on 4th Street north of Everett Kruckenberg’s
shop. The ditch may need to be dug out or a new culvert installed. Council
also discussed the street north of James and Diana Thomas. The house is much
lower than the street and heavy rainwater runs onto their property. Council
said curb and gutter would help eliminate this problem.
Mayor Wenndt directed Galen Conrad who is on the City’s “Buildings
Committee”, to obtain proper specifications for building permits in regard
to height, type of structure, etc. and present the information at the September
Mayor Wenndt reported many Commercial Club members would like to see parking
lines painted on Main Street, from Washington Ave. to McKinley Ave. Council
decided when the summer street work is finished, the City’s maintenance
men will paint parking lines on the Main Street block.
Bob Kroemer reported MSI will be in Lowden for summer street work in mid to
Council discussed open burning in Lowden. Some of the council thought eliminating
all burn barrels would help solve the problem.
M/S Decker, Conrad to eliminate all residential burn barrels in Lowden. Ayes:
Decker, Conrad. Nays: Hamdorf, Kroemer. Motion failed.
Tim Burmeister reported he will be attending water and wastewater classes in
August and September in LeClaire.
Gene Hamdorf will get estimates on insulation for the standpipe at the water
M/S Kroemer, Hamdorf to approve the monthly financial report. Ayes: All.
M/S Decker, Conrad to approve the following permits: Legion-sidewalk permit
and Outdoor Service Area permit, Kathy Hankemeier-shed, Dan Hamdorf-deck. Ayes:
Decker, Conrad, Kroemer. Abstain: Hamdorf. Wes Griesbach’s request to
add a 6’by 24’porch on the south side of his duplex north of the
Post Office will be given to the Board of Adjustment for consideration.
An estimate of $590 was given by Turkles Tree Service, Stockton, to remove
the tree and stump at 805 Jefferson Avenue. Council directed Clerk to contact
Turkle to proceed with the work.
Clerk read a thank
you from IA State University’s Summer Discovery Program director,
Deb Storjohann, thanking the City for the use of a park shelter for
their weeklong summer program.
M/S Kroemer, Conrad to adjourn at 9:22 PM. Ayes: All.
Due to the holiday, next regular meeting will be September 7, 2004, 7:00 PM.