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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, AUGUST 4, 2003, 7:00 PM

The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Reuben Wenndt.  Council members present on roll call:  Conrad, Hintz, Kroemer, Clark, Hamdorf.  Visitors:  Tom Schwarz, Nadine Schwarz, Mark Fox, Dean Drumm, David Horman, Chuck Breneman, Wes Fox, Barb Schnede, Gene Hamdorf, Pat Kroemer, Bill Norton, Melanie Hoffner.

M/S Hamdorf, Hintz to approve the minutes of the 7/7/03 meeting. Ayes: All.

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

Visitor Wes Fox was present to discuss the ongoing property line dispute between Monte Schnede at 808 Washington Avenue and Mike Blake Apartments at 804 Washington Avenue. After a survey was done by Mike Blake, it was determined Schnedeís garage is two feet over the property line onto Blakeís property.  Wes Fox says the Schnedeís maintained the property in question for approximately 8 years and that takes precedence over a survey.  Council said this does not concern the City, but directed the City Clerk to contact the City Attorney regarding the issue.

Councilman Conrad reported he and Dan Nietfeldt had looked at Ed Kramerís creek bank.  Conrad felt the creek needs to be dug out and broken up cement placed on the side banks.  Council felt any drainage ditch work of this type is the homeownerís responsibility.

M/S Conrad, Hintz that the City is not responsible for digging out the creek bank at Ed Kramerís.  Ayes:  Conrad, Hintz, Kroemer, Hamdorf.  Abstain:  Clark.

Council told visitor Mark Fox McNeill Tree Service from Tipton will be in town to remove the tree in his curbline as well as a tree in Bob Fisherís curbline.

M/S Hamdorf, Conrad to approve the preliminary plat for the Schwarz Addition-Part Two.  Ayes:  Conrad, Hintz, Kroemer, Hamdorf.  Abstain:  Clark.

Clerk will contact Alliant Energy regarding placement of additional street lights in the new addition.

Dean Drumm, Lowden Fire Department, told the council the fire dept. would like to buy a 1978 Ford 1000 gal. used tanker pumper from Tipton.  Drumm said the fire dept. could be short of water at out-of-town fires with just one tanker. Since the fire dept. has no money in their City savings, Lowden Resuce authorized the fire dept. to borrow the money from them. Councilman Kroemer said the truck is too old and would not be a good buy.  Councilman Hamdorf said the fire dept. just bought a new first attack truck several months ago from Kemmannís and why didnít they see the need for a tanker pumper first.  Councilman Kroemer also said the fire dept. needs to get their equipment and truck purchases on a rotating basis whereby purchases are planned ahead.  Council asked Drumm where they would house the truck.  Drumm said Lowden Rescue is looking to expand the current fire station for additional space.

After discussion, M/S Clark, Conrad to authorize the Lowden Fire Dept. to purchase the tanker pumper from Tipton at a cost of $7500 with funding from Lowden Rescue.  Ayes:  Conrad, Hintz, Clark. Nays:  Kroemer. Abstain: Hamdorf.

Council recognized that June 21, 2003, was Soldierís Monument Re-Dedication Day in Cedar County.

M/S Hintz, Hamdorf to set a Public Hearing for the Alliant Lease Agreement for the Roosevelt Ave. substation for September 8, 2003, 7:00 PM. Ayes: All.

Council discussed raising the deductible limits on the Cityís insurance but decided to wait until the policy renews next year.

Gene Hamdorf reported there have been many complaints about the poor mowing at the Lowden Cemetery this year.  Several times the Mayor or Cemetery Board President have mowed the area from the fence to the highway. Council said this will be addressed next spring when soliciting new mowing bids.

Little Home Day Care Centerís request for funding support from the City will be placed on the September 8 meeting agenda.

Councilman Clark told Gene Hamdorf there would be no more dumping of cement, etc. on his property along Hwy. 30, since most of the black dirt has been hauled away by the City.

Council took no action on Mayor Wenndtís request for council to consider replacing the sidewalks to the Lowden Cemetery.

Jim Rice will be paid $300 from the Lowden Park account for use of his equipment while building the walking bridges at  Lowden Memorial Park.

Next regular meeting will be September 8, 2003, 7:00 PM, due to the Labor Day holiday.

M/S Hamdorf, Conrad to adjourn at 8:50 PM.  Ayes:  All.

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