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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2012, 7:00 PM, CITY HALL

The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Barry Hoffmeier.  

Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Council members present on roll call:  Conrad, McCreight, Behrens, Helmold.  Absent:  Olsen.   Visitors:  Matt Hall, Travis Squires, Steve Noack, Jenna Grubbs, Pat Kroemer, Bill Norton, Charlene Bixler, Kirk Steinke.

M/S Conrad, McCreight to approve the consent agenda including minutes, bills, and financial report, with the following correction on the 7-2-12 minutes: the building permit ordinance states all buildings are to be 15 ft. from other buildings on a lot, not 7-1/2 ft.   Ayes: All.

City Clerk will speak to City Treasurer about expediting the monthly financial report. The City Council would like a current report not one month behind, if the statement date and City Council meeting date so allow. 

MMS Engineers, Jenna Grubbs and Steve Noack, were present to discuss the upcoming sewer line project.   Jenna said the soil report for the area along the railroad tracks south of 1st Street show the sewer lines are in underground water all through that area. With cracks or holes in sewer lines, ground water infiltration into the sewer system is taking place.  Council decided to take bids for the McKinley Avenue and
1st Street sewer line project with bids to be submitted by 8/29/12.

Travis Squires and Matt Hall, Piper Jaffray, presented information to the council on financing the estimated $535,000 sewer line project.   The City could use General Obligation Bonds, Sewer Revenue Bonds, TIF funds (if allowable), LOST funds, or a combination of the above sources to pay for the project.   Rex said he would prefer using the other sources of revenue rather than a tax levy.    Galen said he would like the project done yet this fall.  Squires said the council should determine the length of a loan, the method of financing, and the time line for paying back a loan.  He said he would check with the bond attorney about redirecting TIF funds for a sewer line project, after the Schwarz obligation has been fulfilled this fiscal year. The City’s Urban Renewal Plan (TIF) would have to be amended at the September meeting to allow for this.  Squires said the local bank should be contacted to obtain market interest rates.  

After discussion, M/S McCreight, Behrens to adopt Resolution #12-08 to fix a date for a public hearing on September 4, 2012, 7:00 PM, to enter into a loan agreement in a principal amount not to exceed $600,000 for the purpose of paying the cost of constructing street repairs and improvements and sanitary sewer system improvements.  Ayes:  All.  

City Council also discussed a sewer and water rate increase.  Currently the rates are $4.80/per 1000 gallons for water usage and for sewer usage.   Council discussed an increase to $6.00/per 1000 gallons to begin in November 2012 with scheduled increases to $6.75/per 1000 gallons in November 2013 and $7.50/per 1000 gallons in November 2014.    Monthly billing will begin in November 2012 rather than bi-monthly.   Bills will be due within 15 days of bill date. 

M/S Conrad, Helmold to have ordinances prepared reflecting the water and sewer rate increases and frequency of billing with first readings of the ordinances to be held at the September 4 meeting.    Ayes:  All.

Council directed Kirk Steinke to contact several street companies and get prices for summer street work and present the information at the Sept. 4 meeting.   Council also said it may be too late in the season for sealcoating and the work may have to wait until spring.  

M/S Helmold, Behrens to waive the second reading and have the third reading of Ordinance #797 rezoning 617 4th Street from Residential 1 to Commercial 1.   Ayes:  All.

M/S Conrad, Helmold to adopt Ordinance #797 to rezone 617 4th Street from Residential 1 to Commercial 1.   Ayes:  All.

Council decided to not introduce a scavenging ordinance as discussed previously.

M/S McCreight, Conrad to waive the second reading and have the third reading of Ordinance #798, stating updated Flood Plain maps and updated property values are on file at City Hall for the Flood Plain Ordinance.   Ayes:  All.    

M/S Behrens, Helmold to adopt Ordinance #798, Flood Plain Ordinance, stating updated Flood Plain maps and updated property values are on file at City Hall. Ayes:All.

M/S Behrens, Helmold to close a portion of 8th Street from Washington Avenue to McKinley Avenue on 9/9/12 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM for a Trinity Lutheran Church event.  Ayes:  All.

M/S Conrad, Behrens to approve a permit to transfer the Lowden Legion liquor license to Lowden Memorial Park for Park Day on 8/11/12, and approve the following building permits: Rhonda Steffens-garage, Schneid’s-shed, Rex McCreight-shed, Leonard Lueders-lean-to, pending Kirk Steinke checking proper distances on lot.   Ayes:  All.

Mayor will prepare a letter to be sent to several golf cart owners who do not have a permit and are operating on City streets.

Kirk and Rex will talk to Mississippi Valley Pump about ongoing repairs on wastewater pump #2.  The pump is not a year old and needs $2185 in repairs.

M/S McCreight, Behrens to adjourn at 9:30 PM.  Ayes:  All.

Next regular meeting is Tuesday, September 4, 2012.

Barry Hoffmeier, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk


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