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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013, 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, Olsen, A.Lange.  Visitors:  Pat Kroemer, Bill Norton, Steve Noack, Derrick Lange, Shelise Parsley, Nick Lange.

M/S Olsen, Conrad to approve the consent agenda including minutes, bills, and financial report.  Ayes:  Conrad, McCreight, Olsen, Lange.

Shelise Parsley, CCEDCO, was present to give an update to the council on their activities in Cedar County and local towns.  She asked if Lowden would consider rejoining CCEDCO.  The cost would be $2115/year.  Council suggested she meet with LEDCO and if they would recommend the City rejoin CCEDCO they certainly would consider being a member again.  

M/S Conrad, McCreight to seat Al Helmold at 7:12 PM.  Ayes:  Olsen, McCreight, Olsen, Lange.

Steve Noack, MMS Consultants, said they had done some survey elevations in town and also looked at the flood damage on the east end of 5th St. Place.   He said if there is FEMA mitigation money available the City might be able to get funding to repair the end of 5th St. Place.

Noack also presented an estimate to install storm sewer along McKinley Ave.  He said if the City installed curb and gutter on both sides of McKinley Ave. without an adequate storm sewer, there will be a major problem with drainage.    The estimated cost of construction and engineering for the storm sewer project would be in the range of $248,236.  But, that estimate includes $64,900 for 2950 ft. of curb and gutter and $59,000 for sealcoating the street, both projects the City intended to do anyway.

Council decided Steve Noack, Kirk Steinke, and JJJ Enterprises should have a meeting to get a quote for the storm sewer project, with materials and without materials.  The curb and gutter installation may be delayed until next year.  

M/S Helmold, McCreight to pass Resolution #13-05 to set October 7, 2013, 7:00 PM, for a public hearing on a Sewer Revenue Loan and Disbursement Agreement for a principal amount not to exceed $65,000 for the purpose of paying for the planning, designing and constructing improvements to the wastewater plant.   Ayes:  All.
According to Steve Noack, this will be a 0% interest SRF loan for engineering costs and the $65,000 amount will eventually be rolled into a wastewater plant construction loan.

M/S Lange, McCreight to hire Matt Cavey to sign off on the IDNR wastewater reports at $250/month until Kirk Steinke is fully certified for wastewater in 2014.  Ayes:  All.

M/S Olsen, Helmold to waive the second reading and have the third reading of ordinance #804 for electrical transmission of power by ITC.   Ayes:  All.

M/S Olsen, McCreight to adopt ordinance #804 for electrical transmission of power by ITC.  Ayes:  All.

M/S McCreight, Helmold, to approve resolution #13-04, FY13 IDOT street finance report.  Ayes:  All.

Council discussed nuisances in the City.  Mayor, Council, and Public Works employees did a walk-through of the town several weeks ago and made a list of nuisances to be addressed.  After discussion, Council decided they would like to speak directly to residents about cleaning up their property, rather than sending a letter.   Also, Mayor Hoffmeier said residents should know they can set out tires for garbage pickup. The City will take them to the transfer station and bill the resident the transfer station costs, which starts at $2.50 for a car tire.

Council directed maintenance men to trim the weeds in the City right of way by the sidewalk bridge west of the old FS station on Main Street.  Maintenance men will also cut down the old apple tree by the water tower which is on City property.  Council also told maintenance men to sweep the streets as soon as possible.

City Council and Mayor will be conducting a door to door  income survey during the month of September for residents in Lowden.  The survey is necessary in order to apply for Community Development Block Grant funding for the proposed new wastewater plant. 

Mayor said the City, at the time when curb and gutter will be installed on McKinley Ave., will consider using concrete stamping at the corner intersections of sidewalks in order to comply with ADA requirements. 

 Mayor also reported the ½ ton truck needs 4 new tires and will be purchased at Kemmann’s at a cost of $600 plus mounting and disposal.  

Mayor said the June flood undermined the cement on the east side of the walking bridge by the south Park shelter.  JJJ Enterprises will be asked to do mudjacking to reinforce the sidewalk there.

M/S Lange, McCreight to adjourn at 8:28 PM.  Ayes:  All.

Next regular meeting is October 7, 2013, 7:00 PM.

Barry Hoffmeier, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk


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