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, Behrens, Helmold.  Visitors:  Nick Lange, Bill Norton, Pat Kroemer, Jenna Grubbs, Travis Squires.

M/S Helmold, Olsen to approve the consent agenda items: 8/6/12 minutes, financial report, and bills with the exception of a Sun-News item, $21.80, for a legal notice with a publisher’s error.  Ayes:  All.

M/S McCreight, Olsen to pass Resolution #12-10 to set a public hearing date of 10-1-12, 7:00 PM, to enter into a loan agreement in a principal amount not to exceed $600,000, approve preliminary official statement, and set sale date for bonds.  Ayes:  All.

M/S McCreight, Helmold to pass Resolution #12-11 to set a public hearing date of 10-1-12, 7:00 PM, to designate the expanded Lowden Urban Renewal Area and on the Urban Renewal Plan amendment.  Ayes:  All.

Jenna Grubbs, MMS Engineers, presented the base bids for the sanitary sewer line improvements as follows:  BWC Excavating $377,921.13, Tschiggfrie Excavating $507,315.75, and Connolly Construction $529,689.52.  Alternate #1 bids for pipe bursting are: BWC Excavating $-3793.00, Tschiggfrie Excavating $12,848.40, and Connolly Construction $33,751.00. Alternate #2 for trenching sewer line: BWC Excavating $33,884.58, Tschiggfrie Excavating $-43960.70, and Connolly Construction $-47,668.00.  Councilman Conrad questioned whether the south sewer line along the railroad tracks which is under groundwater could be eliminated.   Another line along the north sewer line could be added or use one 15” line.   Mayor Hoffmeier said if the project was delayed until spring, it is possible CDBG funding would be available for the project. Jenna Grubbs said she will work up an alternative to the sewer line work along 1st Street and the railroad tracks and will have the information available within the next week.

M/S Conrad, Olsen to table the bid acceptance for the sewer line project and pursue alternative ideas for the sewer line by the railroad tracks. Ayes: Conrad, Olsen, Behrens, Helmold.  Nays:  McCreight.    Council set September 10, 2012, 5:30 PM, for a special meeting to discuss the sewer line improvements project and bids.  McCreight said he did not want the project delayed any further.    

Mayor Hoffmeier presented a request from a prospective buyer of a lot at 402
10th Street. The request is for the City to waive the $15/ft. sewer frontage fee for the 100’ lot.   The request is being made since the buyer will also have to pay to run the sewer line 75’ from their property line to connect to the nearest manhole. After discussion, M/S Conrad, McCreight to deny the request to waive the sewer frontage fee at 402 10th Street since all previous lot owners have had to pay sewer frontage fees.   Ayes:  All.

M/S Behrens, Helmold to have the first reading of Ordinance #800 increasing the water and sewer rates to $6.00/per 1000 gal. with a minimum bill of  $12.00/per 2000 gal. each month beginning Nov. 2012, and increase to $6.75/per 1000 gal. with a minimum bill of $13.50/per 2000 gal. each month beginning in Nov. 2013, and $7.50/per 1000 gal. with a minimum bill of $15.00/per 2000 gal. each month beginning in Nov. 2014.   Ayes:  All.     

M/S McCreight, Behrens to approve a construction agreement between Cedar County and the City of Lowden for a Y24 north resurfacing project whereby the City will pay $25,000 in FY14 and balance of the costs, estimated to be $25,000, in FY15.  Ayes:  All.

M/S Olsen, Helmold to approve Resolution #12-09, the annual Street Finance Report. Ayes:  All.

Council looked at street work bids for specific areas of the streets needing repairs.  LL Pelling’s estimate was $10013.75 and MSI’s estimate was $9981.10.

M/S McCreight, Olsen to accept the bid estimate from MSI, $9981.10.  Ayes:  All.

Council directed Nick Lange to inform MSI to add the area by the old Lumberyard to be sealcoated.

M/S Conrad, Behrens to donate $500 to the Cedar County Honor Flight.  Ayes:  All.

City Clerk presented price information from Data Tech on new software for the City.   The yearly support would be much less than the current support of $3200/year being paid to Tyler Tech.    Council asked City Clerk to check what software other neighboring towns use and the issue will be discussed at the Sept. 10 meeting.

M/S Conrad, McCreight to raise the mileage rate from $.325/mile to $.45/mile.  Ayes: All.

Travis Squires, Pipe Jaffray, presented a proposed GO debt schedule for the sewer line project using $555,000 for the financed amount.   TIF funds could be available for use until FY17.   Also, the TIF funds currently held for a Low-to-Moderate income project could be used if an income survey is done on McKinley Avenue households where the project will take place.

Nick Lange reported wastewater pump #2 is still at Mississippi Valley Pump for repairs.  

Nick Lange also reminded the City Council the McKinley Avenue homeowners will need to be contacted about sewer line tracing on their properties when the sewer line project begins.

Mayor reported he contacted the railroad about the poor condition of the RR crossing on Washington Ave. The railroad said they would be resurfacing that area in 6-8 weeks.

Mayor also reported Bob Kroemer told him he will be reshaping the creek area and installing a 24’ culvert east of West-Side Truck Center to allow for better maintenance of the creek banks.

Mayor Hoffmeier told the Council the golf cart ordinance should be re-addressed.  He is going to get ideas from golf cart owners and present the information at the October meeting.   Fourteen people have complied with the golf cart ordinance and obtained permits. 

M/S Behrens, Helmold to adjourn at 8:41 PM.  Ayes:  All.

Next regular meeting is October 1, 2012, 7:00 PM.

Barry Hoffmeier, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk

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