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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2004, 7:00 PM

The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Reuben Wenndt. Councilmembers on roll call: Conrad, Gottschalk, Hamdorf, Decker, Kroemer. Visitors: Gene Hamdorf, Pat Kroemer, Jan Olsen, Bill Norton, Kent Stout, Sheryl Rice, Roger Stoakes, Mark Schneider, Brandy Lundy, Richard Hansen, Roger Huffman, Pearl Huffman, Amanda Becker, Gregg Fuerstenau, Tom Schwarz, John Parthemore, Larry Wiebel.

M/S Kroemer, Hamdorf to approve the minutes of the 8-2-04 and 8-17-04 meetings. Ayes: All.

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

Little Home Day Care Center representative, Kent Stout, introduced Roger Stoakes from the USDA. Stoakes explained to the council, in order for the Day Care to apply for a CDBG grant and USDA loan for a new facility, the City would have to submit the application. Stoakes anticipates a CDBG grant request for $300,000 and a USDA loan request for $300,000. The child care facility would be built on school property and run by the day care, a non-profit organization. There would be a lease agreement between the school and the City. Revenue bonds would make the loan payment. In other words, day care funds would make the annual loan payments through the City. The USDA loan could only collect money from the revenues of the day care center. M/S Conrad, Hamdorf to have the City submit an application for a CDBG grant and USDA loan for a new day care center on school property. Ayes: Conrad, Gottschalk, Decker, Hamdorf. Nays: Kroemer.

John Parthemore was present to inform the council he is interested in purchasing property at 107 1st Street to develop for new housing. He would like to put in a road, water and sewer lines and build 32-35 houses. He asked the council to consider rezoning the area from Agricultural 1 to Residential 1. After discussion, M/S Conrad, Hamdorf to have the Lowden Zoning Board meet to decide the rezoning request of John Parthemore for 107 1st Street. Ayes: All.

M/S Gottschalk, Conrad to approve the building permit for Roger and Pearl Huffman, a new house on 5th Street. Ayes: All.

M/S Hamdorf, Decker to approve Resolution #05-04 for the FY04 Street Finance Report. Ayes: All.

Council discussed a truck bid from Kemmann’s for a new 2004 truck at a cost of $16350.00. Gene Hamdorf felt the City needed a 4-wheel drive truck to pull the recycle trailer. Tom Schwarz then presented a bid for a 2004 truck with 4-wheel drive at a cost of $20576.00
M/S Conrad, Decker to buy a new 2004 truck from Kemmann’s at a cost of $20576.00. Ayes: All. Clerk will pay for the truck with funds from sewer, road use, garbage, and the general fund.

M/S Kroemer, Decker to designate the Lincoln Highway as a Scenic Byway. Ayes: All.

M/S Hamdorf, Decker to have Turkle’s Tree Service cut down the northernmost tree in the curb area at Emma Lange’s, 400 Washington Avenue, at a cost of $590. Ayes: All.

Mayor Wenndt and Gene Hamdorf will speak to Harvey Hein, 101 5th Street Place, to ask who planted trees in the alley area behind his property. The trees must be removed.

Council discussed semi-truck parking in town. Councilman Conrad felt there needs to be a designated area for the semi-tractors to park and not on City streets. Councilman Hamdorf said he does not mind the semi-tractors parked in town. No action taken on issue.

Council discussed specifications for building permits. Councilman Conrad said Stanwood has an ordinance whereby a garage or shed cannot be any taller than 18 feet, or taller than a single-story house. Conrad would also like to see no steel on the sides of buildings, only vinyl or car siding. Mayor and Clerk will write up some new specifications to be presented at the October meeting.

Councilman Kroemer will talk to Mark Pinter about what kind of paint would be required to paint the City Shed.

An estimate from Leeper Construction was presented to the council to remove the existing sidewalks and ramp in front of City Hall and install new sidewalks and a new disabled entrance. The County Commissioner of Elections told the City Hall it is not in compliance in a number of areas for approved accessibility. Leeper’s cost was in the $8000-$10000 range. If the City did some of the work, the price would be less. Council decided to think about ideas for the entrance and table the issue until the October meeting.

Councilman Gottschalk exited the meeting at 8:37 PM.

M/S Hamdorf, Kroemer to approve the monthly finance report. Ayes: Conrad, Decker, Hamdorf, Kroemer.

Council accepted the resignation of Laci Gritton as Librarian Aide and approved Brenda Hansen as the new Librarian Aide.

Council reviewed the Sheriff’s monthly written report. The County is averaging 25 hrs. a week in Lowden.

M/S Kroemer, Conrad to adjourn at 9:04 PM, to October 4, 2004, 7:00 PM. Ayes: Conrad, Decker, Hamdorf, Kroemer.

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