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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2008, 7:00 PM, CITY HALL

The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor
Dan Hamdorf. Council members present on roll call: Conrad, Ryan, Decker, Tucker. Absent: Olsen. Visitors: Jan Olsen, Joann Chappell, Rob Hunter/2 children.


M/S Conrad, Decker to approve the minutes of the 8/4/08 meeting. Ayes: All.

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

Since the Lowden Economic Development group received a $5000 stipend, they will be asked to provide the council with an accounting of their activities over the past two years.

Council discussed the street near the Chappell's on Hall Avenue. Councilman Conrad thought curb and gutter should be installed there, but the street is too high. Other council thought a bigger drop box on the north side of 8th street would work for better drainage. Mayor Hamdorf and Gene Hamdorf will look at the area and have JJJ do the work next week. They will also reshape Chappell's drive into their property and install a tube so their vehicles don't "bottom out" when entering.

M/S/ Ryan, Tucker to approve the Lowden Park Board's recommendation presented by Jan Olsen, to have Jeff Goettsch remove the old tennis court fence that is in poor condition. Ayes: All. Half of the court area will then be used for the baseball batting cage and the other half for a basketball court.

Council discussed the latest bridge inspection report for the 5th Street and 8th Street bridges. The engineer says there is considerable decay in the pilings under the 5th Street bridge and the City should consider replacement. Mayor Hamdorf said he will contact the engineer, Jon Conzett of Calhoun-Burns and Associates, to discuss this further.

M/S Decker, Tucker to approve Resolution #08-05 for the FY08 Road Use Report. Ayes: All.

M/S Ryan, Tucker to have the first reading of Ordinance #783 setting building permit fees as follows: ten dollars for sheds, decks, sidewalks, fences, or curb and gutter, twenty-five dollars for a garage or house addition, and one-hundred dollars for a house. Ayes: All.

M/S Ryan, Tucker to have the first reading of Ordinance #784 amending the skateboard ordinance to include no skateboarding on the actual streets of Washington Avenue and Main Street as well as the sidewalks along Washington Avenue and Main Street. Ayes: All.

City will go out for snow removal bids for the winter season to be returned by October 6, 2008, 12:00 PM.

Del Kruckenberg will be contacted to install a sink and hot water heater for the City Hall meeting room.

Council directed City Clerk to contact William B. Norton to ask if there is interest in someone at his law office becoming the City Attorney for Lowden. Currently, Lowden's City Attorney is from Iowa City and council and clerk thought a local attorney would be more accessible.

Council set Trick or Treat hours in Lowden for October 31, 5:30-7:30 PM.

M/S Decker, Tucker to approve the monthly financial reports. Ayes: All.

M/S Decker, Ryan to approve the following permits: beer permit-Corner Café,
sidewalk permits-Ray Wiese, Christine Clausen (Bertha Milota), Kirk Meyer (McKinley Ave. property), and curb and gutter-Florence Stout Estate. Ayes: All.

Council discussed the culvert opening that needs to be dug out on the Tim Wadsworth property west of Washington Avenue. Council took no further action.

Mayor Hamdorf will speak to Kevin Lange and Rodney Lange about the accumulation of junk behind their properties on McKinley Avenue.

M/S Ryan, Decker to adjourn at 8:20 PM. Ayes: All. Next regular meeting is October 6, 2008, 7:00 PM.

Dan Hamdorf, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk


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