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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL
OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10,
2007, 7:00 PM
The regular meeting
of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Reuben Wenndt.
Council members present on roll call: Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Madden.
Absent: Decker. Visitors: George Miller, Gene Hamdorf, Jan Olsen,
Larry Wiebel, Heather Hunter, Pat Kroemer.
M/S Ryan, Olsen to
approve the minutes of the 8/6/07 meeting. Ayes: All.
M/s Ryan, Olsen to approve payment of the bills as presented. Ayes: All. Mayor
Wenndt will check with Niermeyer-Maurer Insurance on reimbursement for carpet
cleaning expenses related to the tar problem on Washington Avenue.
Larry Wiebel, Lowden Sesquicentennial Committee, thanked the Mayor, Council,
and City Clerk for the cooperation and help given for the celebration. Larry
stated the celebration had a net profit in the range of $35,000. Their committee,
plus representatives of several other organizations, will help decide what to
use the money for. Chuck Ryan was appointed to represent the City Council on
this committee. Written suggestions for community projects can be dropped off
at City Hall by October 1.
Council discussed the street north of the new day care center. The street needs
to be widened to allow for more parking and a turnaround area is needed before
the bridge. The cost would be approx. $10,000 with no curb and gutter on the
north side of the street.
There also appears to be a broken tile near the day care center with water surfacing
in that area. M/S Ryan, Madden to have the City fix the water tile in the next
week or two and begin street work on the north side of 8th Street in front of
the day care center. Ayes: All.
Heather Hunter asked the council if the old day care center would be considered
for use as a youth center. Council indicated they were not interested in taking
over the liability of the building, or maintenance and utilities. Jan Olsen,
Lowden Park Board, said they do not want the old day care center at the entrance
of the Park. Council told Hunter the Little Home Day Care Center owns the building,
not the City, but they would prefer the building be completely removed from the
Hunter also said the playground equipment at the Park needs some repairs. Maintenance
men will see what needs to be done.
George Miller had several complaints for the Council. He said gravel has washed
from the alley behind him onto 9th Street and wants it scooped off the street.
He stated there are rats and mice that come from the junk at his neighbor to
the south. There is a 25’trailer parked at the rear of his neighbor’s
property that obstructs Miller’s view to the church. He also said the neighbor
lets his dog run loose. Mayor Wenndt and Gene Hamdorf will look at these complaints
on Sept. 11 and get the gravel pushed off the street. George Miller also suggested
a sign indicating the location of the ballpark for visitors looking for Lowden
M/S Conrad, Ryan to accept the Statement of Final Completion and Owner’s
Acceptance of Work at Little Home Childcare Center. Ayes: All.
M/S Ryan, Olsen to approve Resolution #08-07 to approve the contract for the
2007 IDED Housing Fund Grant administration to ECIA. Ayes: All.
M/S Madden, Ryan to approve Resolution #07-07, the FY07 street finance report.
Council discussed the creek bank at Wayne Behne’s. Chuck Ryan had talked
to Behne and he wanted the town to supply the materials and do the work to shore
up the creek bank behind him to help prevent erosion. Mayor Wenndt and Gene Hamdorf
will look at the creek bank area and see how many planks would be needed for
the work. The City will offer the materials, but Behne will have to do the work.
Council discussed a Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program whereby the City could receive
grant money for a generator for use at the water plant or sewer plant in case
of an electrical outage. The grant could not exceed $3645 (75%) of the project
costs, with the City providing at least $1215 (25%). Since the grant period is
until 8/7/2009, Council directed Gene Hamdorf to get a price on a generator from
Tipton Electric Motors and report back at the October meeting.
Clerk will contact McNeill’s Tree Service to look at a tree in poor condition
at 300 Jefferson Avenue in the curb area and tell them to go ahead with the work,
M/S Conrad, Ryan to approve the monthly financial report. Ayes: All.
M/S Ryan, Madden to approve the following permits: Phyllis Fitzgerald-fence,
and Debra Fish-sidewalk. Ayes: All.
Gene Hamdorf reported the ABS pump at the sewer plant is bad and needs to be
replaced. It is only 1-1/2 to 2 yrs. old but there is no warranty on it. Council
directed Gene to get a price for a new one and proceed with the order for the
Gene also presented a price from Cortez Equipment, for a new spreader for sand/salt
that will fit in the back of the 1-Ton truck, cost $3800-$4000. The old sander
is 18 yrs. old and not very efficient.
M/S Ryan, Olsen to purchase a new sand/salt spreader from Cortez Equipment. Ayes:
Gene will get a price for a new test meter for the water plant and the item will
be discussed at the October meeting.
Council discussed the leaf pickup schedule for fall. Pickup will probably begin
the first week in October and Mondays and Thursdays will be designated days for
leaf pickup. A firm schedule will be posted and published in the newspaper by
the end of the month.
Clerk made note that several Ordinances already adopted had incorrect numbers
and should be changed as follows: Ordinance #778 to #781, Ordinance #777 to #780,
and Ordinance #779 to #782.
Council directed City maintenance men to mow the lawn at 108 Main Street and
bill the residents $100 for mowing, since they ignored a prior notice to mow
Council directed Clerk to contact the Cedar County Sheriff to issue citations
to Wes Stender, 85 1st Street, who is in violation of the City’s junk car
M/S Olsen, Ryan to adjourn at 8:52 PM, to Monday, October 1, 2007, 7:00 PM. Ayes: