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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, SPECIAL MEETING, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2012, 5:30 PM, CITY HALL

The special 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:  Kirk Steinke, Jenna Grubbs, Aaron Rohwedder.

Jenna Grubbs, MMS Engineers, presented a cost estimate of $420,800 for installing a 1st Street and north interceptor by the railroad tracks instead of using the south sewer line.  City Council agreed the original bid presented by BWC Excavating at the 9/4/12 meeting would be best, using Alternate #1 for pipe bursting.  Their bid for the McKinley Ave. and 1st Street sewer line project was $374,128.13.  Jenna Grubbs said the material used in the pipe bursting is the best product put out.

M/S McCreight, Helmold to accept the bid from BWC Excavating for the McKinley Avenue and 1st Street sewer line project, $377,921.13 minus $3793.00 for Alternate #1 using pipe bursting.  Ayes:  All.

M/S Behrens, Conrad to authorize Mayor to sign contracts for sewer line project.  Ayes:  All.

Jenna Grubbs will draft a letter to be sent to residents along McKinley Avenue setting a date for a neighborhood meeting concerning the sewer line project.   The project will be explained and the City will address issues with downspouts or sump pumps hooked into the sanitary sewer lines along McKinley Avenue.

Clerk presented information about software other neighboring towns use for their financial and utility billing.   After discussion, City Council tabled this for consideration during budget time in 2013.

Aaron Rohwedder, owner of the house at 702 McKinley Ave., told the City Council the sewer backed up into the basement over the weekend and had also backed up last spring.   The City dug up the sewer line this past Saturday at the corner of McKinley Avenue and 8th Street and jetted out tree roots which plugged the line.   Rohwedder said they had accumulated several bills for cleaning up the basement and asked if the City would reimburse them for the charges.   Council told Rohwedder they will put the subject on the October meeting agenda.

M/S McCreight, Olsen to adjourn at 5:53 PM.  Ayes:  All.

Barry Hoffmeier, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk


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