OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER. 11,
2006, 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: Brian Stark, Roger Stoakes, Pat Kroemer,
Eben Conner, Jane Drewelow, Tim Drewelow, Jay Weiland, Bill Norton,
Kent Stout, Nic Kauffman, Rob Hunter, Gene Hamdorf, Dick Mensing,
Joann Mensing, Mark Fox, Rose Boedeker, Michael Gray, Ruben Gonzalez,
Dave Lindaman, Jim Rice, Joyce Rice, Barb McCreight, Everett Kruckenberg,
M/S Olsen, Ryan to
approve the minutes of the 8-7-06 council meeting. Ayes: All.
M/S Conrad, Madden to pay the bills as presented. Ayes: All.
Brian Stark, Gardner Architects, presented information on the award bid for construction
of the new day care center. Lowden Plumbing and Heating’s bid was $586,069
with the alternate bid of $50,080 equaling a total bid of $636,149.
M/S Ryan, Conrad to award the bid for construction of the new day care center
to Lowden Plumbing and Heating, $636,149. Ayes: All.
M/S Olsen, Madden to amend the agenda to add: Legal Service Agreement for Bond
Counsel for the Day Care Center Project. Ayes: All.
M/S Ryan, Olsen to amend the agenda to add: Amendment to the Letter of Conditions
of the Rural Development Grant for the Day Care Center Project Ayes: All.
M/S Ryan, Conrad to approve the legal service agreement with Dorsey and Whitney
as bond counsel for the day care center project. Ayes: All.
M/S Olsen, Madden to approve the amendment to the letter of conditions to include
a $80,850 Rural Development grant for the day care center project. Ayes: All.
M/S Ryan, Madden to amend the management agreement for the day care center project.
At the request of Bill Norton, discussion on the Medical Clinic ramp was tabled
until the October meeting.
M/S Madden, Ryan to close the meeting and open the Public Hearing on the rezoning
of 310 Grant Avenue from Residential 1 to Commercial 1. Ayes: All.
wants to build multiple storage units on his property at 310 Grant Ave. and 105
4th Street. Concerns were voiced from Rose Boedeker who owns the house at 104
Main Street. Her house shares the alley behind the proposed area to be rezoned.
She felt there would be more trash and more traffic in that area and when she
bought the house, it was a residential area. Joann Mensing and Everett Kruckenberg,
other neighbors, were concerned about a muddy alley with ruts and how people
would access the garages. Everett also said the sewer connection on those two
lots where mobile homes were removed, needs to be disconnected. Gene Hamdorf
will contact Chad Hintz regarding this. Councilperson Ryan said the lot at 105
4th Street was already rezoned from R-1 to C-1 in January 2006 to allow for these
storage garages. Council said the alley would be graveled and maintained.
Ryan, Madden to close the Public Hearing and open the meeting. Ayes: All.
M/S Conrad, Ryan to rezone 310 Grant Avenue from Residential 1 to Commercial
1 to allow for multiple storage units to be built by Chad Hintz. Ayes: All.
Mayor Wenndt reported
Evan Ruchotzke will be painting house numbers on curbs as part of
his Eagle Scout project. City will provide the paint.
Tim Drewelow asked the council why the Park Board wasn’t contacted about
their opinion on considering a skateboard park on the tennis courts at Lowden
Memorial Park. He questioned the liability issue, a fence for the area, who
would supervise, age limits, equipment, etc. Jan Olsen, Barb McCreight, and
Joyce Rice stated they are concerned about the lack of respect for equipment
and plantings by skateboarders. The City’s ordinance states there will
be no skateboarding on the sidewalks or streets on Washington Avenue and Main
Street. Mark Fox, when mowing at Lowden Memorial Park, has seen skateboarders
in the open shelter using picnic tables for jumping. Drewelow said he wasn’t
against a skateboard park, but the place for one is not in Lowden Memorial
Park. Rob Hunter presented some plans for a skateboard park and said they would
try to raise the money for the project. Nic Kauffman said they want a place
to skateboard instead of the streets. After discussion, M/S Ryan, Olsen to
table the issue until the October meeting to see if there is an alternate site
that would be appropriate for a skateboard park. Ayes: All.
M/S Ryan, Olsen to have the first reading of Ordinance #776 making it unlawful
for semi-trucks to use jake brakes within the City limits of Lowden. Ayes:
M/S Olsen, Ryan to have the first reading of Ordinance #777 concerning inoperable
abandoned vehicles whereby the City can post the vehicle with a 48-hour notice
and proceed with a notice of abatement to remove the vehicle within 10 days.
M/S Ryan, Olsen to have the first reading of Ordinance #778 prohibiting vehicles
with a gross vehicle weight of 13,500 pounds or more (semi-trucks, dump trucks,
etc.) from parking on the streets in the City limits of Lowden Ayes: All.
Clerk will look into the IDOT “Sidewalks to School Program”. Concerns
have been raised about no sidewalks in Lowden east of Roosevelt Avenue to the
3-30 Club and beyond.
Mayor Wenndt has checked with City Carton Co. about a cardboard baler for cardboard.
A reconditioned vertical baler would cost $6225. City Carton would allow $800-$1200
for a trade-in on the current baler the City owns. Council told Mayor to ask
City Carton if the city could purchase the baler for $5000 including the trade-in.
Mayor Wenndt will report back at the October meeting.
M/S Olsen, Mayor to give $100 to David DeWine for the Fire Department’s
use of his lift to clean the eavespouts at City Hall. Ayes: All. Chuck Ryan
will check with some companies to see if the City can get bigger eavespouts
on City Hall.
M/S Olsen, Ryan to approve the FY06 Road Use Report. Ayes: All.
M/S Conrad, Olsen to apply for a Community Development Block Grant for housing
rehabilitation through ECIA with the City supplying a local match of $7500.
M/S Olsen, Ryan to approve the monthly financial report. Ayes: All.
Gene Hamdorf will talk to Bill Norton about a water main extension and hydrant
400 feet west on 8th Street past the elementary school where the new day care
center will be built.
Mayor Wenndt informed the council the solid waste assessment in Cedar County
will raise from $10.50/cubic yd. to $12.00/cubic yd in FY08.
P.3 September 11, 2006
Mayor Wenndt told
Gene Hamdorf to trim trees in town this month.
M/S Ryan, Conrad to approve the following building permits: Marilyn Lafrenz-deck,
porch landing, Jim Rice-portable carport shed, Dean Behrens-deck. Ayes: All.
Clerk will get estimates on one or two trees that need to be removed near 403
Hall Avenue and have them removed per the Mayor’s approval.
Council directed Clerk to send letters to JJJ Enterprises to clean up their
property west of the library, and to Rex Feed to level out the dirt at the
old elevator site.
M/S Ryan, Madden to adjourn at 9:45 PM. Ayes: All.
Next regular meeting will be October 2, 2006, 7:00 PM.
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