The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Dan Hamdorf.  Council members present on roll call:  Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Decker.  Absent:  Hoffmeier.  Visitors:  Gene Hamdorf, Pat Kroemer, Kirk Steinke, David Summers, Mary Kucera, Lisa Gottschalk, Helen Gottschalk, Virginia Brockmeyer, Don Brockmeyer, Ryan Venditti, Brian Searcy, Jay Hein, Jodie Snowbarger, Lois Brockmeyer, Jeff Kaufmann, Derrick Lange, Doug Deerberg, Ryan Hamilton, Kevin Lange.

M/S Ryan, Decker to approve the minutes of the 8-1-11 meeting with the following correction:  visitor is Cindy Larson not Carol Larson.  Ayes:  All.

M/S Olsen, Decker to approve the bills as presented including expending the remaining balance of the Little Home Day Care contingency fund in the amount of $2316.56 for new cribs and electrical expenses.  Ayes:  All.

Jeff Kaufmann, State Representative, gave the City Council an annual update.  He reported  the Lowden Post Office is not on the Federal Government’s list to close.

Brian Searcy, MMS Engineers, distributed the preliminary engineering report for the wastewater plant project.   He reported, after the recent sewer line inspections, significant deficiencies in the sewer lines were detected.  There are cracked and broken sewer pipes and a lot of infiltration.  These will have to be repaired in the near future.  Public hearings for selecting an engineer for the project and application for CDBG funding will be held at the next City Council meeting on October 3, 2011.

M/S Ryan, Olsen to accept the preliminary engineering report from MMS Engineers on the wastewater plant project.  Ayes:  All.

City received complaints from neighbors of the Washington Avenue business, Schneid’s, regarding loud noise outdoors and late night music disturbing the neighborhood.   Jodie Snowbarger, Schneid’s, apologized for the lateness of music being played.  She said they had a very busy month for entertainment and sometimes the music went past midnight.  David Summers, Lisa Gottschalk, Helen Gottschalk, and Mary Kucera, said there were times the music went on until 1:30 a.m.  They asked if an 11:00 p.m.or 12:00 a.m. deadline could be set for the music to stop and the volume turned down.   Council person Ryan thought the music should stop at 11:00 p.m.   Council said there should be a compromise and asked for the music to stop at 12:00 pm.   A decibel level for noise will also be checked into.

Two applications were received for the second maintenance man position- Nick Lange and Cody Poppe.  A committee of Mayor Hamdorf and two council, Jim Olsen and Chuck Ryan, will interview the candidates on 9/14/11 at 5:30 p.m.  Before the interviews, they  will conduct a 90-day performance evaluation for Kirk Steinke. 

Council discussed a proposed golf cart ordinance.

M/S Ryan, Decker to have a new golf cart ordinance prepared for a first reading at the October City Council meeting.  Ayes:  All.   The ordinance will require the operator to be at least 16 years of age, show proof of a valid driver’s license  and proof of liability insurance.  A $25.00 annual permit fee will be required.

Proposed changes to the City’s building permit ordinance were discussed which would require a property survey or written agreements between adjacent property owners on property lines.  Council decided to make no changes in the building permit ordinance.

Jim Olsen will speak to Don Boedeker about putting stepping stones or flagstone between the Stan Boedeker bench and City sidewalk in the City Park.

Council said the City would not pay the invoiced amount of $158.76 from John Parthemore for charges he incurred repairing his grass alongside the street which he said was damaged from the snow plow last winter.

Council discussed curb and gutter work Steve Poppe and Carey Howard wanted to do along their 5th St property.  They said they would pay for the entire cost of the curb and gutter this year if the City would reimburse them one-half next year, per the City’s policy of paying for one-half of curb and gutter work.   Council said there are not funds to do the work this year and they cannot determine if funds will be available next year for this.   City is installing curb and gutter in the order of the north-south streets and the  work on 5th St. would be out of  this sequence.

Gene Hamdorf and Jim Olsen will talk to Dave Sander about his request for grading and graveling the alley behind 905 Jefferson Ave. since it is a grass alley now.  The City’s policy is for the property owner to do the initial work of grading and graveling and then the City will maintain the alley after that.

Mayor Hamdorf will get a rough estimate of the cost to repair approx. 400 ft. of sewer line near 107 Harding Ave.  Some of the sewer pipe in that area is broken and could collapse.

Cedar County Engineer will provide the City with an estimated cost of paving the road from the north City limits south to 10th St.  The County is planning to pave the  highway from Lowden to Massillon in FY2013 and wanted to know if Lowden wanted an estimate to pave a City portion of the road.

Turkle Tree Service will be contacted to do some tree trimming and tree removal work in Lowden.

Tree planting in the City curb area will be discussed at the October meeting.

M/S Decker, Olsen to approve the monthly financial report.  Ayes:  All.

M/S Ryan, Decker to approve the following permits:  cigarette permit-Good Times LLC, sidewalk permit-James Kruckenberg, fence permit-Don Brockmeyer.  Ayes:  All.
A building permit for a shed-Ryan Venditti, and a building permit for a porch-James Kruckenberg will be sent to the Zoning Board of Adjustment for consideration.

Chuck Ryan said there had been complaints about the sewer line jetting and residences in the Augusta Drive area had sewer backup in their basements. 

M/S Ryan, Olsen to adjourn at 9:21 p.m.  Ayes:  All.

Next regular meeting is October 3, 2011, 7:00 p.m.

Dan Hamdorf, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk

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