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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL
OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14,
2009, 7:00 PM, CITY HALL
regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by
Mayor Dan Hamdorf. Council persons present on
roll call: Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Decker, Hoffmeier. Visitors: Jan Olsen,
Joy Combs, Rob Hunter, Clark Gordon, Larry Nagle, Gene Hamdorf, Renee
Hogan, Bill Rohloff, Linda Rohloff, Kevin Lange, Tom Schwarz, David
M/S Conrad, Olsen to approve the minutes of the 8/3/09 meeting. Ayes: All.
M/S Ryan, Decker to approve payment of the bills as presented. Ayes: All.
Tom Schwarz, Lowden Development Corporation, was present to ask the City's decision
on a proposed water and sewer line extension to two lots on Main St. on the 3-30
Country Club property.
After discussion, M/S Hoffmeier, Ryan to have the City run 200 feet of 6 inch
sewer line, with two Y's and a cleanout, at an approximate cost to Lowden
Development Corporation of $4100. Ayes: All.
Renee Hogan, Animal Care League of Cedar County, presented information to the
council on their new organization in Tipton. Their goal is to open a new animal
shelter in Tipton. As they begin to develop plans for a new shelter, she is asking
for a letter of support from the City of Lowden for their project.
M/S Hoffmeier, Decker to have Clerk send a letter from the City in support of
plan to build a new animal shelter in Tipton by the Animal Care League of Cedar
County. Ayes: All.
Jan Olsen representing a group that is re-landscaping the City Park asked if
the City would assist in removal of the sidewalks from the Park. She said new
landscaping and sidewalks in the Park will be installed. The project will be
paid from Sesquicentennial funds, a Cedar County grant, and they may ask for
some additional funding from the City's Beautification fund. Landscaping on the
north side of the Fire Station will also be redone to allow for proper water
drainage. City Council told her the maintenance men will help with the sidewalk
removal project in the City Park.
Bill and Linda Rohloff asked if the sewer backup problem at their residence on
Harding Avenue could be investigated. They said the problem has gotten worse
over the years and now, after one inch rains, they have backup in their basement.
Gene said they will televise some of the sewer lines in that area to see what
the problem is.
Rob Hunter, who bought a house at 505 Jefferson Ave. in June, asked about a leaking
water shutoff at the curb at that location. Over a year ago, the former owners
were sent a letter by the City to replace the non-working shutoff or the City
would do the work and bill the homeowner accordingly. The City never did replace
the curb stop. Gene Hamdorf said the curb stop replacement involves Alliant Energy
moving a light pole close to the shutoff and Alliant never responded to a request
to move the pole last year. In June 2009, Hunter told the City Clerk the shutoff
was leaking, but he says he was not told he would have to pay to have it replaced.
Hunter thought, since this was supposed to be repaired by the City before he
purchased the house, he should not have to pay for a new curb stop. After discussion,
M/S Olsen, Ryan to have the City pay for a new curb stop at 505 Jefferson Avenue.
Ayes: Ryan, Olsen, Decker, Hoffmeier. Nays: Conrad.
Two bids were
received for the 1977 Ford fire truck pumper. JJJ Enterprises bid
$550 and Tharp Auto Body bid $810. M/S Ryan, Olsen to accept the
bid of $810 from Tharp Auto Body for the 1977 Ford fire truck pumper.
Larre Petersen will be asked to attend the October council meeting to
discuss the City purchasing some of his land on south Yankee Avenue for
a future wastewater
M/S Ryan, Hoffmeier to waive the second reading of Ordinance #786, Municipal
Infractions, have the third reading and adopt Ordinance #786. Ayes: All.
Lisa Decker, City representative to Little Home Day Care Center, said there
was a request from Little Home Day Care to waive the water, sewer, and garbage
fees to help them in their financial situation. Some of the Council felt other
groups may come with a request for the same waiver if the City approves this.
M/S Conrad, Ryan to deny the request to waive water, sewer, and garbage fees
for Little Home Day Care Center. Ayes: Conrad, Ryan, Hoffmeier. Nays: Olsen,
A request for "Children at Play" signs near 702 5th Street was tabled
until the October meeting.
Mayor Hamdorf will speak to Myra Barrette, 603 McKinley Avenue, about her request
for "No Parking" signs on Park Avenue west of her property. The area
is City right of way, even though it is a grassy area.
Council directed City Clerk to
contact two tree trimming companies for an estimate to trim trees this fall
which hang too low over the streets or sidewalks in
Lowden. They will also be asked to trim trees at Lowden Memorial Park and the
large tree west of City Hall.
Lisa Decker, Tree Committee, will check a tree with dead limbs west of the
Post Office to see what trimming needs to be done there.
Barry Hoffmeier suggested a special yard waste and tree branch pick up day
in Lowden. Gene Hamdorf said the City already picks up yard waste weekly if
properly bundled or in yard waste bags.
Clerk will contact Niermeyer Insurance about coverage for a wastewater plant
pump that burned out with a power surge in early summer. According to Gene
Hamdorf, the cost to repair the pump is $3135., with a new pump price being
Kevin Lange was present to discuss various City-related issues with the Council.
M/S Decker, Conrad to approve the monthly treasurer's report. Ayes: All.
M/S Conrad, Ryan to approve the following permits: sidewalk-Robert Scheeper,
garage-Brett Miller, grain bin-Ricky Schneider. Ayes: All.
Lisa Decker told the Council she would like to see the City incorporate a sidewalk
replacement program with the curb and gutter project. Council will consider
this for next year.
Gene presented a request from Mel Hamilton for installation of a culvert near
his property on 4th St. and for the City to replace 60 ft. of a present connecting
culvert. Issue will be placed on the October agenda and Hamilton will be asked
to attend the meeting.
Council opened two bids for a shed extension that will connect with the current
town shed. JJJ Enterprises bid $12519.27 for the 20' x 30' extension. Hunwardsen
Construction bid $10260.00. M/S Decker, Olsen to accept the bid of $10260.
from Hunwardsen Construction for the 20' by 30' extension on the town shed
Ayes: Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Decker. Abstain: Hoffmeier.
Gene Hamdorf had a request from Kevin Hartwig, property owner of the east side
farm ground north of Lowden. Hartwig said the tile under the blacktop in the
City limits appears to be plugged and water backs up on the east side in the
ditch and field. Council told Gene to have this televised and after the findings
are presented, the Council will decide if it's the City's responsibility to
repair or replace the tile in that area.
Mayor Hamdorf said the Cedar County Sheriff told him, according to State law,
the City cannot allow the use of a golf cart to deliver newspapers in Lowden.
Mayor directed Gene Hamdorf to patch ASAP the street on 8th Street/Washington
Ave. where there was a water main break in July.
Galen Conrad will contact the City Attorney and Phil LaRue, Cedar County Public
Health, concerning the fire-damaged Miller Apartment building and what can
be done to speed up the demolition. Many concerns have been voiced to City
officials about the hazards of the building with it not being boarded up, the
sidewalks broken and unsafe, mold, dangerous leaning walls, etc.
Clerk asked the Council, after the issue with the water shut off repairs at
Rob Hunter's property, if the plan is to replace other non-working shutoffs
Mayor Hamdorf said they will work on it.
M/S Ryan, Decker to adjourn at 9:25 p.m. Ayes: All. Next regular meeting is
October 5, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk