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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 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, Decker, Madden. Visitors: Pat Kroemer, Tim Burmeister, Heather Hunter, Bill Norton.

M/S Decker, Olsen to approve the minutes of the 9/10/07 meeting. Ayes: All.

M/S Conrad, Decker to approve payment of the bills as presented. Ayes: All.

Bill Norton, visitor, asked for permission from the Council to block off a portion of the alley west of his office building on Main Street while building repairs are being made. The alley would only be blocked off during the daytime hrs. when work is being done. Council told Norton there would be no problem with that.

Bill Norton, on behalf of Lee Dexter, asked if the Council would consider a TIF area, east of the Schwarz Addition, if Dexter decided to develop the land for a housing addition. Norton would like to know the Council’s intent before any engineering work began for a proposed housing project.
After discussion, M/S Olsen, Madden to consider a TIF agreement for a future housing development for Lee Dexter east of the Schwarz Addition. Ayes: All.

Mayor Wenndt said a resident, Jim York, was asking for replacement of his garbage can. The City maintenance men threw the garbage can in the garbage truck because it was covered with maggots from spoiled meat and they didn’t want to handle the can any more than necessary. Council said York’s should have called first about the problem before setting out the can. M/S Olsen, Madden to have the maintenance men purchase a new garbage can and take to York’s home. Ayes: All.

Council set Trick or Treat hours for October 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

City will take bids for winter snow removal on streets. Bids are to be sent to City Hall by November 5, 12:00 PM. Jeff Goettsch will again do snow removal on City Hall, Library, and Fire Station sidewalks at a cost of $30 a snowfall or less for small amounts of snow.

Clerk will contact McNeill’s to look at a tree at 705 McKinley Ave. that is splitting and get a cost estimate to remove the tree and have him do the work. McNeill will also remove the tree and stump at 300 Jefferson Avenue at a cost of $400.

City will begin leaf pickup with the new leaf vacuum on October 9 and then pickup will be on Thursdays and Mondays throughout October and November or until no longer necessary. Leaves must be raked to the edge of the street and there will be no leaf pickup if it is raining. A notice will be placed in the Sun-News and the F&B cable channel informing residents of the leaf pickup schedule.

Council directed City maintenance men to haul dirt in and install a drop box on the north side of Gary Oster’s driveway at 504 Grant Ave. this week.

Mayor reported used planks from the bridge replacement project on 155th Street northwest of Lowden will be available to use to shore up the creek area behind Wayne Behne’s. The bridge replacement will take place in the spring of 2008.

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

Council directed Tim Burmeister to contact JJJ Enterprises to repair the leaking tile by the new day care building. Tim Burmeister also asked the council to look at the ditch area along 400 Hall Avenue to see if it needs to be dug out for proper drainage.

Council discussed the ditch area along the north side of 1st Street between Roosevelt Avenue and Yankee Avenue, now owned by Louis Licht. Some of the Council felt the ditch should be reshaped so it could be mowed properly since it is unsightly with weeds and other growth. Olsen had contacted Dan Nietfeldt about reshaping the bank/ditch and Nietfeldt would do the work for $2500 to $3000. M/S Ryan, Olsen to have Dan Nietfeldt reshape the ditch along the north side of 1st Street between Roosevelt Avenue and Yankee Avenue at a cost of $2500 to $3000. Ayes: Ryan, Olsen, Madden. Nays: Conrad, Decker.

Council told maintenance men to consider using some type of retaining walls to hold gravel, sand, or cold mix at the City shed and to install a grate to fill in a large hole along Harding Avenue on the west side of the shed.

Mayor discussed the importance of voting at the October 30 election in Cedar County. The vote will designate what the 1% Local Option Sales and Service Tax collected for the Cedar County Law Enforcement Center will be used for in the City of Lowden. The City could receive in the range of $30,000/year with this 1% tax.

M/S Ryan, Decker to adjourn at 8:15 PM. Ayes: All. Next regular meeting is November 5, 2007, 5:30 PM.


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