The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Pro Tem Chuck Ryan. Councilmembers present on roll call: Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Decker, Madden. Visitors: Tim Burmeister, Pat Kroemer, Tom Street, Bill Clark, Vicki Mohr, Darwin Polk, Rob Hunter, Eben Conner, Aaron Horman, Jonathan Holst, Chris Curley.

M/S Conrad, Olsen to approve the minutes of the 9-11-06 meeting. Ayes: All.

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

Visitor Aaron Horman expressed concern to the council about skateboarders at the Zion UCC. He presented pictures showing vandalism on the steps and sidewalks. He asked what the ordinance is regarding skateboarding and was told there is to be no skateboarding on Washington Avenue and Main Street. This issue was discussed later in the meeting.

At Bill Clark’s request, council agreed to place a “Do Not Block Alley”sign near the alley behind the Don Boettcher and David Boettcher properties and Clark’s field south of the railroad tracks.

M/S Decker, Conrad to close the meeting and open the Public Hearing on Lowden’s application to IA Department of Economic Development for housing rehabilitation. The City is pledging $7500 to this project. Darwin Polk, ECIA, presented information to the council whereby 6 to 10 homes could be rehabilitated through this project.

M/S Decker, Olsen to close the Public Hearing and open the meeting. Ayes: All.

M/S Olsen, Decker to pass Resolution #10-06 approving the application to IDED for housing rehabilitation in Lowden. Ayes: All.

M/S Conrad, Madden to approve a renewal of the 5-year watertower maintenance agreement with Watertower Paint and Repair at the same price as the previous agreement, $1250/year. Ayes: All.

Vicki Mohr, Lowden Librarian, updated the council on recent grants received and automation of the library.

M/S Olsen, Madden to proceed with the application for Community Development Block Grant funding for a new water tower. Ayes: All. Council is not interested in doing design engineering work, approximate cost, $30,000, before the application process. Clerk will notify Larry Nagle, ECIA, to proceed with the application.

Council discussed a proposed skateboard park in Lowden. Visitor Rob Hunter said since they will not be allowed to use space at Lowden Memorial Park for a skateboard park, there is no place for them to go. Several of the council said they were supporters of a skateboard park until recent vandalism occurred. Councilperson Decker said the skateboarders have no respect for the law or private property. Council tabled the issue. They also told Hunter he could try to apply for grants or raise money for a skateboard park site.

Council discussed tree removal at 405 Hall Avenue. Clerk had contacted two tree services for estimates to remove two trees in that location. Turkle Tree Service gave an estimate of $1150 to remove both trees and $200 to grind the stumps out. Councilperson Decker said the north tree is rotten and hollow in the center and probably needs to be removed, per the recommendations of a tree service, but the south tree may only need a limb trimmed. Clerk w/ contact Turkle Tree Service to do the work as described above.

M/S Madden, Decker to have Councilmen Olsen and Ryan look into buying a cardboard baler from North Cedar Recycling in Stanwood at a cost $3500 and buy the baler if it is suitable. Ayes: All.

M/S Decker, Olsen, to waive the second reading, have the third reading and adopt Ordinance #776 whereby it is unlawful to use jake brakes in Lowden. Ayes: All.

M/S Decker, Madden to waive the second reading, have the third reading and adopt Ordinance #777 relating to the storage or parking of inoperable vehicles upon private property in excess of 48 hours. Ayes: All.

M/S Decker, Olsen to waive the second reading, have the third reading and adopt Ordinance #778 prohibiting trucks in excess of GVW 13,500 from parking in Lowden. Ayes: All.

Trick or Treat hours in Lowden were set for October 31, 5:30-7:30 PM.

M/S Decker, Olsen to take bids for snow removal for the winter season with bids to be returned by November 6, 2006, 12:00 PM, to City Hall. Ayes: All. At that time, the Council will also discuss if a person is needed to shovel snow at City Hall, the Fire Station, and Library.

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

M/S Conrad, Olsen to approve a building permit for Lawrence Bandixen-4 seasons room, and a building permit for Good Times LLC-ramp-pending the ramp is the proper distance from the property lines. Ayes: All. Maintenance men will check the ramp specifications for proper placement.

M/S Olsen, Madden to donate $100 to Dave Dewine for use of his lift in spray washing the City Shed. Ayes: All. Chuck Ryan donated his services to spray paint the shed.

Councilperson Ryan will check further with Triple J of Wheatland on new eavespouts for the City Hall.

Council directed Clerk to send a delinquent water bill at 108 Jefferson Avenue to the Cedar County Treasurer to add onto the property taxes for that property. A customer deposit will be charged for the current resident in that house.

Tim Burmeister will be purchasing shirts and pants for City work through WearGuard.

M/S Decker, Madden to adjourn at 8:25 PM, to November 6, 2006, 7:00 PM. Ayes: All.

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