OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, OCTOBER 4,
2004, 7:00 PM
The regular meeting
of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Reuben Wenndt.
Councilmembers present on roll call: Conrad, Hamdorf, Decker, Kroemer.
Absent: Gottschalk. Visitors: Pat Kroemer, Tim Burmeister, Tom Schwarz,
Miller, Mike Jensen.
M/S Conrad, Hamdorf to approve the minutes of the 9-7-04 meeting. Ayes: All.
Hamdorf, Decker to approve payment of the bills as presented. Ayes: All.
Council discussed disabled accessibility for the City Hall. It was decided to
consider the project in the spring. Council will continue to get ideas for the
Council discussed height requirements for houses and accessory buildings in Residential
1 zoning areas. Currently the height requirement is “not more than 35 ft.”Council
decided the maximum height for a house should not be over 18 ft. with no accessory
building being higher than the house. An ordinance will be prepared for the November
meeting for its first reading.
Council also discussed the condition of the old Rex Feed elevator. M/S Decker,
Hamdorf to contact City Attorney William J. Sueppel to begin condemnation procedures
for the old Rex Feed elevator. Ayes: Decker, Conrad, Hamdorf. Abstain:
Clerk will contact Turkle’s Tree Service to get estimates on removing two
dead trees near the creek bank on Grant Avenue and 4th Street. One tree is owned
by the City and one by Marge Doser. Doser will be asked to pay for removal of
her tree. Tim Burmeister will also get estimates from Jr. Yutesler, Dan Nietfeldt,
and JJJ Enterprises for pulling out two stumps in that location and also for
digging out the creek bank in that area.
City Clerk will contact the County Engineer about the time frame for digging
out the ditch east of the Fast Stop. Water sits in the ditch and does not drain
away. The City was told earlier in the summer the County would dig out the ditch
within a couple of weeks.
Gene Hamdorf will be asked to call several companies that sell snow plows to
get current prices.
Jason Miller, MSA, discussed with the council the procedure for installing curb
and gutter in a town and then the assessment process. The City would first need
an engineering design and plats for the properties affected. The City could decide
the method for assessing the cost of curb and gutter, either by assessing several
blocks or assessing the whole town for a project. Council took no action at this
time on a project of this type.
M/S Decker, Conrad
to advertise for bids for snow removal for the 2004-05 winter season.
Bids are to be returned to City Hall by November 1, 2004, 12:00 PM.
M/S Decker, Hamdorf to amend the agenda to add: Sewer Jetter. Ayes: All.
Last week, the seven towns which currently share a sewer jetter met in Lost
Nation to look at a new sewer jetter with a video attachment. The cost of the
new jetter with a root cutter would be $47550. But with trade-in of the old
jetter the cost would be $21540. Divided among the seven towns, the cost for
Lowden would be in the $3000-$3500 range with payments over a 5 yr period at
$750 to $800/yr. M/S Conrad, Kroemer to approve the purchase of the new jetter
for the seven towns involved. Ayes: All.
Wes Fox gave a written report to the Council on the condition of the City Hall
roof. He felt the shingled side on the north is quite weathered and would need
attention in a year or two. The other slate sides could last another 20 years
with some caulking needed in a couple of spots. Council will consider some
roof work on the City Hall next year.
M/S Kroemer, Hamdorf to approve the following permits: Mike Jensen-curb and
gutter, Ed Matheny-garage addition. Ayes: All.
At the direction of the City Council, City Clerk will send letters with a copy
of the nuisance ordinance to Wes Stender, property on 1st, Wes Griesbach, property
along 1st Street, and to Louis Licht at the former Lowden Lumber Co. All properties
have excessive junk sitting around the areas.
Council set Trick or Treat hours for Sunday, Oct. 31, 5:00-7:00 PM.
M/S Kroemer, Decker to adjourn at 9:02 PM. Ayes: All. Next regular meeting
is November 1, 2004, 7:00 PM.