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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2005, 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, Gottschalk, Hamdorf, Decker, Kroemer. Visitors: Pat Kroemer, Tim Burmeister, Chuck Ryan, Jim Olsen, Jan Olsen, Barb McCreight, Larry Wiebel, Nadine Schwarz, Tom Schwarz.

M/S Conrad, Hamdorf to approve the minutes of the 9-6-05 meeting. Ayes: All.

M/S Hamdorf, Decker to approve payment of the bills as presented. Ayes: All. A question arose as to who pays the City’s engineering costs related to the Pruess Third Addition. Currently, the City has paid in excess of $1200 in engineering costs at the Pruess Third Addition. Council asked Clerk to check if City engineering costs for the Schwarz Addition were passed along to the developer.

Jan Olsen, LEDCO, told the council that many people in Lowden feel the appearance of the town needs improvement. They proposed some changes in the nuisance ordinance the City currently has. They also asked the Mayor and council to see that the ordinance is enforced. A discussion followed on burn barrels and open burning in Lowden. That issue will be placed on the Nov. agenda. Clerk will also place a notice in the newspaper reminding residents there is no leaf burning on the streets and to use the City’s yard waste dump by the wastewater plant for proper disposal of leaves and yard waste. Councilman Hamdorf will also ask the City of Tipton if they would be interested in Lowden borrowing their leaf sweeper for a few days this fall and what monetary compensation would be needed.

M/S Conrad, Decker to have the first reading at the November meeting of the amendment to the City’s nuisance ordinance Ayes: Conrad, Gottschalk, Decker. Nays: Hamdorf, Kroemer. Motion passed.

Another quote for a snow plow for the F7000 truck was presented from Cortez Truck in Cedar Rapids - $5308.53. M/S Decker, Conrad to purchase a new snow plow from Cortez Truck at a cost of $5308.53. Ayes: Conrad, Gottschalk, Decker, Kroemer. Nays: Hamdorf. City men will take the old plow to Marion Iron.

M/S Kroemer, Hamdorf to have the first reading of Ordinance #766 whereby a handicapped parking space is established on the east side of City Hall on election days. Ayes: All.

Council reviewed a bridge inspection report from Calhoun-Burns & Associates for the 5th Street bridge. The report states to keep the 3T. load limit and one lane bridge signs posted.

Council set Trick or Treat hours for Monday, October 31, 5:00-7:00 PM.

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

M/S Conrad, Hamdorf approve the following building permits: New Horizon FS-office building, Karen Stuhr-house, and Bob Fields III, garage addition. Ayes: All. Fields’ permit was approved with the condition of approval by the Zoning Board of Adjustment since it is 2 ft. from the property line to the east. G. Conrad, neighbor, and Larre Petersen, developer, have approved the garage addition.

Tim Burmeister reported Aqua-Coat will be put in water lines next week as a rust inhibitor. Also, MSI will come this fall to sweep up excess rock chips from summer sealcoating.

Clerk will contact Watertower Paint and Repair to come this fall to clean the tower, see about extending the tube in the bowl of the tower to help eliminate stirring up rust, and ask if they can repair the standpipe on the tower.

M/S Hamdorf, Decker to adjourn @ 8:23 PM. Ayes: All.

Next regular meeting is November 7, 2005, 7:00 PM.

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