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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2009, 7:00 PM, CITY HALL

The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Dan Hamdorf.  Council members present on roll call:  Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Decker, Hoffmeier.  Visitors:  Tim Burmeister, Pat Kroemer, Rob Hunter.

M/S Conrad, Decker to approve the minutes of the 9/14/09 meeting.  Ayes:  All.

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

Councilperson Conrad presented information from Larre Petersen regarding the purchase of three acres of his land for the future expansion of  the City’s wastewater plant.  Conrad reported the railroad is purchasing land from Petersen for a right-of-way through Petersen’s property and the railroad will be doing a survey.  Petersen is asking $30,000 for the three acres and asks the City to pay $10,000 this yr. for the purchase and $10,000 a year for the following two years. Council thought the price was too high but felt they didn’t have much choice since this is land bordering the City’s wastewater plant and is needed for expansion. M/S Ryan, Olsen to proceed with the purchase of three acres of Larre Petersen’s land for expansion of the City’s wastewater plant.  Ayes:  All.  City Clerk will contact Chris Surls at Wm. B. Norton Law Office to help prepare the legal paperwork for the purchase.

M/S Ryan, Hoffmeier to allow Mel Hamilton to install culvert along his property on 4th St. whereby he pays for the culvert and gravel and the City will install it.  Ayes:  All. If he wants 16” culvert the whole distance, he will have to pay to replace the present 12” culvert of the City’s.

Council determined no “Children at Play” signs will be installed on west 5th Street, but Mayor Hamdorf will speak to the Cedar County Sheriff about patrolling that area for speeding vehicles.

Council discussed a tree ordinance whereby the type of trees planted in the curb area would be restricted.  Clerk will contact the League of Cities for sample tree ordinances of other towns.   Lisa Decker, Tree Committee, will be contacting two tree trimming companies to trim trees that weren’t trimmed by the homeowners.

M/S Hoffmeier, Decker to increase the water reconnection fee from $15 to $25 during working hours, 7:00 am-3:00 pm, and $50 for reconnection during off working hours.  Ayes:  All.  Clerk will prepare an ordinance for the water reconnection fee increase with the first reading at the November meeting.

Maintenance Man Tim Burmeister reported the landfill fees at Cedar County will be increasing in 2010.   Council discussed an increase in garbage fees for residents and businesses.  Currently, the residential rate is $8.50/mo. and the rate has not increased since 2003.  Council directed City Clerk to check garbage rates in other towns in the area and the issue will be placed on the November meeting agenda.

M/S Decker, Ryan to approve a building permit for Vicki Crock-deck.  Ayes:  All.

City Clerk reported she has contacted the City’s attorney several times about the municipal infraction ordinance but has not received the final draft.  She will contact him again this week.

Galen Conrad told the City Council the State Fire Marshall’s report is still not complete so he does not have anything to report on the Louis Miller Apts. that were destroyed by fire in July.  
 
Council set Trick or Treat hours in Lowden for Saturday, October 31, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

M/S Ryan, Decker to adjourn at 8:05 p.m.  Aye:  All.

Next regular meeting is November 2, 2009, 7:00 p.m

Dan Hamdorf, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk


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