LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2003, 7:00 PM
regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor
Reuben Wenndt. Councilmembers
present on roll call: Conrad,
Hintz, Kroemer, Clark, Hamdorf. Visitors:
Tim Burmeister, Pat Kroemer, Jason Miller, Jim Holz, Hilarie
Conrad, Hintz to approve the minutes of the 9/8/03 meeting. Ayes: All.
Conrad, Hintz to approve payment of the bills as presented. Ayes: All.
discussed a police car for Lowden. Cedar
County may have a car available and up for bids soon.
Council directed the Police Committee to submit a bid to Cedar
County for a used car if it comes up for bids.
The Committee is to use their best judgment in submitting a bid.
Dzianott, Alliant, was present to discuss the proposed new easement
agreement for the Roosevelt Ave. substation.
The fence will be moved out a few inches off the cement and
ground grid and rock will be extended a few feet out on all four sides.
M/S Hintz, Hamdorf to approve the new easement agreement for the
Roosevelt Ave. substation. Ayes:
Miller and Jim Holz, MSA, presented information on the water system
discussed the bill of $1405.16 from Alliant for work they did when the
new baseball lights were installed at Lowden Memorial Park.
Some councilmembers, Mark Bray, the electrician, some Alliant
personnel, and Gene Hamdorf were all under the impression from Alliant,
the work would be done at no cost to the City.
However, the City was invoiced the above amount.
Bob Kroemer reported he had talked to Glen Apler from Alliant.
Apler told Kroemer the project was to be no charge but more work was
done than expected, so, therefore, the bill.
Jeff Azeltine, Alliant’s account manager, told Gene Hamdorf and
City Clerk Peggy Kedley there had been miscommunications about the
project and Alliant would cut the bill to $700. After discussion,
council said they would not pay the bill to Alliant.
will discuss City employees at the November meeting.
Burmeister asked if he would be offered an increase in pay since he
acquired his Grade II wastewater certification as requested by the
council. Council said they
would address this at budget time in January.
Kroemer, Clark to pass Resolution #04-03, whereby the City will enroll
in a drug testing program for the maintenance men who drive the garbage
All. Clerk will
contact the Lowden Medical Clinic to ask if they can be the site
collection center for the testing.
clarified the 100% increase in sewer charges from $32.92/qtr. to
Clark will speak to the County Assessor to clarify the correct
corporation line limits for the City of Lowden. Clark is to report back
to the council in November.
Hamdorf, Kroemer to advertise for snow removal bids to be returned by
November 3, 2003, 7:00 PM, to City Hall.
Burmeister reported that MSI will be in town in the next two weeks to
sweep the streets of excess gravel from sealcoating with no charge to
Kroemer, Hintz to approve the monthly treasurer’s report.
Hintz, Hamdorf to approve the following building permits:
Keith Lange-deck and Matt Curley-deck.
accepted Dawn York’s resignation from the Lowden Library Board and
appointed Michelle Breneman to the Board for a 4-year term.
set Friday, October 31, 5:00-7:00 PM, for Trick or Treat hours in
will look at the Blake Apartments sidewalk with Jim Leeper this week to
determine the proper elevations for a new sidewalk to be installed by
Clark said he felt the ditch along 1st Street by 100 Hall Ave. is a
hazard. The City had dug the
ditch out very deep and close to the street to allow for proper drainage
into the culvert at Hall and 1st Street.
Clark felt the City should pay for and install the culvert since
the City created the problem. The
City’s policy is, if someone wants a culvert installed along their
property, they must pay for the culvert and the City will install it.
Councilman Hamdorf said the ditch along 4th Street south of 401
Grant Avenue is just as much a hazard.
discussion, M/S Clark, Hamdorf to order the culvert and install it in
the ditch along 1st Street south of 100 Hall Avenue and install a drop
box at Dwight Gottschalk’s along 1st Street.
Ayes: Hintz, Hamdorf,
Kroemer, Conrad to adjourn at 9:41 PM to November 3, 2003, 7:00 PM.