The 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 Dzianott.

M/S Conrad, Hintz to approve the minutes of the 9/8/03 meeting. Ayes: All.

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

Council 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.

Hilarie 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:  All.

Jason Miller and Jim Holz, MSA, presented information on the water system study they did in Lowden.  They recommended additional water storage for Lowden as well as upgrading some of the water mains.  The City could apply for  CDBG money to help fund a project of this type or an SRF loan with loan rates 3% or under.  Council said they would look over the study and discuss future water projects at the November meeting.

Council 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.

Council will discuss City employees at the November meeting.

Tim 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.

M/S 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 truck.  Ayes:  All.  Clerk will contact the Lowden Medical Clinic to ask if they can be the site collection center for the testing.

Council clarified the 100% increase in sewer charges from $32.92/qtr. to $65.84/qtr. for Jeff Licht and Denise Wood since they have not complied with the City’s request to install water meters to measure sewer usage. 

Bill 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.

M/S Hamdorf, Kroemer to advertise for snow removal bids to be returned by November 3, 2003, 7:00 PM, to City Hall.  Ayes:  All.

Tim 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 the City.

M/S Kroemer, Hintz to approve the monthly treasurer’s report.  Ayes:  All.

M/S Hintz, Hamdorf to approve the following building permits:  Keith Lange-deck and Matt Curley-deck.  Ayes:  All.

Council accepted Dawn York’s resignation from the Lowden Library Board and appointed Michelle Breneman to the Board for a 4-year term.

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

Council 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 Blake.

Councilman 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.

After 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, Clark.  Nays:  Conrad, Kroemer.

M/S Kroemer, Conrad to adjourn at 9:41 PM to November 3, 2003, 7:00 PM. Ayes:  All.

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