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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2010, 7:00 PM, CITY HALL

The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Pro Tem Chuck Ryan, in the absence of Mayor Dan Hamdorf.  Council members present on roll call:  Conrad, Olsen, Decker, Hoffmeier.  Visitors:  Gene Hamdorf, Pat Kroemer, David Hintz, Kirk Steinke, Rob Hunter, Clint Henning, David Horman, Marlon Lange, Bill Norton.

M/S Hoffmeier, Olsen to approve the minutes of the 10/4/10 meeting.  Ayes:  All.

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

David Hintz, Lowden Rescue, reported to the City Council they would like to purchase a new 2011 Suburban to replace the existing 1994 Rescue truck.  The needs of Lowden Rescue have changed over the years and the new vehicle would be used to haul medical equipment as opposed to jaws of life and other equipment used more by the Fire Dept.   Total cost of the equipped Suburban with a government discount and purchase from Kemmann Chevrolet is $50,944.   Rescue has over $35,000 in their City savings and hopes to sell the old truck to the Fire Dept. for $6500.   The remaining amount owed would probably have to be financed either through the dealership or local bank.  Councilman Conrad questioned why Lowden Rescue hasn’t looked at purchasing a used vehicle as opposed to a new one.    

After discussion, M/S Decker, Olsen to approve Lowden Rescue’s purchase of the 2011 Suburban vehicle purchase.  Ayes:  Olsen, Decker, Hoffmeier.  Nays:  Conrad.

Fire Dept. questioned if there would be enough parking for emergency vehicles around the fire station when Schneid’s LLC is in business.    Chuck Ryan said he will speak to Kemmann’s about parking areas after hours near their business.

M/S Olsen, Decker to adopt Resolution #10-08 Cedar County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.  Ayes:  All.

M/S Olsen, Decker to accept the only bid received for winter snow removal from
JJJ Enterprises: $90/hr. for backhoe, $65/hr. for 1st dump truck, $60/hr. for 2nd dump truck.  Ayes:  All.

M/S Decker, Olsen to approve a 28E agreement with Oxford Junction, Olin, and Lowden for the purchase of a sewer vacuum truck, with Lowden’s one time share being $1846.67. Ayes:  All.

Council discussed the curb/gutter work done on Hall Avenue and the driveway entrances that were torn up and not replaced.  Marlon Lange questioned why he had to pay to replace the concrete at the end of his driveway when it was already cemented before the project.   He told the City Council he was never informed the curb and gutter work was going to be done.  If he was responsible for replacing the end of his driveway, he could have had the contractor do the work while they were in the area.    Council said the Mayor should have spoken to the residents prior to the onset of the project.   The City Council did say the City will pay for only ½ of the curb and gutter installation but not for individual driveway or sidewalk work.    Marlon told the council the water now runs down the street and not into the curb.  He also said he will not be responsible if the new curbing pushes up where tree roots were cut out in front of his residence.

Chuck Ryan will speak to Joe Wenndt about teaching two one-hour NIMS classes, 100 and 700, to the Lowden City Council.   The City would then be eligible for grants for equipment for emergency situations.

A letter from the Little Home Learning Center was presented to the City Council informing them of their recent activities and increased enrollment.

Kirk Steinke, Lowden Fire Dept., told the Council that after the new landscaping was done at the City Park, rain water  runs into the fire station and floods the floor.   Galen Conrad said he and Gene Hamdorf would look at the area and see what needs to be done to correct this.

Kirk Steinke also told the Council the Fire Dept. had a 40’ extension ladder years ago and the City has had the ladder in the town shed for 5 years and they want the ladder returned.

Gene reported the new Ebara pump from Pollution Control at the wastewater plant does not work because a wrong pump was ordered.   The pump is for a wet pit and the City needs a dry pit pump.   Council told Gene to order the correct pump and the financial end of the deal will be worked out after a new pump is received.

M/S Olsen, Conrad to approve the following permits:  Schneid’s LLC-fence permit, sidewalk permit, and Wayne Meyer-building permit-porch.  Ayes:  All.

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

Clerk will attend a budget workshop in Hiawatha on Nov. 17 and Gene Hamdorf will attend a water/wastewater class in Des Moines on Nov. 16-18.

Next regular meeting will be December 6, 2010, 5:30 PM.   The NIMS class training for the Lowden City Council will be scheduled for December 7, 5:00-7:00 PM.

M/S Decker, Hoffmeier to adjourn at 8:45 PM.  Ayes:  All.

Chuck Ryan, Mayor Pro Tem
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk


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