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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, SPECIAL MEETING, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012, 6:00 PM, CITY HALL

The special meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Barry Hoffmeier.  Council members present on roll call:  Conrad, McCreight, Olsen, Behrens, Helmold.  Visitors:  Kent Strackbein, Bob Kroemer, Chris Kroemer, Junior Sander, Carol Sander, Steve Noack, Kirk Steinke.

Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Mayor Hoffmeier explained the reason for the special meeting.  He said the location of the existing water main in proximity to the sewer on north McKinley Avenue has caused several water main breaks in the last week.  Steve Noack, MMS Engineering, explained that if the contractor continued installation of the sewer main, many more water main breaks could be expected.   This is costly to the City and slows down the installation of the new sewer main.  The City could choose to stop construction this fall and wait until spring to install a new water main farther away from the sewer main and finish the sewer installation project then.

Kent Strackbein expressed concern that he was having trouble with his sewer now and what would happen if the job was stopped this fall.  Noack said they would install enough new sewer main to get to Strackbein’s service.   Junior Sander said they have low water pressure now.   Kirk Steinke said he has the pressure at about 50% and will raise the pressure once the excavations are backfilled.

Council member McCreight asked the McKinley Avenue visitors their opinion on the proposed new water main.   Bob Kroemer thought it was a good idea and the City should have installed the new water main along with the sewer main project from the beginning. M /S Helmold, Olsen to install a new 6” water main on McKinley Avenue from 8th St. to 10th St., contingent upon the City Attorney’s review of the contract with BWC, MMS Engineering presenting options to BWC, and review of expenses and funding by MMS and Piper Jaffray, which will then be presented to City Council for final approval.   Ayes:  All.

All council members waived the $50 meeting fee.

M/S Olsen, Behrens to adjourn at 7:03 PM.   Ayes: All.

Barry Hoffmeier, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk


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