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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2013, 5:30 PM, CITY HALL

The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Barry Hoffmeier.

Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Council persons present on roll call: G.Conrad, R.McCreight, J.Olsen, Josh Hamdorf, A.Helmold.   Visitors:   Pat Kroemer, Jan Olsen, Kirk Steinke, Tim Crabb, Dennis Sloan, Dean Hamdorf.

Mayor welcomed new councilmember Josh Hamdorf, elected to fill the vacancy for the seat originally held by Dean Behrens.   He will fill the term until the end of 2015.

Mayor thanked Austin Lange for his time serving as councilman.

M/S Helmold, Olsen to approve the consent agenda.  Ayes:  All.

M/S McCreight, Hamdorf to close the meeting and open the Public Hearing on the CDBG housing rehabilitation application to IA Dept. of Economic Development.  Ayes:  All.

Tim Crabb, ECIA, told the council if the City receives the grant for housing rehabilitation, 6 homeowners would receive funding up to $24,999 each to rehabilitate their houses.   The City has agreed to pledge $6000 as a local match for the project.

M/S McCreight, Olsen to close the Public Hearing and open the council meeting. Ayes:  All.

M/S Helmold, McCreight to pass Resolution #13-09 approving the application to IA Economic Development Authority for a housing rehabilitation grant, with the City pledging $6000 towards the project.   Ayes:  all.

Mayor Hoffmeier reported Steve Noack, MMS Engineers, met with the sewer committee this past month and discussed some modifications for the proposed wastewater plant design.   Noack also informed the Mayor if the City would want to proceed with the “safe routes to school” program for sidewalks, there would be 80% federal funding with 20% local funding.   No action was taken by the Council on the safe routes to school program.

Council discussed the nuisance notices sent to several residents.  Dennis Sloan was present to appeal his nuisance abatement notice.   He said he had cleaned up some of his property but he has a problem with water running off the street onto his property.   Mayor told him that is another issue and he should continue to clean up his property.  Sloan said he has someone that is going to help do the carpentry work.  Mayor told him to clean up the construction material east of his house, clean up the debris on the west side of his house to the garage, keep the weeds under control and continue to move forward with the cleanup.   Mayor also told him he should fill out a pre-application for the housing rehabilitation grant program. Council also discussed other nuisances.  

M/S McCreight, Olsen to have City Attorney Sueppel send follow-up letters to three residents that received nuisance abatement notices and did nothing to clean up their properties and also the City will send a nuisance abatement notice to a property owner to remove the dead trees on his property.   Ayes:  McCreight, Olsen, Hamdorf, Helmold.  Nays:  Conrad.

Several delinquent and unpaid utility bills were presented to the council to determine further action.

M/S McCreight, Conrad to forgive the bill for a one time mowing of the LEDCO lot, write off the bill for snow removal at 605 Jefferson Ave.when realtor had property, add the following to the property taxes @ 117 Grant Ave.-mowing & snow removal, $500.00 with a new water shut off to house with the cost to be added to taxes, 404 Jefferson-mowing & digging up water shutoff, $360.00, and use customer deposit to pay delinquent bill of $40.44 at 614 Main St.   Ayes:  All. 

At the recommendation of LEDCO, Mayor appointed Joe Wenndt as Lowden’s representative to CCEDCO.

The customer deposit ordinance will be discussed at the January meeting.

M/S McCreight, Helmold to authorize clerk to pay end of calendar year bills.  Ayes:  All.

Kirk Steinke reported holiday garbage pickup will be moved to Thursday, Dec. 26, and Thursday, Jan. 2.

Kirk also told the council he would like them to consider budgeting for a new salt/sand spreader in FY15.   Also, the WGML garbage truck needs 3 new tires and the City will be billed for 1/3 of that cost.

Mayor thanked Jim Olsen for serving 26 years as a councilperson and 4 years as mayor.   There will be a coffee/donuts open house on Thursday, Dec. 19, 8:30-10:30 AM in the City Hall meeting room to thank Jim for his many years of service to the City of Lowden.    

Mayor also publicly thanked Lucille Horman for her 19 years of service cleaning City Hall.

M/S Helmold, McCreight to adjourn at 6:28 PM.   Ayes:  All.

Next regular meeting is January 6, 2014, 5:30 PM.

Barry Hoffmeier, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk


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