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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2005, 7:00 PM

The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Reuben Wenndt. Councilmembers present on roll call: Conrad, Gottschalk, Kroemer, Decker. Visitors: Gene Hamdorf, Pat Kroemer.

Three names, Dawn York, Chuck Ryan and Bob Kroemer, were submitted to fill the vacant seat on the council due to the resignation of Dan Hamdorf. M/S Decker, Gottschalk to appoint Bob Kroemer to fill the vacant seat. Ayes: Kroemer, Gottschalk, Decker. Nays: Conrad.

M/S Decker, Kroemer to approve the minutes of the 11/7/05 mtg. Ayes: All.

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

One bid for winter snow removal was received from JJJ Enterprises. The bid was $70/hr. for backhoe and $50/hr. for 1st dump truck and $50/hr. for 2nd dump truck. M/S Conrad, Decker to accept the snow removal bid from JJJ Enterprises for Ayes: All.

Council discussed a water and sewer rate increase as recommended by ECIA. An increase in rates would look more favorable to the IDED in applying for a grant for the water tower project. M/S Decker, Conrad to approve a 33% water and sewer rate increase to go in effect for the April 2006 billing. Ayes: All. The rate increase as well as the frequency of billing will be discussed further at the January council meeting.

M/S Decker, Gottschalk to waive the second reading, have the third reading and adopt Ordinance 768, specifying nuisances in Lowden. Ayes: All.

M/S Kroemer, Conrad to adopt resolution #11-05 obligating funds for payment of TIF obligations. Ayes: All.

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

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

The Cedar County Sheriff’s written monthly report was presented.

Council accepted Dean Drumm’s resignation from the Lowden Zoning Board and the EIRHA Commission, since he will be moving out of town.

M/S Decker, Kroemer to set January 9, 2006, 7:00 PM, as the Public Hearing date for re-zoning of the property at 105 4th Street from Resident 1 to Commercial 1 for the construction of storage garages. Ayes: All. Letters will be sent to neighboring property owners informing them of the Public Hearing.

Clerk administered the oath of office to newly elected and appointed councilmembers Galen Conrad and Bob Kroemer.

Mayor directed maintenance men, in the spring, to check all water shutoffs to see they are in working order.

Next regular meeting will be January 9, 2006, 7:00 PM, due to the holiday on Jan. 2.

M/S Decker, Kroemer to adjourn at 7:55 PM. Ayes: All.

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