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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2011, 5:30 PM, CITY HALL

The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Dan Hamdorf.  Council members present on roll call:  Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Hoffmeier.  Visitors:  Gene Hamdorf, Kirk Steinke.

M/S Ryan, Olsen to approve the minutes of the 11/7/11 meeting.  Ayes:  Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Hoffmeier.

M/S Ryan, Hoffmeier to seat Lisa Decker at 5:30 PM.  Ayes:  Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Hoffmeier.

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

Council discussed the damage on the new surface at Jefferson Avenue from semi-trucks driving there on October 15.  One semi had driven on the street when Kirk Steinke told the driver no more semis and then two more went through.  An estimate from MSI to repair the street is $11,863.50.

M/S Ryan, Hoffmeier to ask the City Attorney to send Ricky Kay a letter about  responsibility for damages done to Jefferson Avenue from semi-trucks.  Ayes:  All.

City Council directed maintenance men, next spring, to gravel the south part of the alley, at the 500 block of Washington Avenue and Jefferson Avenue.

Motioned by Olsen to have the 1st reading of Ordinance #765, tree ordinance.
Motion was withdrawn.  Council discussed the types of trees that can be planted in the City right-of-way and how close to a street corner they should be planted.  Lisa Decker will talk to the Lowden Tree Committee to clarify some language in the ordinance and the ordinance will be placed on the January meeting agenda.

Dan Hamdorf said he would take care of having someone do the sidewalk snow removal at City Hall, Library, and Little Home Day Care Center.

M/S Olsen, Ryan to approve payment of calendar year end bills.  Ayes:  All.

City will implement odd/even day parking during snow removal on streets.  Notices will be posted.

City Clerk will contact the City Attorney about a resident tampering with and disconnecting a water meter in the basement of their house.

Maintenance men will order a pair of curb feelers for the snow plow, $115, from
C & J Trucking in Grand Mound.

Council discussed the water only meters at houses.  Gene Hamdorf said it would be costly to install radio read meters on those and residents might want to remove them in a year or so.  They have to manually read them now.   Council said to leave them as is and continue to read them manually.

Maintenance men said several homes and businesses in Lowden have lead service lines and need to be replaced.   Council asked them to check if it is mandatory to replace the lead lines.

Mayor Hamdorf and City Council presented a retirement clock to Gene Hamdorf in honor of his 30 years of service to the City.

M/S Ryan, Decker to adjourn at 6:37 PM.  Ayes:  All.

Next regular meeting is Tuesday, January 3, 2012, 5:30 PM.

Dan Hamdorf, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk


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