- HEALTH SERVICES
- PHOTO GALLERY
- COMMUNITY CALENDAR
- MAYOR'S MESSAGE
- VIDEO CLIP
LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL
OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, DECEMBER 6,
2004, 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.
Hamdorf seated at 7:40 PM. Absent: Decker. Visitors: Pat Kroemer,
Gene Hamdorf, Mark Schneider, Larry Nagle, Amanda Becker, Kent Stout,
Jason Miller, Ardelle Rettkowski,
M/S Kroemer, Conrad to approve the minutes of the 11-8-04 council meeting. Ayes:
Conrad, Gottschalk, Kroemer.
M/S Conrad, Gottschalk to approve payment of the bills as presented. Ayes: Conrad,
M/S Kroemer, Conrad to close the meeting and open the Public Hearings on the
CDBG applications for water system improvements and day care facility improvements.
Ayes: Conrad, Gottschalk, Kroemer.
Mayor Wenndt solicited comments on the City’s proposed application for
a Community Development Block Grant to the Iowa Department of Economic Development.
The Council discussed the need for additional licensed childcare in Lowden and
Little Home Day Care’s desire to provide that service. The proposed project
includes the construction of an addition to the North Cedar Elementary School
in Lowden that will be utilized for childcare. The City will lease the ground
from the North Cedar School District and contract with Little Home Day Care for
the operation of the center. The budget and application were discussed. The proposed
improvements will be in the amount of $615,000 including construction, architectural
services and administrative fees. The total amount of CDBG funds requested will
be $300,000 with the City providing the local match of $315,000 through a USDA,
RD loan. The application will be submitted to IDED no later than December 8,
2004. A local income survey showed that 60% of the funds will benefit low-to-moderate
income persons utilizing the facility. By design, no displacement will occur.
If displacement is necessary, the City will comply fully with the Uniform Relocation
Act and Section 104(d) of the Housing and Community Development Act. Mayor Wenndt
closed the Public Hearing with no negative comments from citizens present and
no objections on file. Mayor Wenndt asked Schneider if the City would be liable
if Little Home Day Care would default on loan payments. Schneider told the council
the City would not be liable for loan repayment.
The second Public Hearing was held concerning the application for CDBG funding
to construct a 150,000 water storage tank. Larry Nagle, ECIA, discussed the project
and presented the following information in support of a CDBG application: 1)
An engineering report prepared by MSA Professional Services documented the need
for construction of a 150,000 water storage tank to replace the existing 15,000
tank. 2) The City will borrow funds to provide for its portion of the project
costs, estimated to be $368,604. 3) The application for CDBG funds will be submitted
by the December 8, 2004, deadline. 4) The City requests the Iowa Department of
Economic Development provide $300,000 toward the project. 5) Based upon an income
survey done by the City, 56.9% of the persons benefiting from the project are
of low or moderate income. 6) The proposed well site is located on existing City
property. 7) There are no plans to displace any persons or businesses because
of the project. 8) IDED will make a decision on the City’s application
in March 2005. Jason Miller, MSA, asked the council if the City would proceed
with the project if they did not receive CDBG funding. Council indicated they
would decide that in March after the grant funds are awarded. They also decided
to wait until March to see if the City receives the grant to decide if they will
proceed with the environmental study and preliminary engineering design plans
which could then be paid by grant funding.
Mayor Wenndt closed the Public Hearings.
M/S Gottschalk, Conrad to approve Resolution #06-04 whereby the City will apply
for a CDBG grant in the amount of $315,000 and an application for a loan of $315,000
from USDA, Rural Development. Ayes: Conrad, Gottschalk, Kroemer.
M/S Conrad, Kroemer to approve submission of an application for a CDBG grant
for water system improvements. Ayes: Conrad, Gottschalk, Kroemer.
M/S Kroemer, Conrad to seat Hamdorf at 7:40 PM. Ayes: Conrad, Gottschalk, Kroemer.
Larry Nagle, ECIA, discussed updates made to the Lowden Municipal Code. A Public
Hearing will be held on January 3, 2005, 7:00 PM, to adopt the Code as amended.
M/S Conrad, Gottschalk to accept the only bid received from Kirk Meyer for the
1983 Chevrolet Crewcab truck - bid amount $495.00. Ayes: All.
M/S Gottschalk, Hamdorf to waive the second reading, have the third reading and
adopt Ordinance #763, whereby building heights for outbuildings in areas zoned
Residential 1, will not exceed 18 feet. Ayes: All.
Council decided to not participate in the IDOT bridge funding plan at this time.
Mayor Wenndt discussed the vacation time of the maintenance men and would like
to see them take 2 weeks of vacation at a time. He felt their work would be less
interrupted if 2 weeks were taken all at once. Council felt there did not need
to be a change in when the vacations are taken.
M/S Hamdorf, Kroemer to authorize City Clerk to pay end of calendar year bills.
Mayor Wenndt gave information to the council about baling the City’s cardboard.
The City currently has a baler which only bales 100# bales. City Carton Co.,
where the City takes loose cardboard, only accepts 1000# bales.Mayor
Wenndt said a new 60”baler would cost in the range of $6000. City Carton
Co. would pick up the bales and the City would be paid for the cardboard. Currently,
the City receives nothing for the cardboard taken to Cedar Rapids. Council suggested
Mayor Wenndt get prices for a new or used baler and a trade-in price for the
City’s baler and the council with discuss the matter at the January meeting.
Gene Hamdorf reported the water line has been laid to the old Lee’s Garage.
Also, two wastewater pumps are still being repaired.
M/S Hamdorf, Kroemer to approve the monthly financial report. Ayes: All.
M/S Kroemer, Gottschalk to approve a building permit for Sam Tika-Fast Stop,
building addition. Ayes: Gottschalk, Kroemer, Hamdorf. Nays: Conrad.
Council accepted Michelle Breneman’s resignation from the Lowden Library
Ardelle Rettkowski was present to inform the council she has had numerous sewer
problems on her property over the last 10 years. She has replaced most of her
sewer line. After discussion, Council told Rettkowski that Gene will check the
vent pipe at her house and will also check the sewer main when the City has the
A written police report for November was presented to the Council.
M/S Kroemer, Hamdorf to adjourn at 8:40 PM. Ayes: All.
Next regular meeting is January 3, 2005, 7:00 PM.