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LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

PROCEEDINGS OF LOWDEN CITY COUNCIL, REGULAR MEETING, MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2009, 6:00 PM, CITY HALL

The regular meeting of the Lowden City Council was called to order by Mayor Dan Hamdorf. Council persons present on roll call: Conrad, Ryan, Olsen, Decker, Hoffmeier. Visitors: Gene Hamdorf, Rob Hunter, Bill Norton, Sheryl Rice.

M/S Ryan, Conrad to approve the minutes of the 11/2/09 meeting. Ayes: All.

M/S Conrad, Decker to approve payment of the bills as presented, with the exception of the Cortez Truck Equipment bill, $122.63, for repairs on the spreader. Gene will check with Cortez on the charges. Ayes: All.

Sheryl Rice, USDA, was present to discuss with the council the financial situation of Little Home Day Care Center. She explained the center is able to meet all their financial obligations except the monthly loan payment to USDA. The payment is made from the day care from revenue they generate and the City is a “pass through” to make the payment to USDA. Rice also asked the council to appoint someone to the day care board, either a community member or council member. Bill Norton asked the City to take over the monthly loans payments for three years, or the City take over management of the day care center. The monthly loan payment is $1462 with an additional monthly reserve payment of $147 and a monthly funded depreciation payment of $249. Councilman Hoffmeier asked Norton what would happen after the three-year period. Norton said he would hope the day care could then continue the loan payments and the amount paid by the City would be paid back and added to the end of the 40-year loan. Mayor and council agreed bond counsel, Dorsey and Whitney, should be contacted and asked to come to a meeting to explain if or how the City can help Little Home Day Care with USDA loan payments. Mayor Hamdorf will contact the attorneys this month. Councilman Conrad agreed to attend the next day care board meeting.

M/S Olsen, Decker to waive the water, sewer, garbage bill for Little Home Day Care Center for 12 months and review the waiver after the one-year period. Ayes: Olsen, Decker, Hoffmeier. Nays: Conrad, Ryan.

M/S Decker, Olsen to waive the second reading and have the third reading of Ordinance 788, municipal infractions. Ayes: All.

Mayor Hamdorf exited the meeting at 6:58 PM. Mayor Pro Tem Ryan then chaired the meeting.

M/S Decker, Olsen to waive the second reading and have the third reading of Ordinance 787, increasing water reconnection fees. Ayes: Conrad, Olsen, Decker, Hoffmeier.

A new tree ordinance will be considered at the January meeting.

M/S Decker, Hoffmeier to authorize clerk to pay end of calendar year bills. Ayes: Conrad, Olsen, Decker, Hoffmeier.

M/S Decker, Hoffmeier to adjourn at 7:25 PM. Ayes: Conrad, Olsen, Decker, Hoffmeier.

Next regular meeting is January 4, 2010, 6:00 PM.

Dan Hamdorf, Mayor
Peggy Kedley, City Clerk


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