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LPD officers honored at Feb. 3 council meeting

Lowell city council had their latest regular meeting at city hall on Monday, Feb. 3. The meeting lasted just under one hour and 20 minutes and was attended by 23 citizens.

The meeting began with special recognition for three Lowell police officers. Officers Scot Van Solkema and officer Ian Shears were awarded the "life saving" award for their quick, decisive responses to incidents that ended up saving lives that could easily have been lost. Officer Van Solkema also received the "distinguished service" award for his management of the department's military equipment surplus program, through which the department has been able to obtain more than $100,000 worth of equipment and vehicles for a minimal investment. Some of the equipment has also been used by the Lowell fire department and the department of public works. Finally, detective Gordy Lauren was also honored with the "distinguished service" award for his work raising funds for the Cold Weather Warriors program over the past four years. Through that program, over 150 children in the Lowell school district were provided with coats, snow pants, boots, hats and gloves.

The council also voted to spend $7,500 to have low bidder Risner's Roofing replace the 26-year-old roof and gutters on the city's pump station at 3211 Gee Dr., set a May 18 public hearing to discuss the city's 2021 budget and struck $582.99 in uncollected 2014 property taxes from the rolls.

Lowell city council's next regular meeting will take place at city hall at 7 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 18, delayed one day for the President's Day holiday.

The council will also meet with the public during a "Coffee with the Council" event at the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce building on the Riverwalk from 8 am until 10 am on Saturday, March 7.

To watch city council, board and commission meetings from the past few years, look for the "City of Lowell" or "Lowell Light and Power" channels on YouTube or visit

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