January 11, 2012
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a regular meeting of the Common Council of the City of Bloomer was called to order on Wednesday, January 11, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Summerfield presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Summerfield, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler and Clerk Stoik. Attorney Thiel was absent.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (December 28, 2011) as presented. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Koehler questioned if the fire truck had been paid in full. It was reported the check had been delivered. Alderperson Hofmann questioned the voucher submitted by Mayor Summerfield for cell phone usage and mileage. He felt no other city employees were reimbursed for usage of their personal cell phones and he still felt the Mayor should be treated as all other employees. He also felt Mayor Summerfield should submit a log of the calls made on his phone on behalf of the City. He felt it was a public record. Mayor Summerfield stated he needs to have contact at all times and felt he should be reimbursed. He also explained the mileage was from attending a Governors Open House for Mayors prior to Christmas. He stated all the Mayors from the State of Wisconsin were invited. He did not charge any time and only charged mileage. He felt he was there representing the City of Bloomer. Alderperson Hofmann stated that he did recall Mayor Summerfield mentioning at a previous meeting that he would be attending the Governor’s Open House, but it was never approved by the Council. Mayor Summerfield stated he would put both issues on the next agenda for consideration.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve all claims against the City and Utilities except the payment of $263.95 to Randy Summerfield. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:
Checks Numbered: 59179-59348
General Fund: $ 548,970.76
Electric Fund: $ 336,968.43
Water Fund: $ 24,550.85
Sewer Fund: $ 25,549.07
Payroll: $ 73,674.51
TOTAL $ 1,009,713.62
There were no audience comments.
Mayor Summerfield explained recent developments with the contract with AEP for future electric rates. The market is currently down and the electric utility can lock in rates for 2016 at a substantial savings. He is asking for permission for two of three signatures to lock in the rate after meeting with executives from the company. He is recommending Peter Paulson, Sue Stoik and Randy Summerfield the authority to sign on behalf of the City. Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to allow 2 of the 3 signatures from above to negotiate AEP future pricing negotiations up to 2%. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve changing the February 8, 2012 meeting to February 6, 2012. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator – was not present.
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator – was not present.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer – was not present.
Jennifer Sobotta, Ambulance Administrator read the following statement. Due to a recent interaction of Randy with the EMS association I feel that the City Council must be notified. Randy attended the Monday EMS association meeting and discussed several topics which I feel where not appropriate. First off as the administrator I feel that theEMSdepartment should be approached with the same professional courtesy as any other department with discussions starting with the department head. Randy approached the group stating that there was a budget issue and he proceeded to tell the group that there could be other options out there. If a discussion is going to be had like that first of all I think it needs to be an informed discussion with the townships first. The numbers for 2011 have not even been finalized or discussed with myself as the administrator and department head let alone to use that information as what I would see an a threat to the EMTs. There is an appropriate time and place for discussions of that nature. There should be an informed discussion with the appropriate numbers and people involved. Further more the budget is a Service issue which means townships and administrator to figure out. It is not an association issue for the EMTs.
The second point of discussion involved Randy bringing back to the group the Operational plan and ALS issues. I will not tolerate the continual harassment anymore towards the association and individual EMTs. It has been just about two years since we got the notification and we as an association have moved past this incident. The association should not have to deal with the lingering threats and the implications that further action would have on the association and the service. There has been no formal action of townships for the pursuit of this matter and I believe without that action of the service this harassment MUST end.
I believe that we have a great service with well trained professionals. The association is a group that works hard to provide the communities they serve the best care possible 24/7/365. Due to the economic times and payer constraints our deficit is not where we all would like it to be but contrary to what is being put out there I do not believe that the bottom is falling out either. But I do believe that needs to be a conversation had in a well informed environment not just half cocked and shooting from the hip. Considering other services is facing the same challenges if not worse we are still the most economical option for the townships we serve.
I believe that there needs to be further discussion and education of the service in regards to the Budget and the possibility of looking at other options but that needs to be with the full knowledge of the townships that are involved and myself as the administrator.
Alderperson Steinmetz questioned if this would be put on the spring agenda for the townships. Mayor Summerfield and Administrator Sobotta stated it would be and he would have it all laid out for the townships review.
Alderperson Meinen – no comments.
Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz questioned if the Council was ready to book next years Christmas party. The date was set for January 4, 2013 at the old clubhouse. Alderperson Steinmetz would take care of booking the place and cooks.
Alderperson Koehler – no comments.
Mayor Summerfield – no comments.
Mayor Summerfield reported there was no need to go into closed session – as he had not been able to meet with the interested party.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC