NOVEMBER 30, 2011
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a public hearing was held in the City of Bloomer on the above date at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall regarding the 2012 city budget. Dan Thole, Auditor from Larson Allen was present to answer questions from the public. No one appeared at the hearing. The hearing was closed at 6:02 p.m. The meeting was put on hold to allow a joint meeting of the Area Townships/Village regarding the ambulance administrator/assistant position. The meeting was reconvened at 6:40 p.m.
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, November 30, 2011 at 6:41 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Summerfield presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Summerfield, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler, Clerk Stoik and Attorney Thiel.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (November 9, 2011) as presented. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve all claims against the City and Utilities as presented. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:
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There were no audience comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the 2012 budget (mill rate @ .00408552) for the City of Bloomer – total levy $903,661.00 without TIF #4. The final amount with TIF #4 included is (mill rate @ .00422796) – total levy of $935,164.76. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.
Discussion was held regarding a request received from Police Officer Kevin Zwiefelhofer for reducing his sick pay payout for the next three to four months. He is currently using sick leave due to an injury. A letter was received from LAW – Labor Association of Wisconsin requesting less sick time payout with no reduction of benefits. After reviewing the request, no action was taken by the Council. Officer Zwiefelhofer will continue to be paid 84 hours per pay period.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve Resolution 1097 Approving Entry Into Contract for Purchase by the City of Bloomer and Sale by Great Lake Utilities of Capacity and Energy and Renewable Credits from Lakeswind Project. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve a Contract for the Purchase by the City of Bloomer and Sale by Great Lake Utilities of Capacity and Energy and Renewable Credits from Lakeswind Project as presented. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
A proposal was submitted by Alderperson Meinen regarding the residential lots – Iron Horse Industrial Park – TID#4. He stated the City has borrowed over $4.7 million dollars for the Iron Horse Industrial Park since 2007. He feels it is time to lower the lot prices for residential lots for sale. He stated they are not selling at the current price and in order to help offset some of the expenses, he requests the Common Council to consider reducing the price by $5,000 per lot, so that more lots are sold and taxes would be generated to help offset the expenses. A typical house valued at $150,000 would generate $2,500 in taxes each year. In addition to the taxes generated, there would also be water and sewer revenues generated at approximately $200/month. After one year of the house being built, the city would offset the $5,000 reduction in lot price. He reminded the Council that the City only has 15 more years to pay off the debt in the industrial park. He stated he is only thinking of the taxpayers. Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve lowering the price of the residential lots by $5,000 per lot in the Iron Horse Industrial Park. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion. Discussion was held. Alderperson Koehler stated he is in agreement with getting tax dollars back into the tax base. He is unsure if this is the route the City should pursue. Alderperson Hofmann described what had happened in the past and how the lot price was determined. After review, the lot prices were set at a break even price. There was no profit figured into the final price. Alderperson Steinmetz stated he had been contacted by real estate agents and lot owners discouraged at the price the City had set, as it was less than their asking prices. He feels that by reducing the price, there could be repercussions from other taxpayers. Mayor Summerfield stated that estimating a $200 per month revenue for water and sewer was not profits. This revenue would go back to the utilities and not the City. Alderperson Meinen requested the Council to try this for one year. Roll call vote was taken: Meinen, aye; Hofmann, no; Steinmetz, no; Koehler, no. Motion failed.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Jared Zwiefelhofer to attend the Management Executive Training in Superior on January 9-12, 2012. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve an application to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for the following listed below as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Diana L. Hartman
Kim Korbel, Library Director – no comments.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported that the Chippewa Falls Optimist Club has donated a receptacle for the lobby of the Police Dept. for the disposal of prescription drugs.
Michael Meindel – no comments.
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator – no comments.
Clerk Stoik reported Anissa Eck has withdrawn her application for an operator's license and will not need a hearing for the denial at a previous meeting.
Alderperson Koehler – no comments.
Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.
Alderperson Meinen – no comments.
Mayor Summerfield reported that the City has followed procedures for a grievance filed in the police department in the past few months. He understood the grievance had been settled due to no specifics in the contract to address it. LAW and the employee has now filed for Step 3 of the procedure and paid $400 to the state over a request for $393 of overtime pay to request mediation. Now the City will be required to pay the $400 filing fee also. He also reported the stop arms on Main Street recently installed by the railroad; do not match the stop blocks painted on the street. Mr. Meindel recently reviewed this and will be working with the railroad to resolve.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to go into Closed Session under Wis. Stats. 19.85(1) (c) as read by Mayor Summerfield. Mayor Summerfield stated that there was no information for the first two items listed for closed session, therefore there will be no discussion regarding those issues. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to come out of closed session and report on action taken. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye. No action was taken in closed session.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC