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MEETING MINUTES

       Bloomer, Wisconsin 

May 29, 2013

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, May 29, 2013 at 6:00 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 Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (May 15 2013) as presented.  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion.  Discussion:  Alderperson Steinmetz requested a change to the May 15, 2013 minutes.  The motion to increase salary of department heads, he abstained from voting.  Alderperson Hofmann and Alderperson Meinen amended their motion to reflect the correction by Alderperson Steinmetz.  All present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz 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:

                        Checks Numbered:                 64199-64318, 64320

                        General Fund:                         $  27,217.12

                        Electric Fund:                          $  55,852.68

                        Water Fund:                           $      905.34

                        Sewer Fund:                            $  18,065.49

                        Payroll:                                   $  68,444.30

                        TOTAL                                   $170,484.93

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

Discussion was held regarding the alley that is located between Newman Street and Oak Street and 9th Avenue and 12th Avenue (Amodt Addition, Block 2 and Helen Hanson Addition).  It is not a through alley and dead ends in the block.  There have been problems in the past between property owners regarding drainage and lot lines.  Many years ago, a different property owner planted trees in half of the alley. Attorney Thiel explained the right of way and dedications of alleys.  It is unclear in past City records how this alley was dedicated.  It is a dedicated alley.  The City is in a position to assure the alley can be utilized.  Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator felt the City needs to address the problem and permanently resolve the problem.  Some people are not going to be happy.  Alderperson Koehler questioned is the City required to improve the alley?  The City is not required; they can do whatever improvements they deem necessary.  Norma Henneman, 924 Oak Street owns the property where the fence and trees are planted.  She stated over 60 years ago a city surveyor signed a statement that allowed them to take half the alley.  Her husband was very angry at the City.  She doesn’t know where this documentation is.  William Meindel, 920 Oak Street stated the alley should have never been there.  Mayor Summerfield stated the estimated costs would be $800 to $1,000 to clean out the right of way.  Then all would have access to the alley.  Alderperson Meinen questioned if it should be graveled.  Property owners on the west side of the alley felt if the trees are removed it will only increase the water drainage problem that already exists.  Mike Meindel stated it wouldn’t change the volume of water, but would change the speed that water runs.  Jesse Krenzelok, 927 Newman Street stated he is willing to sell 6 ft. to the City to save the existing trees and fence.  He was concerned about the costs of improving the alley. Alderperson Koehler would like to see this issue resolved.  Attorney Thiel stated the City could vacate the alley and water run-off from adjoining properties need to be resolved with the individuals.  Mayor Summerfield felt #1 – The City could remove fence and trees in the right of way; #2 - Should the City improve any portion south of the existing blacktop; #3 – Water problem – resolution may not be liked by everyone.  Discussion was held regarding costs and if the City should pay for this or special assess the bordering property owners.  Lori Seidling, owner of property at 1005 Newman Street questioned why the City wasn’t taking responsibility for costs.  Norma Henneman stated she doesn’t use the alley and doesn’t feel any costs should be assessed to her.  Lori Seidling felt there was a lot of animosity and the city should fix it.  Jill Michels, 915 Newman stated there are many times as property owners they snow blow the alley so they can get out in the winter.  She understands it’s not a high priority to deal with their alley. 

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to remove the trees and fence in the City right of way in the above said alley.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion.  Discussion:  Alderperson Hofmann questioned the location of a telephone ped.  Mike Meindel stated he had contacted the phone company and they are willing to move the ped to the proper location.  Roll call vote:  Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to lightly gravel from the blacktop south to the end of alley.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion.  Discussion:  Alderperson Hofmann questioned the costs and budgeted money.  He felt they need to look at costs estimates before approving too much.  Bob Seidling stated they needed to access the garage now.  He didn’t want the city to wait.  Mayor Summerfield explained the trees and fence are going to be removed now.  It is unclear at this point – how much more the city is going to improve. After more discussion, Alderperson Meinen and Hofmann withdrew their motion.  No vote.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve getting price estimates for gravel and black dirt removal and possible engineering to determine if the city wants to continue with the improvements to the alley.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken:  Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye. 

Mayor Summerfield stated there is one more issue regarding the water issue in this area.  He suggested getting professional advice regarding what we as a city can do.  Richard Keller, 914 Oak Street felt the water issue had become a problem when a peaked roof was placed on the day care on the north end of block.  He feels some downspouts draining into the city grassy area would help.  Alderperson Meinen felt the water issue was the property owner’s problem and not the City’s.  Alderperson Steinmetz felt we should explore the issue.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion get engineering involved to look into resolving water issue on this alley and to obtain costs estimates for water runoff.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion.  Discussion:  Alderperson Koehler didn’t want to give engineers an open checkbook.  He wants to make sure engineering costs are kept to a minimum.  Mr. Meindel will work with engineers to keep the costs in check. Alderperson Hofmann stated this is the third time since he was a Council member, where this alley has come into discussion.  He doesn’t want to pass this on to future Councils.  Alderperson Meinen is concerned about the costs and the water issue is not a City problem.  Roll call vote was taken:  Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve a street use permit for Midwest Physical Therapy for the 6th Annual Scott & Skedaddle Race on August 2, 2013 as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the rental agreement for crop planting on property surrounding the WWTP with Tim Seibel.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the sludge disposal agreement with Secondary Nutrient Mgt. LLC.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve Resolution 1109 – Compliance Maintenance Annual Report as recommended by Michael Meindel.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Discussion was held regarding the next Joint Area Meeting of Cities.  The City of Bloomer is the host of the next meeting.  The date of July 31, 2013 was set, as it is a 5th Wednesday of a month.  No other city should have a meeting that night.  Attorney Thiel volunteered to speak at the meeting.  Topic to be determined.  Alderperson Meinen and Hofmann will form a committee to set a location and menu.  Clerk Stoik will inform the other cities of the date.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the applications for a license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for the following listed below as approved by Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer.  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Nikki L. Wilson

 

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator reported he had power buried to the new elementary school.  He also requested the City to sell the electric utility a piece of land near the substation for access.  The Common Council had no objections.  Mr. Paulson will get the paperwork ready.

Police Chief Zwiefelhofer reported they are working on repairs to one of the storm sirens.  The part should be in on Thursday and they will get it working as quickly as possible.

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator questioned Attorney Thiel regarding a warranty deed for property abutting an alley.  Attorney Thiel responded he would look at it after the meeting.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Meinen – no comments

Alderperson Hofmann - no comments.

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield reported he had been at a legislative meeting in Madison last week and heard Governor Walker’s speech regarding economic development.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to go into Closed Session under Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1) (e) as read by Mayor Summerfield.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken:  Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to come out of closed session and report on action taken.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve a counter offer to Robert & Marika Spranger for Lot 27 in Iron Horse Industrial Park for $22,500 and to agree that there will be a utility easement only along the western edge of the property and not a public easement for a walking trail.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye. Mayor Summerfield reported Mr. & Mrs. Spranger accepted the counter offer.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Alderperson Koehler     seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

                                                                        Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC

                                                                        City Clerk

 
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