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MEETING MINUTES

Bloomer, Wisconsin

April, 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, April 11, 2012 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 meetings (March 26, 2012 & March 28, 2012) 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:

                        Checks Numbered:                 60088 - 60216

                        General Fund:                         $  64,494.50

                        Electric Fund:                         $  21,038.88

                        Water Fund:                            $    7,062.74     

                        Sewer Fund:                            $338,156.20

                        Payroll:                                    $  61,857.56   

                        TOTAL                                   $492,609.88    

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

 

Matt Meinen thanked the aldermen for doing a good job.  He stated they had a lot of support from the community.

Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer requested clarification from the Council regarding the enforcement of Ordinance 7-1-9 Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Animals.  He stated the ordinance says they need a $50,000 liability policy and a letter from the licensed veterinarian stating no bad behavior.  He wanted to know if this needed to be done on a yearly basis.  The way the ordinance is written- it was unclear.  After discussion, the Council decided that it should be required on a yearly basis.  This will be written into the ordinance and presented at the next meeting. Eric Stone also spoke regarding the requirement for muzzles.  He has purchased two muzzles for his dogs and they do not like them.  He would like the Council to reconsider the muzzle requirement for pit bulls.  He thinks all dogs should be treated the same and it was unfair to single out pit bulls.  No action was taken by the Council.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to ratify the contract for wages with IBEW – Electric Workers effective April 1, 2012.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.  Mayor Summerfield stated that the City offered them a .50 cent raise (2%).  The last raise was January 1, 2010.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Debbie LaGesse to attend UW-Green Bay Clerk & Treasurers Institute – July 9-13, 2012.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve attendance at Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci – Labor and Employment Law Seminar for Public Sector Employers on May 17, 2012.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve attendance at the following League of Municipalities events.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

            Regional Dinner Meeting – Eau Claire – June 7, 2012

            New Officials Workshop – Eau Claire – June 8, 2012

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

Kathy A. Cournoyer

Melissa R. Gregor

Alderperson Hofmann stated he had placed the item of discussion regarding the ambulance administrator on the agenda.  He stated he was investigating the situation and would not put on the agenda until further notice.

 

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator was questioned by Alderperson Hofmann regarding the rental agreement for farming the industrial park.  Mr. Meindel stated he was working with the renter to determine what was and could be planted.  Alderperson Koehler questioned the planting of trees on the berm in the industrial park.  Mr. Meindel will also be checking into planting more trees.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator questioned the Council if he could donate a 5K transformer to a vocational school for training.  They no longer use it and had no use for it.   The Council had no objection to Mr. Paulson donating it as long as the school picked it up.

Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer informed the Council that he ordered the new squad after the last Council meeting and did not take the extended warranty because with new orders it includes 5 years/100,000 miles. 

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Meinen questioned Mayor Summerfield regarding a recent article he had placed in the newspaper during the elections.  In the article, it stated that he had attended UW-Eau Claire.  He questioned Mayor Summerfield if he had graduated.  Mayor Summerfield responded that he did not have a degree, but had attended for many years.

Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

MAYOR COMMENTS

 

Mayor Summerfield reported he wrote a letter to DNR regarding the misclassification of the Bloomer Mill Pond dam.  They currently want the City to have the dam inspected on a 2 year rotation.  He feels this is wrong and is requesting them to review their records.

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

                                                                        Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC

                                                                        City Clerk

 
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Bloomer, WI 54724
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