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MEETING MINUTES

Bloomer, Wisconsin

                                                                               April 8, 2015

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 8, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, Mayor Meinen presiding.

Roll call was taken: Mayor Meinen, Alderpersons Meinen, Steinmetz, Hofmann, Koehler, Clerk Stoik and Attorney Thiel.

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meetings (March 25, 2015 & March 30, 2015) as presented. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve all claims against the City and Utilities as presented. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:

                        Checks Numbered:                71883 - 72004

                        General Fund:                       $ 68,838.01

                        Electric Fund:                        $  3,611.84

                        Water Fund:                          $ 4,286.27  

                        Sewer Fund:                          $ 456,775.26

                        Payroll:                                 $  63,621.25  

                        TOTAL                                  $ 597,132.63

                        Housing Rehab:                      $          

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were no audience comments.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Resolution 1126 Providing for the Issuance, Sale and Delivery of $2,140,000 General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2015A of the City of Bloomer, Wisconsin; Establishing the Terms and Conditions Thereof; Directing Their Execution and Delivery; Creating a Debt Service Account Therefor; and Awarding the Sale Thereof. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.

The next item on the agenda was to approve an Escrow Agreement between the City and Zions Bank for the $2,810,000 General Obligation Corporate Purpose Bonds, Series 2007A. Mr. Sean Lentz, Ehlers explained that this was approved with Resolution 1126 and did not need a separate motion for approval.

Sean Lentz, from Ehlers explained the process the City had previously taken to approve the distressed TIF No. 4 last November. He stated that Ehlers had failed to complete the proper filing with the State to complete the process. Ehlers will cover all costs for completing the steps required now. He apologized for their error. He has been in contact with the State and is following their advice to complete the process.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve Resolution 1127 - Designating Tax Incremental District No. 4 as Distressed Under Section 66.1105(43) WI Stats., City of Bloomer, Wisconsin. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve Resolution 1128 Approving an Amendment to the Project Plan of Tax Incremental District No. 4, City of Bloomer, Wisconsin. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve a Certified Survey Map for the City of Bloomer for Lot 5, Iron Horse Industrial Park as approved by the Planning Commission. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve a re-write to the ETZ ordinance by Roger McFarlane for $1,000. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Tosha Reetz, owner of Dirty Paws was present to discuss the possibility of creating a dog park in the City. She provided documentation from the City of Chippewa Falls and their Happy Trails dog park. She also had a brochure explaining the different parks in the area. Representatives from Chippewa Falls explained their process and fees involved. She would like to explore areas in the city for possible consideration. Alderperson Steinmetz stated that the Council is interested in creating such an area, but someone needs to come up with possible locations. They will work with Mr. Meindel to determine possible areas.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve purchase of video cameras and equipment in the Police Station from Access Security for $4,527. This will include 10 units, 2 monitors and training. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Discussion was held regarding hiring seasonal help for the summer. It was decided that this would possibly work in the street department on a trial basis. Mr. Meindel and Alderperson Meinen will work on a job description and bring back to the council.

Mayor Meinen stated he did not have a candidate yet to appoint to the Zoning Board of Appeals due to the resignation of Jerome Steinmetz. No action was taken.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve applications for licenses to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors to Megan J. Cantrall & Sasha E. Lotts as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Clerk Stoik stated the appointment meeting was scheduled for April 15, 2015 at 6 p.m. Alderperson Steinmetz requested the meeting to be changed to 5:45 p.m. No one from the Council had an objection to the change.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator – no comments.

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported he has been working with Paul Gont from Short, Elliott & Hendrickson regarding the sewer use ordinance.

Kathy Larson, Library Director reported the library is conducting a survey. She passed out copies at the meeting for the Council to review.

Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer – no comments.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Meinen – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann - no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Meinen – had no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to go into closed session as authorized by Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1) (c) (e) & (g) as read by Mayor Meinen. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.

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

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Resolution 1129 – To Authorize Mayor and City Clerk to Execute Deed to Michael D. Poirier to Lot 19, Iron Horse Industrial Park Plat. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to hire Amanda Steffen as a part-time meter reader for the utilities. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

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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