April 10, 2014
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a regular meeting of
the Common Council of the City of Bloomer was called to order
on April 10, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street –
Mayor Summerfield presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Summerfield, Alderpersons
Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler and City Clerk Stoik.
Attorney Thiel – was absent.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes
from the previous meeting (March 24 & 26, 2014) as
presented. Alderperson Steinmetz 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
Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The
claims were in the amounts listed below:
67267 - 67400
Jim Smart, Manager of Bloomer Telephone and a member of the
Bloomer IDC thanked Mayor Summerfield for his time, efforts and
hard work as Mayor over the years. He also congratulated
Matt Meinen as the newly elected Mayor.
Discussion was held regarding designating money for ball
field development. Brian Simmons, representing the Little
League for boys and girls thanked the Council for trying to
help out with development of new fields by the schools. The
current fields can be used through the 2014 season. He
explained the need for the City to make a commitment of funds
for an extra field. At the present time, the school has
funding for two fields. If the City would commit
$100,000, they could get the third field going on the contracts
right away. They currently have over 500 children
enrolled in the summer program. At a past meeting the Council
verbally committed to funding $100,000 after completion of an
offer to purchase city owned land that the current fields are
located on. Mayor Summerfield reported that he had
received notice from Golden Warriors that Dollar General has
signed the lease agreement. They are moving ahead with
soil borings. He feels everything is going well with
completion of the sale. Steve Hilger, representing the
facilities committee for the school stated they would like to
include the extra field in the contract. The latest they
would need a commitment from the City is the end of June.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve designating the
$100,000 as soon as the money is available for the development
of ball fields by the school. Alderperson Steinmetz
seconded the motion and a roll call vote: Alderperson
Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve a street use
permit for American Legion for a 5K run on designated city
streets on May 3, 2014 as approved by Police Chief
Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and
all present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve purchase of a
generator for the Water Dept. for $15,334 from Mississippi
Welding. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all
present voted aye.
Discussion was held regarding sewer back-ups due to cold
weather. Mayor Summerfield explained the situation that
caused the sewer main to freeze on Vine Street. The City’s
insurance company has denied the claim stating it was due to no
fault of the City. It was an act of God. The city has
received a request of payment for the deductible and thawing of
the pipe from Village Park Condo of $1,480 for back-ups into 4
residences. Mayor Summerfield feels the City needs to
reimburse them because the main caused the back-up. Alderperson
Meinen stated he had contacted Attorney Thiel and he is
recommending not paying this invoice. The City would be setting
precedence. He felt the City would be opening a can of
worms. Alderperson Hofmann questioned Mr. Meindel
regarding a past sewer back-up. The City did not pay
their request. Mr. Meindel stated they were different
circumstances. Alderperson Koehler made a motion to
approve payment of $1,480 to Village Park Condo as a one-time
payment for sewer back-up due to freezing in the main.
Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion.
Discussion: Alderperson Hofmann stated he had read an
article in the newspaper and Menomonie had a similar situation
and is not paying. Alderperson Meinen requested the City
to table action until other facts could be determined.
There was a standing motion and second on the floor which
needed to be voted upon first. Roll call vote:
Alderperson Meinen, no; Hofmann, no; Steinmetz, yes; Koehler,
yes. Mayor Summerfield broke the tie and voted yes to the
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve repairs to the
roof above the coolers at the Bloomer Memorial Golf Course
clubhouse with low bidder Quality Construction. Alderperson
Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve selling Mayor
Summerfield the city owned laptop for the Mayor for $200.
Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve a subordination
request for a Housing Rehab loan as approved by the Housing
Rehab Committee. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the
motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve an application
for a license to serve fermented malt beverages and
intoxicating liquors for Felisha R. Polmanter as approved by
Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded
the motion and all present voted aye.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported the Police
Commission has made a selection for hiring a Patrolman.
They are conducting the background checks, physical,
psychological exams, etc. and after completion he will bring
back to the Council for final approval.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator
reported he is working with engineers at the plant regarding an
increase in rates for septage haulers. He also reported
the renter for the building in the Iron Horse Industrial park
has 41 bales of hay stolen from the old Co-op Feeds
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator thanked Mayor
Summerfield for his past support of the Electric Utility.
Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator
stated he enjoyed working with Mayor Summerfield over the
Clerk Stoik – no comments.
Alderperson Koehler thanked Mayor Summerfield for his years
Alderperson Steinmetz presented Mayor Summerfield with a
plaque in recognition for his many years of service as Mayor of
the City. He stated his leadership will be missed.
Alderperson Hofmann thanked Mayor Summerfield.
Alderperson Meinen – no comments.
Mayor Summerfield thanked everyone for their support over
the years. He reflected on his accomplishments and wished the
new Mayor good luck.
Alderperson Hofmann introduced Kathy Larson, new Library
Director to the Council.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to go into Closed
Session under Wis. Stats. 19.85(1) (e) as read by Mayor
Summerfield. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and
roll call vote was taken: Alderperson 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 Hofmann
seconded the motion and all present voted aye. No action was
taken in closed session.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to adjourn the
meeting. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all
present voted aye.