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MEETING MINUTES

Bloomer, Wisconsin 

                                                                               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:

                        Checks Numbered:                 67267 - 67400

                        General Fund:                        $   162,770.28

                        Electric Fund:                        $      7,880.71

                        Water Fund:                          $    12,247.28

                        Sewer Fund:                          $  460,085.91 

                        Payroll:                                 $    65,787.99

                        TOTAL                                  $   708,772.17  

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

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 motion.

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 aye.

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.

DEPARTMENT HEADS

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 building.

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 years.

Clerk Stoik – no comments.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Koehler thanked Mayor Summerfield for his years of service.

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 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.

                                                                        Sue A. Stoik/CMC                                                                                                                                City Clerk

 
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