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Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Bloomer, Wisconsin
APRIL 13, 2011

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 13, 2011 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 meetings (March 23, 2011 & March 28, 2011) as presented. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

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

Checks Numbered: 56348 - 56500
General Fund $ 1,137,154.70
Electric Fund $ 14,687.86
Water Fund $ 10,628.61
Sewer Fund $ 436,405.05
Payroll $ 64,980.43
Utility Refunds $ 93.59
TOTAL $ 1,663,950.24

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were no audience comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the low bid for the construction contract for the 2011 Street & Utility Reconstruction of Priddy Street, 10th Avenue, 11th Avenue and LRIP Project with Pember Companies for $428,063.75; Chippewa County (blacktopping) for $93,784; City of Bloomer (site work) for approx. $77,000 as recommended by Short, Elliott & Hendrickson. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the low bid for the Priddy Street Bridge Utility Relocation project for $68,828.50 with Ellingson Companies as recommended by Short, Elliott & Hendrickson. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion. Discussion: Alderperson Hofmann questioned if they were a reputable company. Mr. Meindel replied that the engineers had checked their references and past clients and was recommending them for the job. All present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve a Preliminary Resolution 1089 Declaring Intent to Exercise Special Assessment Police Powers Under Section 66.0703, Wis. Stats. for the 2011 Street & Utility Reconstruction Project. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion. Discussion: Mr. Meindel questioned the Council on what portions of curb & gutter and sidewalk the City was willing to pay. Attorney Thiel replied that those decisions need to be made at public hearing on April 27, 2011. All present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve crushing of gravel for the Street Department with Stelter, Inc. at $4.05 yd./ $175/hr. for hoe rental and a fuel clause as submitted. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve purchase of a lawn mower for the parks at a not to exceed price of $8,000 from Swoboda Implement. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the Billing Service Agreement with Medical Billing Specialist for the ambulance service. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion. Discussion: It was determined that the contract was for one year and Council requested Ms. Sobotta to request the billing service to have the contract ready for the spring semi-annual meeting in the future. All present voted aye.

Discussion was held regarding sick leave and vacation benefit for Richard Carr, retired Police Chief. Mayor Summerfield explained what benefits Chief Carr had taken from January 1 to March 31. His retirement letter stated he was done as of April 1, 2011. He felt he should not be paid past midnight on March 31, 2011. Chief Carr felt he was on sick leave until March 31, 2011 and then should be paid 120 hours of vacation time. Alderperson Koehler questioned if Attorney Thiel had reviewed the documents. He had not. Council requested Attorney Thiel to review the documents with Mayor Summerfield and report back at the next meeting.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to adopt Ordinance 11-01 – To Create Section 7-1-9(c) of the City Code; Service Dog Exception as drafted by Attorney Thiel. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion. Officer in Charge Kevin Zwiefelhofer stated he had met with Ryan Zimmer at 2206 9th Avenue and reported that Mr. Zimmer had complied with the ordinance to allow a service dog at his residence.

Officer in Charge Zwiefelhofer presented a spreadsheet with a breakdown of two different copiers being considered for the Police Dept. He had the information separated by purchase price and lease price. He was recommending purchasing the all in one copier. Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve purchase of the Lanier LD220 SPF Digitial Copier for $1610 and the service contract from E.O. Johnson. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Discussion was held regarding an application for an operator's license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for Brian J. Johnson. He had been denied by the Police Department for not meeting the requirements of the point system. Mr. Johnson was not present. The Clerk was requested to place this on the next agenda.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve contracting with Krause Engineering for substation engineering for the Electric Dept. for $4,000. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion. Discussion: Mayor Summerfield explained the process they had reached for switching suppliers of electricity. All present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve attendance at the League of Municipalities New Municipal Officials workshop and the 2011 Regional Dinner meeting. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Jennifer Sobotta, Ambulance Administrator – had nothing to report.

Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector reported that he had received complaints regarding the two lots in Westbrook Subdivision that are under construction. He questioned the public nuisance ordinance and could it be enforced. Attorney Thiel responded he would prepare the necessary documents for the next meeting to force the property owner to clean up the lot.

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported he had a lot line problem in the area of the old boat landing. Attorney Thiel stated he would draft the necessary paperwork to resolve the situation. Alderperson Hofmann questioned if a city employee had completed the necessary schooling to receive his certification. Mr. Meindel will review the documents and report back to the Council.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator reported that the contractor had redone the floor at the shop and the colors don't match. He will continue to work with them to correct the problem. He also reported they had completed the installation of the lights at the fire station. He presented a breakdown of the costs and reported they came in under budget. He also reported the City qualified for a Focus on Energy rebate and will receive a $10 rebate for each light.

Officer In Charge Zwiefelhofer reported everything was excellent at the Police Department. He was receiving good cooperation from the other officers in the department.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Meinen – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann questioned when the Police Commission would be submitting the qualifications for the Police Chief position to the Council. Mayor Summerfield responded that he had been in contact with Jim Hudacek, Chairman and they should be receiving the qualifications soon.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

Shawn Hutton from The Next Place Bar & Grill arrived at the meeting. She stated she was present regarding Brian Johnson's application. Mayor Summerfield stated previously in the meeting the Council delayed action until the next meeting. He requested her to have her employee Mr. Brian Johnson attend the next meeting on April 27th.

Clerk Stoik reported that the Chippewa County Economic Development annual meeting would be held on May 13, 2011 and CCEDC was requesting donations from the City for prizes at the meeting. The Council replied at this time it was not possible to donate.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield informed the Council the reorganizational meeting would be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 and Dan Thole, Auditor would be presenting the 2010 audit at the end of the meeting. He also offered an explanation of a "Fred Johnson" statement. It has been blown out of portion. He was not trying to be devious.

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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