April 13, 2016
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a public hearing of the Common Council of the City of Bloomer was held on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 6:03 p.m. to hear public comment regarding a conditional use permit application submitted by James Koehler – N110 N. Duncan Road to allow Keeping of Bees – Section 7-1-21 City Code in a (R-1) Single Family Residential zoning district. Mr. Koehler presented a document from the adjoining property owners stating they had no objections with Mr. Koehler’s plan. Mayor Meinen stated the Planning Commission had reviewed the application and was recommending approval of the application with conditions. The public hearing was closed at 6:05 p.m.
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, 2016 at 6:06 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Meinen presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Meinen, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler, Clerk Stoik and Attorney Gustafson.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
The Clerk stated the 3-23-16 minutes needed a correction on the last page second to the last paragraph to remove the word revised. Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (March 23, 2016 & March 28, 2016) with the correction as stated by the Clerk. Alderperson Meinen 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: 74490 - 74649
General Fund: $ 163,313.15
Electric Fund: $ 23,749.04
Water Fund: $ 13,009.16
Sewer Fund: $ 478,131.76
Payroll: $ 68,783.34
TOTAL $ 746,986.45
There were no audience comments.
Alderperson Koehler removed himself from discussion or action on the next agenda item due to conflict of interest. Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve James Koehler, N110 N. Duncan Road to allow for Keeping of Bees (Section 7-1-21) in a Single Family Residential zoning district with conditions as approved by the Planning Commission. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann and Steinmetz voted aye; Alderperson Koehler, abstained.
Discussion was held regarding the procedure to replace Alderperson Steinmetz as 2nd Ward Alderperson. Alderperson Steinmetz will be seated as Mayor on April 19, 2016. He has one year left in his term as Alderperson. The Council directed the Clerk to post a notice in the paper requesting letters of interest. The deadline would be April 26, 2016 with the Council possibly appointing someone to the position on April 27, 2016.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Renee Mullen to attend the Municipal Clerks & Treasurers Institute - July 10-15, 2016 in Green Bay. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Discussion was held regarding trimming of trees on Oak Street. Alderperson Meinen stated he noticed that city staff had trimmed the trees under the power lines. He would like to see a plan to proceed with removing these trees instead of trimming them in the future. He would like to see low growing trees planted after removed. Michael Meindel stated the majority of those trees are ash and would be removed after the study is complete. The study should be started in the next few weeks. Alderperson Koehler stated he would like the city to remove at a gradual pace. Give consideration to remove every other tree, so it wasn’t so drastic. Mr. Meindel will review after the study is complete and will update the Council at a later date. No action was taken.
Attorney Dan Gustafson informed the Council of his recent communications with WITN regarding a tower in the right-of-way. After the last meeting he informed them of the concerns regarding the first location. They submitted two other locations located on State Highway 53. The Council had no objections to location #2 or #3. Mr. Peter Paulson stated Bloomer Electric would not be able to supply power to either location. Discussion was held whether they would get permission from the state to place the pole in the right-of-way. They would need to apply for a conditional use permit from the City. The Council advised Attorney Gustafson to instruct WITN there were no objections to Site #2 or #3 and to get permission from the State. After they received permission they could apply to the City for a conditional use permit. Attorney Gustafson also stated the City had ordinances regulating this type of structure in right-of-ways. He will advise them of the ordinance.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to appoint Kevin Meinen to the 2016 Board of Review. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Resolution 1143 – To Authorize Mayor & City Clerk to Execute Deed to Michael R. Randall to Lot 24, Iron Horse Industrial Park Plat. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the resignation of Lee McMenamin from the Police Commission. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The Common Council thanked him for his service.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve a Temporary Class “B” Picnic license for Bloomer Wrestling Club on May 21, 2016 at North Park as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the application for a license to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors for Sarah J. Black, Michelle K. Cicha and Eliese A. Weiland as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Clerk Stoik updated the members regarding the recent election.
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator - no comments. Comments were made regarding the artificial plants on the electric poles in the downtown area. Mr. Paulson stated Bloomer Chamber replaces the plant every two years. They informed them early this week that they were completed. His staff replaced this week.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator - no comments. Council questioned when the boat dock would be placed in the lake. It was determined that it was set in the lake on Tuesday.
Kathy Larson, Library Director – no comments.
Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator – no comments.
Police Chief Zwiefelhofer – no comments.
All the members of the Common Council thanked Mayor Matt Meinen for his service to the City over the past two years as Mayor.
Mayor Meinen stated it had been great working with the Council over the past two years.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to go into closed session under Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1) (e) as read by Mayor Meinen. Alderperson Steinmetz 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 come out of closed session and report on action taken. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the offer to purchase from Michael Randall for Lot 23 of Iron Horse Industrial Park. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik