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MEETING MINUTES

Bloomer, Wisconsin

April 25, 2012

 

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a public hearing of the Common Council of the City of Bloomer was held on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Summerfield presiding.  The hearing was in regards to rezoning City owned property in Iron Horse Industrial Park – Lots 12–19 from Single Family Residential (R-1) to Two Family Residential (R-2).  A few neighboring property owners were present with questions and concerns.  Mayor Summerfield explained that the City has restrictive covenants on this property that need to be followed. The hearing was closed at 6:07 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 25, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Summerfield presiding.

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

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meetings (April 11, 2012 & April 18, 2012) as presented.  Alderperson Hofmann 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 Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:

                        Checks Numbered:                 60217-60357

                        General Fund:                        $   90,779.29

                        Electric Fund:                         $ 328,119.87

                        Water Fund:                          $      317.02    

                        Sewer Fund:                          $    4,421.61

                        Payroll:                                $   67,957.88

                        TOTAL                                 $  91,595.67

                        Housing Rehab:                      $   7,169.00

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were no audience comments.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Ordinance 12-02 to rezone city owned property described as Lots 12-19 of the Iron Horse Industrial Park from Single Family Residential (R-1) to Two Family Residential (R-2) as approved by the Planning Commission.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, no; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye. Motion carried 3-1.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the sale of Lot 18-Iron Horse Industrial Park to Mike Poirier for $16,000 plus city expenses of $610 and the execution of a quit Claim Deed from the City to Poirier.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.

Mayor Summerfield asked the council how they felt concerning changes to ordinance – To Create Section 7-1-9 (a) (4) and to Amend Section 7-19(5); Pit Bulls.  Alderperson Hofmann and Steinmetz stated that after reading Attorney Thiel’s opinion they have many concerns.      Alderperson Koehler has concerns with singling out pit bulls over other dangerous dogs. Alderperson Koehler made a motion to table this.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken:  Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve removal of sidewalk from the Greg Loew Property on 17th Avenue from Jackson Street east to the railroad track with the stipulation that if sidewalk goes back in it is 100% cost to the property owner.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve proposed planting of Iron Horse Industrial Park by Wayne & Kurt Sonnentag.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye. 

Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer presented the old and new Policy and Procedure Manual for the Police Department.  He questioned which one the council wants him to follow.  He is recommending that they implement the new manual.  Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the new Policy and Procedure Manual. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to ratify the Communication Workers of America contract for April 1, 2012 – March 31, 2013 for an average of a 2% increase in wages.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve alternate election inspectors – Cheri Siverling and Greg Boetcher.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Mayor Summerfield explained that election inspector’s salary is $75 per election.  The city has 2 chief inspectors which are responsible for running the election and overseeing the other poll workers.  He is recommending increasing their salary to $100 per election.  Alderperson Koehler made a motion to increase the chief inspector salary to $100.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve a Class B Combination Beer & Liquor license for Bloomer Bowl LLC, Richard Hanson, Agent at 1319 Oak Street effective May 1, 2012 (or at closing) – June 30, 2012 and to rescind Bank Mutual’s license for the same premise.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve a Class B picnic license & live music & dancing license for St. Paul’s Catholic School & Church – May 12, 2012 at 1210 Main Street.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve an application for a license to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors for Darci A. Elmer as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

The Common Council agreed with Mayor Summerfield to discuss and review rough draft of employee handbook after Mayor Comments.

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector reported that he had been contacted by someone interested in buying the Masonic Lodge, tearing it down, erecting a sign and putting in a parking lot in an R-3 zoning.  Attorney Thiel said that they would need to rezone the property and obtain a CSM.  Mayor Summerfield questioned Mr. Rubenzer about a preliminary schematic that he received for the new McDonalds.

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported that he will be having expenditures from the Sewer Replacement Fund.  It has been 13 years since the building was built and it needs some repairs.  Alderperson Koehler asked him about the proposal for the planting of trees on the berm.  Mr. Meindel has it completed and ready to place the order.

Pete Paulson, Electric Administrator – had nothing to report.

Police Chief, Jared Zwiefelhofer – had nothing to report. 

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Meinen left the meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield stated that he had been contacted by Jackie Mohrman that she was resigning from the Park Board.  Sue Carlson, Chairperson of the Park Board is recommending Therese Sinz.  If anyone else has a recommendation this will be placed on the next agenda.  He also reminded everyone of open book on April 30.  Mayor Summerfield reported that he had talked to Gary Lepak from the DNR regarding the dam inspection and classification of the dam. Mr. Lepak’s interpretation of a high hazard dam is different than statue.  Mayor Summerfield asked about an appeal process.

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 a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, absent; 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.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve an increase in salary of $1000/year as of April 1, 2012 to Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator; Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator; Sue Stoik, Clerk-Treasurer and Debora LaGesse, Deputy Clerk-Treasurer and an increase in salary of $750/year as of April 1, 2012 to Jared Zwiefelhofer, Police Chief. 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.

                                                                        Debora A. LaGesse

                                                                        Deputy Clerk

 
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