April 26, 2017
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 26, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street – Mayor Steinmetz presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Steinmetz, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Jones, Koehler, Administrator Frion and Attorney Gustafson were all present.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meetings (April 12, 2017 and April 19, 2017) as presented. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion. Mayor Steinmetz noted that on the April 19th minutes, Rick Zwiefelhofer replaced Mark Schwartz on the ETZ Committee. Motion carried.
Alderperson Koehler 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: 78338 - 78469
General Fund: $ 58,282.81
Electric Fund: $ 340,214.12
Water Fund: $ 457.66
Sewer Fund: $ 5111.57
Payroll: $ 77,437.72
TOTAL $ 481,503.88
Patricia Wilson commented that she would like the City to allow residents to have honey bees. The City currently has an ordinance that allows it with getting a conditional use permit. The Common Council would like to keep the current process in place at this time.
Alderperson Koehler commented that there is an interest from City residents to have chickens within city limits. The current ordinance is written that you can have chickens if the property is zoned agricultural, which there are no properties zoned agricultural within city limits. Alderperson Koehler would like to see the ordinance changed to allow residents to have them. There should be a set number of chickens allowed and the size of the property should also be taken into consideration. Attorney Gustafson will do some research as to what other municipalities do and bring some recommendations forward at the May 10th meeting. Jill Gengler and Stephanie and Gary Gullickson spoke in favor of having chickens within the City.
Alderperson Meinen stated that he looked into contracting out the mowing of the park lawns. Streets Dept. Manager Tony Burgess stated that he was afraid of losing the personal touch.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to set the wage of $12-$16/hour for the seasonal worker and extend the application deadline one week until May 5th. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
The old electric utility truck is valued at approximately $1,200. It was consensus of the Common Council to go ahead with selling of the truck.
Discussion took place on how to secure the City owned brush and gravel sites. There is some abuse of the brush site occurring where inappropriate items are being dropped off. The DNR recently did an audit of the location which has resulted in some non-compliancy issues. Alderperson Hofmann stated he would like to see a fence at the gravel site and security cameras at the brush site, Mayor Steinmetz concurred. Mayor Steinmetz would like some updated pricing of cameras and a gate so it can discussed further at a future meeting.
Attorney Gustafson suggested that a subcommittee be created to determine what type of regulations should be put in place once the existing moratorium is done on non-metallic mining. Alderperson Meinen, Zoning Administrator Rubenzer, and Administrator Frion were assigned to the sub-committee. Attorney Gustafson will bring some examples of ordinances from other communities to reference.
Discussion took place pertaining to the current Financial Stipulation policy that is in place. Administrator Frion will bring recommendations for the policy to a future meeting.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve a license to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors for Gene Schindler. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Zoning Administrator/Building Inspector Tony Rubenzer inquired on the status of construction of a sidewalk on 17th Avenue. Mayor Steinmetz will follow up with Greg Rubenzer at Tri-City Concrete.
Tony Burgess, Streets Department Manager, stated that the automation for gate 2 is not working the way it should at the dam. He is currently working with the vendor to get it working properly.
Administrator Frion informed the Common Council that bid opening for the Sludge Thickener project will be on May 10th. There are also some concerns with the water runoff up on 22nd Avenue and Joyal Drive. There currently is no curb & gutter and the water runs down and piles up at the lift station. The City will need to look at options as to how we solve the issue in the next budget. Administrator Frion inquired if the Council would consider an official date for opening the parks. The current ordinance just specifies the hours, but not necessarily a date for opening. Alderperson Meinen was going to bring it up at the next Park Board meeting. Chief Zwiefelhofer stated that April 15th was the unwritten date, but it would be nice to have something formal.
Alderperson Jones commended Chief Zwiefelhofer for utilizing social media. Jones feels it is a benefit to the community.
Alderperson Meinen thanked Administrator Frion for her work. Meinen encouraged the Common Council to work through Administrator Frion on City issues and concerns. Mayor Steinmetz encouraged an open line of communication.
Mayor Steinmetz informed the Council that the next ETZ Committee meeting will be held Thursday, April 27th at City Hall.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Sandi L. Frion City Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer