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Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Bloomer, Wisconsin
APRIL 27, 2011

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a public hearing of the Common Council of the City of Bloomer was held on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Summerfield presiding. The hearing was in regards for the City to Declare Police Powers under Sec. 66.0703 Wis. Stats. – 2011 Street & Utility Project – Priddy Street – 10th Avenue and 11th Avenue. Mayor Summerfield gave an overview of the project. Historically, the City has been picking up the cost of the sidewalk. The property owners are responsible for the curb & gutter, driveway, concrete patches, steps, misc. and sewer laterals costs. Sewer costs are not accessible and payment plans can be worked out with the City. Concrete work is accessible and divided over 6 years. The first year is interest free, thereafter 10% interest on the unpaid balance plus the 1/6 principal payment. William Anderson questioned if the sewer pipe under his garage to service his neighbor would be corrected. Mr. Meindel stated that they would be correcting the problem. A property owner questioned if he could perform his own concrete work. Mr. Meindel stated no, they were not allowed. This is included in the bid with contractor. Jody Thorgerson questioned his repairs to his water lateral in the past year. Mr. Meindel stated they were aware of the situation and property owners are not responsible for water laterals from the street to the curb. Francis Libersky questioned how old the pipes were in this area. Mr. Meindel estimated on average 50 to 60 years old. Mayor Summerfield informed the owners that if they see any problems, to please contact Mr. Meindel and many issues can be resolved. Kathy Ludwigson questioned a step situation in front of her house. Mr. Meindel responded that it wasn't a problem. Kristy Waldbuesser questioned if they would be notified of any power outages or shut-off's of water or sewer. Mr. Meindel explained that the contractor would notify each property owner when they would be shutting them off. There should be no planned shut-offs of electricity. A property owner questioned the expected time frame of construction. Mr. Meindel estimated 3 to 4 months depending on weather. The property owner has a graduation party scheduled at the end of May. Mr. Meindel responded at some points of time, they may not be able to proceed down the roads, but most nights and weekends they should be passable. The hearing was closed at 6:20 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 27, 2011 at 6:20 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Summerfield presiding.

Roll call was taken: Mayor Summerfield, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Koehler, Clerk Stoik and Attorney Thiel. Alderperson Steinmetz was absent.

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meetings (April 13, 2011 & April 20, 2011) as presented. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion. Discussion: Alderperson Meinen commented that the appointment to the Police Commission was handled incorrectly at last week's organizational meeting. He was upset with the proceedings from the meeting. He reviewed the ordinance after the meeting and contacted Attorney Thiel. Attorney Thiel sent him a letter and also felt that it was handled incorrectly. Alderperson Meinen stated he was going to take the high ground, but wants Mayor Summerfield to follow the ordinance in the future. He also felt that Attorney Thiel should be present at all meetings. Alderperson Koehler did not feel that was always necessary. All present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann 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: 56501-56629
General Fund $ 119,611.10
Electric Fund $ 314,113.26
Water Fund $ 1,690.67
Sewer Fund $ 1,962.25
Payroll $ 66,412.78
TOTAL $ 503,790.06
Housing Rehab. $ 2,962.87

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

Randy Yeakey spoke regarding item # 9 on agenda regarding the condition of two lots in the Westbrook Subdivision. He hopes the Council can take action against the property owner. He feels it's a real safety issue for all the children with the open pit on the property. He requested them to take action, don't wait.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve Final Resolution 1090 – Authorizing Street, Curb & Gutter/Sidewalk Improvements & Levying Special Assessments Against Benefitted Property for the 2011 Street & Utility Project/LRIP – Priddy Street, 10th Avenue & 11th Avenue with the City paying for the sidewalk portion. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Discussion was held with Brian J. Johnson regarding his application for an Operators License in the City. He is a convicted felon and according to Wisconsin Statutes a license could not be issued. Attorney Thiel reviewed the statute and is unclear what the proper procedure to allow an exemption. He will contact the League. Mr. Johnson stated that when he was young, he made some mistakes and has paid for them. He has not been in any trouble for years. He currently was given a provisional license which lasts for 60 days. He has been bartending for his sister at the Next Place Bar and has not had any issues with the Police. Mayor Summerfield requested Mr. Johnson to meet with Officer in Charge Kevin Zwiefelhofer to review the violations. Mr. Johnson stated that violations were not alcohol related. The Common Council tabled action until the May 11, 2011 meeting.

Discussion was held regarding Mark Lindoo property in Westbrook Subdivision. Attorney Thiel and Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector viewed the property prior to the meeting. Attorney Thiel stated there were violations to the nuisance ordinance for the City. He stated Mr. Lindoo had moved fill from one lot to another and then attempted to fill it in. This has caused a ponding of water in one lot causing a public nuisance. He felt the building materials were odds and ends, but were stacked. The City has two options.
#1 – Provide notice to the property owner and issue a 7 day notice of compliance to clean up the property and to abate the stagnant water issue in the hole in one lot.
#2 – Provide notice and seek action in court. This could take up to 30 days.
The Council discussed the options and felt it was most important to get the hole filled in as soon as possible. They also felt the materials should be moved off the property and stored at a City location. Proper notice should be given to Mr. Lindoo to remove the materials. Discussion was held that the road bans would be lifted on Monday, May 2, 2011. Randy Yeakey spoke that Mr. Lindoo had attempted to cover the materials last fall and everything had blown into other property owners lots over the winter. They cleaned up the mess. He felt the Council should take action to have the materials moved. Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve proceeding with legal notice to Mark Lindoo and provide 7 day notice of abatement to have the hole filled and the materials removed and to store on City property for no more than 30 days. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present vote 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. After review of a letter received from Attorney Thiel, Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve payment of unused vacation time to Richard Carr after the April 1, 2011 retirement date. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the lease agreement with Dean Ruff – CDR Farms, LLC for city owned property in the Iron Horse Industrial Park which allows the planting of crops on city property. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion. Discussion: Alderperson Meinen questioned how many acres were rented to him. Michael Meindel stated that they do not know that information until Mr. Ruff is done planting. They have to go around berms, etc. They determine the acreage after he has completed the planting. All present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve TIPPS software interface package for the Police Department for approx. $766. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Discussion was held regarding the ordinance regulating seller's permits and farmer markets in the City. Clerk Stoik explained that she had been contacted by an interested party that would like to drive a vehicle to locations and sell food. After review, it was determined by Attorney Thiel that he would need to have a sellers permit from the City every 30 days. Alderperson Koehler also stated he would need a permit from the County to allow for a Mobile Unit. The City has also been informed that Bloomer Aquatic Center will be hosting a farmers market on their property throughout the summer. The ordinance would require each vendor to have a sellers permit every 30 days. Currently, the only designated farmers market is the city owned lot next to the post office. If other vendors sell at different locations, they are required to have a seller's permit. The Clerk questioned if the Council was interested in changing the ordinance. Discussion was held what other surrounding municipalities do with farmers markets. Alderperson Meinen questioned if the ordinance should be changed to not charge for sale of produce. Alderperson Koehler questioned if merchants in the City would be in objection to allowing sales of produce anywhere in the City. The Clerk was requested to seek information from other municipalities and report back at the next meeting.

Mayor Summerfield reported the negotiations with the Communication Workers of America – City Workers contract. The changes include: a 15 month contract (Jan. 1, 2011 – March 31, 2012); 0% increase; changes to the health insurance contract; and $300 per month payment for not taking health insurance. The committee was recommending approval. Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve ratifying the CWA – Communication Workers of America contract effective Jan. 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Debbie LaGesse to attend the UW-Green Bay Treasurers Institute on July 11-15, 2011. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Mayor Summerfield recommended the appointment of Rollie Prince to the Park Board. Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Mayor Summerfield's appointment. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve attendance at CCEDC annual meeting on May 13, 2011 at the 29 Pines Conference Center. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve a temporary Class B picnic license to Bloomer Wrestling Club on May 14, 2011 at the North Park. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the applications to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for the following listed below. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Lorna A. Worsley
Anna M. Jergenson
Rebecca J. Moen
Stephanie A. McGinnis
Sarah L. Warren
Sandra L. Gullickson
Barak R. Clough
Brianne N. Reischel
Holly L. Belger
Renee M. Monnier
Donna M. Nesja
Rodney A. Cole
Devonah M. McFarlane

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator – had nothing to report.

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator – had nothing to report. Mayor Summerfield thanked Mr. Meindel for all he had done for the street & utility projects this year.

Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator – had nothing to report.

Officer In Charge Zwiefelhofer questioned the temporary no parking signs on 17th Avenue. Mr. Meindel responded that the computer programmer for the sign machine was back in Bloomer now and they would be installing the permanent signs soon. He also questioned the need to have no parking all day in certain areas by the school. Alderperson Hofmann responded that this had been reviewed by the committee and Council. They wanted it to be all day at this point.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.

Alderperson Meinen commented on the tape recorder used by the City. He feels they should upgrade.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield – no comments.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve going into closed session under Wis. Stats. 19.85(1) (c) as read by Mayor Summerfield. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Koehler, aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to come out of closed session and report on action taken. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye. There was no action 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/WCMC
City Clerk

 
 
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