City of Bloomer
Regular Meeting of the Common Council
1503 Main Street
Bloomer, WI 54724
August 23, 2017, 6:00 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, August 23 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Steinmetz presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Steinmetz, Aldermen Meinen, Hofmann, Koehler, Jones, Administrator Frion and Attorney Gustafson were all present.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderman Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (August 9, 2017 regular meeting) as presented. Alderman Jones seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderman Jones made a motion to approve all claims against the City and Utilities as presented. Alderman Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:
Checks Numbered: 79525 - 79688
General Fund: $ 17,295.70
Electric Fund: $ 318,207.48
Water Fund: $ 3,801.16
Sewer Fund: $ 8,877.74
Payroll: $ 84,948.41
TOTAL $ 433,130.49
Ben Hartenbower and Pat Oldenburg from the Wisconsin DNR explained the reasoning for such a restrictive limit of phosphorus discharge into the creek. There are some ancillary benefits to having to lower our levels. Alderman Koehler stated that he had concerns with having the suggestion of purchasing land outside of city limits to when the issue lies within the watershed, an area that the City can’t control and the tax payers of the City of Bloomer can’t utilize. There may be other opportunities such as storm water treatment that may also help the phosphorus level. The least risk is obviously the most expensive solution. If the City was looking to lease land with someone, there is potential that the party may not hold up to their obligations which may cause more issues down the road.
Representative Summerfield would like to have a conference call with other municipalities to talk about options with this issue. Attorney Gustafson mentioned that MEG, Municipal Environmental Group, may also be able to assist us with this concern and encouraged to look into a membership.
Attorney Gustafson stated that the current Bloomer Memorial Golf Course lease has a ‘Right of First Refusal’ clause in it. This would mean that if the City were to entertain allowing others to put a bid in to lease the golf course, the City would first need to offer the current lessee the opportunity to bid higher. There are currently 3 deeds attached to the property that all specify the use of property has to be for “non-secretarian public educational and recreational purposes” and each one specifies for a timeframe of 50-years, with the last deed being recorded in 1990. If the City were to sell to a private entity, Gustafson recommended that there be some restrictions put on the deed. Alderman Meinen has concerns that improvements need to be made which are not being done.
Police Chief Zwiefelhofer mentioned that the cameras are in place and actively working at the brush site. The City issued its first citation due to littering at the brush site. They were able to determine who the violator was with the cameras. Zwiefelhofer also stated that there was some concrete with rebar dropped off at the gravel site as well. The Council was in consensus to reevaluate the options of putting a gate or cameras at the gravel site at the September 13th meeting.
Administrator Frion stated that a utility easement will be recorded with the Register of Deeds on Melissa Samen’s property at 625 10th Avenue. Frion also confirmed who all would be attending the Joint City meeting on August 31st. Library Director, Kathy Larson, has put her resignation in and her last day will be September 8th.
Mayor Steinmetz attended an official ribbon cutting for the Born Learning Trail located in the North Park. The project was funded by United Way and built in collaboration with a UWEC student and employees from Security Bank.
Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve hiring PUSH, Inc. to do some boring for the Electric Department in the amount of $7,060. Alderman Koehler seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Koehler made a motion to have A-1 Excavating to repair the drainage issue that is occurring on Duncan Road for an amount not to exceed $5,000. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Hofmann made a motion approving a Class “B” picnic license for Momentum Basketball on September 9, 2017 at the North Park. Alderman Meinen seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Hofmann made a motion to adjourn. Alderman Meinen seconded the motion. Motion carried.