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Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Bloomer, Wisconsin
AUGUST 24, 2011

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 24, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Summerfield presiding.

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

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (August 10, 2011) as presented. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve all claims against the City and Utilities as presented. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:

Checks Numbered: 57761 - 57896
General Fund $ 55,404.45
Electric Fund $ 331,452.20
Water Fund $ 4,381.47
Sewer Fund $ 12,489.55
Payroll $ 77,514.84
TOTAL $ 481,242.51

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were no audience comments.

Mayor Summerfield asked for a moment of silence in remembrance of Cale Stoik who passed away this past friday.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve attendance at the League of Municipalities Fall Annual meeting on October 19-21, 2011 in Milwaukee. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye. Mayor Summerfield is the only one that will be able to attend.

Jean Turner and her grandson were present at the meeting to request buying the old office building, which is part of the old Coop Feeds building. They would like to purchase the building for $75 and move the building to another location. The council would like to view the property before making a decision, allowing others to make an offer if anyone is interested. Ms. Turner also asked for permission to go out and view the building. This will be on the next agenda.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve a permit for Charter Communications to maintain or repair utilities within street right-of-ways as recommended by Mike Meindel. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen had contacted Progressive Rail regarding train traffic and blockages. They said that not much can be done at this time. Brian Schneider from WRR Environmental Services Co. was also present to talk about their use of the rail. The council's main concern is the length of time the crossings are being shut down. Mayor Summerfield would like them to leave at least 2 of the crossing open at a time. Tony Rubenzer feels that the problem is the crossing arms that come down when they are moving the cars over and no train is at the intersections. Alderperson Meinen said that Dave Fellon from Progressive Rail said that nothing can be done concerning that because they are controlled by the amount of weight on the track. Mr. Schneider, WRR will speak to Progressive Rail concerning these matters.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve a temporary Class "B" picnic license to St. Paul's Catholic Church on September 24-25, 2011 for the Fall Festival. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the applications to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for the following listed below as recommended by Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Jessica M. Davis
Patty Ann Hladilek
Rachel A. Thome
Kaejan T. Hebert
Brant A. Alman
Deon R. Faschingbauer
Erica J. Mitchell
Stephanie L. Reid

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Police Chief, Jared Zwiefelhofer – had nothing to report. Alderperson Hofmann stated that he liked the monthly report that he received for the Police Department. Police Chief Zwiefelhofer stated that he will provide them with this monthly.

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported that Priddy Street, 10th and 11th is scheduled to be blacktopped next Tuesday. He also reported that the Priddy Street bridge project is proceeding well.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator – had nothing to report.

Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator reported that all the block have been moved on a lot in Westbrook subdivision. He also stated that construction has begun on the house.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Meinen – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann questioned whether signs would be placed concerning the parking in front of the Bloomer Elementary School. Police Chief Zwiefelhofer and Mike Meindel are working on this.

Alderperson Koehler would like Police Chief Zwiefelhofer to put an article in the Bloomer Advance explaining the changes and parking restrictions on 17th Avenue.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield reported that he attended the Chief Executives Workshop for the League of Municipalities last week and many changes will be happening concerning unions, protective services and non unions. After contracts expire on March 31, 2012, they will be able to make changes and will need to develop employee policy agreements. He also reported that by October 1, 2011 they need to develop a Grievance Procedure. He also said that he had met with Kevin Jenkins who is the outreach director for Congressman Duffy. They talked about the additional fees involved in completing the documents for FEMA and the fee that we have been assessed to pay interest from money that was borrowed from the federal government for unemployment. Mr. Jenkins will stop in once a month.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to go into Closed Session under Wis. Stats. 19.85(1) (c) as read by Mayor Summerfield. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen. Aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to come out of closed session and report on action taken. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye. No action was taken.

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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