August 26, 2015
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 26, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Meinen presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Meinen, Alderpersons Meinen, Steinmetz, Hofmann, Koehler, Clerk Stoik and Attorney Thiel.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (August 12, 2015) 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 Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:
Checks Numbered: 72192 – 72260, 72354 - 72409
General Fund: $ 74,412.88
Electric Fund: $ 300,553.10
Water Fund: $ 3,528.72
Sewer Fund: $ 1,450.32
Payroll: $ 68,388.21
TOTAL $ 448,333.23
Steve Hilger and Jerry Johnson representatives from the Town of Woodmohr questioned the cancellation of the ETZ meeting scheduled on August 27th. Citizens have contacted them and want answers. Attorney Thiel stated attorney Brian Nodolf, representing Emerald Resources, contacted him and requested the cancellation. They are not immediately pursuing the approval, but wish to keep their application on file. He explained that if the ETZ committee adopts a moratorium, it would not affect their application on file with the City. No future meeting has been scheduled. No action was taken by the Common Council.
Discussion was held regarding the blacktopping of the alley off of Martin Road west to the alley (Kitch’s Addition – Blk 2). Mr. Meindel explained problems with drainage on the west side and repairs the City needs to make to the storm sewer to have proper drainage. One of the property owners circulated the petition and one of the adjoining property owners did not sign the petition. Police powers would need to be followed to special assess to adjoining property owners due to one property owner not in agreement. After discussion, the Council requested Mr. Meindel to get costs estimates for the storm water repairs plus the cost of blacktopping and present for the 2016 budget. No action was taken by the Council.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve roofing the beer garden building at the fairgrounds as requested by the Bloomer Community Club for $9,000 from low bidder Glen Schindler Construction and transfer funds from the golf course account to be budgeted in 2016 to replace funds spent in 2015 that were not budgeted. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.
Alderperson Koehler explained a recent training he attended called Dementia Friendly Community Purple Angel Initiative and was presented by Chippewa County Aging & Disability Resource Center. He would like city employees to consider this training. Mike Meindel stated he could possibly coordinate it with a safety meeting.
Attorney Thiel spoke regarding Lot 1 of the Certified Survey Map #3675 owned by Brian Bleskacek. At the last meeting the Council had been informed of a problem when the City exchanged properties with Mr. Bleskacek back in 2009. Now, Mr. Bleskacek is having title work done on the lot and it shows that the City never owned the 20 feet deeded to Mr. Bleskacek. Attorney Thiel reviewed his paperwork from 2009 and explained no title work was conducted to prepare the certified survey map. This property has always been part of the golf course. He did suggest that the city could deed back to Mr. Bleskacek the 20 feet, but maintain an easement for the water drainage and golf cart path on the property. He also suggested Mr. Bleskacek could obtain the property by adverse possession or by affidavit of title. Mr. Bleskacek stated he has been paying property taxes on the 20 feet since 2009. Attorney Thiel stated that if a property owner pays for seven years, they can then claim through adverse possession. No action was taken by the Common Council.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve up to $5,000 for purchase of a MI-TIC 3 button camera for the Fire Department. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye. Fire Chief Bleskacek stated that the Association would pick up the cost for anything above the $5,000 that was budgeted.
Attorney Thiel explained the draft copy for a license agreement for an encroachment issue on 13th Avenue. This has been reviewed by the Council at previous meetings. The Council has been in agreement to resolve this issue with the property owner at his expense. Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve License Agreement with River Country Cooperative for an encroachment agreement in the right-of-way on 13th Avenue as drafted by Attorney Thiel. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Discussion was held regarding retention ponds and who is responsible on private property. Mr. Meindel explained the process the DNR is mandating for construction of these ponds and how they are built. He also expressed concern regarding an ordinance to mandate fencing on all ponds. Not all ponds have standing water. Mr. Meindel has reservations on mandating throughout the City. The main concern of the Council and residents has been the pond in the 1900 block on 16th Avenue. The Council will request the property owner to install a fence on their property for safety reasons.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to adopt Resolution 1137 - Exempting the City of Bloomer from the Chippewa County Tax Levy for Library Purposes. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve a temporary Class “B” Picnic license for St. Paul’s Catholic Church on September 26-27, 2015 for the Annual Fall Festival. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve applications for licenses to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors to the following listed below as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Crystal S. Fried
Laurie M. Sahm
Clerk Stoik – no comments.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator stated the City is actively cleaning up areas owned by the City with storage of junk. He will be getting rid of most of it and get his best scrap metal price. He also stated he had been contacted by Chippewa County and they would like the City to consider an ordinance for garage floor drains in new construction. He will review adjoining cities ordinances and their policies. Also, the new employee in the street department is working well with the department.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer invited Council members to view his garage storage building.
Tony Rubenzer, Zoning Administrator/Building Inspector - no comments. Council members questioned him regarding safety of existing buildings in the City.
Fire Chief Brian Bleskacek – no comments.
Alderperson Meinen directed his comments to Attorney Thiel. He expressed concern regarding attendance at meetings. He didn’t feel sending another attorney in his place was working for the City.
Alderperson Hofmann - no comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz questioned who from the City would send a letter to the property owner on 16th regarding the retention pond problem. After discussion, the Common Council requested Mayor Meinen to write the letter.
Alderperson Koehler – no comments.
Mayor Meinen – no comments.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik