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MEETING MINUTES

Bloomer, Wisconsin

                                                                          August 7, 2013

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a public hearing of the Common Council of the City of Bloomer was opened on August 7, 2013 at 6:07 p.m. to hear public comment regarding the City of Bloomer’s Floodplain Ordinance; Floodplain & Shoreland – Wetland Zoning – Title 13 – Chapter 2 Section 13-2-90 Amendments.  No one appeared at the hearing. The hearing was closed at 6:08 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 the above date at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Summerfield presiding.

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

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (July 24, 2013) as presented.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye. 

Alderperson Meinen 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:                 64850 - 65001

                        General Fund:                        $   61,822.07

                        Electric Fund:                         $  15,445.32

                        Water Fund:                          $    5,604.19

                        Sewer Fund:                          $    8,243.22

                        Payroll:                                 $  62,443.25

                        TOTAL                                 $153,558.05

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were no audience comments.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Ordinance 13-03 – To Repeal and Recreate Title 13, Chapter 2 of the City Code; Floodplain and Shore land – Wetland Zoning – panel # 55017C0380E identified in Letter of Map Revision 13-05-0677P-550042 effective August 14, 2013. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve an extension of a Class “B” Combination Beer & Liquor license for Junior’s Bar, Yvonne M. Rubenzer, 1412 Main Street on September 13 & 14, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve additional engineering costs for professional services with Short, Elliott & Hendrickson for the 8th Avenue Reconstruction Project for a not to exceed price of $4,900. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Discussion was held regarding possible changes to the construction plan specifications to allow drive over curb on the south side of 8th Avenue as requested by property owners after the public hearing. The bid specifications as prepared are for standup curb.  Mayor Summerfield pointed out the following:

  1. Standup curb is already in place on the north side of 8th Avenue.
  2. Drive over is more expensive to property owners – approx. $100 more.
  3. Plowing is an issue.  Plow drivers can’t locate and end up plowing dirt.
  4. Close to schools. Drivers can drive over it.
  5. Rain run off problems from existing stand up curb to drive over meeting it.

Alderperson Steinmetz stated it only made sense to have it match on the existing street.  Having some drive over and standup will not match and may cause more problems.  Mr. Meindel explained problems they have in the street department with drive over curb.  It causes additional plowing problems.  He is ok with it if a developer places in a subdivision and it is all drive over. Alderperson Hofmann stated he had met with the property owners and they all have large yards and like the convenience of driving anywhere to place campers or trailers.  They also feel it would be easier to mow.  Mayor Summerfield asked for a motion to change action taken by the council on July 24, 2013.  No council member made a motion.  Action taken on July 24th for stand up curb will remain.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Randy Summerfield to attend the League of Municipalities 2013 Chief Executives Workshop August 21-23, 2013.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve upgrades to the city softball field from a $5,000 grant from the Minnesota Twins Foundation as submitted by the Bloomer Youth League, Paul Kostner.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion.  Discussion:  Council members questioned if ball fields would be moved into the new school area.  It was determined at this point, nothing had been decided yet. The general consensus of the Council was the softball field would continue to be used by lower grades. The City has no costs involved. All present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve a street use permit for St. Paul Lutheran Church, Brad Gurgel, 1303 Larson Street for a triathlon on June 14, 2014 starting and ending at North Park on 9th Avenue as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve purchase of tables, grill, bike rack and incidentals for Witt Park – approx. cost of $5,002 to be applied to the grant for the park pavilion.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve roof repairs to pavilion and restrooms at North Park with low bidder Zeman Builders, LLC for $7,508. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion.  Discussion:  Alderperson Meinen stated the amount of $6,000 had been budgeted in 2013 the remaining $1,508 would be taken from the Parks Equipment Fund.  All present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to ratify the union contract for Labor Association of Wisconsin, Inc. (Police Union) effective April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the following OSHA required safety program:  Powered Industrial Truck Program; Personal Protective Equipment Program; Excavation/Trenching Program as recommended by MEUW safety program.  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Sue Stoik to attend the Municipal Treasurers Association of Wisconsin fall conference Sept. 26 & 27, 2013.  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the applications for a license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for the following listed below as approved by Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Eric J. Prill

Deon R. Faschingbauer

Rachel A. Allen

Kaejan T. Hebert

Erica J. Mitchell

Stephanie L. Reid

Jessica M. Davis

Patty J. Hladilek

Deanna J. Pobanz

Laura A. Stelzner

Stacey L. Zeman

DEPARTMENT HEADS

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

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator – had nothing to report.

Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported the local fair and parade was held this past weekend and no arrests were made.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator – was not present.

 

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Koehler - no comments.

Alderperson Meinen – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield reminded the council the next meeting of the council had been changed from August 28th to August 26, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.  He also reported the management at the golf course clubhouse installed a new air conditioner without approval.  He has a bill on his desk they want the city to pay $3,258. The council stated in the future, the leesee should attempt to contact a city representative before purchasing.  He also stated he had met with two representatives from the Zwiefelhofer family concerning action taken at the July 24, 2013 meeting regarding the installation of a fence.  They have met with the Schwab’s and have come to an agreement.  Mr. Schwab will deed them 6 feet in exchange for allowing the fence at the 8 foot location instead of the 10’.  They will apply for a fence permit and a rezoning of the 6 feet from commercial to residential.  They also agreed to make changes to the light.  This will be on the August 26th agenda for the council to reconsider action taken at the July 24, 2013 meeting. 

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 Steinmetz made a motion to come out of closed session and report on action taken.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve hiring Malcolm Haag and Nicholas Hutchinson as part time Patrol Officers effective August 7, 2013 with a starting pay of $15.00 per hour.   Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz 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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