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MEETING MINUTES

Bloomer, Wisconsin

August 8, 2012

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 8, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Summerfield presiding.

Roll call was taken:  Mayor Summerfield, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Clerk Stoik and Attorney Thiel.  Alderperson Koehler arrived at 6:05 p.m.

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (July 25, 2012) as presented.  Alderperson Steinmetz 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:                 61250 - 61408

                        General Fund:                        $   81,123.53

                        Electric Fund:                         $   10,958.84

                        Water Fund:                         $     3,240.74

                        Sewer Fund:                         $   34,334.53

                        Payroll:                                $   64,634.26 

                        TOTAL                                $ 194,291.90

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were no audience comments.

Mayor Summerfield requested the Common Council to move to Item #8 on the agenda as the financial advisor had not arrived at the meeting regarding the issuance of bonds for the electric system upgrade.  The Common Council had no objections.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the purchase of a second transformer (back-up) from Virginia Transformer for the Electric Department for $265,632 to be delivered on 02-22-13. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken:  Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, absent.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve purchase of substation materials and equipment for $162,915.57. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and roll call vote was taken:  Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, absent.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve Mayor Summerfield, Electric Administrator Peter Paulson, Clerk Stoik and Alderperson Meinen to finalize the contract for asset sale and purchase agreement with Xcel Energy on substation.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken:  Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.  Alderperson Meinen was concerned about the money.  Mr. Paulson stated that the Electric Utility would provide a promissory note and pay only interest to Xcel Energy.

Mayor Summerfield explained the motions and roll call votes made prior to Alderperson Koehler arriving at 6:05 p.m.  Alderperson Koehler stated for the record he would have voted in favor to both of the motions.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve upgrades to the radio system and portables to broadband for $5,340 for the Electric Utility. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Sean Lentz, Ehlers and Associates was present to explain the bid opening for bonding for the Electric System upgrades.  There were six bidders for the project and the low bid went to Bernardi Securities, Inc. for a true interest cost of 2.8107%.   This was a very good rate and will save the utility interest payments.  He felt everything went well at the sale and the City should accept this bid.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Resolution 1104  - Providing for the Issuance, Sale and Delivery of $2,000,000 Electric System Revenue Bond, Series 2012A, of the City of Bloomer, Wisconsin; Establishing the Terms and Conditions Therefor; Directing their Execution and Delivery; Creating a Special Redemption Fund Therefor; and Awarding the Sale Thereof.  Alderperson Steinmetz 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 approve the low quote from Jason Rufledt  Roofing    for $17,650 for metal shake style roofing for the golf course clubhouse.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye. Alderperson Meinen questioned where the money would be coming from.  This has been set aside and was requested at budget time.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve attendance at the League of Municipalities 114th Annual Conference on Oct. 17-19, 2012.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve attendance at the Joint Cities Meeting on August 29, 2012 in Altoona.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler 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 Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Kayla B. Kolstad

Breanne R. Harms

Rhonda K. Durch

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported that the condition of ash trees in the city is poor.  With the Emerald Ash disease and the drought, they have been receiving complaints of limbs dying and breaking off.  He said this fall they would be doing a large trimming of the affected trees.

Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported the City of Chippewa Falls had contacted him and they are interested is selling their portable speed sign.  New cost is approximately $7500 to $8000.  They are willing to sell for $4000.  He felt it would be a good addition to the Police Department.  They could move the sign around depending on problem areas.  The Council requested him to place this on the next agenda for approval.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator – had nothing to report.

Clerk Stoik informed the Council of the primary election to be held on August 14, 2012.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Meinen – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann questioned the starting time of the negotiation meeting on Monday, August 13, 2012 which is 12:30 p.m.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield reported he was working on getting a Planning Commission meeting ready for next Wednesday for approval of the road and site work for the Bloomer Schools.  He reminded the Council of the mediation set up for Monday, August 13th at 12:30 with the LAW-Police Union.  He expects the meeting to last at least three hours.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

                                                                        Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC

                                                                        City Clerk

 
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