City of Bloomer
Regular Meeting of the Common Council
1503 Main Street
Bloomer, WI 54724
August 8th, 2018, 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 8th, at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street – Mayor Steinmetz presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Steinmetz, Aldermen Meinen, Hofmann, Jones, Koehler, Administrator Frion and Attorney Gustafson were all present
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderman Jones made a motion to approve the minutes from the July 25th, 2018 regular meeting as presented. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve all claims against the City and Utilities as presented. Alderman Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:
Checks Numbered: 82607 - 82692
General Fund: $ 56,948.81
Electric Fund: $ 49,650.38
Water Fund: $ 6, 639.40
Sewer Fund: $ 27,248.02
Payroll $ 69,9773.75
TOTAL $ 210,464.36
Administrator Frion advised the Council that the road repair on Hwy 40/Main Street is tentatively scheduled for August 21st & 22nd. The City has received notification that the Shadick Development final plat was approved by the Department of Administration. It will be coming forward to the Planning Commission and Council for final approval by the City. The City still needs to finalize the developer’s contract for the Shadick Development.
Alderman Meinen stated that the basketball/tennis courts have been repaved at the North Park. The round pavilion has been repainted. Alderman Meinen would like to see the wall that is painted across from the dam redone. It might be worth reaching out to the High School to see if one of the classes there would be interested in painting it.
Alderman Koehler commented that there were about 30-40 kids that attended the Mayor’s Reading Challenge Ceremony at the last Library Board meeting. Overall, the Challenge was well received.
Mayor Steinmetz thanked the Bloomer Community Club for putting on the fair. The Chamber has sent communication out to Chamber members encouraging the participation for the Main Street Planter Project. Mayor Steinmetz has received good comments on what has been done so far.
Motion by Alderman Hofmann to approve Resolution #07-18 exempting the City of Bloomer from the Chippewa County Tax Levy for Library purposes. Alderman Koehler seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Sean Lentz with Ehlers provided the Council with an updated status on borrowing options for the purchase of the A-1 Excavating building. The City should be able to use funds from the TIF District and be able to pay it back within 10-years.
Motion by Alderman Meinen to approve Resolution #08-18 to provide for issuance and sale of general obligation promissory notes, series 2018A. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Discussion took place on the results from the Phase I Environmental Study that was completed at 408 26th Avenue property, A-1 Excavating, that the City is purchasing. There were two areas of oil staining that was sufficient to warrant testing and cleanup. It was consensus of the Council for the City Administrator to reach out to the current property owner to discuss having the spots tested and cleaned up.
Motion by Alderman Meinen to contract with SEH to provide Design and Construction Engineering Services, listed as Task I & II of the supplemental agreement (copy on file), for the Tertiary Treatment project. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Motion by Alderman Meinen to contract with SEH, as spelled out on the supplemental agreement (copy on file), to administer the Clean Water Fund Application and Administration for the Tertiary Treatment project. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Motion by Alderman Hofmann to accept a donation from the Archie Pecha Family in the amount of $21,595 for playground equipment at the North Park. Alderman Koehler seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Meinen and Mayor Steinmetz would like to see the Burton’s provide a preliminary plat so the City can see what the intentions are of the developer long-term. Discussion took place regarding the requirement of the lots having to have City water and sewer. There is concern that if the City were to require the developer to put in water and sewer, they would have to tear up the road. Alderman Koehler suggested that if the lot owners were allowed to have a well and septic system, the City could require them to install two drain fields right away and then there shouldn’t be an issue of one failing. Attorney Gustafson was going to review the ordinances pertaining to allowance of wells and septic systems within City limits. John Mikesh, Chippewa Valley Surveying, was going to provide a full preliminary plat and a certified survey map that would initially create 3 lots.
Motion by Alderman Meinen to contract with Gene’s Heating and Cooling to replace the air conditioning and furnace at City Hall as quoted (copy on file). Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Motion by Alderman Hofmann to approve a license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicated liquors for Brian Yohnk, Lucille Swartz and Nathan Jank. Alderman Koehler seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Motion by Alderman Meinen to adjourn. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.