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City of Bloomer

Regular Meeting of the Common Council

1503 Main Street

Bloomer, WI 54724

August 9, 2017, 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 9 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Steinmetz presiding.

Roll call was taken:  Mayor Steinmetz, Aldermen Meinen, Hofmann, Koehler, Jones and Administrator Frion were all present. Attorney Gustafson was absent.

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderman Jones made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (July 26, 2017 regular meeting) as presented.  Alderman Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye. 

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

                            Checks Numbered:                       79396 - 79524

                             General Fund:                                $    94,159.27

                             Electric Fund:                                 $      8,187.86

                             Water Fund:                                  $      6,372.04         

                             Sewer Fund:                                  $    23,357.43

                             Payroll:                                          $    71,125.42

                             TOTAL                                            $  203,202.02

The Council reviewed the drainage study provided by SEH for Duncan Road, 15th Avenue and Thompson Street, and 16th Avenue between Smith Street and Queen Street.  The proposal for Duncan Road was to put a beehive casting over the existing manhole that is located on the Stillman property.   There are some trees that would need to be removed.  City staff also reached out to A-1 Excavating for recommendations.   The recommendation was to replace the current manhole grid in the road with a 2’x3’ casting along with putting some decorative rock to create a flume that would then direct the water flow to the beehive casting that is located on the Stillman property.  Council would like to proceed with getting a formal quote from A-1 Excavating for the Duncan Road improvement.

Administrator Frion stated that the 15th Avenue/Thompson Street issue and 16th Avenue issue go hand in hand.  The storm sewer system on 15th Avenue collects water from approximately 50 acres of property.  Although it cannot be determined that the Bloomer Hospital is the sole reason, it plays a large role being that there are several parking lot drains and roof drains that are directly connected to the City’s sewer system.  The piping on 15th Avenue is not large enough to handle the amount of runoff, which then leads to the puddling at the intersection of Thompson Street and 15th Avenue.  The drainage from 16th Avenue also flows into the 15th Avenue piping, but as mentioned, if 15th Avenue is already backed up, then 16th Avenue ends up backing up as well.

Mayor Steinmetz would like to see additional exploratory options for the 15th Avenue/Thompson Street and 16th Avenue concerns. 

Library Director, Kathy Larson, thanked the Mayor for participating in the Mayor Reading Challenge, it was a huge success.

Tony Burgess, Street Department Manager, stated that the cameras are up and working at the brush site.  There are a few issues that need to be corrected yet and we are working with the vendor to get them cleared up.  The seasonal worker has been working out great for the street department.  Burgess stated that the sidewalk replacement at the Library is completed but recommends adding some black dirt where the shrub/trees were pulled out.

Chief Zwiefelhofer stated that everything went well this year for the fair.

Alderperson Koehler would like water samples taken by Martin Bridge, Hanke Bridge and the Hwy F Bridge to see what the phosphorus levels are.  Koehler feels that the DNR wants better numbers than what is in the creek caused by run-off from agricultural practices.  If our effluent phosphorus numbers are lower than what the creek numbers currently are, why do we have to treat the whole treatment plant?

Administrator Frion provided an update on the status of the Emerald Ash Borer grant.  Frion also stated that the current lease of the fairground property between the City and Bloomer Community Center expired in 2015.  Frion will work with counsel to provide an updated agreement for the future.  The DNR will have a representative at the August 23rd Council meeting to explain why the City is being held to the phosphorus standard.  The City will be signing on to a letter asking the legislation to revise the 0.075 ppm standard so municipalities can be compliant at a reasonable cost to assist in improving phosphorus levels.

Alderperson Koehler thanked Bill Miller and Tony Burgess for coming and providing their input on the drainage study.

Alderperson Jones thanked the City employees for the efforts that have been made during the management transition within the last 6-months.  Jones commented that everything appears to be working good.

Alderperson Meinen replaced the irrigation pump at Veterans Memorial Park.  Meinen also commented that the toilets need to be replaced at North Park.  He has received a quote from Geissler Plumbing.

Mayor Steinmetz stated that he recently attended an IDC meeting in which there was some frustration expressed on availability of housing within the City of Bloomer.  Alderperson Koehler would like to get some suggestions and/or recommendations from the IDC as to how to resolve the issue.  Steinmetz announced that Jesse LaGesse has resigned from all City committees.  Steinmetz thanked LaGesse for his service and will work on a replacement for the Park Board, Planning Commission and ETZ Committee.  Steinmetz would also like to thank all who were involved in making the fair a success.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Certified Survey Map #3025 submitted by Chippewa Surveying for Burton Development, LLC for part of the NW ¼ of the SE ¼, Section 5, T30N, R9W within the City of Bloomer recommended by the Planning Commission.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Chief Zwiefelhofer commented that a new squad car from Bloomer Ford is running around $28,000.  Delivery date is about 4-6 months and funding would come out of the 2018 budget.

Alderperson Jones made a motion to approve allowing the Police Department to order a new squad car to be funded with the 2018 budget.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve appointing Julie Anderson to the Library Board.  Alderperson Jones seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Alderman Hofmann made a motion to approve a license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for Calvin J. Kloss and Melissa L. Tzanahua Mellado.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Alderman Meinen made a motion to adjourn.   Alderman Koehler seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Sandra Frion

                                                                                    City Clerk



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