December 16, 2015
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a public hearing of the Common Council of the City of Bloomer was called to order on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. The hearing was opened to hear comments concerning a Conditional Use application to allow a skilled nursing facility in an (R-1) Single Family Residential zoning district. Alderperson Koehler stated the Planning Commission had met and approved the CUP permit with conditions. The conditions included 40 trees to be planted on Lakeshore Drive, storm water pond restrictions and 30 foot set backs on all sides of the property. Representatives present from the applicant Tommy Davidson explained the site layout and their plans for the property. They had no problems with the conditions set by the planning commission and plan to start construction in the spring 2016. They will work with the DNR and city officials to resolve the storm water issues. Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator stated there is an issue with two driveways on Vine Street. The property is zoned R-1 and only allows one driveway per street side. Attorney Thiel stated that if they wanted to continue with the current layout, they could apply for a variance to allow two driveways. The hearing was closed at 6:15 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, December 16, 2015 at 6:16 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Meinen presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Meinen, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler, Clerk Stoik and Attorney Thiel.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (December 2, 2015) as presented. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Koehler 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: 73360 - 73475
General Fund: $ 78,755.08
Electric Fund: $ 294,020.85
Water Fund: $ 2,292.76
Sewer Fund: $ 8,899.43
Payroll: $ 62,933.58
TOTAL $ 446,901.70
Housing Rehab: $
There were no audience comments.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve a Conditional Use Permit for Jeremy Kiley, Agent for potential buyer Tommy Davidson, (the property is owned by Chippewa Valley Inc. Mayo Clinic Health System) to allow a skilled nursing facility, long term care and short term therapy facility in a (R-1) Single Family Residential zoning district subject to conditions as recommended by the Planning Commission. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Discussion was held regarding Resolution 1120 – Fee Schedule for Sign Permits. Attorney Thiel presented a resolution to resolve the issue for the Bloomer School District’s move of the signs located on the old ballfields to their new location by the schools. Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve Resolution 1140 – To Amend Resolution 1120; Application of Sign Permit Standards as drafted by Attorney Thiel. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Attorney Dan Gustafson stated he had a redrafted Ordinance – Open Burning Section 5-2-9 of the Municipal Code. He reviewed each section and possible changes to fees and forfeitures and issuance of burning permits. Fire Chief Brian Bleskacek could not be present for the meeting. The Council would like Chief Bleskacek to review. Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to table this issue to the January 13, 2016 meeting. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Greg Loew, Agent from Apex Insurance discussed the City’s liability, property, auto, and workman’s comp coverage for the City. He had contacted the Mayor a few months back and requested to submit a quote for the City to find different coverage. He had received information and documents from City Department heads and submitted to a different carrier. He was not able to get a better rate than the City currently has with EMC coverage. He requested the Common Council to allow him to become the agent of record for EMC. The City currently has EMC coverage through Indianhead Insurance Agency. The Common Council felt they needed to speak with Jim McCorrison before proceeding with any changes to the agent. No action was taken.
The City received two proposals for City Attorney Services due to the retirement of Attorney William Thiel. Attorney Thiel and Attorney Gustafson left the Council Chambers. The Common Council reviewed the proposals and requested the Clerk to place on a future agenda in closed session.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to extend our energy power contract with American Electric Power (AEP) for 2022, 2023 & 2024 at or below 2021 pricing as recommended by Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator and to authorize the committee with Mr. Paulson’s signature to proceed with the best contract. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to appoint election workers for 2016-2017 election cycles as recommended by Clerk Stoik. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the application for a license to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors for Stephanie M. Richardson as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer and to deny the application from Julie A. Hamm due to past violations. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye. A letter will be sent Ms. Hamm explaining her appeal process.
Clerk Stoik – had nothing to report.
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator stated he would be retiring sometime in March 2016. Mayor Meinen questioned if the box had been ordered for the pickup. Mr. Paulson stated he was getting bids at this time.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported he had received notice that the City of Bloomer and Chippewa Falls received an Urban Forestry Grant. This would enable the City to have a tree inventory and a plan to proceed with the Emerald Ash disease.
Tony Rubenzer, Zoning Administrator /Building Inspector – no comments. Alderperson Steinmetz questioned the large garage being constructed in a residential neighborhood. Mr. Rubenzer explained the regulations and the setback restrictions. The property owner is in compliance at this time.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer – no comments.
Attorney Thiel thanked the Council and Departments heads that he has worked with over the years. He stated it had been a pleasure working for the City for over 25 years. He thanked the City for everything.
Alderperson Meinen, Hoffman, Steinmetz & Koehler thanked Attorney Thiel for everything he has done for the City. They appreciated his many years of dedicated service.
Alderperson Hofmann also reported the owner that wanted to donate his shed to the Bloomer Historical museum has withdrawn his request. The cost to move would be too much.
Mayor Meinen thanked Attorney Thiel for his service to the City.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to go into closed session as authorized by Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1) (c) as read by Mayor Meinen. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye: Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to come out of closed session and report on action taken. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye. No action was taken.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik