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MEETING MINUTES

Bloomer, Wisconsin 

December 18, 2013

 

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a public hearing of the Common Council of the City of Bloomer was called to order on December 18, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. The hearing was for the rezoning of 6 parcels known as the old elementary school owned by Bloomer School District from (R-2) Two Family Residential to (C-2) General Commercial District. Mayor Summerfield explained the Planning Commission had met previously and had reviewed the application and were recommending approval of the rezoning.  MaryAnn Lambert, 1714 Oak Street spoke regarding the history of the building and referendum.  She stated the question that had been presented to voters.  She feels the school district is only interested in money to build ball fields.  She read previous deed restrictions on the old middle school that have not been followed through.  She feels it’s the responsibility of the school to clean it up.  She stated the referendum would return the property to green space. Don Lauer, 1715 Priddy Street questioned the reasoning for moving the school due to high hazard area.  Changing the zoning to commercial will not change the hazard area.  He also questioned what this will do to residential values.  Mayor Summerfield stated he wasn’t the assessor.  He didn’t think it would change the value of their building, but may change value of the land.  It would be between them and the assessor. The hearing was closed at 6:07 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 6:07 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street – Mayor Summerfield presiding.

Roll call was taken:  Mayor Summerfield, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler and City Clerk Stoik.  Attorney Thiel was not present.

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (December 4, 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:                 66164 - 66301

                        General Fund:                         $    94,502.47

                        Electric Fund:                         $  290,393.54

                        Water Fund:                          $      1,721.12

                        Sewer Fund:                          $         968.42

                        Payroll:                                  $    72,531.87

                        TOTAL                                   $  460,117.42        

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were no audience comments.

Alderperson Koehler questioned Dr. Mary Randall the reason the school district is requesting the rezoning.  Dr. Randall responded it is a more viable option and provides more possibilities for the school for resale.  Alderperson Koehler responded that he didn’t feel it was in the plan for this land to sit idle.  After review by the Common Council, Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve Ordinance 13-06 – To Amend Official Zoning Map for 6 parcels owned by the Bloomer School District from (R-2) Two-Family Residential Zoning District and placed in (C-2) General Commercial Zoning District as described as:  Vaux Addition Assessor’s Plat, Lot 10, Block 1; Vaux Addition Assessor’s Plat, Lot 11 the East 66’, Block 1; All that part of Lot A Vaux Addition Assessor’s Plat City of Bloomer, Chippewa County, Wisconsin lying East of the Easterly 66’ of Lot II Vaux Addition Assessor’s Plat City of Bloomer, Chippewa County, Wisconsin, and West of the West line of Oak Street extended South to the South line of Lot 11 Block 1 Vaux Addition extended to the West line of Oak Street extended; Vaux Addition Assessor’s Plat Lots, 4, 5, 6 Block 1; Vaux Addition Assessor’s Plat Lot 7 the E. 35’ Block 1; Atwood’s Addition Lots 1, 2,           3, 4, 5 Block 1.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken:  Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.

The Common Council then opened a hearing for Sachel M. Hetke regarding the denial of an operator’s license on November 13, 2013.  Police Chief Zwiefelhofer stated she had 10 points based on the City’s policy for approval.  After review the Council recommended a two year probationary period.  The hearing was closed. Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve an operator’s license for Sachel M. Hetke for a two year probationary period with no further violations.  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve purchase of a squad car from Bloomer Ford for a Police Interceptor for a low bid of $26,708.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve purchase of a computer for the Police Department from Coffman and Associates for $722.43.  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler reported he had met with the Golf Course Committee and the lease holder.  They have settled on some problems and it was a non- issue at this point.  Alderperson Meinen stated that the leasee was requested to be at this meeting.  He wanted the Council to meet with him and discuss the letter that was sent to the City.  He also wanted to discuss the issue of repairs done to the building without prior authorization. Alderperson Koehler replied that he would inform him of the proper procedure.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve changing the January 22, 2014 meeting to January 29, 2014.   Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve a two year appointment for election inspectors for the following listed.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Judy Charbonneau

Roger Berg

Vernetta Schwartz

Beverly Sobotta

Becky Splett

Greg Boetcher

Barb Hassemer

Kathy Faschingbauer

Mona McMenamin

Dave Woodruff

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve a license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for Dawnette L. Hable, Erin E. Taylor and Dorie M. Elmer as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported he received a $4,000 equipment grant from the DOT.

Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector – had nothing to report.

Fire Chief Bleskacek reported the new truck is completed and ready for pick up.  This will be on the next agenda for approval.

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator requested to spend $1,300 for fenders for the new end loader. He also reported David Lambert is on a Chippewa County committee for recycling.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator reported on the recent power outage. He also reported that the Electric Utility has officially ended association with GLU – Great Lakes Utilities.  Alderperson Koehler questioned if the Electric Dept. would be able to do the electrical work for the pump at the golf course.  Mr. Paulson replied he would check in to it.

Clerk Stoik – had nothing to report.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS 

Alderperson Meinen requested the school to be careful with future wording of referendums.

Alderperson Hofmann - no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz reminded everyone of the city Christmas party on January 3.

Alderperson Hofmann questioned Chief Zwiefelhofer regarding the moving of the speed sign on 17th Avenue.  He was in the process of looking it over.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield stated it was the last meeting in 2013 for the Common Council and wished everyone a Merry Christmas.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to go into Closed Session under Wis. Stats. 19.85(1) (c) & (e) 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. 

Police Chief Zwiefelhofer also reported he had posted the Sergeant position and an officer position in the department.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the Bloomer Volunteer Fire Department to operate the skating rink/outdoor recreation area for the 2013-2014 season.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve hiring Cindy Kressin as the city hall cleaner for a rate of $40/per weekend.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to accept the offer to purchase from Golden Warriors, LLC for city owned property with approval for signatures by Mayor Summerfield when all points are agreeable with Attorney Thiel.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken:  Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.

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

           Sue A. Stoik/CMC

City Clerk

 
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Bloomer, WI 54724
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