December 3, 2014
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 3, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. The hearing was opened at 6:00 p.m. to hear evidence/comments concerning the 2015 budget. Dan Thole, Auditor from CliftonLarsonAllen was present to answer questions from the public. No one appeared at the hearing. The hearing was closed at 6:03 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 3, 2014 at 6:03 p.m. at City Hall, Mayor Meinen presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Meinen, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler, and Clerk Stoik. Attorney Thiel arrived at 6:05 p.m.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (November 12, 2014) 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: 69541 - 69714
General Fund: $ 74,320.16
Electric Fund: $ 268,774.58
Water Fund: $ 2,573.56
Sewer Fund: $ 9,954.07
Payroll: $ 82,635.43
TOTAL $ 438,257.80
Housing Rehab: $
There were no audience comments.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the 2015 budget (mill rate @.00425569) for the City of Bloomer – total levy of $954,499 without TIF# 4. The final amount with TIF# 4 included is (mill rate @ .00442923) – total levy of $993,421.78. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Ordinance 14-14 To Amend the Official Extra Territorial Zoning Map for rezoning the Farmers Store LLC property located on State Hwy. 64 from Agriculture to Industrial (I-2) (Town of Bloomer) as recommended by the ETZ Committee and Planning Commission. (Parcels # 23109-3221-05000000 – NE NW lying W of Duncan Creek ex N. 400’; #23109-3224-00210000 – SE NW the N ½; #23109-3222-71631001 – N ½ NW Lot 1 of CSM 1631 in V7 P16 Doc. #576851). Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve an agreement for the administration of the Community Development Block Grant Housing Program with Chippewa Housing Authority. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion. Alderperson Hofmann questioned if the Housing Rehab Committee would still meet. The contract states the committee would make the decisions. All present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to ratify Labor Association of Wisconsin (Police Union) contract from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2016 as drafted. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve an across the board raise of 2% per year for full-time non-union/ department heads per title submitted effective April 1, 2014 & April 1, 2015. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Clerk Stoik reported there are some problems with the draft of the Employee Handbook and suggested a committee be set up to resolve these problems. Alderperson Meinen volunteered to be the City Representative. Clerk Stoik will set up a meeting for next week.
Clerk Stoik – had nothing to report.
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator – had nothing to report.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer – had nothing to report.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported he was working with SEH to resolve the storm water problem on 9th Avenue. He also reported the DNR is mandating the City to repair rip rap below the dam. He will keep the Council informed when he receives more information.
Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator questioned if the ETZ rezoning was placed in I-2 zoning. The property is being rezoned I-2.
Kathy Larson, Library Director reported the remodeling at the library had been completed. She invited the Council to come view the library.
Alderperson Meinen – no comments.
Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.
Alderperson Koehler requested Mr. Meindel to look at Lots 30-36 in Iron Horse Industrial Park. They are currently zoned R-2 and are only 90 feet wide. He has had inquires for those lots, but most feel they are too narrow for condo’s/duplexes. He would like Mr. Meindel to look over those lots to see if 6 lots could be reduced to 5 and where the laterals are located. He will look at it and report back to the Council. He also is working with the DNR and the Lake Como Trail Committee on a plan to get approval for the trail to cross the berm by the dam.
Mayor Meinen reported he received a letter from Mary Randall, Bloomer School District thanking the City for the $100,000 donation for the construction of ball fields.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik. CMC/WCMC