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Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Bloomer, Wisconsin
DECEMBER 8, 2010

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 8, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Summerfield presiding.

Roll call was taken: Mayor Summerfield, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Clerk Stoik and Attorney Thiel. Alderperson Koehler was absent.

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (December 1, 2010) as presented. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz 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: 55100, 55110 - 55170
General Fund $ 34,703.61
Electric Fund $ 2,029.03
Water Fund $ 4,540.18
Sewer Fund $ 8,352.18
TOTAL $ 49,625.00

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were many citizens of Bloomer present at the meeting. They were present regarding item # 7 on the agenda. Mayor Summerfield stated he would allow their comments during discussion on the subject. There were no other audience comments.

Discussion was held with Mark Lindoo, Lot 31 of Westbrook subdivision to extend his building permit for longer than 18 months. The Council reviewed letters from Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector and Mark Lindoo. Mr. Lindoo is requesting an extension due to the problems he had this past summer with the weather and with contractors. He was not able to construct his building project. Attorney Thiel stated that if a 6 month extension were granted certain conditions would need to be met. If not, the City could file an injunction and have the building tore down. Mr. Lindoo stated for the record that he was a carpenter and knew how to build. He extended his apologies to all the residents in Westbrook for not being able to complete the project. He had problems with weather and a contractor that did not complete the work he hired them to do. He thanked the City for their patience and working with him. Randy Yeakey spoke representing himself and other citizens present in the audience. He stated that there are very unsafe conditions and security issues at this site that need to be taken care of. There has been building materials stacked on the lot for years. He dug a hole that has water in it and has been unsafe for months. The hole is not fenced. They as residents are tired of the situation. Mr. Lindoo stated that the hole froze over and there is about 1 foot of water in the hole. Matt McManus stated that the site has been unsafe for 2 or 3 years. Mr. Lindoo agrees that the hole needs to be filled in, but thinks it maybe too late for this year. He doesn't know any contractors in this area. Bob LaTour questioned dates of when the permit was issued. Mr. Lindoo has until February 2011 to complete the project. Alderperson Meinen felt Mr. Lindoo had a lot of excuses and the shorter the extension the better. It has dragged on too long. Mr. Yeakey also stated that he has the materials pile up on the edge of the lot which causes a natural snow fence problem on 170th Avenue. He felt the materials should be moved to the center of the lot so it doesn't cause unsafe snow hazards on the road. Alderperson Steinmetz stated that this was in his ward and he has received calls regarding the condition of the lot over two years ago. He has spoken with the Police Department and the Building Inspector to resolve the situation. Mayor Summerfield questioned the Council regarding possible conditions that could be placed on the possible extension.
1. Fill in the hole ASAP. If not possible, due to weather, it must be fenced.
2. Pallets of block and materials will be moved to the center of the lot.
3. Conditions of Mr. Lindoo's letter stating the timeline he would complete certain aspects of the construction.
4. Full building permit fees to be paid again.
5. Building must be completed by August 31, 2011.
Mayor Summerfield asked for a motion to approve the extension with the five conditions listed above. Mayor Summerfield asked for the motion three times. No motion was made. Mr. Lindoo's permit will expire in February 2011.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve hiring Steve Gibbs, from Hertel & Gibbs at $200/per hour to represent Police Chief Richard Carr and Officer David Hake for complaints filed with the Police Commission. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to allow carry-over of 2010 vacation for Police employees (Kevin Zwiefelhofer – 24 hours; Jared Zwiefelhofer – 36 hours; Richard Carr – 40 hours) at the 2010 rate of pay. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve changes to the dental coverage for City employees' contingent with a majority approval of the employees approving the change. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve an application for a license to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors for Emma J. Frederick-Schector as approved by Police Chief Rick Carr. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator – had nothing to report.

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator – had nothing to report. Alderperson Steinmetz questioned if trap rock would be delivered to the parking lot at the old club house. Mr. Meindel stated that they did have it on the calendar.

Police Chief Carr reported that the City has been preliminary approved for a grant from the State for the MDC's. They will be installed in the cars in the near future. He also stated he would be using comp time and vacation until the end of the year. If he is needed, he would be available by cell phone and email.

Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector questioned what the next step would be with Mr. Lindoo. Attorney Thiel stated he would write a letter to Mr. Lindoo to resolve some of the issues discussed earlier in the meeting.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Meinen – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Koehler – was not present.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve going into closed session under Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1) (c) & (e) as read by Mayor Summerfield. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye. Alderperson Koehler was contacted by cell phone for closed session.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve coming out of closed session and report on action taken. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve terminating the Supplemental Development Agreement with Ruff Properties, LLC and the City of Bloomer dated April 6, 2010. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Mayor Summerfield, Clerk Stoik and Michael Meindel to interview candidates for the Skating Rink Attendant position and to hire and set wages as directed. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

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

Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC
City Clerk



 
 
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