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Bloomer, Wisconsin
February 9, 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 Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 6:02 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Thur presiding.   Roll call was taken:  Mayor Thur, Alderpersons Young, Steinmetz, Koehler, Clerk Stoik and Attorney Nodolf.  Alderperson Hofmann was absent.

All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (January 27, 2010) as presented.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve all claims against the City & Utilities as presented.  Alderperson Young seconded the motion and all present voted aye.  The claims were in the amounts listed below:

Checks Numbered: 51917 - 52095
General Fund $ 64,417.00
Electric Fund $ 6,178.11
Water Fund $ 7,347.40
Sewer Fund $ 24,771.24
Payroll $ 70,705.65
TOTAL $ 173,419.40


There were no audience comments.

No action was taken in regards to the adoption of the ETZ zoning ordinance and maps.  Mayor Thur stated that the ETZ committee had met on Monday, February 8th and had finalized the ordinance for submittal to the Council.  Attorney Thiel should be getting the information to the Council soon. This will be on a future agenda for consideration.

No action was taken to remove the moratorium on the ETZ zoning restriction.  Mayor Thur stated that this will also be considered at a future meeting.

Mayor Thur reviewed the process of adopting the Flood Plain & Shoreland – Wetland Ordinance.  The Common Council approved the draft ordinance at the last meeting on January 27, 2010.  The hearing is scheduled for February 17, 2010 and a special meeting immediately following to approve.  The Council can make any changes at the hearing.  Since the last meeting, Attorney Thiel reviewed the draft and is recommending changes.  Mayor Thur stated that these changes could be incorporated into the final draft on February 17, 2010.  She recommended the Council to review his recommendations.

Discussion was held regarding a triangular piece of property owned by the City of Bloomer on the east side of the recycling center.  Progressive Rail has purchased the lot on the north adjoining property and has requested the City to deed this small parcel to them to be used as a driveway.  Mike Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator stated that he supported their request and felt the City would never use this parcel and would only be maintained as grass space.  Mayor Thur stated she has met with the developers of this property and feels it would be beneficial to the City to deed the land to them to place the parcel back on to the tax roll.  Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve deeding this parcel to Progressive Rail with the understanding that they provide a legal description to the property at their cost.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Mayor Thur stated that she had requested information from Community Code regarding getting the City of Bloomer’s Code of Ordinances in an electronic format to be placed on the City’s web page.  He had responded to her that when they completed the City’s code in 1999, this was not included in the price.  He explained their policy and the possible costs into getting this information and do not provide this at the present time.  Discussion was held on ways of converting the ordinances into an electronic format.  Mayor Thur and Clerk Stoik will continue to research this and inform the Council at a later date.

Alderperson Young made a motion to approve purchasing computer security for the Police Department for a price of $423.14.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Discussion was held regarding the insurance agent for handling of the City’s employee’s health insurance.  Alderperson Young stated he had been contacted by a local agent, Dave Stiehl from Stiehl Agency about handling this for the City.  Alderperson Young stated he felt it was important to keep business in Bloomer.  There was some discussion by the Council in past years regarding this issue.  For many of the past years, Kate Ludwigson from Area Financial from Altoona has handled the policy.  He stated she has done a commendable job for the City.  Mr. Stiehl was not able to attend the meeting.  Kate Ludwigson spoke and suggested allowing them both to bid for the best policy for the City employees.  There may be some available to Mr. Stiehl, that she did not have access to and she possibly has some that wouldn’t be available to Mr. Stiehl.  It was decided to allow both carriers to go out and find the best rates and report back to the City.  No action was taken. 


Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator – was not present.

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator – no comments.

Police Chief Rick Carr reported statistics for 2009.  He reported that there were 748 – other department assists, 357 criminal, 259 ordinance issues, 1,153 misc. service and 647 traffic cases.  This information will be placed on file at City Hall.


Alderperson Young stated that a couple of months ago, the City received a letter from Lamar that they would not be reviewing their sign lease on City property by State Highway 53.  He has noticed that there isn’t anything on the sign, but could the City use this sign to advertise industrial lots?  Attorney Nodolf did not know if this was possible without reviewing the lease.  Clerk Stoik will forward the lease agreement to the attorneys for review.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.


Mayor Thur commented that the City had received notification of achieving Tree City USA for 2009.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to go into closed session under Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1) (c) as read by Mayor Thur.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken:  Alderperson, Young, aye; Hofmann, absent; 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. No action was taken.

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

Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC
City Clerk

  City of Bloomer
1503 Main Street
Bloomer, WI 54724
Phone: 715-568-3032
Email Us: sstoik@ci.bloomer.wi.us
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