February 10, 2016
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, February 10, 2016 at 6:00 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 Gustafson.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (January 27, 2016) 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: 73889, 73917 - 74082
General Fund: $ 1,288,586.49
Electric Fund: $ 19,894.96
Water Fund: $ 5,698.78
Sewer Fund: $ 16,609.55
Payroll: $ 74,119.03
TOTAL $ 1,404,908.81
There were no audience comments.
A hearing was opened for Leann R. Rubenzer for reconsideration of the denial of her operator’s license application on January 27, 2016. She had been denied because of high point levels on her record. Police Chief Zwiefelhofer stated she was two points above the cut-off level. Ms. Rubenzer was present and requested the city to approve her license. The hearing was closed. Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve an operator’s license for Leanne R. Rubenzer for a 1 year probationary period and with no future violations. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Mr. Mike Kumm, Public Power Energy Service was present to discuss the study completed to determine the capacity needs for Bloomer Electric Utility in the future. He had met with the Council on October 28, 2015 regarding electric generation. At the meeting he presented the North Star Generation Feasibility Study for Bloomer. The purpose of the study was to identify strategies that can be employed to stabilize or place a price cap on rising capacity prices. The strategy to be used is the construction of a new electrical generation, in lieu of purchasing the capacity on the open market. He presented 3 alternatives for consideration. There are 6 municipal utilities included in the study and they will be looking over the best option for the group. He will keep the city informed.
Attorney Gustafson had forwarded for review the Town of Bloomer and City of Whitehall ordinance regarding the siting of the nonmetallic mines in the municipalities. The council received this on Monday, February 8th. The Common Council did not have time to review the examples and stated they would seek to have this put on a future agenda after more review by each of the them and the ETZ review committee. No action was taken.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Crisis Support Services for the Fire Department, EMS and Police employees for $900. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion. Discussion on how the cost will be split. Mr. Bleskacek stated the yearly amount will be split by actual costs for each person and then the hourly will be billed by which department uses the services. There will be a contract for services annually. All present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Security Health Ins. for city employees effective April 1, 2016- to March 30, 2017. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve purchase of an assault weapon for the police squad from River Rock for approx. $1,700. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to reschedule the annual appointment meeting to Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve Sue Stoik to attend the Municipal Treasurers Association of Wisconsin spring conference in Appleton on April 20 & 21, 2016. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to deny the application for a license to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors for the following listed and as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Shari L. Champion
Kurt D. Malinowski
Clerk Stoik - no comments.
Kathy Larson, Library Director reported the library will be celebrating their 100th centennial at the library. She handed out invites. She also reported the statistics for the library usage and programming for 2015.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator – no comments.
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator questioned if he would be able to buy out his cell phone when he retires. The council had no objections. He also reported the county will be doing updating to their maps in 2017. The city could be included in their bidding process to have an aerial completed for the City of Bloomer. The last time the city completed an aerial mapping was 2004. He stated they use this type of mapping for many projects in the city and would like to have it updated. Dennis Falkenburg from Chippewa County will be at the shop on February 18th to present what the county already has available. He invited anyone from the city staff or council to attend.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer – no comments.
Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator – no comments.
Fire Chief Brian Bleskacek – no comments.
Alderperson Meinen questioned the condition of the decking on school property that was installed for a community trail. The trail is no longer used by the school district. They built a new trail by the new elementary school. Mr. Meindel will check with the Bloomer Woman’s Club and the school district regarding its removal.
Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz reported he had met with Mike Meindel, David Lambert and Alderperson Koehler to review options for refuse pick-up.
Alderperson Koehler – no comments.
Mayor Meinen – no comments.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to go into closed session under Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1) (e) as read by Mayor Meinen. Alderperson Steinmetz 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.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the sale of Lot 203 Iron Horse Industrial Park to Robert Branshaw for $21,000 plus attorney fees and closing costs. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik