February 11, 2015
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 11, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, Mayor Meinen presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Meinen, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler, Clerk Stoik and Attorney Thiel.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (January 28, 2015) 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: 70315 - 70458
General Fund: $ 74,269.51
Electric Fund: $ 19,417.09
Water Fund: $ 7,188.07
Sewer Fund: $ 26,061.73
Payroll: $ 65,504.93
TOTAL $ 192,441.33
Attorney Bill Thiel introduced Attorney Grant Beardsley. He is a new attorney in the law firm and will be specializing in municipal government.
Randy Jones, 1722 16th Avenue voiced his concerns regarding storm water runoff on 16th Avenue near his driveway. With all the construction that has gone on to the west of his property, he feels this will continue to get worse. Mike Meindel stated this has been an ongoing problem in that area and has worsened over time. He would like the city engineer to look at it and review the situation. He requested this to be placed on the next agenda.
Discussion was held regarding the possible installation of sidewalk on the north side of 17th Avenue from Priddy Street to Smith Street. Mike Meindel stated he looked it over and estimates the cost to be $50,000 to $70,000. There would need to be curb cuts, hydrants moved and landscaping done. After discussion by the Council, they felt that there were other areas that needed to be addressed before this area is considered. The Council took no action on the issue.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve retail license transfer – premise to premise from 2055 19th Avenue to 1827 17th Avenue for Dollar General effective March 15, 2015. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The clerk stated the Police Chief would need to inspect the area prior to approval.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve Sue Stoik to attend the Municipal Treasurers Association Spring Conference on April 23 – 24, 2015. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve an application for license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for Aryn S. Olson as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Clerk Stoik – had nothing to report.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported by law they can no longer install water meters containing lead. Over the next 8 to 10 years they will need to replace all of them at a cost of approx. $20,000/year. He also reported the quotes received were $16,000 to $28,000 to repair Well #5. He also will be getting quotes to replace a pickup truck in the water utility. A pump at the WWTP facility will need replacing soon. He will get some bids. Finally, the computer at the street dept. is old and needs to be replaced. Mayor Meinen questioned if there were any plans to replace the retiring employee in the street dept. Mr. Meindel stated they would be looking at replacing him this spring or early summer.
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator reported he had met with the safety director from MEUW and they felt they need an AED installed at the electric shop. He researched different options and the one he is proposing to buy is $1,300 to $1,400. The Council felt he should purchase one that is compatible to the EMT’s and First Responders. He will contact them and let the Council know. Alderperson Meinen questioned where the new pick-up truck was? Mr. Paulson stated he had the truck and they were waiting to install the box. He also questioned Mr. Paulson regarding the excess funds for electric bonds. Mr. Paulson stated the auditor had informed him that they could set up a fund to make the debt payments or could use the money for an extra purchase. He had been looking into remote metering. He currently had not closed out the project, so he doesn’t know the final number for the excess funds.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer stated he had been informed by the State that there isn’t enough traffic volume to reduce the speed on 17th Avenue by Woodard Road. They will be doing a traffic study this spring and meeting with the State in the future.
Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector – had nothing to report.
Brian Bleskacek, Fire Chief was present and stated he had never been sworn in as Fire Chief and did all the clerks from the joint towns need to swear him in. Attorney Thiel stated he would check it out and report back. He reported the skating rink was winding down. They would probably be open for approx. 2 more weeks.
Alderperson Meinen commented regarding department head contracts and the employee handbook. He wondered if the contracts would go away once the handbook was adopted.
Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.
Alderperson Koehler – no comments.
Mayor Meinen commented that he may not be available at the next council meeting. Notices for the Planning Commission and ETZ have been posted for approval for that evening. The Council took no action.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to go into closed session as authorized by Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1) (c) & (e) as read by Mayor Meinen. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: 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 contract with John Beyer for Sergeant in the Police Department effective January 1, 2015 for $55,000. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik. CMC/WCMC