City of Bloomer
Regular Meeting of the Common Council
1503 Main Street
Bloomer, WI 54724
February 14, 2018, 6:00 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, February 14th, at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Steinmetz presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Steinmetz, Aldermen Meinen, Hofmann, Jones, Koehler, Administrator Frion and Attorney Gustafson were all present.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderman Jones made a motion to approve the minutes from the January 24, 2018 meeting as presented. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve all claims against the City and Utilities as presented. Alderman Jones seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:
Checks Numbered: 81220 - 81382
General Fund: $ 1,022,174.05
Electric Fund: $ 384,110.45
Water Fund: $ 7,336.00
Sewer Fund: $ 30,122.75
Payroll: $ 63,639.32
TOTAL $ 1,507,382.57
Housing Rehab: $ 175.10
Juanita Fransway spoke in favor of the second phase of the 17th Avenue sidewalk installation. Fransway feels that by the City not putting in a sidewalk is an appeasement for those that do not wish to have it.
Ralph Charbonneau would like to see one more set of crosswalk lights installed in front of the Aquatic Center.
Attorney Gustafson has prepared a draft agreement for repealing the ETZ Ordinance with the Towns of Bloomer and Woodmohr. Gustafson is waiting for feedback from the other municipality’s legal counsel. Gustafson stated that each municipality would be required to create a zoning map. The proposed repeal would have to go in front of a joint meeting between the ETZ Committee and the City’s Planning Commission. A public hearing would also need to be done prior to repealing.
Chief Zwiefelhofer commented that the new squad car was being lettered and the equipment installation will take place soon. The button on the pedestrian crosswalk light was broke on the Smith Street side; they were working on getting it fixed.
Alderman Hofmann inquired on if any action was being done to review the golf course lease, as it will expire the end of 2018. The current lease states that they Golf Course Committee is supposed to meet in April and October.
Alderman Meinen shared his opinion with the City having to require the 2nd phase of the sidewalk installation on 17th Avenue.
Mayor Steinmetz stated that at a previous meeting the City had been approached by the Community Club asking to allow a shed be put in the North Park for storing the materials for Light Up the Park. That request has been put on hold as PMI has donated a semi-trailer in which they can use for storing items. Mayor Steinmetz also said he will be attending an Active Threats seminar on February 21st. He said the Lake Association has requested to be put on a future agenda to provide an update to the Council. Mayor Steinmetz also received a phone call from the City Administrator in Cherokee, IA inquiring if the City of Bloomer would be interested in doing a 100 yr. remembrance for Pvt. Marvin Treptow whom has connections with both Cities.
Discussion took place on allowing the Ambulance Department to purchase an oxygen refill system. There would be a cost savings if they purchased the system versus having to rent. Ambulance Chief Schwartz commented that he would need to get the rental bottles back if the transition is approved. FAP funds would be used to pay for the purchase. Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve allowing the purchase of an oxygen fill system for the Ambulance Department. Alderman Koehler seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Discussion took place on the 2nd phase of the 17th Avenue sidewalk project. The project itself was brought to the Council by the Planning Commission back in 2015 as there were safety concerns. The City did receive estimates on the project costs. Phase 1 of the project has received many compliments. Mayor Steinmetz suggests that the Council review the current sidewalk ordinance and feels that the 2nd phase of the installation should be completed.
Alderman Koehler commented that he would like to see the 2nd phase start with installation of the crosswalk lights. Looking at the properties that would be affected, he would not be opposed to putting the sidewalk in. 17th Avenue is becoming the new ‘Main Street’. Koehler would like to look at the City putting funds toward getting the 2nd phase of the sidewalk installation completed.
Alderman Hofmann would like to see the City put the crosswalk lights in.
Alderman Meinen commented that there are currently sidewalks on both 16th Avenue and 17th Avenue. The safety issue that was brought to the Council was based on citizens going from one business to another along 17th Avenue. Meinen would like to see crosswalk lights installed in front of the Library and also in front of the Aquatic Center.
Police Chief Zwiefelhofer stated that permission has to be given by the WI Department of Transportation to put any more crosswalk lights on 17th Avenue as it is considered a connecting highway. There are many options available, but in order to get a true and accurate cost, the options will need to be narrowed down.
Motion by Alderman Meinen to approve the Fairground Lease Agreement with the Community Club pending they provide proof of being a non-profit corporation. Alderman Koehler seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Discussion took place on if there was interest from the Council to pursue the purchase of the A-1 Excavating property for a new Street Department building. Attorney Gustafson recommended putting it on a future agenda in closed session for negotiation purposes.
Motion by Alderman Hofmann to approve Ordinance 01-18 repealing and recreating Title 9, Chapter 2 of the Code of Ordinances that establishes a sewer use and user charge system. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Motion by Alderman Koehler to contract with Donnie Stoik for mowing of the City parks for $25/hour for the 2018 season. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Motion by Alderman Koehler to approve contracting with Rufledt Roofing for replacing beach house roof in the amount of $3,467. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Motion by Alderman Meinen to adjourn. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.