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Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Bloomer, Wisconsin
FEBRUARY 23, 2011

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 23, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Summerfield presiding.

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

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (February 9, 2011) as presented. Alderperson Meinen 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 Koehler seconded the motion. The claims were in the amounts listed below:

Checks Numbered: 55907- 56004, 56006 - 56050
General Fund $ 1,030,990.41
Electric Fund $ 325,151.61
Water Fund $ 433.79
Sewer Fund $ 2,104.93
Payroll $ 72,654.46
TOTAL $ 1,431,335.20

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were no audience comments.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve a professional services contract with Cedar Corp. for the Feb. 24, 2011 informational meeting for an estimated fee $3,500. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve installation of new flooring (Choice #2) at the golf course clubhouse with SS Interiors for $8313.20. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the following purchases for the Waste Water Treatment plant from the Equipment Replacement Fund as listed below. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Huber Tech micro-screen - $82,000; install - $7,000; electrical - $3,500
Waste water sampler - $5,600
Pick-up – low bidder – Bloomer Ford - $21,550

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve purchase of a Retrofit 48 Industrial T 12 8 foot fixtures with 4 lamp tandem industrial fixtures with shades for $4,800 for the Fire Station. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion. Discussion was held regarding the labor amount of the installation. Fire Chief Bleskacek stated that the installation was $1,615. Mayor Summerfield suggested the Electric Dept. do the installation. Pete Paulson, Electric Administrator stated that they had originally installed the fixtures many years ago. He did not know what it would cost for them to do it. He will estimate and report back. Alderperson Koehler made a motion to table action on the approval of the light fixtures. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Discussion was held regarding clarification of comp time for salaried employees. Mayor Summerfield updated the Council on his past conversations with Police Chief Rick Carr. He had gone over the 80 hour limit allowed by Council action back in 2003. He is recommending removing 18 hours that Chief Carr had on December 31, 2010 which was over the 80 hour limit. Alderperson Hofmann stated that the item on the agenda was action to clarify comp time. He did not feel it was appropriate at this time for them to be taking away Chief Carr's comp time. Attorney Thiel suggested Mayor Summerfield place this on the next agenda. Alderperson Hofmann stated that he did approve of the wording to clarify the comp time issue. Alderperson Meinen stated that he also approved of the wording and hoped that Mayor Summerfield would not place the item of Chief Carr's comp time on the next agenda. Alderperson Koehler questioned if it included all salaried employees. It was stated that it did include all salaried employees.

Salaried employees are allowed to accumulate comp time up to a maximum of 80 hours. If a salaried employee is needed to work after the 80 hours of accumulated comp time, there will be no additional hours added to their comp time. Upon retirement or end of employment, no payment will be for any unused comp time. All comp time must be reported to the mayor prior to taking comp time, but in unusual circumstances where it is impractical to notify the mayor prior to using comp time, as soon as it is feasible that notification needs to be made to the mayor with an explanation not only of reason of the need for comp time, but why notification could not be made prior to comp time occurring.
Alderperson Steinmetz made the motion to approve the wording stated above regarding comp time. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Mayor Summerfield to be a part of the League of Municipalities lobbying efforts in Madison. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye. Mayor Summerfield stated that it would be a cost of the City for days out of town and one nights lodging

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve hiring Dan Dutton and Travis Heintz as meter readers for the utilities as recommended by the committee. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve Sue Stoik to attend the Municipal Treasurers spring conference in Elkhart Lake on May 5 & 6, 2011. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Police Chief Rick Carr – was not present.

Fire Chief Brian Bleskacek – no comments.

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

Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator – no comments.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator – no comments.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Meinen – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield informed the Council that Police Chief Carr had broken his foot and he required surgery today. The Police Department also has an officer on workman's compensation and he will also be having surgery. He will be off of work for 3 to 4 weeks. He has been in contact with Police Chief Carr and feels that with creative scheduling, they should be able to cover shifts with no overtime. He feels that they only need one officer on duty at night, from Sunday through Thursday.
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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