City of Bloomer
Regular Meeting of the Common Council
1503 Main Street
Bloomer, WI 54724
February 28, 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 28th, 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 Koehler made a motion to approve the minutes from the February 14th, 2018 meeting as presented. Alderman Jones seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderman Hofmann made a motion to approve all claims against the City and Utilities as presented. Alderman Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:
Checks Numbered: 81383 - 81511
General Fund: $ 139,051.84
Electric Fund: $ 23,865.58
Water Fund: $ 17,916.85
Sewer Fund: $ 55,461.95
Payroll: $ 76,248.74
TOTAL $ 312,544.96
Shirley Revoir spoke in opposition of the 2nd phase of the sidewalk installation on 17th Avenue. There are many areas throughout the City in which citizens have to walk on the streets due to no sidewalk.
John Nielsen spoke on behalf of the Bloomer Community Lake Association stating that the Association is active again and looking to address some of the concerns and issues that pertain to the concerns of Lake Como. Recently, the lake has been faced with a weed issue. There has been an effort in removing the weeds with installing a weed curtain to the Hwy Q bridge which catches the weeds and then they are vacuumed out with the assistance of the City. The Lake is an important asset to the community and Nielsen suggested that the City invest funds for improvements. Alderman Koehler recommended that a membership drive be done to encourage more membership.
Police Chief Zwiefelhofer commented that the West Central Regional Drug Task Force did a search warrant recently in the City in which large amounts of marijuana, heroin, and methamphetamine were confiscated and multiple arrests were made.
Street Department Manager, Tony Burgess, reminded citizens that with the warmer temperatures upon us, there are likely to be more potholes around the City. The Street Department will be out fixing them as they come up.
The Electric Department installed new LED lights in the decorative light posts on Main Street. Eventually all lights on Main Street will be replaced with LED lighting. The City may be eligible for a partial reimbursement with the Focus on Energy efficiency initiative.
Attorney Gustafson has provided the Towns of Woodmohr and Bloomer with a draft agreement for repealing the ETZ ordinance. Gustafson will continue to work with their respective legal counsel to prepare a final draft for review in the future.
Administrator Frion reminded the Council that the Joint Area meeting will be held Monday, March 26th at 7:00 p.m. at the Fire Hall.
Mayor Steinmetz attended an active threat training session that was put on by the IDC and Chamber of Commerce and stated it was very interesting.
Motion by Alderman Koehler to approve a Class “C” Wine & Class “B” liquor license for Dashing Duo, LLC. 905 Martin Road, Dawn Knoepke, Agent. Alderman Jones seconded motion. Motion carried.
Discussion took place pertaining to the proposed park dedication by Pat and Sandy Shadick in the NW portion of Section 5, T30N, R9W. If the City is not interested in the land donation, the intentions would be to make the proposed lot 15 one big residential lot. The City would be asked to consider vacating 3rd Avenue and that would then become part of that residential lot.
Attorney Gustafson stated that the general requirement in the ordinance for a new development is that there is a land dedication or fees in lieu of land, which is set by ordinance. It might be something that the Council refers back to the Planning Commission for their recommendation.
If the City were to accept the park dedication for a dog park, there would need to be guidelines put on it. Alderman Jones feels that a dog park should be more on the outskirts of city limits and not right in the middle of a residential area. Alderman Meinen commented that the cost of finishing 3rd Avenue would be very expensive for the City but does like the idea of the fees in lieu of land dedication that could be put back into other park areas. Alderman Meinen commented that Armour Park would be a good option for a dog park.
Motion by Alderman Koehler to respectfully decline the donation of the dog park on Lot 15 and refer back to the developer for proposed residential lot and the City would accept a fee in lieu of land dedication in accordance with section 14-1-81(c) of the Code of Ordinances. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Discussion took place on the creation of a City Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer evaluation process.
Motion by Alderman Jones to convene into closed session pursuant to Wisconsin Statute 19.85(1)(e) – “Deliberating or negotiating the purchasing of public properties, the investing of public funds, or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session.” (Discuss purchase of property for new Street Department). Alderman Koehler seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote was taken; Meinen – Aye, Hofmann – Aye, Jones – Aye, Koehler – Aye.
Alderman Koehler made a motion to reconvene to open session. Alderman Meinen seconded the motion. Roll call vote was taken; Meinen – aye, Hofmann – aye, Jones – aye, Koehler – aye.
Alderman Jones made a motion to make an offer to purchase with the condition that a Phase 1 environmental study be completed as discussed in closed session. Alderman Koehler seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Motion by Alderman Meinen to adjourn. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.