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Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Bloomer, Wisconsin
January 27, 2010

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, January 27, 2010 at 6:03 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Thur presiding.   Roll call was taken:  Mayor Thur, Alderpersons Young, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler, Clerk Stoik and Attorney Nodolf.

All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (January 13, 2010) as presented.  Alderperson Young seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Young made a motion to approve all claims against the City & Utilities as presented.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.  The claims were in the amounts listed below:

Checks Numbered: 51788 - 51916
General Fund $ 61,095.12
Electric Fund $ 476,641.76
Water Fund $ 19,813.70
Sewer Fund $ 5,287.75
Payroll $ 68,817.19
TOTAL $ 631,655.52

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

Randy Summerfield from Bloomer House requested to speak.  He received a letter from the City regarding the placement of snow in a parking stall on 15th Avenue in front of his business. He feels he is not in violation of the ordinance, because he is not pushing any snow from his lot into the street.  He is only removing the sidewalk snow and snow from the parking spots in front of his business. The ordinance allows him until 8 p.m. one day after the snow fall. Alderperson Hofmann stated he felt it was a traffic hazard where it was piled.  Discussion was held about when the City plows and what overtime would cost if employees where brought in to work on a Sunday.  The City did not plow until after midnight (Monday morning).  Mr. Summerfield felt that was too late for businesses that are opened on Sunday.  Mayor Thur stated that she had surveyed some other cities and none of them allow private plowing of streets.  She felt it could become a legal issue for the city.  Mayor Thur thanked him for his comments.

Lloyd Miller, Miller’s Auto stated that he also received a letter from the City. He had talked to the City in the past and had permission to plow the street triangle in front of his lot.  Chippewa County plows Martin Road – County Hwy. SS and when they round the corner they push snow and slush into that small city street.  It may be many hours after the County has gone through, before the City plows.  He has kept this street clean for years. The City has been aware that he had been doing it.  He also stated that the City should remove the stop sign on this street, as most people do not stop.  He felt they should place a yield sign there. Mike Meindel will meet with Mr. Miller and Mr. Summerfield and come up with a workable solution to both problems.

Dave Reischel stated that he had three issues he felt needed to be addressed.

  • Bloomer Ford on 20th Avenue has been plowing snow into the street and causing problems for motorists.  Mike Meindel will check into and report back.
  • He feels sewer and water bills are unfair.  If he only used two thousand gallons and his neighbor uses four thousand gallons, he feels their bill should be double.  But because of the minimum charges they aren’t that much different.  He thinks the City should make it more equal.
  • He stated that Item 12 on the agenda states that the police department wants file cabinets for $2,235.  What kind of file cabinets are they?  It was explained that there are 3 storage units they are looking at for storage of evidence.  It will be addressed later in the agenda.

Alderperson Young made a motion to approve a Certified Survey Map submitted by John Mickesh on behalf of Josh Vich/Darlene Bowe for two lots owned by Ms. Bowe at 503 Priddy Street.  The request is to combine two lots into one and was approved by the Planning Commission on 01-20-10.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Ordinance 10 - 01 to Increase the Water Rates & to Establish New Water Rates Effective January 15, 2010 – March 1, 2010 Bill Date.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

No action was taken in regards to the adoption of the ETZ zoning ordinance and maps.  Joe Seckora, Chairman of the committee stated that the final draft was not yet completed. This will be on a future agenda for consideration.

No action was taken to remove the moratorium on the ETZ zoning restriction.  There is a development going on in the Town of Woodmohr and they are requesting an exemption from the ETZ requirements, due to the fact that the project was in the works prior to the adoption of the ordinance.  At this point, the Common Council has not been provided information on the project, therefore could not exempt the project.  This will be on an agenda in the future.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve Resolution 1080 To Authorize the Clerk to Reduce the Number of Election Officials at any Election.  Alderperson Young seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

The Common Council reviewed the purchases requested by Chief Carr.  The computers and transcription station were budgeted items and he is requesting the file cabinets (storage units) to be taken out of the outlay account. Alderperson Young made a motion to approve purchases as described for the Police Dept. for the not to exceed price on each item. They are as follows:  Computers - $2,500; File Cabinets - $2,235; Transcription Station $560.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve purchase of additional cabinets (police work stations) and installation for the Police Dept. from the Outlay account – for a not to exceed price of $2,700.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve submitting for Public Hearing the DNR Flood Plain and Shoreland-Wetland Zoning Ordinance as drafted.  Alderperson Young seconded the motion.  Discussion was held which draft would be best and how it affects the annexed area vs. the area that was always in the City.  Attorney Nodolf stated that the Council can always make changes at the hearing.  There was also discussion on the need to have more time to review.  Mayor Thur stated that everything needs to be adopted by the City by March 2, 2010.  All present voted aye.

Discussion was held regarding Kate Ludwigson, Insurance representative for the City employee’s health insurance.  Mayor Thur questioned if Dave Stiehl was in the audience.  He was not.  She tried to call him.  The Council put this on hold to see if he could attend the meeting.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the Class “B” picnic license as described below and approved by Police Chief Carr. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye

  • St. Paul’s Booster Club – 1210 Main Street – February 21, 2010

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve changing the date of St. Paul’s Booster Club event from February 6, 2010 to March 6, 2010 which was approved on January 13, 2010.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve changing the regular meeting on February 10, 2010 to February 9, 2010.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Contact could not be made with Mr. Stiehl.  Alderperson Young stated to Ms. Ludwigson that the Council has received pressure from the public to do business with local vendors.  He also explained that between their two agencies, they would be bidding to the same health insurance companies. Ms. Ludwigson presented to the Council a one page summary of her past history working with the City.  She also stated that she had been in contact with HealthPartners and has negotiated the increase for the City to 13% on the renewal date of 04-01-10.  The first step would be to bid out the insurance with the different carriers.  This can be done 60 days prior to the renewal date.  The Clerk will get these applications out to all of the employees and have them returned before the next meeting.  The Council postponed action on appointing the insurance agent they wish to work with until the February 9, 2010 meeting.  No action was taken.

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator – was not present.

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

Police Chief Rick Carr – no comments.

Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator questioned the Council on the procedure they wanted him to follow regarding applications for permits made in the ETZ area.  There is some confusion on the amounts charged and the procedure for review.  These issues need to be addressed soon, so he knows what procedure to follow.

Fire Chief Brian Bleskacek – no comments.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Young – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Thur had no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Alderperson Young seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC
City Clerk




 
 
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