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Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Bloomer, Wisconsin
JANUARY 12, 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, January 12, 2010 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 Steinmetz made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (December 22, 2010) as presented. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann 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: 55307-55479, 55495-55608
General Fund $ 1,020,479.31
Electric Fund $ 36,155.01
Water Fund $ 25,938.15
Sewer Fund $ 26,560.95
Payroll $ 152,821.80
TOTAL $ 1,261,955.22

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were no audience comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve payment for permanent land acquisitions and temporary land easements for the Priddy Street Bridge scheduled for reconstruction in 2011 as recommended by Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the purchase of an 85 ft. ladder truck for the Fire Department from the Joint Municipal Fire Commission in Eagle River for $10,000 as recommended by Fire Chief Bleskacek. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the change to the legal description of the Class "B" Combination Beer & Liquor license for the Underground at 1325 15th Avenue. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion. Discussion was held regarding the area to be licensed. Kenrich Weinhold was present representing the Underground. He had met with Police Chief Carr earlier in the day. They had worked out the issues on how the liquor/alcohol would be stored. The area would include the gym area, lobby and restrooms adjacent to the gym. Mayor Summerfield questioned if the area had to be adjacent to the existing licensed area. Attorney Thiel stated that they didn't have to adjoin. Chief Carr stated that the hallway would not be licensed and that alcohol would not be carried from one area to the other. The Council requested Mr. Weinhold to draft a more specific description showing the area to be licensed. Alderperson Koehler made an amendment to his original motion contingent upon a detailed description be submitted to City Hall. Alderperson Meinen approved the amendment to his second and all present voted aye.

Discussion was held regarding the approval to allow the Police Department to join the West Central Drug Enforcement Unit. Mayor Summerfield questioned Chief Carr on page 5 of the contract regarding the costs to the City. Chief Carr stated that there were no costs. The more involvement they have, the more funding the can find with grants. He felt it would be an improvement to the department. They would have access to investigators and equipment that the Bloomer Police Department does not have. He also questioned if an Officer in Bloomer would be assigned. Chief Carr stated at this time, no one would be on the force. In the future, if someone would be asked to join the unit, it would need Council approval. Mayor Summerfield questioned how many meetings were held each year. Chief Carr stated that there are monthly meetings he would attend for approx. 1 to 2 hours. Alderperson Koehler stated he would like to see the contract before approving. Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the Police Department to join the West Central Drug Enforcement Unit. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, no; Koehler, no. Mayor Summerfield broke the tie and voted no.
Chief Carr will get the contract to each Alderperson. It was decided to readdress this issue at the next meeting to allow the Council time to review the contract.

Chief Carr explained that in his contract it states, his raise would be no less than the police union contract. Last year, he was given a $1,500 increase in his salary and the police union was given 3%. His entire raise should have been $1,668. He feels he was shorted $168 according to his contact. The Council reviewed the motion made to increase his salary last year. All four members of the Council voted in favor of the increase. Mayor Summerfield stated that the contract also states that his increase shall be approved by ¾ majority of the Council. The motion was made by more than the required amount. Alderperson Koehler stated that he felt the raises were very generous last year, in comparison to the rest of the world. Mayor Summerfield called for a motion. There was no motion introduced to the floor.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the Regional Safety Management Program with MEUW for 1 year as described in the contract. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion. Discussion was held. The Council questioned the need of 10% or 20% participation. Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator requesting pursuing 20% participation to start with and after the City & Utilities are compliant, reducing to 10%. All present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler described a proposed pavilion to be built on City property on the golf course. The property is located south of the existing clubhouse. The pavilion would be constructed by a private party in memory of an avid golfer at the course. It would be at no cost to the City. It would be privately maintained. Questions were asked regarding the future maintenance. Also who would be responsible for general clean-up and after the lease is up for the current leaseholders, would the pavilion stay in its current location or could it be removed. Questions were asked if the improvements would be taxable. Alderperson Koehler replied that he would go back to the group and come back to the Council with a more formal proposal. This was tabled until the next meeting.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the following Class "B" temporary retailers licenses for the following listed events. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Bloomer Community Visitors Center – Sept. 10 & 11, 2011
Bloomer Chamber of Commerce – June 2 & 3, 2011
Bloomer Community Club – August 3 – 8, 2011
Bloomer Community Club – July 30 & 31, 2011

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve live music and dancing licenses for the following listed events. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Bloomer Community Visitors Center – Sept. 10, 2011
Bloomer Chamber of Commerce – June 2, 2011
Bloomer Community Club – August 4 - 7, 2011

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve a subordination for a Housing Rehab loan for James & Vicki Score as approved by the committee. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve an application for licenses to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors for Michele L. Lotts & Susan M. Johnson as approved by Police Chief Rick Carr. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Brian Bleskacek, Fire Chief questioned if there is an ordinance to have dilapidated buildings removed in a certain amount of time after a fire. Attorney Thiel stated that there was an ordinance to enforce removal.

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

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator reported that the contractor will be making the repairs to the floor at the shop. He also had given all the members a report showing where Bloomer Electric stands in rate comparison to other utilities. We ranked 11th lowest in the state.

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported that he will be working with Attorney Thiel on an ordinance update for outside solid waste hauler permits. He also reported that the grader is repaired and back in use.

Police Chief Carr reported that the City had been approved for a grant for the MDC for the squads. He also reported the Policy & Procedure manual was here for review. He has been going through it to verify accuracy. He questioned Attorney Thiel if the Council would need to approve. In order for it to have strength in enforcement, he recommends the Council approve the final draft. Chief Carr will make one copy to be passed around to the members of the Council. Mayor Summerfield questioned why the department has a reserve officer that does not live in the Bloomer School District. Alderperson Hofmann explained that when Officer Hake was hired, there was no one available in the area to meet the demands of Chief Carr of being available when called. He needed someone at a moments notice. Mayor Summerfield stated he doesn't meet the residency requirement. In the future, the Council would like consideration for a reserve officer to be in the Bloomer School District. Mayor Summerfield then questioned Chief Carr if he met the residency requirement. Chief Carr responded that his driver's license had a Bloomer address; he votes here, rents a building here and could provide proof. Alderperson Meinen felt it was time for Mayor Summerfield to back off. He felt everyone at the table could see it and that it was obvious. Mayor Summerfield also brought up the issue of "Duties & Responsibilities of the Police Chief". He questioned Chief Carr regarding his degree. Chief Carr responded that it was from Middleham University. He did not know if it was a Bachelor of Arts or Sciences, Criminal Justice. Chief Carr did not know which degree he had. He would get a copy to City Hall.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Meinen stated he felt that this is why we need a fulltime police commission. He felt the previous week that the current commission served with dignity and was very respectful. He had attended all three meetings of the commission the previous week and gives them all the credit. They handled themselves very professionally. He feels that is why we need a police commission, because politics get involved. He stated that we had 2 complaints in February 2008 – 3 years ago and now we got 7 complaints in 30 days. Only 1 person from all those complainants lives in the City of Bloomer, the rest from the country. This will cost city taxpayers. He again stated that he really respected the Police Commission.

Alderperson Hofmann stated that these complaints have been orchestrated by one person. As soon as he finds out who this person is – they will be named.

Alderperson Steinmetz commented that the city Christmas party was well attended and organized. He wondered if the Council wanted to book the same party next year. The date has been set for Jan. 6, 2012.

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield stated that the Police Commission had a tough job to do. There job is to hire, fire and discipline. They did a good job and he hoped they continue to do due diligence.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve going into closed session under Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1) (c) as read by Mayor Summerfield. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve coming out of closed session and report on action taken. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye. No action was taken in closed session.

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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