City of Bloomer
Regular Meeting of the Common Council
1503 Main Street
Bloomer, WI 54724
January 24, 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, January 24th at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Steinmetz presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Steinmetz, Aldermen Meinen, Hofmann, Jones, Administrator Frion and Attorney Gustafson were all present. Alderman Koehler was absent.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve the minutes from the January 10, 2018 meeting as presented. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderman Jones 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: 81063 - 81219
General Fund: $ 1,505, 079.56
Electric Fund: $ 373,617.87
Water Fund: $ 7,512.57
Sewer Fund: $ 127,250.91
Payroll: $ 78,285.56
TOTAL $ 2,091,746.47
Matt Hartman spoke in favor of the second phase of sidewalk installation on 17th Avenue. He stated that he had attended a school board meeting several years ago in which the safety by the football field, at that time, was an issue. Hartman doesn’t feel that concern has gone away.
Anita Amodt spoke in favor of the second phase of the sidewalk installation and asked what the hold-up was in getting it completed? Amodt stated she didn’t feel that citizens utilize the crosswalks.
Bud Bowe commented in opposition of the second phase of the sidewalk installation on 17th Avenue.
Juanita Fransway is in support of the second phase of the 17th Avenue sidewalk installation. She sees a lot of elderly utilizing the sidewalk that is currently there and would like to see it go all the way to the library.
Ralph Charbonneau lives across from the Dollar Store and stated that he sees a lot of people use the flashing cross-walk. He would like to see another set installed on Riggs Street in front of the Aquatic Center.
Tony Rubenzer supports the second phase of the sidewalk installation on 17th Avenue and said it is about the safety of the public.
Bruce Barlow opposes the second phase of the sidewalk installation on 17th Avenue. Barlow commented that there are many streets within the City that do not have sidewalks.
Administrator Frion commented that the City has received the first reimbursement from the State for the Sludge Thickener project.
Mayor Steinmetz received a call from Terry Pecha with A-1 Excavating letting him know that they are intending to build a new facility. Mayor Steinmetz stated that we will put it on a future agenda to see if the Council is interested in purchasing their current property.
Discussion took place pertaining to the proposed plat presented to the Planning Commission for Pat & Sandy Shadick in the northwest portion of Section 5, T30N, R9W. There were some suggested options given to the Shadick’s in regards to the utilities. An updated proposed plan will be presented at a future Planning Commission meeting.
Discussion of the second phase of the 17th Avenue sidewalk installation took place. Alderman Meinen would like to see a flashing cross-walk installed on Riggs Street in front of the Aquatic Center. Alderman Hofmann asked for updated cost estimates on the flashing cross-walks as he felt one would be beneficial by the library as well. Chief Zwiefelhofer did state that the pole on the current flashing cross-walk was donated, so there would be that added expense to the project. Estimates will be brought to a future meeting.
Motion by Alderman Meinen to approve signing into a Letter of Understanding with the Bloomer Professional Police Association (BPPA) pertaining to the K-9 Law Enforcement Program upon BPPA approving the agreement. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Motion by Alderman Meinen to approve upgrading the City’s financial software package and signing into agreement with Civic Systems. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Motion by Alderman Hofmann to approve a Class “B” Picnic License for St. Paul’s Catholic Church at 1210 Main Street on March 3rd, 2018. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Motion by Alderman Hofmann to approve a license to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors for Lucinda Solie, Taylor Hubbard, Brynna Hornsby and Kayla Kolstad. Alderman Meinen seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Motion by Alderman Meinen to adjourn. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.