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Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Bloomer, Wisconsin
JANUARY 26, 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 26, 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 (January 12, 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 Hofmann seconded the motion. Alderperson Koehler questioned the voucher from Bakke Norman, S.C. for $10,500. (This is the attorney representing the Police Commission.) He wondered how much in total would the City be paying for attorney fees. At this point, it is unknown the total cost. All present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:

Checks Numbered: 55609 - 55748
General Fund $ 186,681.95
Electric Fund $ 339,344.14
Water Fund $ 19,634.03
Sewer Fund $ 22,110.82
Payroll $ 67,462.01
TOTAL $ 635,232.95

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were no audience comments.

Sheriff Ron Kramer, Eau Claire Sheriff's Dept. and Undersheriff Gene Gutsch, Chippewa County Sheriff's Dept. were present to explain the benefits of belonging to the West Central Drug Enforcement Unit. Sheriff Kramer stated that the City can use it as much or as little as needed. It would be up to the Police Chief. Alderperson Steinmetz questioned if we can use the service if we don't belong. Sheriff Kramer stated that members are given first priority. At this point, there are 6 counties and 14 total agencies involved. Funding is from federal grant money and the state of Wisconsin. Undersheriff Gutsch also spoke of the benefits of belonging to the organization. Alderperson Hofmann stated that the contract states the City can end the contract with a 60 day notice. Chief Carr stated it would be a positive step for the City of Bloomer. Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the Police Department to join the West Central Drug Enforcement Unit. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion. Alderperson Koehler questioned if an amendment could be added to the motion that in one year a review of the benefits of belonging to the unit be done. It was determined that it is a one year contract and would need approval each year by the Council. No amendment was added. Roll call was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the installation of MDC's in two police squads for approx. $9,900 to be reimbursed by grant monies as described by Police Chief Rick Carr. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye. Chief Carr stated it would be approx. 3 to 4 months before the City received the check.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the purchase of 7 service revolvers and holsters for the Police Officers for $2,184.00. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

The Council then reviewed a request from the Chippewa County Humane Society regarding funding. The City currently owns the dog pound and can continue to operate it for less money than joining the organization. Chief Carr explained the past procedures and stated it's very seldom they have a dog or cat left at the pound. Alderperson Meinen stated that there is a volunteer at the pound who has used much of her own money to maintain the pound and purchase medications. He would like her to be able to purchase supplies as needed. Chief Carr stated he was willing to work with her, but felt she needed to come through him for approval. Alderperson Meinen and Chief Carr will meet with the volunteer to establish procedures to be followed. Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion stating the City of Bloomer will decline joining the Chippewa County Humane Society. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve a sludge disposal agreement with Secondary Nutrient Mgt., LLC. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve an in-service clean and inspect contract for three reservoirs with Liquid Engineering Corp. for $4,605.00. Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator stated this needs to be performed every 5 years. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Discussion was held regarding the Priddy Street, 10th Avenue and 11th Avenue project. This project has been surveyed and engineered. The City needs to decide when to take the next step in construction. Mr. Meindel is recommending the City to proceed with bidding out the project due to multiple problems in the area. It has been on the City's long range plan for many years and has been put on hold due to funding problems. He feels its time for the City to look into financing this project. He feels the city will save money in the long run because of low interest rates and a competitive bidding market. Mayor Summerfield stated he had contacted some banks and bonding company and is estimating a low 3% funding rate. Mr. Meindel stated that the engineering estimates put the total package at approximately $740,000 for the total project.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve bidding the Priddy Street, 11th & 12th Avenue project with Short, Elliott & Hendrickson. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the 2010 building permit reports as presented. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve attendance at the Joint Area meeting of Chippewa Valley cities on January 31, 2011 in Durand. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the following Class "B" temporary retailers licenses for St. Paul's Booster Club on February 19, 2011 at 1222 Main Street – (Polka Dance) as approved by Chief Carr. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.


Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve an application for a license to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors for Taylor E. McGowan as approved by Police Chief Rick Carr. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Police Chief Rick Carr reported he would be on vacation for the next week and half.

Brian Bleskacek, Fire Chief – no comments.

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

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported that there is a meeting with FEMA on January 31st. He and Mayor Summerfield will be attending and will report back.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator reported that they will be redoing the shop floor on April 11th. He also stated that there would be a meeting with American Electric Power on February 8th. If anyone is interested in attending with him, let him know to RSVP.

Clerk Stoik reported she had received renewal rates for the City employee's health insurance. The rate will be increasing 21.5% and they had a 172% loss ratio. The employees are filling out the universal application form and the insurance representative will bid it to other companies.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Meinen – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield – no comments.

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

Alderperson Koehler 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.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the timeline as proposed by Bloomer Inn & Suites to pay delinquent utility bills. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

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

Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC
City Clerk



 
 
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