January 27, 2016
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, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Meinen presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Meinen, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler, Clerk Stoik and Attorney Gustafson.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meetings (January 13, 2016) as presented. Alderperson Hofmann 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 Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:
Checks Numbered: 73779 – 73888,73890-73916
General Fund: $ 129,937.29
Electric Fund: $ 324,925.49
Water Fund: $ 16,470.22
Sewer Fund: $ 28,409.91
Payroll: $ 83,426.31
TOTAL $ 583,169.22
Housing Rehab: $ 930.80
Mayor Meinen and the Common Council presented a plaque to former Attorney William Thiel for his 25 years of dedicated service to the City. He thanked everyone and stated it had been a pleasure working for the City of Bloomer.
A hearing was opened for Trever D. Mickelson for reconsideration of the denial of his operator’s license application on January 13, 2016. He had been denied because of high point levels on his record. Mr. Mickelson was present and requested the City to approve his license. His offenses were a while ago and he had come a long way. Robert Summerfield, Agent from Bloomer Bowl contacted Alderperson Steinmetz. He was unable to attend the meeting and requested the Council to reconsider. He is a good employee. The hearing was closed. Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve an operator’s license for Trever D. Mickelson for a 1 year probationary period and with no future violations. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Police Chief Zwiefelhofer presented the rules and regulations from DNR regarding burning and the need for the City to notify the Fire Department when burning the brush pile. After review he was in agreement with the amendments to the ordinance. Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Ordinance 16-02 To Amend Section 5-2-9 of the City Code, Regarding Open Burning and Refuse Burning. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve purchase of a cardiac monitor for $9,500 (funding from FAP fund $6,200, equipment fund $1,000, EMT Association $1,500, donation of $800). Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve purchase of EMS pants for $1,008 for the ambulance personnel. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen had requested a review of the moratoriums adopted on July 22, 2015 & October 14, 2015 regarding the siting of nonmetallic mines, etc. in the City and in the ETZ zoned area. They each have a one year limitation on them. He feels it is a major concern for the residents of the City. Mayor Meinen reported the ETZ committee meets monthly and they are working on changes to the ETZ ordinance. He feels the City needs to get going on the changes. Attorney Gustafson suggested some different options the City could use for changes. Attorney Gustafson will forward copies from other municipalities that have recently completed changes. The Council will review at the next meeting. Mr. Meindel also suggested reviewing the Wellhead Protection ordinance. No action was taken.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve a Supplemental Letter Agreement with Short, Elliott & Hendrickson for 2016 Environmental Monitoring at the Bloomer Landfill. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz reported he had attended the IDC meeting and they are requesting the City to work with them to proceed with a “shovel ready” policy for Iron Horse Industrial Park. They feel this will work better when prospective industries are looking at the City and to have as much information as possible ready for their consideration to locate in the City. Mr. Meindel stated he had attended a meeting approx. 1 year ago describing how to get to this point. One issue he has is the sewer and water use needs for prospective industries. He struggles with requests when many do not know what their usage and capacity needs are. He also needs to protect other users of the system. Development agreements were discussed when selling city property. Alderperson Steinmetz will be attending their next meeting in February. He will report the City is willing to work with them to come up with a more streamlined process for industry looking to locate in the City.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the low bid purchase of a squad car for the Bloomer Police Department from Bloomer Ford Mercury for $28,387 with a 5 year/100,000 warranty. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the 2015 building permit report as presented. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Preliminary Resolution 1141 Declaring Intent to Exercise Special Assessment Police Powers under Section 66.0703, Wis. Stats. for improvements to the alley located at Kitch’s Addition, Block 2, Lots 1-11 approx. 300 feet. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve Police Chief Zwiefelhofer to attend the Winter Conference for the Wisconsin Police Chief’s Association in Wisconsin Dells on Feb. 7-10, 2016. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to deny the application for a license to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors for Leann R. Rubenzer as stated by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer due to high point violation. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Clerk Stoik - no comments.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator informed the Council the Street department will be hanging notes on dumpsters and carts for not recycling. He also requested a closed session meeting regarding his future retirement and replacement of his position.
Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator – no comments.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer – no comments.
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator - not present.
Alderperson Meinen – no comments.
Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz - no comments.
Alderperson Koehler – no comments.
Mayor Meinen felt more members of the Council should attend the ETZ meeting. If attending, contact the Clerk for proper posting of the meeting.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik