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MEETING MINUTES

Bloomer, Wisconsin

                                                                               January 29, 2014

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a regular meeting of the Common Council of the City of Bloomer was called to order on January 29, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street – Mayor Summerfield presiding.

Roll call was taken:  Mayor Summerfield, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler, City 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 (January 8, 2014) as presented.  Alderperson Meinen 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:                 66558 - 66731

                        General Fund:                        $  170,533.76

                        Electric Fund:                         $  367,286.84      

                        Water Fund:                          $    17,179.33

                        Sewer Fund:                          $    27,330.90 

                        Payroll:                                 $    59,699.47

                        TOTAL                                  $  642,030.30

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were no audience comments.

No action was taken to approve the Certified Survey Map submitted by Charles Seibel, 10494 157th Avenue.  The meeting has been rescheduled to February 12, 2014.

Discussion was held regarding ETZ Ordinance 10-02 – 13-4-1- Extra – Territorial Zoning.  Mayor Summerfield explained some of the problems with the ETZ area and the administration of the ordinance between the different municipalities.  He stated when the City adopted the ordinance; it was with the intention of controlling future development surrounding the City.  Michael Meindel felt the ordinance became more than what the City originally wanted.  Steve Hilger, Town of Woodmohr felt the problem is the City never adopted a master plan and map.  Jerry Johnson, Chairman of the Town of Woodmohr or Roger McFarlane, Town of Bloomer had no objections to the City rescinding or changing the ordinance. Alderperson Meinen had reservations regarding the elimination of the ordinance.  He wants to modify parts of the ordinance.  He doesn’t feel the City should be involved in agricultural or residential zoning, but should maintain some control in commercial and industrial zoned areas.  Attorney Thiel stated it could be referred back to the Extra Territorial Committee for changes or appeal.  Alderperson Hofmann felt it wasn’t right for the City to collect building permit fees for grain bins.  Somewhere in the development of the ordinance, it became too restrictive.  Alderperson Steinmetz would like to see the pros and cons of the ordinance.  He does feel that the department heads have expressed their frustration with the administration of the ordinance.  Alderperson Koehler felt that the City was not going to go to the expense of completing a master plan.  It wasn’t what the City intended.  Steve Hilger, Town of Woodmohr stated the zoning ordinance has to be enforced.  Roger McFarlane, Town of Bloomer stated the Town of Bloomer’s ordinance regarding agricultural zoned areas supersedes the City of Bloomer ordinance.  Attorney Thiel agreed with Mr. McFarlane.  No action was taken.

Discussion was held regarding Ordinance 5-34 Burning of Sold Fuels; Construction and Use of Chimneys Regulated (Outdoor Wood Burners).  Alderperson Meinen reported he has received complaints regarding existing outdoor burners creating problems with neighbors.  He would like the City to grandfather any existing outdoor burners and eliminate any permits for future installation.  Mayor Summerfield questioned whether this solved any existing complaints.  Attorney Thiel stated the Council could ban any future installation with an amendment to the ordinance.  Alderperson Meinen stated the biggest complaint is when the weather warms up and the smoke doesn’t rise.  Alderperson Hofmann questioned the elimination of outdoor corn burners.  He understands they burn a lot cleaner.  Alderperson Koehler also stated that some citizens burn their garbage causing problems.  Mayor Summerfield suggested Alderperson Meinen come up with some proposed changes and bring back to the Council for consideration when it is ready.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve a change to the licensed premises for Xpeditions, Heidi Bohl, 1319 Main Street, for their Class B Beer & Liquor Combination to include 3000 sq. feet on the first floor, excluding Apt. #4.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve reimbursing operators of the golf course for repairs for $1,571.83 to the compressor at the golf course clubhouse.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve purchase of a computer from Coffman & Associates $879.36 for the Police Department.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the resignation of Kevin Babbitt from the Golf Course Committee and approve Mayor Summerfield’s appointment of Todd Pecha to the Golf Course Committee.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to appoint Jeff Steinmetz, Kevin Meinen and Mike Meindel to a facilities committee regarding Little League fields with the Bloomer School District.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve writing off an Electric Accounts Receivable account for Loew Tree Service, Jeremy Loew back in 2006 for $261.08.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve a temporary Class B Picnic license and Live Music/Dancing license for St. Paul’s Catholic School, 1210 Main Street on March 1, 2014 as approved by Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer.  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve a temporary Class B Picnic license and Live Music/Dancing license for Bloomer Chamber of Commerce for a Community Picnic at the 9th Avenue fairgrounds on June 5, 2014 as approve by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve a temporary Class B Picnic license and Live Music/Dancing license for Bloomer Community Club for the Bloomer Community Fair at the 9th Avenue fairgrounds on July 30, 2014 to August 4, 2014 as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve a temporary Class B Picnic license and Live/Music Dancing license for Bloomer Community Visitors Center for a Visitor Center Annual Fundraiser at the 9th Avenue Fairgrounds on Sept. 6, 2014 to Sept. 7, 2014 as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve applications for a license to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors to the following listed as approve by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer.   Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Shawn M. Bailey

Sarah M. Maidment

Sarah J. Roach

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported he attended a Traffic Safety luncheon and was awarded a laser unit worth $2,000.  He also purchased two new radar units with grant money for $4,000.

Tony Rubenzer, Zoning Administrator/Building Inspector – had nothing to report.

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported he needs to meet with Mayor Summerfield, Attorney Thiel and DNR representatives regarding EAP plan for the dam.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator reported Dan Thole, Auditor was in the City this week working on the electric rate increase.

Clerk Stoik reported there would be no primary election in February.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield commented he received an email from Sean Lentz regarding refunding of the City’s debit.  At this time, it would not be advantageous.  He will keep them informed.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Hofmann reported Kim Korbel was resigning as Library Director.  Her last day will be February 7th.

Alderperson Steinmetz complemented the Street Department for all their hard work on the city streets due to bad weather.

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

Alderperson Meinen – no comments.

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

                                                                        Sue A. Stoik/CMC                                                                                                                              City Clerk

 
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