July 10, 2013
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, July 10, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor
Roll call was taken: Mayor Summerfield, Alderpersons
Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler, Clerk Stoik and Attorney
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes
from the previous meeting (June 19, 2013) as presented.
Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion. Alderperson
Steinmetz stated the agenda stated May 29, 2013, but they
received copies of the June 19, 2013 meeting minutes.
Alderperson Hofmann amended his motion to reflect the proper
date of June 19, 2013 and Alderperson Meinen amended this
second. 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 and all present voted aye. The
claims were in the amounts listed below:
64488 - 64751
Ralph Charbonneau stated at the June 19, 2013 meeting, the
Council approved a roofing contract for city buildings and he
works for a company in Eau Claire and they would have liked the
opportunity to bid on the project.
Tom Zwiefelhofer requested to speak regarding Item # 9 on
the agenda. The Council granted him permission to speak
during the agenda Item #9 to be addressed later in the meeting.
He also wanted to make sure his issues were on the next
Planning Commission meeting for consideration. The
meeting is scheduled for July 24, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Preliminary
Resolution 1110 Declaring Intent to Exercise Special Assessment
Police Power under Section 66.0703, Wis. Stats for
8th Avenue from Ivy Street east approximately 950
feet. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all
present voted aye.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the low bid for
the 2013 8th Avenue Reconstruction to the low bidder
A-1 Excavating for $83,360 as recommend by Short, Elliott and
Hendrickson. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion
and all present voted aye.
Tom Zwiefelhofer, spokesman for the property owned at 1916
17th Avenue presented the Council chronological
documents concerning issues with the Planning Commission and
Common Council. He feels these issues should have been
cleared up months ago. He thanked the three council
members who viewed the property and their issues. He
feels they were able to see the family’s frustration regarding
the construction along their property. The documents
Petition to Planning Commission regarding fence – dated
Letter to Common Council regarding agreement – dated
Letter Amendment regarding type of fence – dated 04/05/13
Ordinance 04-01-Amendment to Zoning – dated 07/28/04
Council minutes referring to fence, etc. – Not dated
He spoke regarding buffer zones, setbacks and
structures. He met with the excavator and the general
contractor the beginning day of construction. He spoke of
his meetings with Mr. Dennis Schwab and representatives of
McDonalds. He expressed his frustration over documents
not being forwarded to the Council. He feels the buffer
zone shall be maintained and a light fixture does not belong in
the buffer zone. It also gives off too much light. He
feels safety is important to maintaining their property along
commercially zoned property. He stated:
There never was a formal agreement between the two parties.
No money was exchanged.
Mr. Schwab and McDonalds knew the rules prior to concrete being
They worked with Mr. Schwab for over 9 months and could not
resolve the issues.
He believes the light fixture was not on the original
Mayor Summerfield clarified that as Mayor he does not make
decisions. He feels he has been put in the middle of this
situation. He thought a deal could be made between the
two parties. Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning
Administrator has determined that a light fixture is not
considered a structure. Attorney William Thiel explained
the ordinances regarding the rezoning of the property back in
2004 and the current ordinances regarding buffer zones,
structures, set-backs and lighting. Outdoor lighting can
be placed within three feet of the lot line. Ordinance
13-1-200(K) – “Outdoor lighting installations shall not be
permitted closer than three (3) feet to an abutting property
line and, where not specifically otherwise regulated, shall not
exceed fifteen (15) feet in height and shall be adequately
shielded or hooded so that no excessive glare or illumination
is cast upon the adjoining properties and shall not register
more than one-half foot candles at the property line.” More
discussion was held regarding buffer zones, structures and
light fixtures. They also discussed how threes sides of
the property have been landscaped, except the area abutting the
Zwiefelhofer property. Discussion about what type of
fence would be installed. The fence issue will be on the
agenda for the Planning Commission and Council on July 24,
2013. No action was taken.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve changing the
date of the August 14, 2013 meeting to August 7, 2013.
Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted
aye. Alderperson Steinmetz stated he may have a conflict with
the August 28th meeting. He may request
changing the date of the meeting.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the
applications for a license to serve fermented malt beverages
and intoxicating liquors for the following listed below as
approved by Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer. Chief
Zwiefelhofer did state that 2 of the applicants were over on
the point system and both had hearings before the Council in
the past. Neither have had any violations after their
initial hearings. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion
and all present voted aye.
Erica A. Olson
Wesley M. Prince
Denise A. Schwartz
Heidi M. Denning
Shannon R. Zwiefelhofer
Carly J. Rufledt
Allie C Rufledt
Matthew L. Bowe
Melynda J. Maidment
Donald L. Steinmetz
William H. Schmidt
Kathy A. Cournoyer
Alicia A. Calkins
Sherell L. Dillahay
Julie M. Powell
Heidi R. Morning
Catherine M. Yohnk
Scott F. Koehler
Joseph B. Lewis
Patricia L. Harris
Robert J. Gerke
Linda M. Wildenberg
Stephanie L. Farrington
Nicole L. Anderson
Alexis C. Thome
Stephanie K. Bowe
Mary B. Edmondson
Noah M. Wurzer
Derek J. Decker
Roxanne E. Zwiefelhofer
Rochelle E. North
Stephanie J. Molde
Randy J. Rihn
Steven W. Schmidt
Norbert J. Bischel
Valerie R. Miller
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator
reported the construction on 8th Avenue will start
on July 22, 2013.
Police Chief Zwiefelhofer – had no comments.
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator was not present.
Alderperson Koehler requested Mr. Dennis Schwab attend the
next Planning Commission meeting. His lack of
participation in the meetings has allowed the Council to only
hear one side of the story. Mayor Summerfield suggested
Alderperson Koehler should call Mr. Schwab, but he would pass
on his comment.
Alderperson Hofmann - no comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz questioned when the Council had to
respond to attend the Joint Area Meeting. The RSVP date
is July 25, 2013.
Alderperson Meinen thanked Mr. Meindel and Chief
Zwiefelhofer for their efforts in removing the tree at the
corner of Martin Road and 17th Avenue.
Mayor Summerfield questioned Alderperson Koehler regarding
the Golf Course Committee meeting. Alderperson Koehler
responded they would be receiving a letter from him.
Mayor Summerfield also commented the 8th Avenue
Reconstruction project bid came in substantially under
budget. The City will have some street costs, but in the
end, the City should come well under budget.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to go into closed
session under Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1) (c) 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 Steinmetz made a motion to come out of closed
session and report on action taken. Alderperson Koehler
seconded the motion and all present voted aye. No action was
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to adjourn the
meeting. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all
present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC