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MEETING MINUTES

City of Bloomer

Regular Meeting of the Common Council

1503 Main Street

Bloomer, WI 54724

July 12, 2017, 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, July 12 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Steinmetz presiding.

Roll call was taken: Mayor Steinmetz, Aldermen Meinen, Hofmann, Koehler, Jones, Administrator Frion and Attorney Gustafson were all present.

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderman Koehler made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (June 26, 2017 regular meeting) as presented. Alderman Meinen 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 Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:

Checks Numbered:

79103 - 79263

General Fund:

$  86,784.70

Electric Fund:

$  23,209.36

Water Fund:

$     5,448.50

Sewer Fund:

$  10,644.09

Payroll:

$  79,437.79

TOTAL

$ 205,524.44

Housing Rehab:

$         30.00

Police Chief Zwiefelhofer commented that the efforts for the K-9 program have been going very well. There have been many businesses and individuals within the community that have donated towards the program.

Administrator Frion stated that she has been in contact with Schwab Properties and they are making an effort to fill the vacancies at the West Town Mall. Also, the sidewalk on 17th Avenue in front of the Aquatic Center, Bloomer Hardware and Dollar General, is supposed to be installed mid to late next week.

Attorney Gustafson provided an update on the issuance of a driveway permit within the City limits which accesses onto Hwy Q. There currently are some discrepancies as to whose authority it would be to issue the permit, the City or Chippewa County.

Alderperson Hofmann stated that the City workers have been wearing the Hi-Vis shirts with the department name on them. They really look nice and make a good statement for the City.

Mayor Steinmetz stated that Administrator Frion and himself will be doing a meet and greet meeting with Charlie Walker from Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation and Chris Conard from Bloomer IDC.

Attorney Gustafson made comment that there may be issues with the Fair Labor Act and staffing for the K-9 program. Gustafson also recommended that Chief Zwiefelhofer review the union contract as modifications may need to be made. Alderman Koehler would like to see the program be self-sustaining. Mayor Steinmetz recommended the City start budgeting a small amount annually to build the program up.

Alderman Hofmann made a motion to approve the Bloomer Police Department implementing a K-9 Unit within the City. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Discussion took place on the pros and cons of selling the Bloomer Memorial Golf Course to a private entity with the stipulation that it remain a golf course. Mayor Steinmetz referred to Counsel if the City could even sell the property. Additional research needs to be done in regards to the actual donation of the land and what the stipulations were at that time.

Alderman Hofmann made a motion to approve the purchase of a new roll-up curtain for the large rectangle pavilion in North Park in the amount of $1,583.04 plus shipping.

Alderman Jones seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Attorney Gustafson stated that Ordinance #17-04 was basically repealing and recreating Title 7, Section 8 of the Code. The initial ordinance was a reclamation ordinance. The new one will require a company to go through a license process with the City before starting up.

Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve Ordinance #17-04 with adding an exemption for the City operations. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve a license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for Stephanie Reid, Hanna Melberg, Eric Prill, Deon Faschingbauer, Patty Hladilek, Erica Mitchell, Shelby Seibel, Rachel Allen, Stephanie Kollowitz, Raquel Lester, Nichole Anderson, LuAnn Oldenberg, Ryan Erickson, Courtney Trainor, Crystal Erickson, Jennifer Nyhus, Maria Cahool and Katrina Dicks. Alderman Koehler seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Alderman Hofmann made a motion for the Common Council to convene into closed session as authorized by Wis. Stat. 19.85(1)(e) for “Deliberating or negotiating the purchasing of public properties, the investing of public funds, or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session”. (Discussion on sale of property within North Industrial Park). Alderman Koehler seconded the motion. Alderman Meinen –aye, Alderman Hofmann-aye, Alderman Jones-aye, Alderman Koehler-aye.

The Common Council reconvened to open session at 7:08 p.m. – Alderman Meinen-aye, Alderman Hofmann-aye, Alderman Jones-aye, Alderman Koehler-aye. No action was taken.

Alderman Meinen made a motion to adjourn. Alderman Koehler seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Sandra Frion

City Clerk

 

 

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1503 Main Street
Bloomer, WI 54724
Phone: 715-568-3032
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