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Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Bloomer, Wisconsin
JULY 13, 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, July 13, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Summerfield presiding.

Roll call was taken: Mayor Summerfield, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler and Clerk Stoik. Attorney Thiel was absent.

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (June 22, 2011) as presented. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion. 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: 57198 - 57460
General Fund $ 280,310.98
Electric Fund $ 5,000.82
Water Fund $ 8,636.68
Sewer Fund $ 24,802.84
Payroll $ 131,143.15
TOTAL $ 449,894.47

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were no audience comments.

Mayor Summerfield explained the previous joint meetings held by the ETZ Committee and the Planning Commission. He read the motion made by them on June 22, 2011. The Council can adopt the motion as made by the other bodies of the City or could make changes to the recommendation. Alderperson Koehler stated he is a member of the Planning Commission and stated that the application for a Conditional Use Permit from Agri-Tech gave the municipalities more control over what would be done on the property. It is specific to what they can or cannot do on the property. He said there had been a few bumps in the road, but it was unanimous decision by the ETZ Committee and the Planning Commission. Mayor Summerfield explained he had been contacted by Rich Kearn from Chippewa County Highway Dept. and they did not have any objections to the driveway permit. Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the guidelines as previously approved by the ETZ Committee and Planning Commission on June 22, 2011 for the Conditional Use Permit for Bruce Mlsna, Agri-Tech Services for a parcel of land owned by Tim & Richelle Seibel with control of traffic hazard, noise level to be EPA guide and dust level of EPA guide to allow grain drying, storage and marketing facility in the ETZ zoned area. Alderperson Hofmann 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 approve an extension of a Class "B" Combination Beer & Liquor license, live music & dancing and street closing for Happy Hour Bar – 1318 Main for a street dance on July 30-31, 2011 with live music from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. on July 30, 2011 as approved by Officer in Charge Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann stated he had met with some of the old members of the committee, Officer in Charge Zwiefelhofer and an adjoining property owner regarding the restrictions placed on 17th Avenue by the Bloomer Elementary School for the past year. They discussed what was working and what wasn't working over the school year. They are recommending 17th Avenue to be a drop off & pick-up zone only from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on school days, to eliminate the no parking on 17th Avenue west (2 parking stalls) and eliminate crossing 17th Avenue by Priddy Street. Crossing of 17th Avenue can only be done with line guards at Oak Street. Officer in Charge Zwiefelhofer stated he would meet with school officials to inform them of the changes, so that parents can be notified. Alderperson Meinen stated that a year ago, the committee worked hard to come up with the restrictions and he felt they should remain in place. He doesn't feel these changes will work and will make it unsafe. Tony Rubenzer stated that some of the previous changes had a lot of faults. He feels the proposed changes will make it more controlled. No action was taken. This item will be on the next agenda in ordinance form.

Officer in Charge Zwiefelhofer is recommending changes to Ordinance 10-1-40 which only allows parking for a period of 48 hours on any public street. His recommendation is to allow parking of seasonal vehicles on public streets in front of their own property for any length of time, excluding semi-tractor trailers. Discussion was held what would work and what would not work. No action was taken. This item will be on the next agenda in ordinance form.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the Bloomer Woman's Club to mark the Outdoor Learning Center as described in their letter – where it crosses in city right-of-ways. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Mayor Summerfield requested tabling the approval of purchase of a bucket truck for the Electric Department. Mr. Pete Paulson, Electric Administrator had not yet received all of the quotes.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Resolution 1093 – Exempting the City of Bloomer from the Chippewa County Levy for Library Purposes. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve Resolution 1094 – Certifying the City of Bloomer Health Reimbursement Plan Document. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve Ordinance 11-04 – to Repeal and Recreate Section 2-1-6 – Aldermanic Districts. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Randy Summerfield to attend the Chief Executives Workshop for the League of Municipalities on August 17-19 in Lake Geneva. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and Alderpersons Hofmann, Steinmetz and Koehler voted aye. Alderperson Meinen voted no.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve Sue Stoik to attend the MTAW fall conference on September 22-23 in Minocqua. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve a Class "B" picnic license for the Bloomer Fire Department on Sept. 17 & 18 at the fairgrounds for the annual steak feed. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the applications to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for the following listed below as recommended by Officer in Charge Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Shannon R. Zwiefelhofer
Heidi M. Denning
Denise A. Schwartz
Stephanie K. Schindler
Matthew L. Bowe
Patricia L. Harris
Scott F. Koehler
Joseph B. Lewis
Heidi R. Morning
Peggy A. Stoffel
Catherine M. Yohnk
John L. Kammeyer
Kathryn E. Nevin
Erica A. Olson
Melynda J. Maidment
Courtney R. Trainor
Mallory K. Rogge
Ryan J. Erickson
Jon M. Hassemer
Linda M. Wildenberg
Gene F. Schindler
Sherrell L. Dillahay
Lisa K. Warren
Justin D. Rihn
Mavis J. Steinmetz
Joyce L. Palumbo
Matthew C. Swartz
Kristine M. Cole
Mary Ann Benish
Sean D. Schemenauer

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported the contractor has postponed construction on the Priddy Street bridge from July 18th to August 1st as a start date. He also reported that they are nearing the end of the construction project on Priddy Street, 10th & 11th Avenue. It should be ready for blacktop soon.

Officer in Charge Kevin Zwiefelhofer reported the officers have completed the training for their new duty weapons and are certified. They have placed the weapons in service.

Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator reported on the construction of a residential home in Westbrook subdivision. He has been working with the property owner on a few issues and will continue to keep the Council up-to-date.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Meinen – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann commented on the letter received from Governor Walker regarding the reduction in recycling revenue of approximately $18,000.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Koehler questioned if the Police Commission had completed interviews internally for the Police Chief position. Mayor Summerfield stated that they were currently meeting this evening in closed session at the ambulance garage.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield reported Kate Ludwigson has joined the Spectrum Insurance Group as an agent. It will not change anything with the City employee's health insurance. She will continue to manage the policy. He also reported he received a request from the Bloomer Public Library to allow live music outside on July 25th from 2-3 p.m. Last year, the Council approved waiving the $15 fee. The Council had no objection to waive the fee for this year's performance. He also met with Jefferson Bus line which will be starting a bus service from Eau Claire to Duluth. They are looking for a drop off/pick-up side close to the State Highway 53 exit. Also, MEUW now has 100% participation in the Northwest Regional Safety Group and will be implementing the program on August 1, 2011.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to go into closed session under Wis. Stats. 19.85(e) as read by Mayor Summerfield. Alderperson Steinmetz 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 Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye. No action was taken.

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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