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Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Bloomer, Wisconsin
JULY 14, 2010

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a public hearing of the Common Council of the City of Bloomer was held on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. to hear comments for changing the time limit of 48 hour parking limitation on city streets. The hearing was opened by Mayor Summerfield.  He stated that he had received 3 letters from the public.  Two in support of keeping the ordinance as is and one letter requesting the City to get rid of ordinance.  Chuck Zwiefelhofer, 301 Burton Court stated he had returned to the Bloomer area 8 years ago.  He is not in favor of an anonymous letter.  He feels the City is opening a big can of worms.  He stated other ordinances that the police department does not enforce.  He also felt that when the ordinance was written, it wasn’t taken into consideration the personal property that residents now have acquired such as trailers, campers, boats, four wheelers.  He does not feel the City should tell him how to live.  Common sense says he can park in front of his house.  He would like to watch his property. He also felt that a lot of residents didn’t have options.  Some have no access to alleys or to the back of their yards. He questioned how many accidents had been reported due to personal property being parked on City streets.  Larry Loew, 922 21st Avenue stated that if the City considers changing the ordinance – it should be for the longest possible time period.  He also questioned why in the past few days had his tires been marked.  Sandy Loew, 922 21st Avenue questioned what would changing the ordinance accomplish.  Their property doesn’t have an alley in the back.  They have no access to park something in their backyard.  Trisha Zwiefelhofer, 301 Burton Court questioned if safety was an issue.  Jane Zwiefelhofer, 902 Priddy Street questioned what the difference was between trailers, cars, boats, etc.  She explained that they have no access to their backyard. If she would need to move her trailer so many days – it would be impossible for her to move.  Her husband recently had surgery.  She also described a situation where someone across the street leaves a car parked for extended periods of time.  If she had a problem with it, she would talk to them.  Bob Olson, 1519 9th Avenue felt that people should walk and ride bikes more.  If that happens, vehicles would stay parked for longer than 48 hours.  He doesn’t want Bloomer to be unfriendly.  He had a situation in another city, and felt it was unreasonable that they would not allow him to park a truck on the street. Trisha Zwiefelhofer felt it was a waste of time.  There were more important things to worry about.  Marvin Zwiefelhofer, 902 Priddy Street felt that residents and the City should use common sense.  Dan Wildenberg, 1920 Hanson Street questioned if Chief Carr is going to enforce the current ordinance.  Chief Carr stated that they had done a count this week of how many vehicles, campers, etc. were parked on City streets.  He stated he would not enforce the current ordinance, unless they received a complaint. Tony Rubenzer questioned what would change?  Attorney Thiel explained the proposed ordinance.  He read his draft to the public.  Joel Vettrus, 1403 11th Avenue felt that this was an erosion of their freedoms.  He felt there were more important issues to enforce.  He’s against government taking away personal freedoms. Judy Dahl, 2207 Priddy Street questioned if her husband’s truck would be grandfathered.  Attorney Thiel stated there is no such thing when enforcing ordinances.  Bob Olson suggested contacting residents when the City would be sweeping.  Mayor Summerfield read the three letters into the record.  The hearing was closed at 6:25 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 14, 2010 at 6:25 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Summerfield presiding.   Roll call was taken:  Mayor Summerfield, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler, 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 (June 23, 2010) as presented.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve all claims against the City & Utilities as presented.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.  The claims were in the amounts listed below:

Checks Numbered: 53423-53699
General Fund $ 56,239.24
Electric Fund $ 4,361.92
Water Fund $ 4,918.79
Sewer Fund $ 8,154.04
Payroll $ 140,198.60
TOTAL $ 213,872.59

Marv Prestrud introduced himself.  He is running for State Assembly in the 67th District.  He felt the 67th District hasn’t been well represented for the past few years and promises to work hard for the district and would appreciate their votes.

Discussion was held regarding changes to City Ordinance 10-01-40 – 48-hour parking.  Alderperson Koehler stated that he feels this will be a policing nightmare and it doesn’t solve anything.  He also knows that there are lots in the City that they are not able to access parking onto the property.  Alderperson Meinen stated that if someone was complaining, they should be here and speak.  He doesn’t think that there have been significant complaints at this point.  Alderperson Hofmann stated that he thinks the Council should leave the ordinance as is and have the police enforce on a complaint basis.  If there is a problem, they can look at changing it after the first of the year.

No one from the Bloomer Community Club was able to attend the meeting. No action was taken regarding renovations to the fairgrounds.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to adopt Ordinance 10-04 - To Create Section 11-2-18 of the City Code; Fishing from Bridges Restricted (Martin Bridge) as proposed by Police Chief Carr. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to adopt Ordinance 10-05- To Create Section 11-2-19 of the City Code; Smoking in Public Places. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to adopt Ordinance 10-06 - To Create Section 10-1-23(b) – Railroad Crossing Stop Signs and Section 10-1-24(b) Railroad Yield Signs. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve purchase of power transformers for the Electric Department to replace stock for $32,500. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve Mayor Summerfield to attend the League of Municipalities Chief Executive Workshop August 18-20 in Ashland.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve Resolution 1085 Exempting the City from the Chippewa County Tax Levy for Library Purposes.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

No action was taken to appoint a member to the Planning Commission.  Mayor Summerfield is looking for a citizen to fill the position.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion of approve applications for licenses to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors for the following listed below as approved by Police Chief Carr with the exception of Stephanie Farrington. He stated that she did not meet the qualification standards set by the City.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Nancy L. Bowe
Thomas S. Vickery
Karen J. Steinmetz
John W. Robinson
Patricia L. Harris
Catherine M. Yohnk
Heidi R. Morning
Matthew L. Bowe
Scott F. Koehler
Joseph B. Lewis
Karen L. McGlothlin
Mandi J. Strasburg
Tracie R. Schreck
Laura B. Prince
Samantha E. Flatland
Robert W. Lemmons IV
Christine A. Schindler
Crystal S. Freid
Rebecca A. Yakesh
Amanda Curtis

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Police Chief Carr –no comments.

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported that Short, Elliott & Hendrickson has completed the flood plain mapping for the City.  It has been submitted to DNR for review and will be available for the City to review soon.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator reported that Xcel Energy had a rate increase go into effect on July 1, 2010.  The amount of the increase is approximately 22%.  This will be reflected in the Bloomer customers power cost adjustment.

Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator – no comments.

Brian Bleskacek, Fire Chief reported that he recently completed a state certified fire inspector training program.  He questioned Attorney Thiel regarding the City’s Code of Ordinances whether they had authority to inspect and fine if violations occur.  Attorney Thiel will review and recommend changes at a future meeting.  Fire Chief Bleskacek stated he will be taking over some of the duties of Fire Inspector starting January 1, 2011.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Meinen – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield reported that he had received a report from the assessor with everything that has been done in the City in the past year.  If anyone wanted to review, it was on his desk.  It was a very interesting report.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to go into closed session under Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1) (e) & (g) as read by Mayor Summerfield. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and a roll call was taken:  Alderperson Meinen, aye; Alderperson 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 in closed session.

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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