July 23, 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 Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street – Mayor Meinen presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Meinen, 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 (July 9, 2014) as presented. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen 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: 68329 - 68458
General Fund: $ 64,489.34
Electric Fund: $ 282,107.28
Water Fund: $ 3,488.26
Sewer Fund: $ 1,621.74
Payroll: $ 78,800.49
TOTAL $ 430,507.11
Jerry Eggen, 1933 Lakeshore Drive was present regarding the duck population around Lake Como. They are a nuisance on his land and surrounding neighbors. He requests the Council to adopt an ordinance prohibiting feeding of ducks in residential areas. Attorney Thiel stated this would be a difficult ordinance to enforce. He also stated the City couldn’t ban it from residential areas, but allow it in commercial and public areas. Mr. Eggen presented pictures of the problem and stated he felt it was a health risk.
Dave Reischel, 1920 Chippewa Road requests the Council to weigh in on Chippewa County’s proposed wheel tax. He is not in favor of it and felt the Council should take a stand on the issue.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve an extension of a Class “B” Combination Beer & Liquor license and street closing for Z-Bro, LLC dba Harm’s Way Bar & Grill, 1103 15th Avenue for a street dance on August 15th, 6:00 p.m. to August 17th, 12:00 p.m. with live music on August 16th from 11:00 a.m. to August 17th at 1:00 a.m. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Discussion was held regarding the pile of black dirt located next to the baseball field. Alderperson Meinen is requesting the City to spread this pile out over the baseball field area or remove it. Mike Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Adminstrator estimated this would cost approx. $6,000 and it was full of rocks. He could rent a screener and have good black dirt for sale. But, he doesn’t have a place to relocate it. They also have not budgeted for this project. He will explore other options and report back to the Council.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve a slide and swing at Witt Park for $8,165 as recommended by the Park Board. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve railings & walkway replacement at the WWTP for approx. $6,400. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Renee Mullen to attend Civic Systems Symposium on Sept. 18-19, 2014. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve an application for a license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for the following listed as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Courtney R. Gravunder
Kelsey J. Beranek
Valerie R. Miller
Breanne R. Harms
Kelsey A. Prince
Andrew J. Sirvas
Adam P. Ruf
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported the pole was up near McDonalds and the Electric Dept. would be moving the speed sign to its new location soon. He also reported he had met with Street Dept. employees and they are proceeding with turn lanes in the location of 17th Avenue and Smith Street.
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator stated he had reviewed site plans for Golden Warriors and there is a problem with the retention pond. Attorney Thiel will review this and contact the attorney and developer.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported he had an emergency situation last week. He had pipes collapse on 10th Avenue and went ahead and had it repaired. He also reported he was looking into the possibility of the DNR locating in the City of Bloomer and payment in lieu of taxes agreement.
Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator questioned if a trailer house could be replaced in the City of Bloomer. The City has an ordinance that prohibits this. He also questioned if a garage addition could be placed on this property. Attorney Thiel reviewed the building permit application and zoning codes that are applicable at the time.
Alderperson Meinen – no comments.
Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.
Aderperson Koehler questioned Attorney Thiel regarding the closing date with Golden Warriors. Attorney Thiel stated it would be soon.
Mayor Meinen stated he had received a phone call from a company that is interested in the City of Bloomer becoming a “Community of Distinction”. He would be meeting with him on Friday.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to go into Closed Session under Wis. Stats. 19.85(1) (e) as read by Mayor Meinen. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and 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.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve sale of Lot 22 – Iron Horse Industrial Park to Doug Asher for $22,500 subject to counter offer to include title insurance and attorney fees. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
The Common Council met with Daniel Thole, Auditor from CliftonLarsonAllen concerning the 2013 audit and financial reports. He reported the financial standings of each fund balance for the city and utilities. He also presented a summary report for review. The reports are on file at City Hall. No action was taken.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik/CMC City Clerk