July 24, 2013
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a public hearing of
the Common Council of the City of Bloomer was opened for the
City to declare police powers under Section 66.0703 of the Wis.
Stats. – 2013 8th Avenue Reconstruction Project. The
hearing was opened at 6:31 p.m. Michael Meindel, Street, Water
& Sewer Administrator explained the project. This
will complete 8th Avenue to meet up with the new
elementary school. The plans called for standup
curb. He had received a request from a property owner on
the south side to place drive over curb. He checked into
costs and this would add $650 to the costs. He doesn’t
want to see different curbs for each property. No one
appeared at the hearing. The hearing was closed at 6:33
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a regular meeting of
the Common Council of the City of Bloomer was called to order
on the above date at 6:33 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Summerfield
Roll call was taken: Mayor Summerfield, Alderpersons
Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler, Clerk Stoik and Attorney
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the minutes
from the previous meeting (July 10, 2013) as presented.
Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted
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:
64752 - 64849
Tom Zwiefelhofer, owner of property at 1916 17th
Avenue stated at the last Council meeting Attorney Thiel
referred to Ordinance 13-1-200(k) – Outdoor Lighting. It
states the light pole shall be no more than 15 feet in height
and no more than .5 candles. They measured the light and
the pole is over 22 feet in height. They also had the
brightness measured and in their yard it measured 8.8; bedroom
– 3.9; interior of the house 1.2. They are requesting the
light to be turned off. They feel it is a public
nuisance. Who enforces the ordinance? Attorney
Thiel responded that it usually was on a complaint basis and it
would be the responsibility of the Zoning
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve Final
Resolution 1111 - Authorizing – Street, Curb & Gutter &
Storm Sewer Improvements & Levying Special Assessments
Against Benefitted property for the 8th Avenue
Reconstruction Project from Ivy Street east approx. 950 feet.
Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion. Discussion:
Alderperson Hofmann questioned Mr. Meindel regarding box curb
vs. driveway. Mr. Meindel recommended proceeding with the
proposed plans that were bid out. All present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve a Conditional
Use Permit for Michael Randall, 18887 State Highway 40, Town of
Woodmohr to allow RV parking and camp ground in the ETZ zoning
area as recommended by the ETZ Committee and Planning
Commission. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and
all present voted aye.
Discussion was held regarding the Planning Commission that
was held prior to the Council meeting regarding fencing between
the Zwiefelhofer property at 1916 17th Avenue and
Dennis Schwab property at 2000 17th Avenue.
Mayor Summerfield reported the results of the Planning
Commission. This had been approved in 2004. After
discussion, Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the
recommendations of the Planning Commission regarding the fence
installation between the two properties: Zwiefelhofer’s at 1916
17th Avenue and Dennis Schwab’s at 2000
17th Avenue. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the
motion and a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson
Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.
The recommendations to install the fence are as follows:
The fence will be 6 feet high.
The fence will be placed 10 feet from the property line.
The fence will start 10 feet south of the 17th
Avenue property line approximately 195 feet to connect to the
Alderperson Meinen 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 23, 6:00
p.m. to August 25, 12:00 p.m. with live music on August 24,
2013 from 11:00 a.m. to August 25, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. as
approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson
Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Ordinance 13-02
– to Renumber Section 8-3-3 and to Create Section 8-3-2 of the
City Code; Waste Collection. Alderperson Steinmetz
seconded the motion. Mr. Meindel stated this will allow
the City to control haulers that want to come into the City.
All present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve installation of
an air conditioner in the training center/office of the Fire
Station – for approx. $1,500 from the building fund.
Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion. Alderperson
Meinen questioned if this project had been bid out? Fire
Chief Bleskacek stated no. Roll call vote:
Alderperson Meinen, no Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler,
aye. Alderperson Meinen stated he voted no because he
feels projects should be bid. Fire Chief Bleskacek stated
he will receive donated labor and electrical for the
installation. The fire department only had to pay for the
compressor and materials. The cost will be deducted from
the fire station building fund.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve changing the
date of the August 28, 2013 meeting to August 26, 2013.
Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve Renee Mullen
to attend Civic Systems Annual Symposium on Sept. 19-20, 2013
in Madison. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and
all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann 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. Alderperson
Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Courtney R. Trainor
Ryan J. Erickson
Lara A. Johnson
Dolan R. Hovde
Jon M. Hassemer
Naomi L. Rubenzer
Amy L. Tomczak
Amanda P. Curtis
Laura B. Prince
Kathryn E. Nevin
Breanne R. Harms
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported they are almost
completing the hiring process for a part-time officer.
They will be recommending hiring 2 officers at a future
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator
reported the head and block are cracked on the cardboard
truck. Estimated cost for repairs will be $17,500.
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator reported they are back
working at the substation.
Clerk Stoik requested RSVP’s for the upcoming joint area
meeting on July 31, 2013.
Tony Rubenzer, Zoning Administrator-Building Inspector
requested guidance from the Council and Attorney Thiel
regarding the height of lights according to the
ordinance. He feels there are numerous light not in
Alderperson Koehler – no comments.
Alderperson Hofmann - no comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.
Alderperson Meinen – no comments.
Mayor Summerfield – no comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to adjourn the
meeting. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all
present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC