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MEETING MINUTES

Bloomer, Wisconsin     

                                                                        July 25, 2012

 

 

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 25, 2012 at 6:00 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 Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (July 11, 2012) as presented.  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

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

                        Checks Numbered:                 61125 - 61249

                        General Fund:                         $   81,457.35

                        Electric Fund:                          $ 323,636.77

                        Water Fund:                          $     2,654.48

                        Sewer Fund:                          $     3,022.23

                        Payroll:                                 $   65,810.71

                        TOTAL                                 $ 476,581.54

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were no audience comments.

Discussion was held with Sean Lentz, Ehlers & Associates regarding the preliminary resolution for Electric System Revenue Bonds – Series 2012 approved at the July 11, 2012 meeting. He presented the Pre-Sale Report and a 2 year trend in Municipal Bond Indices.  Discussion was held regarding the amount of the bond.  The first design for the system upgrade was estimated to cost around 2.7 million.  There have been some changes and the cost is estimated to be less.  The last bid opening is scheduled for Monday, July 30, 2012 – 2 p.m.  Final numbers should be determined then.  The City would then contact Ehlers & Associates so the final numbers could be bid out properly.  Mayor Summerfield suggested a committee to get together to determine the final numbers.  Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the committee of Peter Paulson, Sue Stoik, Randy Summerfield and Kevin Meinen the authority to inform Ehlers of the final amount of the bond for the closing scheduled for August 8, 2012.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

A hearing was held regarding the denial of an operator’s license for Alicia A. Calkins at the July 11, 2012 meeting as recommended by Chief Zwiefelhofer for not meeting the points system for approval.  Ms. Calkins spoke that she had a rough couple of years and has turned her life around.  She has been at this job for a few years and is a good worker.  Bobbi Caneff owner of Blue Moose spoke and stated that Ms. Calkins is one of her best workers and she too felt that she had turned her life around.  Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the license to sell fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for Alicia A. Calkins for a 1 year probationary period with Chief Zwiefelhofer to report any infractions to the Council at renewal time.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Discussion was held regarding Matters, LLC personal property assessment for 2011. Mr. Mark Bergh had been assessed $60,000 and felt the information was incorrect.  It was determined at the last meeting that Mr. Bergh had failed to fill out the required paperwork.  He felt he didn’t have to because he had no personal property.  He has since found out that he does have some personal property and reported that to Assessor James Toth.  Mayor Summerfield reviewed documents from Assessor Toth and stated that he too felt it was a mistake.  The equipment was assessed at $60,000 and should have been set at $5,000. Alderperson Meinen stated that he should have filled out the form and everything would have been taken care of.  Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve correcting Matters, LLC 2011 personal property assessment from $60,000 to $5,000 and to include penalties for late payment.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion.  Discussion:  Alderperson Meinen stated he felt this was wrong.  Mr. Bergh had options to correct.  Roll call vote:  Alderperson Meinen, no; Hofmann, yes; Steinmetz, yes; Koehler, yes.

Discussion was held with Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation and distribution of the 2011 annual report by Jim Smart and Chris Conard.  They are the Bloomer representatives and reported on progress with potential businesses interested in locating in Bloomer.  They also presented an Economic Development Marketing Plan for review and the annual report presented at the meeting back in May.  They urged any members to contact them at any time.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve an extension   of a Class “B” Combination Beer & Liquor license for Z-Bro, LLC – Harms Way Bar and Grill – 1103 15th Avenue for a street dance on August 24, 2012 – 6 p.m. to August 26, 2012 – 12:00 p.m. with live music on August 25, 2012 from 11 a.m. to August 26, 2012 1:00 a.m. and Street Use Permit from Kranzfelder Street from 15th Avenue north as approved by Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve an Outdoor Sports and Beer Garden for Chalkboard Café – Peter Brown, 1616 Woodard Road for outdoor horseshoe pits.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye. Alderperson Koehler questioned if the area is fenced and Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported he had inspected the area and it is fenced properly.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Ayres Associate to inspect the dam for $1,750 as required by Wisconsin DNR.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve Randy Summerfield to attend the League of Municipalities 2012 Chief Executives Workshop August 22-24, 2012.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve changing the date of the August 22, 2012 meeting to Monday, August 27, 2012.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve a Class B Picnic license for Bloomer Fire Department on Sept. 15, 2012 at the Bloomer Fairgrounds – 9th Avenue for their annual steak feed.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen 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 Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Nichole M. Anderson

Britton L. Slowey

Mallory K. Eder

Sarah L. Warren

Alin P. Bircham

Brianne N. Reischel

Michael J. Fouts

Kelsey L. Mullen

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported the railroad would be here on August 13th to make repairs to the 13th Avenue crossing.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator – had nothing to report.

Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported the new squad was delivered.  He had it parked outside for members to view it. He will be working on transfer of equipment and decaling.  It may take up to two weeks to have it on the road.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Meinen – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield reported the arbitrator ruled against the city regarding the overtime issue with Officer Mark McElroy.  He also reaffirmed the time with Alderperson Meinen for Monday, July 30th bid opening for electric substation equipment.

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

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to come out of closed session and report on action taken.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve Drako Lorenz for a part-time Patrol Officer position effective date pending the outcome of a psychological exam at $14.35 per hour with an increase to $15.00 per hour after 6 months pending a review from Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

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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