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Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Bloomer, Wisconsin
JULY 27, 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 27, 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 Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (July 13, 2011) as presented. Alderperson Koehler 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 Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:

Checks Numbered: 57461 - 57618
General Fund $ 133,385.61
Electric Fund $ 291,731.24
Water Fund $ 2,529.63
Sewer Fund $ 67,635.30
Payroll $ 70,664.86
TOTAL $ 565,946.64

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

Kathy Dahl was present and requested to reserve her comments until item #7 on the agenda. Rick Viets was also present and he requested reserving his comments until #14 on the agenda. Mayor Summerfield granted their request.

Kathy Dahl requested the Council to have the speakers placed facing north for the upcoming Harms Way street dance, so she did not have the music vibrating in her house and also requested the police to enforce the hours of the live music. The permit is for an ending time of 1:00 a.m. on August 28, 2011 and stated that in the past this has not been followed.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve an extension of a Class "B" Combination Beer & Liquor license for Z-Bro, LLC d/b/a Harm's Way Bar & Grill, 1103 15th Avenue for a street dance on August 26 at 6 p.m. to August 28 – 12:00 p.m. with live music on August 27 from 11:00 a.m. to August 28 at 1:00 a.m. with a certificate of insurance to be filed at City Hall and approved by Officer in Charge Kevin Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve an extension of a Class "B" Combination Beer & Liquor license for The Next Place Bar, 1602 Martin Road for a fundraiser on August 13, 2011 with live music from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a certificate of insurance to be filed at City Hall and approved by Officer in Charge Kevin Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Mayor Summerfield stated Attorney Thiel drafted Items #9 & #10 together for approval concerning the 17th Avenue parking restrictions and the parking of recreational vehicles for longer than 48 hours. Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve Ordinance 11-05 – To Repeal and Recreate Section 10-1-47(d), to Amend Section 10-1-48 and to Amend Section 10-1-40 (a)(2) of the City Code; Limited Time Parking Regulations. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and Alderpersons Hofmann, Steinmetz and Koehler voted aye; Alderperson Meinen voted no.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve a petition to blacktop the city right-of-way – south end of Priddy Street and south of 12th Avenue. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion. Discussion: Mike Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator stated that the property owners were in agreement concerning the costs and Todd Carlson from A.J. Manufacturing has agreed to pay for the extra thickness for truck travel. Ms. Buresh questioned the edge adjoining her property. Mr. Meindel will work this out with her prior to the installation. All present voted aye.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator explained meetings and negotiations concerning the possible change to wholesale electrical supplier for the City. He and Mayor Summerfield have attended a number of meetings and were recommending the City to join the Great Lakes Utilities organization and the Lakeswind Project and to proceed with the proper paperwork. The Council reviewed documents on the potential savings in the future to the wholesale billing. Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve joining the Great Lakes Utilities and Lakeswind Project through Project Resource Corp and allowing Mr. Paulson and Mayor Summerfield to continue negotiations, contingent upon Attorney Thiel's review of the documents. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Discussion was held regarding the information submitted to FEMA back in March 2011 regarding the Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) to the flood plain. They are now requiring more information. Short, Elliott & Hendrickson detailed the steps to complete the application and the approx. additional cost of $12,500 to proceed with the application. The Council felt they didn't have much choice, but to pay the additional costs. Rick Viets commented also. Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve proceeding with Short, Elliott & Hendrickson to complete the necessary documents for FEMA at a not to exceed price of $12,500. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Renee Mullen to attend the Civic Systems Symposium on September 29 & 30, 2011 in Madison. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion. Alderperson Meinen questioned what costs were involved. Mayor Summerfield explained the costs to the City. Clerk Stoik stated that Civic Systems was the software the City used for its utility billing, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and cash receipts. It is a once a year program and was invaluable for learning the new features and enhancements. 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 Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Laura A. Stelzner
Amanda J. McKinney
Eric J. Prill
Brian R. Hutton

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator explained the landowner in Westbrook Subdivision had not yet received the permit for the 2nd lot to build a home. He was missing some of his paperwork and needed to complete them before the County would issue the permit.

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported Stelter had completed the gravel crushing for now for approx. $55,000. They will be back late in the fall to complete. Alderperson Koehler questioned when the last of the debris would be cleaned up from the barn on the Iron Horse Industrial Park. Mr. Meindel responded they need to remove some questionable materials and would be burning the rest soon.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator reported they had underground primary burn out on the west side of the City. They temporarily repaired it and will complete the service work as soon as possible.

Clerk Stoik asked the Council to review a letter received from Weld, Riley & Prenn concerning the posting of municipal buildings for not allowing concealed weapons on city property.

Officer in Charge Kevin Zwiefelhofer - was not present.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.

Alderperson Meinen – no comments.

MAYOR 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
City Clerk

 
 
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