July 8, 2015
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 8, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Meinen presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Meinen, Alderpersons Meinen, Steinmetz, Hofmann, Koehler, Clerk Stoik and Attorney Thiel.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (June 24, 2015) as presented. Alderperson Hofmann 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 Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:
Checks Numbered: 71274 – 71421, 72150
General Fund: $ 50,372.31
Electric Fund: $ 23,114.83
Water Fund: $ 8,469.43
Sewer Fund: $ 11,595.96
Payroll: $ 62,398.41
There were no audience comments.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve a street use permit and live music & dancing license for a block party on Newman Street from 9th Avenue north to approx. mid-block – July 25, 2015 12:00 p.m. to July 26, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. The live music will end on July 25, 2015 at 11:00 p.m. as submitted by Brant Allman, 1428 8th Avenue. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Attorney Thiel explained the action taken by the Common Council at the last meeting regarding a revocable license in the right-of-way on 13th Avenue situated on Lots 3 & 4, Block 4 Van Loon’s Addition, City of Bloomer with Trowbridge Properties, LLC. The property owner requesting this should pay the costs associated with this and understand that in the future, they may be required to remove the property in the right-of-way. Clerk Stoik read the motion from the meeting on June 24, 2015. Attorney Thiel stated there was no need for action at this meeting, but he now had clarification on how to proceed.
Alderperson Meinen stated he had met with Attorney Thiel regarding language in the City of Bloomer’s zoning code for sand loading or processing plants. There currently is not any language regulating the use of such facilities in the city limits. Attorney Thiel estimated it would take 5 to 7 hours for him to draft changes to the ordinance for consideration. He stated the city could not zone to prohibit such processing, but could regulate the industry for future development. Discussion then focused on a possible moratorium issuing permits at this time. Attorney Thiel stated the Common Council could adopt a moratorium, but would need to set an expiration date. It could not go on forever. Alderperson Meinen made a motion to draft a moratorium ordinance to regulate sand processing/plants to allow the City time to redraft the existing ordinances. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye. Attorney Thiel will draft the ordinance for approval at the next meeting.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve Resolution 1134 – To Authorize Mayor & City Clerk to Execute Deed to Michael D. Poirier to Lot 104, Iron Horse Industrial Park Plat. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve applications for licenses to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors to the following listed below as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer with the exception of Samantha A. Frazier. She scored too high in points. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye. Ms. Frazier will be sent a letter explaining her option of having a hearing with the Common Council.
Christina L. Olson
Lara E. Johnson
Ryan J. Erickson
Courtney R. Trainor
Tanner A. Rognholt
Kayla S. Durch
Nicole A. Rubenzer
Naomi L. Rubenzer
Sachel M. Hetke
Sara M. Nordlof
Samantha M. Frazier
Teresa R. Davis
Marina C. Harnisch-Seehaver
Linda M. Wildenberg
Jennifer L. Nyhus
Breanne R. Harms
Danielle L. Rihn
Elisha R. Kilboten
Shawn M. Bailey
Jared M. Siverling
Clerk Stoik – no comments.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator stated Progressive Rail will be doing repairs to the Main Street railroad crossing starting on August 3, 2015. He will be meeting with Bloomer Police, Chippewa County and Progressive Rail to determine a suitable detour route. The repairs are expected to take 1 week from start to completion. He also reported on the next agenda he would need approval for his CMAR – 2014 report of the Wastewater Treatment Plant. He also reported he will need to proceed with repairs to the storm sewer on 9th Avenue and Queen Street. The pipe is filling up and is causing erosion problems. He will have this on a future agenda after estimates have been completed.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported the repairs have been made to the shed for police evidence. He is waiting for the Electric Department to run power to the building.
Kathy Larson, Library Director stated that the Friends of the Library would be having a book sale on the weekend of the fair and have contacted the property owners across the street to ask if they could hold it on their property. The owners had no problem, as long as the city had insurance to cover injuries, etc. Clerk Stoik would check with the insurance company and report back to Kathy. Ms. Larson also thanked the City employees that are participating in the summer reading program for the children. It has been very successful.
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator - was not present.
Alderperson Meinen questioned the ordinances regarding fencing of retention ponds. Currently the city has no ordinance to enforce fencing. Attorney Thiel will draft some wording for an ordinance and will have this for consideration at the next meeting.
Alderperson Hofmann - no comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.
Alderperson Koehler – no comments.
Mayor Meinen reported he would be out of town from Wednesday, July 8th to Monday, July 13th.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to go into closed session as authorized by Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1) (c) (e) as read by Mayor Meinen. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to adjourn out of closed session pending Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1) (c) until later in the meeting. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion all present voted aye.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the offer to purchase from Michael Poirier for Lot 12 for $16,000 plus closing costs and attorney fees. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve a counter offer to purchase from Thomas and Susan Bleskacek for Lot 206 to include closing costs and attorney fees. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to counter offer the purchase of land for parks at $14,000. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion. Discussion: The Common Council questioned Mr. Meindel regarding the cost to install sewer and water laterals to property. He stated on a new lot it would cost approximately $7,000 to $8,000. A vote was taken on the motion: Alderperson Meinen & Hofmann voted no; Alderperson Steinmetz & Koehler voted yes. Mayor Meinen broke the tie and vote no.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to accept the counter offer of $15,000 from Harold & Dawn Shipman for 2019 South Main Street for future development of Witt Park. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and Meinen, Hofmann & Steinmetz voted aye; Koehler voted no.
Discussion was held regarding the Employee Handbook adopted in March of 2015. The Council reviewed examples of donation of vacation/ sick leave/ comp time from one employee to another employee’s due to sickness of an employee and has exhausted all of their accumulated leave. The clerk provided possible wording from other municipalities for consideration. Discussion was held on possible donations and how to handle it. No action was taken.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to go back into closed session to complete the adjourned section of 19.85 (1) (c) from a previous motion. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to come out of closed session and report on action taken. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye. No action was taken in the adjourned meeting of the closed session.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik