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Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Bloomer, Wisconsin
JUNE 1, 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, June 1, 2011 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 Steinmetz made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (May 11, 2011) as presented. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion. All present voted aye.

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

Checks Numbered: 56769 - 57008
General Fund $ 255,315.84
Electric Fund $ 317,291.54
Water Fund $ 13,153.46
Sewer Fund $ 19,041.34
Payroll $ 137,924.43
TOTAL $ 742,726.61

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were no audience comments.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the 4th Annual Scoot & Skedaddle race on August 5, 2011 as conducted in previous years and approved by Officer in Charge Kevin Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Discussion was held regarding the approval of the Class "B" Combination Beer & Liquor license currently held by TY Properties. Attorney Thiel informed the Council that Mr. Turner would not be able to attend the meeting as he was at work. He recommended tabling action until the next meeting on June 22, 2011. Discussion was held between the Council members about past practices of holding a license in pocket. Attorney Thiel stated a lot of questions need to be answered and would contact Mr. Turner to be at the June 22, 2011 meeting. Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to table action on the approval of a license for TY Properties – Rod Turner – A Secret Garden – 1416 Main until the next meeting on June 22, 2011. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye. Mr. Peter Brown wondered how many meetings he would need to attend to see if he has a chance at this license for his business. It was determined that June 22nd is the last meeting prior to the renewal on July 1st. If not renewed by July 1, the license would be voided.

Discussion was held with Ryan Brown, Chippewa County to review a proposal for adjusting wards after the 2010 census. Clerk Stoik explained that Mr. Brown had worked with the redistricting committee for the County Supervisor districts and asked for Mr. Brown's assistance for adjusting the City of Bloomer's ward lines. After reviewing locations of current council members and proposed ward lines, it was determined that the proposal was the least disruptive to each ward and allowed the populations totals to be adjusted to be more equal. The Council reviewed the map. Mr. Brown stated that after the City approves the map, at a later meeting they would need to approve the aldermanic districts. Clerk Stoik stated the County is working with the State to resolve issues of residents being moved from one ward to another. There isn't a lot of information at this time, as GAB – Governmental Accountability Board was involved with recounts and recalls at the state level. Alderperson Koehler questioned if voters would be informed. Clerk Stoik responded that the next election would be in 2012 and would ask the "Bloomer Advance" to place a colored picture in the paper for review. They would also do public reviews closer to the election. Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve Resolution 1092 – Adopting the City of Bloomer Ward Plan as presented. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.

Discussion was held with Ruth Rosenow, Chippewa County Housing Authority regarding submitting an application for Community Development Block Grant application for residential homes. She has submitted this application for the City in the past. There is a possibility of obtaining $550,000 for the City of Bloomer. Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve submitting an application for the CDBG program as described by Ruth Rosenow, Chippewa County Housing Authority. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Discussion was held regarding a survey to finalize the lot line issues on the south end of Priddy Street – boarding Alyssa Buresh property. It has been determined that there is a discrepancy with her lot and the City's right of way into the property known as the Armour building and park. Mr. Meindel received a quote from Real Land Surveying to review. Option #1 – included a legal description for the attorney to use in preparing a deed. There would be no monuments or sketches prepared for approx. $400. Option #2 – Monuments with iron pipe, a map prepared & filed with the County Surveyor and legal description for approx. $800-$1000. Mr. Meindel was recommending Option #2 to resolve this for the long term. Discussion was held regarding who would pay the fees. Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Option #2 with the City paying half the costs, contingent upon Ms. Buresh paying half in exchange for the City to deed the property to her. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.

Discussion was also held regarding the lot line issue by the old boat landing and boarding Amanda Joswiak's property. There is also a discrepancy with this legal description. Mr. Meindel had received an estimate from the surveyor of approx. $400 to resolve this issue. Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to extend the south line and to have an easement over the City's pipe and the city to keep the south end for a drive through for winter sport activities on the lake for approx. $400 split between the City and Amanda Joswiak. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Discussion was held with Brian Bleskacek, Fire Chief regarding specifications for a triple combination pumper. Alderperson Koehler questioned if this needed action, as they had approved it at the March 28, 2011 joint meeting with area townships. Attorney Thiel stated the City needed to finalize the specifications. Clerk Stoik read the minutes from the March 28, 2011 meeting for the Council's review. Alderperson Koehler questioned if anything had changed from that meeting. Fire Chief Bleskacek replied that everything remained the same. Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve authorizing Brian D. Bleskacek, Fire Chief to submit specifications for a triple combination pumper to three bidders of his choice. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Resolution 1091 – Compliance Maintenance resolution for the wastewater treatment facility. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

The Council then reviewed a proposed ordinance change to Section 7-4-7(c) of the City Code – Sales of Farm Produce and Other Merchandise as drafted by Attorney Thiel. Changes were made to the season (April 1 to November 30th) of each year; section (b) which changed from 15 days to 1 day to obtain a permit; and the fee was set at $25 for the season. Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Ordinance 11-03 - To Repeal & Recreate Section 7-4-7 (c) of the City Code; Sales of Farm Produce and Other Merchandise. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Discussion was held regarding the 17th Avenue parking issues. Mayor Summerfield cannot understand why they can't park by the library during the day. Donna Yakesh, lineguard stated you could have many signs and people don't read them. Alderperson Hofmann stated he had met with Officer in Charge Zwiefelhofer and would like to get a committee to review some of the issues that have developed since the change was implemented more than a year ago. Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve tabling the 17th Avenue parking issue until the July 13, 2011 meeting to allow a committee to review. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and Alderperson Hofmann, Steinmetz and Koehler voted aye; Alderperson Meinen voted no.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion approve designating funds for Garages & Sheds – for $194,199.10; Sick Pay Investment - $146,436.25 as recommended by Auditor Dan Thole. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Mayor Summerfield stated at the appointment night, it was forgotten to appoint a council member to the Police Commission. Mayor Summerfield recommended appointing Richard Hofmann as the City's representative from the Council to the Police Commission. Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve Mayor Summerfield's appointment of Richard Hofmann to the Police Commission. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve Peter Gehring & Karen Herman to attend Police Commission training in Wausau on July 12, 2011 for $138 per person. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

No action was taken regarding the joint area meeting. There is a problem with the date the City of Eau Claire is trying to resolve.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the Cigarette Licenses for July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 as listed below. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Kwik Trip – 1625 Woodard Road
SSG Corporation, Holiday Station – 2016 17th Avenue
Badger Hole – 1019 15th Avenue
Xpeditions – 1319 Main Street
Shadick's Price Rite – 1502 16th Avenue
Joe's Family Market – 1303 Main Street
Bridge Stop – 1300 Main Street
The Next Place Bar & Grill – 1602 Martin Road
Junior's Bar – 1412 Main Street

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the applications to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for the following listed below. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Samantha J. Plakke
Janelle L. Yeakey
Todd Rowan
Amanda G. Turner

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator updated the Council regarding the progress of home construction in the Westbrook subdivision.

Brian Bleskacek, Fire Chief – had nothing to report.

Kevin Zwiefelhofer, Officer in Charge – had nothing to report.

Michel Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported that they had a pump go out at the wastewater treatment facility. This will be on the next agenda for approval from the replacement fund.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator – was not present.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Meinen – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield commented on a letter from Municipal Treasurers of Wisconsin stating Sue Stoik had received her seconded certification. He also stated that the Police Commission had posted the Police Chief position internally. The Council and Police Commission need to update the duties and qualifications. The previous one stated a "bachelor's degree" preferred. They would like this to be changed. It will be on a future agenda for approval. He also chaired a joint meeting of the ETZ committee and Planning Commission and discovered errors in the two different zonings. They will be meeting monthly to resolve these issues.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.


Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC
City Clerk

 
 
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