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City of Bloomer

Regular Meeting of the Common Council

1503 Main Street

Bloomer, WI 54724

June 13th, 2018, 6:00 p.m.

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 13th, at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Steinmetz presiding.

Roll call was taken:  Mayor Steinmetz, Aldermen Meinen, Hofmann, Jones, Koehler, Administrator Frion and Attorney Gustafson were present. 

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderman Koehler made a motion to approve the minutes from the May 23rd, 2018 regular meeting as presented.  Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye. 

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

                                Checks Numbered:                         82315 - 82419

                                General Fund:                                  $ 144,141.35

                                Electric Fund:                                   $ 316,484.17

                                Water Fund:                                    $     4,769.06

                                Sewer Fund:                                    $   27,024.31

                                TOTAL                                            $ 492,418.89

Administrator Frion stated that the planters on Main Street are now planted.  Frion thanked Shadick’s Sporting Good and Hardware for their donation of potting soil.  Frion also would like to thank Jeff Weber from Woodmohr Greenhouse for his donation of time to assist in getting the flowers planted.

Alderman Koehler attended the presentation of the ultra-high-pressure pump that the Fire Department presented.  Koehler was impressed with the unit and felt it would be beneficial for the City.  The Fire Department will be retro-fitting their brush truck to hold the pump rather than purchasing a new truck for this purpose.

Mayor Steinmetz commented that at the IDC meeting discussion took place pertaining to the need for employees for City businesses.  The ‘Welcome to Bloomer’ sign needs to be updated.  Mayor Steinmetz is going to reach out to the Chamber to see who is responsible for that.

Alderman Hofmann made a motion to approve a certified survey map submitted by AJ Manufacturing for part of the NE ¼ of the NW ¼ and the NW ¼ of the NE ¼ in Section 5, T30N, R9W in the City of Bloomer.   Alderman Jones seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Discussion took place referencing the replacement of the fire siren.  At a previous meeting, Chief Bleskacek commented that when the siren goes off, it helps to notify the firemen that there is a call.  Currently, the Fire Department receives a text message from a private vendor, but in the event the service isn’t working properly, the siren helps with notification.  Alderman Meinen felt that if a new siren was purchased, it should come out of the Fire Department budget.  At this time, it was consensus of the Council to wait on the replacement of the fire siren.

When the City did the electric conversion, there were about a dozen locations in which the old primary was left.  Tim Kuhn, Electric Department Manager, would like to phase out the old primary. 

Alderman Meinen made a motion for the Electric Department to contract with PUSH, Inc. to provide boring services for replacing old primary wiring between Oak and Priddy Streets.  Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Alderman Hofmann made a motion to approve a license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicated liquors for Holly Belger, Michael Bruyette, Tiffanee Davis, Amber Hale, Lorna Worsley, Donna Nesja, Lori Nichols, Makayla Proulx, Katherine Gitzen, Jean Frion, Abby Church, Becky Prince, Kathy Coornoyer, Gina Farrington, and Randy Rihn.  Alderman Koehler seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Bill Miller, Water/Wastewater Department Manager, commented that with the upcoming phosphorus project that is required at the facility, it is a good time to look at other improvements that need to be done at the Wastewater Treatment facility in which the cost may be able to be tied in with this project.  If the Council would like to continue allowing hauler’s to bring septic/holding tank waste, it is critical that the City looks at upgrading the current septage receiving station and doing repairs to the inside structure and roof of the old storage tank.   A rough cost would be $150,000-$200,000.  Miller commented that there have been some recent issues in which the plant has been shocked with high ammonia levels, causing a great amount of staff time to get it back in compliance.  The cost to hauler’s for bringing septic/holding tank waste is minimal compared to the time and cost it takes for the staff to get the plant running properly again when the plant is shocked.  Alderman Hofmann commented that the City shouldn’t be losing money to provide the service.  Attorney Gustafson stated that the agreement should be strictly enforced.  In the event the agreement isn’t being followed appropriately, the City has the right to cancel the agreement.

Alderman Jones made a motion to convene into closed session as authorized by Wis. Stat. §19.85(1)(e) “Deliberating or negotiating the purchasing of public properties, the investing of public funds, or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session.”:

  • Discuss the terms of offer to purchase A-1 Excavating Properties.
  • Discuss terms of Golf Course lease agreement.
  • ETZ Repeal Agreement

Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion.  - Roll Call vote was taken:  Meinen – aye, Hofmann – aye, Jones – aye, Koehler – aye.

Alderman Hoffman made a motion to come out of closed session.  Alderman Koehler seconded the motion.  Roll Call vote was taken:  Meinen – aye, Hofmann – aye, Jones – aye, Koehler – aye.

Alderman Meinen made a motion to make amendments to the Offer to Purchase for the A-1 Excavating Properties building as discussed in closed session and present the offer to A-1 Excavating Properties.  Alderman Jones seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Motion by Alderman Koehler to adjourn.  Alderman Meinen seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Sandra Frion

City Administrator/Clerk



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1503 Main Street
Bloomer, WI 54724
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