City of Bloomer
Regular Meeting of the Common Council
1503 Main Street
Bloomer, WI 54757
June 14, 2017, 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 14 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Steinmetz presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Steinmetz, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler, and Administrator Frion. Attorney Gustafson was absent.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (May 24, 2017 Regular Meeting and June 5, 2017 Board of Review) as presented. Alderman Jones seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderman Hofmann made a motion to approve all claims against the City and Utilities as presented. Alderman Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:
Checks Numbered: 78748 - 78966
General Fund: $ 111,623.12
Electric Fund: $ 282,103.91
Water Fund: $ 4,292.99
Sewer Fund: $ 43,646.92
Payroll: $ 141,944.51
TOTAL $ 583,611.45
Housing Rehab: $ 65.00
Clarification was given by Mayor Steinmetz in regards to adding the Lake Como weed issue as an agenda item on a Council meeting agenda as published in June 14th issue of the Bloomer Advance. Steinmetz never declined the item be put on the agenda, but asked Mr. Mohr to provide additional information prior so the correct action could be taken going forward.
Richard Mohr provided photos (copy on file) of Lake Como currently. The Lake has floatation and weeds issue and would like to see it dredged again. Mohr thanked the Council for allowing him to voice his concerns.
Jon Nielsen spoke stating that the Lake Como Lake Association is still functional. After speaking with UW-Stevens Point, Nielsen stated he was told this was a bad year for all the lakes in the area. Nielsen stated that the lake association is willing to help where needed to try and fix the issue on Lake Como.
Gretchen Paape also spoke on behalf of the Lake Como weed concern. Paape felt that social media should be encouraged to educate the public; she would also like to see the City get involved. Paape wonders if the automation of the dam isn’t causing some of the issue.
Mona McMenamin encouraged those that live on the lake to be aware of the chemicals that they use on their lawn as there is run-off into lake.
Susan McGinnis would like to see the Lake Association and the City partner together to remedy the issue. The lake is used for recreational activities but has concerns that people won’t be able to use it if the weed issue continues to worsen.
Brad Cobalt stated the weeds have been an ongoing issue and are going to continue to worsen if something isn’t done.
Chad Baribeau lives on the lake and stated he used to be able to wait until mid-July to do maintenance on the lake. It seems like it is getting weedier early in the year.
Anne Kuhlman spoke stating she has problems with her water here in the City.
Administrator Frion provided the Council with health insurance renewal rates. Discussion took place as to if the City could transition to start the policy at the beginning of a calendar year rather than mid-year. A general survey will be done with the employees as to what provider they typically use. Mayor Steinmetz wanted to allow the Council time to review the information and action will take place at a future meeting.
The Police Department received a $2,000 donation from Charternex Films to go towards the K-9 Unit efforts. Officer Emmons with the City of Barron provided a demonstration with their K-9 dog. Emmons stated that their program is funded by donations and fundraising. After the initial cost of the start-up which would be roughly $12,000-$15,000, Emmons stated that the program costs roughly $3,500 annually to maintain. Officer Poppe reviewed the options the City is looking at. The City would be responsible for insuring the dog. The Department would use a squad that has higher mileage in which they could place the carriage for the dog.
Chief Zwiefelhofer stated that with hiring two new officers, he will need additional tasers. The Department has some old ones, but when they went to charge them, they no longer worked and the company no longer services them.
Kathy Larson, Library Director, stated that the summer reading program has begun and the library has been very busy.
Mark Schwartz stated that the City has been assisting Barron County with ambulance services due to a natural disaster and recent accidents. The City is part of the mutual aid program.
Administrator Frion stated that the life insurance rates have gone down, so the City will see a slight decrease in the premium. There had been some discussion in regards to the input of the sidewalk on 17th Avenue in front of Dollar General, Remax, Bloomer Hardware and the Bloomer Aquatic Center. Clarification was needed as to where the water/sewer laterals were prior to putting the sidewalk in. Frion advised the Council that work is being done to consolidate information for an electric rate increase. More information will be provided at a future meeting.
Alderperson Meinen provided an update on North Park. The plastic that is on the large pavilion is ripped and Meinen is getting an estimate for replacement.
Alderperson Koehler commented that there is a Golf Course Committee meeting following the Council meeting.
Mayor Steinmetz stated that AJ Manufacturing has blacktopped the approach on the land they purchased from the City.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion approving hiring Evan Ruff as a full-time officer within the Police Department as recommended by the Police Commission. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion approving hiring Bayli Maliszewski as a part-time officer within the Police Department as recommended by the Police Commission. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to purchase 3 cameras for the brush site for $3,200 as quoted plus installation costs. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve Resolution #1161-17 exempting the City of Bloomer from the Chippewa County tax levy for library purposes. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Ordinance #17-01; Amending
Sec. 8-1-4 Destruction of Weeds. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderperson Jones made a motion to approve Ordinance #17-02; Creating Sec. 7-1-24 Keeping of Chickens. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve closing City Hall on July 3, 2017, for maintenance. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve a license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for Ashley Budzinski, Jacquelyn Johnson, Brian Hutton Brian Johnson, Andrew Zillmer, Rhonda Durch (temporary), Marta Weigel, Julie Hamm, Eliese Weiland, Teresa Davis, and Ryan Stolt. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
The Common Council will convene into closed session as authorized by Wis. Stat. 19.85(1)(c) for “Considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation date of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises authority”. (Discuss wages of part-time police officer) Alderperson Meinen –aye, Alderperson Hofmann-aye, Alderperson Jones-aye, Alderperson Koehler-aye.
The Common Council reconvened to open session at 7:59 p.m. – Alderperson Meinen-aye, Alderperson Hofmann-aye, Alderperson Jones-aye, Alderperson Koehler-aye.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to pay the part-time police officers $22.91 per hour effective immediately. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to adjourn at 8:01 p.m. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.