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            Bloomer, Wisconsin      

June 19, 2013

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 19, 2013 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 Steinmetz made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (May 29, 2013) as presented.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann 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:                 64319, 64321 - 64487

                        General Fund:                         $  108,504.51

                        Electric Fund:                          $  263,667.56

                        Water Fund:                          $      5,369.16

                        Sewer Fund:                          $    16,808.55

                        Payroll:                                 $    62,815.41

                        TOTAL                                 $  457,165.19


Del Zwiefelhofer and Diane Baier were present as owners of the property located at 1916 17th Avenue and the installation of a light pole that is in the buffer zone along their property.  They feel this in violation of the ordinance.  They want the light pole removed.  They want to petition the Planning Commission.  Mayor Summerfield explained when the next meetings were scheduled.  He also explained that the Zoning Administrator could review this with the City Attorney to determine if this is a violation.  They tentatively set a date for the Planning Commission and Council meeting for July 24, 2013.  Ralph Charbonneau, 1910 17th Avenue also filed a complaint that the fence behind his property was never completed.

Representatives reported they are working on starting a soccer league in the City for 4 to 10 year olds.  They have a lot of interest from participants.  They are looking for green space.  They had talked to the Community Club about the fairgrounds.  They would need to have insurance for liability.  They wanted the City to know they are working on starting this in Bloomer and may be looking at other locations.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the Certified Survey Map submitted by Chris Conard, President of Processed Metal Innovators, LLC (PMI) for parcels located in the NE ¼ of the SW ¼ Section 9, T30N, R9W, being part of Lot 11 and all of Lots 12 and 13, Bloomer Industrial Park and including all of Lots 1 & 2, CSM No. 3137, V.14/P.207 as approved by the Planning Commission.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve an extension to a licensed premise for a Class "B” Combination Beer & Liquor license for Junior’s Bar, 1412 Main Street on June 22 & 23, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. with live music from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen stated he placed the next item on the agenda for discussion.  He feels that there is no regulation how gravel is taken from the City pile.  The City pays $6.06 a yard to have it crushed.  When the City bills, it is billed at $7.50 yard.  They are not weighed.  He is not saying anyone is stealing, but feels the City has no way of regulating what is being taken.  Mr. Meindel stated he and Mr. Lambert have worked this out in the past.  The City may have been taken advantage of in the past, but most residents are honest.  He doesn’t feel the City is losing anything.  It is on the honor system.  He feels the City needs to have a reclaimable location for residents to get rid of old concrete.  He does sell it, when they have no use for it for City projects.  Alderperson Meinen felt that the loads should be weighed or the possibility of placing a camera at that location.  Alderperson Steinmetz suggested Alderperson Meinen should meet with Mr. Meindel to review the numbers.  He feels it will just cost the City and residents more to try and regulate it.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the quotes for repairs to the roofs at the fire station, city hall and city shop with North Central Insulation for $31,346.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and Alderpersons Hofmann, Steinmetz & Koehler voted aye; Alderperson Meinen voted no.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to accept a new storage shed on city property by the softball field from the softball club to be used for storage of their equipment.  Alderperson Meinen   seconded the motion and all present voted aye. Clerk Stoik will call the insurance company for coverage.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the Second Amendment to the Market Based Rate Full Requirements Agreement with American Electric Power Service Corp. and to allow Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator to sign on behalf of the City. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Discussion was held regarding setting a date for mediation with the Labor Association of Wisconsin – Police Union.  Mayor Summerfield suggested after the regular meetings on July 10 or July 24, 2013.  The Common Council agreed those dates would work with their schedules.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the applications for a license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for the following listed below as approved by Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Gene F. Schindler

Justin D. Rihn

Kristine M. Cole

Susan M. Johnson

Joyce L. Palumbo

Matthew G. Swartz

LuAnn M. Oldenberg

Kathi G. Hahner

Betty J. Lauer

Sena M. Utt

Jane M. Rasmussen

Jeff C. Harm

Samantha J. Plakke



Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported the advertisement for bids for 8th Avenue by the new elementary school would be posted.  He also stated the concrete floor was poured at the new storage building.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator reported they would be energizing the second transformer soon.

Police Chief Zwiefelhofer was not present.


Alderperson Meinen stated the reason he voted no regarding #10 on the agenda is because he feels two bids should have been submitted for the roof replacements.

Alderperson Hofmann - no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Koehler also stated he would like to see competitive bids submitted for City projects.


Mayor Summerfield will be gone August 14 – 21, 2013 and would like to change the date of the meeting.  This will be on the July 10th meeting for consideration.  He reported he attended a meeting with AEP and the other adjoining municipalities.

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

                                                                        Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC

                                                                        City Clerk

  City of Bloomer
1503 Main Street
Bloomer, WI 54724
Phone: 715-568-3032
Email Us: sstoik@ci.bloomer.wi.us
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