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Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Bloomer, Wisconsin
JUNE 22, 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 22, 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 Behling.

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (June 1, 2011) as presented. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion. 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: 57009 - 57197
General Fund $ 82,101.60
Electric Fund $ 282,568.29
Water Fund $ 49,404.22
Sewer Fund $ 28,792.77
Payroll $ 66,904.56
TOTAL $ 509,771.44

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were no audience comments.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the Class "B" Combination Beer & Liquor license currently held by Rodney & Kellie Turner – sole proprietorship – 1416 Main Street to be held in pocket. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion. Discussion: Alderperson Steinmetz questioned why they would approve someone to hold the license in pocket, when previously there was another applicant interested in the license. Mayor Summerfield responded the other applicant has applied for a different type of license. Alderperson Koehler questioned the procedure for review of licenses and the confusion with this application. He questioned an email received from Mr. Turner withdrawing the application. Mayor Summerfield responded that he had spoken to Mr. Turner after the letter and he is requesting to hold the license in pocket. All present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve an extension of a Class "B" Combination Beer & Liquor license and street closing for Xpeditions, Inc. – 1319 Main for a street dance on September 10-11, 2011 with live music from 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. on Sept. 10, 2011 as approved by Officer in Charge Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve a street use permit for the Xpedition Triathlon on September 10, 2011 held at the North Park as approved by Officer in Charge Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Mike Hable was present to discuss Ordinance 11-03 – Sales of Farm Products and Other Merchandise which was approved on June 1, 2011. He had submitted a letter for Council review and wanted to address three other issues. 1. He had someone who wanted to sell maple syrup, but felt the $25 fee was too high. 2. He felt city hall turned away a lady on Monday, because she had to wait one day to get the license. 3. Was he in violation of the law, by selling maple syrup off the counter at his business? Clerk Stoik responded that the applicant from Monday did not want to apply, but wanted her daughter to submit the application. The information was given to her and the daughter had not returned. Attorney Behling felt he was not in violation of the ordinance if he was selling maple syrup in his commercial business. Mr. Hable felt the ordinance was extreme and not very friendly for allowing sale of produce. He felt Bloomer was the only City implementing such an ordinance. Attorney Behling stated that Mondovi recently enacted an ordinance for farm produce. Discussion was held on how the ordinance was adopted. After discussion, the Council felt they would like to try this ordinance for the summer season and see how it works. No motions were made.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve pump repairs at the Wastewater Treatment Plant at a not to exceed price of $4,000 from the replacement fund. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve purchase of a still for the Wastewater Treatment Plant for $2,512. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

No action was taken regarding the aldermanic districts. This will be on the July 13, 2011 meeting for approval.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve pump test and repairs for the fire trucks for a not to exceed price of $2,000 as described by Fire Chief Bleskacek. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Officer in Charge Zwiefehofer reported on the grants available to replace bulletproof vests for the Police Department. He reported he has a pending grant still available for $1,000. It's a matching grant from the state, but requires a 50/50 split with the municipality. He is requesting to purchase two. Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the purchase of 2 bulletproof vests for the Police Department for $1,000 with the matching grant from the state. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Sue Carlson, Chairman of the Park Board was present. She discussed the boards plan to develop Witt Park. They would like to install a pavilion and play equipment in the future. Other members of the board are working on a grant to get the pavilion going. She knows at this time the City has set aside approx. $4,000 for future outlay projects. She wanted to know if the Council would approve appropriating the money for the pavilion if they succeed in the grant. The Common Council gave Ms. Carlson verbal approval that if it was possible – they would allow the money to be directed to this project. She will bring the information back as soon as something was more definite for final approval. She stated they would need to work with Clerk Stoik to get information for the past years for the grant submittal. She would submit them to her the next day. She also thanked Mike Meindel and the Street Department for their dedication to the parks over the years. She does have some concerns regarding the park maintenance. In the past, an employee has been dedicated to handling the parks. Because of the cutbacks in man power, there have been different employees rotating in and out of the parks. She feels that maintenance and chores at times are overlooked. She also asked if the police could check if there were maintenance and housekeeping duties that needed to be taken care of on weekends. Officer in Charge Zwiefelhofer stated that they would check things out on the weekends and report any problems to Mike Meindel, Street Administrator. Mr. Meindel stated he would also work with the employees to make sure all of the duties are being taken care of on a weekly basis. She also questioned what was all being charged to parks when it comes to mowing. Mr. Meindel explained that the lawnmower purchased for the parks, is only used in the parks and not on any other city properties. He would get her a list of everything that is mowed and charged off to the parks. She also requested that any of the monies used for park pavilion rentals be designated to a specific park fund for purchases. Mayor Summerfield explained that the revenues do off set the expenses each year. At budget time this could be considered. She also stated that in the early 1990 it was adopted to charge $50 for every lot with each new home being built, to be designated to the parks. Each year this money is recorded as revenue. The City has not been charging developers until the project is complete, because they can use the option of dedicating a lot. She also thanked the donors for the new park equipment at the North Park. They are also working of a dedication of a tree and plaque to Ray Miller. Mr. Miller has been a long time City Forester and member of the Park Board. He dedicated many years of service to both positions. Alderperson Meinen stated he has been on the Park Board for the past year. He thanked the Park Board members for all the work they do for the parks.

Discussion was held regarding the current ordinance restricting parking of recreational vehicles on city streets for no longer than the 48 hours allowed by ordinance. The Police Department only responds to complaints of campers, trailers, etc. for violating the 48 hour rule. He is proposing allowing parking for 22 consecutive days from April 15 to November 1 of each year in front of their property. Alderperson Hofmann questioned if this would allow the parking of semi-tractors for long periods of time. Officer in Charge Zwiefelhofer felt it should only be for campers, trailers with ATV's, boats. Discussion was held on what changes they felt were appropriate. Attorney Behling stated that if the Council made a motion to these changes would be subject to legal counsel review. Alderperson Koehler stated why we even had an ordinance that could not be enforced. He felt it was silly. He didn't think the police should be used as parking maids. Discussion was held about permits. This item was tabled until the next agenda. The Council needed more time to review the current ordinance and think about proposed changes.

Mayor Summerfield stated he had been contacted by a local realtor/broker regarding the residential lots for sale in TIF #4. He was wondering if the City would allow him to co-broker at 2-1/2% if he was able to sell a lot. Discussion was held if the City should raise the price or maintain at the current levels. It was decided that if a realtor was willing to prepare the paperwork and sell the lot, it would benefit the City to allow the sale to be co-brokered. Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve allowing a licensed realtor to co-broker the sale of TIF # 4 residential lots at 2-1/2%. Alderperson Koehler 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 approve a Class "B" Beer and Class "C" Wine license for the sale of intoxicating beer & wine for PB & J's Wood "N" Stuff Inc. (Bloomer Inn & Suites) Janet Brown, Agent for 1616 Woodard Road effective July 1, 2011. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye. Mayor Summerfield thanked Peter Brown for being patient with this process of obtaining a license.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve attendance at the Joint Area Meeting of area mayors & council members on July 6, 2011 in Eau Claire. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Officer in Charge Kevin Zwiefelhofer stated that he had found two applicants for Operators licenses did not qualify for licenses. One of the applicants had a hearing a year ago and had no violations since. He was not recommending the approval of Carlton Hanson. Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the applications to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for the following listed below with the exception of Carlton Hanson as recommended by Officer in Charge Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye. Mr. Hanson will be notified by letter of the denial
Abby E. Dahl
Mary B. Edmondson
Rochelle E. North
Tanya R. Perry
Denise E. Svitak
Alexis C. Thome
Aimee R. Wagner
Jami J. Zwiefelhofer
Roxanne E. Zwiefelhofer
Stephanie L. Farrington
Kyle J. Hable
Jeffrey C. Harm
Jane M. Rasmussen
Kelsey A. Prince
Karen L. McGlothlin

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Brian Bleskacek, Fire Chief – had nothing to report.

Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator – had nothing to report.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator reported the floor at the shop had been repainted and still does not meet the specifications. They will be redoing it again. He stated he also demoed a new bucket truck and this will be on a future agenda for approval. He also would be taking some vacation in July.

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

Michel Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator - had nothing to report.

Attorney Behling was present and introduced Attorney Nick Hennemann. He is new to their firm and would be training with him and Attorney Thiel.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz questioned if there had been contacts for the Iron Horse Industrial Park.

Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.

Alderperson Meinen – no comments.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield congratulated Kim Korbel Library Director for recently receiving her Masters degree. The Library Board had informed him that they will be increasing her annual salary by $5,000 to reflect this degree. This will bring her salary to a small amount more than the previous director. He also had received notification that Debbie LaGesse received a $100 scholarship to attend the UW-Green Bay Treasurers Institute in July. He also reported a death of a previous Mayor from Augusta. He will be missed. Also he had scheduled a final meeting with the police union on July 13, 2011 at 3:45 p.m.

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


Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC
City Clerk

 
 
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