City of Bloomer
Regular Meeting of the Common Council
1503 Main Street
Bloomer, WI 54757
June 28, 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 28 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Steinmetz presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Steinmetz, Aldermen Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler, Administrator Frion and Attorney Gustafson were all present.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderman Jones made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (June 14, 2017) as presented. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderman Koehler 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: 78967 - 79102
General Fund: $ 21,906.59
Electric Fund: $ 3,595.59
Water Fund: $ 2,698.15
Sewer Fund: $ 11,637.11
Payroll: $ 72,035.99
TOTAL $ 111,873.43
Robert Seibel spoke in regards to towns not being able to use the brush site.
A list of capital improvements was reviewed that would be given to the PSC for consideration into the electric rate increase. It was consensus of the Council to provide this information to the auditor.
Administrator Frion stated that the City has received a new quote from Access Security for the cost of just one set of cameras for the brush site. The cost was an additional $400 than $3,200 that the Council had taken action at the June 14th meeting. It was the consensus of the Council to continue moving forward with the project.
Attorney Gustafson advised the Council that he has met with Administrator Frion, Alderman Meinen and Zoning Administrator Rubenzer in regards to the non-metallic mining ordinance. He will be providing a draft ordinance for Council to review.
Alderman Meinen commented that he was getting quotes to replace the plastic curtain on the large pavilion at the North Park. He stated it would be roughly $1,500 to replace. He also is getting quotes from Senn Blacktop and Perfection Paving for repairing the tennis courts.
Alderman Hofmann thanked the Electric Department for trimming the trees at the library.
Alderman Koehler gave an update on discussion that took place at the last Golf Course Committee meeting. There is some maintenance work that needs to be done. One of the issues with a lease agreement is that, generally speaking, a lessee is not going to want to invest money into something they do not own. Resolutions to the issue included having the City create a long range 5-10 year plan for the course and the City explore selling the golf course to a private entity with the stipulation that the property will always remain a golf course.
Mayor Steinmetz commented that he and Administrator Frion met with a business owner regarding buying land in the Industrial Park. Council will be advised as discussion progresses. Steinmetz also attended the open house at Catalytic Combustion on June 15th and was very impressed.
Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve a certified survey map submitted by River Country Co-op for part of the NW1/4 of the NW1/4, Section 9, T30N, R9W that was approved by the Planning Commission. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve the purchasing of 8 new tasers for the Police Department. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve going with Health Traditions – Option 2 for health insurance effective July 1st, 2017. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Jones made a motion approving the 10th Amendment to the Market Based Rate Full Requirements agreement between the City of Bloomer and AEP Energy Partners. Alderman Koehler seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Hofmann made a motion approving Resolution #1162-17 authorizing the City to enter into contract with Magney Construction for the Sludge Thickener project. Alderman Meinen seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Meinen made a motion approving Resolution #1163-17 approving the Compliance Maintenance Report for 2016. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Koehler made a motion approving Ordinance #17-03 - Amending Sec. 10-1-21 of the City Code; Speed Limits. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Jones made a motion to approve a license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for Kenarae Luzinski, Shawn Bailey, Karen Potapenko, and Alexandria Cantrall. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
The Common Council will convene into closed session as authorized by Wis. Stat. 19.85(1)(g) for “Conferring with legal counsel for the governmental body who is rendering oral or written advice concerning strategy to be adopted by the body with respect to litigation in which it is or is likely to become involved”. (Update on status of ETZ abolishment agreement) Alderman Meinen –aye, Alderman Hofmann-aye, Alderman Jones-aye, Alderman Koehler-aye.
The Common Council reconvened to open session – Alderman Meinen-aye, Alderman Hofmann-aye, Alderman Jones-aye, Alderman Koehler-aye. No action was taken in closed session.
Alderman Meinen made a motion to adjourn at 8:01 p.m. Alderman Koehler seconded the motion. Motion carried.