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MEETING MINUTES

Bloomer, Wisconsin

                                                                               June 8, 2016

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 8, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Steinmetz presiding.

Roll call was taken:  Mayor Steinmetz, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Koehler, Clerk Stoik and Attorney Gustafson.  Alderperson Jones – absent.

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meetings (May 25, 2016 & Board of Review June 1, 2016) as presented.  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye. 

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

                        Checks Numbered:                 75067 - 75200

                        General Fund:                         $    63,048.13

                        Electric Fund:                         $      5,228.63

                        Water Fund:                           $    10,802.45           

                        Sewer Fund:                           $    17,406.44

                        Payroll:                                   $    67,675.99

                        TOTAL                                   $  164,161.64        

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were no audience comments.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve a Certified Survey Map for Ann Seibel, 8977 170th Avenue submitted by John Mickesh, Chippewa Survey.  Lot is located in the ETZ area – Town of Woodmohr as recommended by the Planning Commission.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve a Certified Survey Map for Chippewa County located between State Hwy. 40 and County Hwy. SS.  Lot is located adjacent to Olson Motor Clinic, 815 Martin Road in the City of Bloomer as recommended by the Planning Commission.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Discussion was held regarding an expired building permit at 1417 7th Avenue owned by Robert Olson.  Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Adminstrator explained that a permit was issued for a garage on 08-24-14.  Mr. Olson paid for the permit on 09-11-14.  The ordinance states that building permits need to be completed in 18 months.  On May 12, 2016 Mr. Rubenzer sent Mr. Olson a letter stating he had 30 days to become compliant and finish the project.  As of now, it will not be completed by June 11, 2016.  Mr. Rubenzer also questioned Attorney Gustafson regarding a non-compliance issue with the property.  The primary home was removed; therefore a garage is not a permitted use in an R-1 zoning district.  Attorney Gustafson discussed different options the city could explore. Revoke the permit, legal forfeitures, raze order, etc.  The Common Council discussed with Mr. Olson the problems he is experiencing with his contractor.  He apologized for the delay.  He stated he has a contract with him to complete the work by June 30, 2016 or penalties of $50 per day would be deducted from the final payment.  Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve extending the completion date of the project to June 30, 2016 with a copy of the contract with the contractor submitted to City Hall.  If the project is not complete, extreme measures will be taken.  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion.  Discussion:  Alderperson Hofmann questioned what the extreme measures would be?  The Council was in agreement to proceed to revoke the permit and take legal action. All present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to cost share 50/50 with the American Legion for an AED to be installed at the old clubhouse.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion.  Discussion:  Alderperson Koehler stated this was a private organization and felt the city was setting precidence for other organizations to have the City fund their purchases also.  Alderperson Meinen and Hofmann voted aye; Alderperson Koehler voted no.  Motion carried.

Deanna Stevens presented a conceptual drawing requesting a park at the corner of 16th Avenue and Smith Street.  This site was previously used as a little league field.  She met with the Park Board on Monday, June 6, 2016 and they were in favor of the project.  It was not on their agenda, so no action was taken by the Park Board.  She would like the park to be developed more as a nature area with trees, benches and a small pavilion and not a playground.  She questioned the ownership of the adjacent lot behind Dollar General with a small retention pond.  She had called Dollar General and they informed her that they did not own the property.  It was determined that Dollar General leases the property and a corporation owns the property.  She also stated that her employer would be interested in possibly providing financial support for the project.  The Council discussed possible concerns with developing a park in that area and the possible sale of the land to a prospective developer in the future.  The Council requested this to be further researched and potential costs reviewed by the Park Board and the department heads.  No action was taken by the Council.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Resolution 1147 – Compliance Maintenance Report Year 2015 for the WWTP.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve changing the June 22, 2016 Common Council meeting to June 29, 2016.  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Sue Stoik to attend the MTAW fall conference on Sept. 21 -23, 2016.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve a Class “B” Picnic license for Bloomer Community Club on July 16 & 17, 2016 at the Bloomer Fairgrounds beer tent & surrounding fenced area at 803 Riggs Street as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve applications for fermented beverages & intoxicating liquor to the following listed as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer.  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Holly L. Belger

Devonah M. McFarlane

Donna M. Nesja

Kaylee A. Reinass

Johnathon D. Gilbertson

Kevin A. Czapiewski

Jean Petska

Ashley Hobeck

Levi M. Stumo

Julie A. Nyhus

Rebecca J. Moen

Becky L. Prince

Lorna A. Worsley

Brian T. King

Ariel M. Miller

Tiffanee S. Davis

Katelyn C. Brook

Anna M. Jergenson

Ann K. Faschingbauer

Rebecca J. Bohl

Kevin D. Black

Alyson A. Zwiefelhofer

Megan J. Scott

Christina A. Sarauer

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Clerk Stoik – had nothing to report.

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported the demolition of the building at the well would be completed on Monday.

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

Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer – had nothing to report.

Kathy Larson, Library Director reported they had 174 participants to kick-off their summer reading program.  They will be working with Fred Hable to hold the annual See Dick Run on Thursday, June 9th and they will be hosting Antique & Collectables appraisal on June 16th.

Attorney Gustafson – had nothing to report. 

City Clerk Stoik – had nothing to report.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator – was not present.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.

Alderperson Meinen – no comments.

Alderperson Jones – absent.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Steinmetz questioned Attorney Gustafson if WITN had contacted him regarding the tower installation.  Attorney Gustafson stated he had not heard from them.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to go into closed session under Wis. Stats 19.85(1) (c) (e) & (g) as read by Mayor Steinmetz.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken:  Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Koehler, aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to come out of closed session and report on action taken.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken:  Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Koehler, aye. 

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the offer to purchase from Ryan Schmidt & Heather Vance for Lot 25 in Iron Horse Industrial Park.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the offer to purchase from Michael Randall for Lot 6 in the Iron Horse Industrial Park.  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

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

                                                                      Sue A. Stoik

                                                                        City Clerk
 

 

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