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MEETING MINUTES

Bloomer, Wisconsin

March 28, 2012

 

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,  March 28, 2012 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 Thiel.  For the record Alderperson Koehler was not able to attend in person and was on speaker phone. 

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (March 14, 2012) as presented.  Alderperson Steinmetz 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 Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:

                        Checks Numbered:                 59942 - 60087

                        General Fund:                        $ 127,004.63

                        Electric Fund:                         $ 330,174.47

                        Water Fund:                          $      724.98     

                        Sewer Fund:                          $    4,285.15

                        Payroll:                                 $  71,150.23

                        TOTAL                                 $533,339.46

                        Housing Rehab:                      $   3,115.90

AUDIENCE COMMENTS 

Barb Wall presented a leaflet to the Council regarding an upcoming conference “Communities in Action to Prevent Suicide”.  It is a conference for school professionals, emergency services, law enforcement, mental health professionals, AODA professionals, veterans groups, clergy, healthcare providers, community coalitions and anyone interested in suicide prevention on the local and state level.  She urged the Council to become involved.

Eric and Kari Stone, 1008 Ivy Street were present to discuss Ordinance 7-1-9 Pit Bull and Other Dangerous Animals.  They had been at the last meeting and were requesting changes to the ordinance.  Mr. Stone presented documentation from the Dodge County Humane Society, municipalities that have regulations regarding pit bulls and a letter from a veterinarian that is familiar with his dog stating no aggressive behavior from their dog.  Alderperson Meinen has been working with the Stone’s on possible solutions to changing the ordinance.  He had suggested wording changes to section 4 subsection a. “Any pit bull that has been adopted from a humane association and veterinarian exam being kept in the City of Bloomer be subject to section b”.  Attorney Thiel reviewed the ordinance and stated he could draft the proposed change.  Alderperson Meinen read some of the comments posted on the Chippewa Herald website.  Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Ordinance 12-01-To Create Section 7-1-9(a) (4); Pit Bulls - that this section shall not apply to a pit bull adopted from a humane society subject to compliance with the requirements of (b), below, and the further requirement that the dog be examined by a licensed veterinarian who shall issue an opinion that the dog does not exhibit behavioral problems. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion.  Discussion:  Alderperson Koehler questioned if there had been any issues with this dog in the past.  No there hadn’t been.  Alderperson Hofmann questioned if the dog would have to be kept on a leash at all times and a muzzle.  According to the ordinance he would.  Mr. Stone was requesting no muzzle.  He felt it promoted aggressive behavior.  He asked the Council to also make an exception to that part of the ordinance.  Attorney Thiel stated you could not make an exception for one dog.  If you make ordinance changes, it would refer to all dogs and not just one particular dog.  They will need to provide a $50,000 public liability insurance policy to the Police Dept.  Roll call vote on the motion:  Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, no; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye. Motion carried.

The Council then addressed the muzzle issue.  Alderperson Koehler felt that if they went through the screening process, that an exception could be made.  Alderperson Koehler made a motion to remove the muzzle requirement in the ordinance and look at it on an individual basis to approve the dog.  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion. Discussion was held on who is responsibility to enforce the ordinance - police department or animal control officer.  Discussion was held on how citizens know what ordinances are.  It is the responsibility of the citizen to be aware of local ordinances.  Roll call:  Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, no; Steinmetz, no; Koehler, yes.  Tie vote.  Mayor Summerfield broke the tie and voted no.  Motion failed.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve purchase of a GMC pickup truck for the Street Department from Toycen Motors for $22,111.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve purchase of a BOD incubator for the WWTP for $3600 from the replacement fund.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve purchase of a squad car from Bloomer Ford for $28,118 which included an extended warranty.  Alderperson Meinen seconded motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Peter Paulson to attend a wholesale meeting for the Electric Dept. on March 30, 2012 in Madison to meet with the Public Service Commission representatives.  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve a revised proposal for professional services for Electric Substation Purchase & Agreement for $3,000.  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Resolution 1100 for Outdoor Recreation Aids for a pavilion in Witt Park.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to appoint the Mayor, Council Members and Clerk to a committee to work on the Employee Handbook for the City Employees.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye. All existing contracts expire on March 31, 2012.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the following Class B Picnic license and live Music & Dancing license on April 22, 2012 as listed.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

St. Paul’s Booster Club – 1222 Main St. – Picnic License

Bloomer Community Club – 1222 Main St. – Live Music & Dancing

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

Keri J. Espinal

Amber Homme

Ty F. Burgess

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer - had nothing to report.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator reported he would be on vacation April 2-11th. Alderson Meinen questionsed the man housr needed to trim the trees on Oak Street each year.  The trees are in the boulevard area completely under electrical lines.  Each year, they need to be cut back to avoid potential loss of service in the area.  Discussion was held whether to remove them and replace with low growing trees or remove completely,  Mr. Paulson and Mr. Meindel will look into the situation.

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported that he had some issues with a few fire hydrants in the city and would be placing this on a future agenda for approval.

Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector wanted to thank the police, ambulance, first responders and fire department for their help involving him in an accident.

Clerk Stoik reminded everyone of the upcoming election on April 3, 2012.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann questioned Mayor Summerfield if he was pursuing action against Brent Hassemer an EMT with the Bloomer Ambulance Service.  Mayor Summerfield stated he was still reviewing facts and stated he has members of the public asking him about it.  Alderperson Hofmann felt that he was going to continue action; he should have had it on last Monday night’s agenda to be discussed with the towns in the joint ownership of the ambulance. Mr. Hassemer has been punished by the State. The Council in the past has given him direction to not do anything.  If he wants to continue, he should have approval from the joint ownership.  Mayor Summerfield replied that Mr. Hassemer took money from the City under false pretenses and the City has been harmed. Attorney Thiel stated he would need approval from the whole group to pursue action.

Alderperson Meinen – also stated that Mayor Summerfield has been told to drop it and no action taken.  He feels he needs authority to continue. 

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield – no comments.

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

 

Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC

City Clerk

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