March 11, 2015
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 11, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, Mayor Meinen presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Meinen, Alderpersons Meinen, Steinmetz, Hofmann, Koehler, Clerk Stoik and Attorney Thiel.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (February 25, 2015) 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: 70594 - 70733
General Fund: $ 52,591.47
Electric Fund: $ 15,740.15
Water Fund: $ 10,116.28
Sewer Fund: $ 9,379.20
Payroll: $ 65,669.63
There were no audience comments.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve a Certified Survey Map submitted by Marty Rood on behalf of Trowbridge Properties III, LLC to combine Lots 3 & 4, Block 4 of Van Loon’s Addition as approved by the Planning Commission. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Discussion with held with Patrick Malloy from Ehlers regarding the Pre-Sale Report for City of Bloomer, Wisconsin $2,140,000 General Obligation Bonds, Series 2015A. He presented exhibits with the refunding information. If interest rates remain low for the next few months, the cash flow savings to the City would be approximately $129,107. This would allow the tax incremental district to cash flow sooner than projected. He also reviewed a proposed debt issuance schedule for this procedure. After review, the Common Council was in agreement to proceed. Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to move forward with the Pre-Sale Report for the $2,140,000 General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2015A with Ehlers. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Discussion was held regarding possible helicopter rides for Bloomer Wrestling Club, Andrew Berlin, president for a fundraiser on May 16, 2015 at North Park. This is when they would be holding their annual pig roast. He was present along with Don Arvold owner/operator of the helicopter. He explained that they had viewed the area and felt they could have a good landing spot. He would get the City added on his insurance policy. He also explained other events in the area that he has operated rides in the past. Alderperson Meinen stated as a representative of the Park Board, that they did not think it would work for the park. They wanted citizens to realize that they are renting the pavilion, not the park. They didn’t want to see disruption to other citizens at the park. Attorney Thiel stated there would need to be insurance issues to be worked out and a hold harmless clause to be considered. Alderperson Koehler would like them to work out these issues for the Council to consider in the future. They would make contact with Attorney Thiel to resolve these issues.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the following requests for funds for Bloomer Fire Department listed below. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Chevron Striping on back of Tender 2 – Safety feature for highway work area – not to exceed $1,500 – Budgeted $3,000.
*Two small gen sets for engine 2, not to exceed $2,500 – Budgeted $2,500.
*Air bags for lifting not to exceed $2,000 – Budgeted $3,000.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve a Street Use Permit for St. Paul Lutheran Church for a 5K run/ 20K bike race on June 13, 2015 as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen discussed a committee meeting held with Alderperson Hofmann, Michael Meindel and Gary Hill regarding rates for septic haulers. At the present time, they are taking 3 times as much than a few years ago. They are reaching capacity of the plant. They would like to take it slow, but want to create a buffer for the future. At the present time the holding rate is .0175 and the committee is recommending increasing it to .025 and septic waste from .045 to .055. Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve a rate increase for septic haulers as recommended by the committee effective May 1, 2015. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion. Discussion: Michael Meindel stated a letter would be sent explaining the increase and that in the future quantities may be restricted in the future. All present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve a Cigarette License for River Country Co-op at 1300 Main Street. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve an Original Alcohol Beverage license for a Class “A” Beer for River Country Co-op, 1300 Main Street effective March 12, 2015 as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve applications to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors to the following listed. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Danielle N. Ford
Courtny C. Schommer
Robert L. Summerfield
Clerk Stoik informed the Council of upcoming special dates: April 7th – Spring Election; April 15th – Special Appointment meeting; March 30th – Joint Meeting for Ambulance, Fire & Recycling.
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator - was not present.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator - no comments.
Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator – no comments.
Fire Chief Bleskacek informed the Council the skating rink was officially closed as of 02-28-15. They had another successful year and are interested in staffing it again next year.
Kathy Larson, Library Director informed the Council they had a bird that keeps building a nest in the exhaust of the heater at the library. They think they have this issue resolved.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported he had quotes for the concrete work for the shed for police storage. This will be on the next agenda for approval.
Alderperson Meinen questioned if the outside fence along 16th Avenue and Smith Street was going to be removed? Mike Meindel will look into possible removal along with the properties that were sold. He also thanked the Bloomer Fire Department for all their work at the skating rink. He has received a lot of compliments for the excellent job they do there.
Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz stated he has received complaints regarding the bright lights on 17th Avenue by Dollar General. He was wondering if the building inspector could check this out.
Alderperson Koehler – no comments.
Mayor Meinen – no comments.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to go into closed session as authorized by Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1) (c) & (e) as read by Mayor Meinen. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to come out of closed session and report on action taken. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye. No action was taken in closed session.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the Employee Handbook with the revisions. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC