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MEETING MINUTES

Bloomer, Wisconsin 

March 12, 2014

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a regular meeting of the Common Council of the City of Bloomer was called to order on March 12, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street – Mayor Summerfield presiding.

Roll call was taken:  Mayor Summerfield, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler, City 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 26, 2014) as presented.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye. 

Alderperson Meinen 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:                 66993 - 67116

                        General Fund:                         $   65,173.10

                        Electric Fund:                         $     4,715.13

                        Water Fund:                           $     5,733.88    

                        Sewer Fund:                           $   12,513.16   

                        Payroll:                                  $   70,342.60     

                        TOTAL                                   $ 158,477.87

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were no audience comments.

Mayor Summerfield explained the issues regarding a non-compliant structure at 8363 170th Avenue, Town of Woodmohr, owned by Lloyd and Tonda Miller.  This property is located in the Extra-Territorial Zoned area of the City.  Mr. Miller stated his property is 3 feet from the east property line.  The ordinance states 8 feet as the required setback.  When he purchased the property he went off what the neighbors and previous owners had told him was the lot line. He removed trees from the area. He did not have the property surveyed.  Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator stated if the lines are adjusted, all the property owners west from Mr. Miller’s property will be off.  Mr. Miller had taken this issue to the ETZ Zoning Board of Appeals seeking a variance.  After meeting, the variance was denied because there was no unnecessary hardship.  It was a self-imposed hardship.  City Attorney William Thiel stated there were three options available to the Council.

  1. Nothing. 
  2. Assess a penalty of $25 to $1000 per day.
  3. Seek injunctive relief from the courts.

Mayor Summerfield requested the Council to use logic.  This lot line has been used for 30 to 40 years.  He questioned Attorney Thiel if Mr. Miller could go to the courts and seek adverse possession.  Attorney Thiel stated Mr. Miller could pursue adverse possession on his own.  They are hard cases to prove.  Alderperson Koehler questioned Dan Stiehl, father to the owners of the property (Dave & Richard Stiehl) if they would be interested in negotiating the sale of the 5 foot strip to Mr. Miller.  Mr. Stiehl responded no.  Mr. Stiehl responded it would be up to the mortgagee.  He also stated it would be a problem in the future for access to a driveway or a dedicated street into the property off of 170th Avenue.  Mr. Stiehl stated Mr. Miller has his 100 foot frontage; he just placed the house to close to the east lot line.  Roger McFarlane, Town of Bloomer and a member of the ETZ Board stated Mr. Rubenzer, previous owner of the property sold to the Stiehl’s, knew where the property line was and knew Mr. Miller was incorrect.  The Common Council discussed options to pursue based on Attorney Thiel’s previous advice.  Mayor Summerfield called for a motion three times.  No motion was made.

Discussion was held regarding the facilities committee meeting with Bloomer School District regarding softball and little league fields.  Mike Meindel, Alderperson Steinmetz and Alderperson Meinen attended the meeting with the schools.  District Administrator Mary Randall, School Board President Deneen Berseth and Steve Hilger from the Facilities Committee were present from the Bloomer School District. They presented a blueprint of the development of the fields and parking areas.  A basic field is estimated at $100,000 and parking at $223,000.  This is a conservative price. The School District is under contract with prices at this time.  But, time is running out and the contracted prices are subject to change soon.  They also do not know at this time, how much is available to them, until the final demolition of the old elementary school.  There are unknown costs associated with the removal, due to concrete being pumped under it in later years.  The School District is requesting the Common Council to dedicate $100,000 to the project.  The City has an offer to purchase for land for the little league fields.  They are in the preliminary stages of completing the purchase.  Mayor Summerfield questioned each of the Council members if the money became available from the sale of the little league fields, would they commit the funds to the School District for development?  All Council members agreed it was a project they wanted to commit to, but until they had the funds, they could not commit at this time.  Discussion was held regarding borrowing, shared revenue and possible sources of revenue to complete the project.  No action was taken at this time.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve a payment of $3,204.50 to Bloomer Firefighters for skating rink supervision from Dec. 2013 through March 2014.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Bohl & Proux to make the cross connection repairs at the Fire Station for $$6,127.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve purchase of a welder from Mississippi Welder for the Water Department for a not to exceed price of $20,000 with cost sharing to be determined between the departments by Mike Meindel, Clerk Stoik and the auditors. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Discussion was held regarding repairs to the roof above the cooler at the golf course clubhouse.  Alderperson Meinen requested Alderperson Koehler to ask the operators to get a third bid and submit back to consideration. No action was taken.

Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer commented on the residency law for law enforcement agency.  Act 20 stated a municipality could enact a 15 mile radius of the jurisdictional boundary.  He is recommending this for law enforcement in his department. Alderperson Meinen made a motion to adopt an ordinance for full-time employees in law enforcement to a 15 mile radius of the jurisdictional boundary as recommended by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.  Attorney Thiel will draft for final approval at the next meeting.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve a subordination agreement with Ashley Hartman for a Housing Rehab Loan as prepared by Peoples State Bank and approved by the Housing Rehab Committee.  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve an application for a license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for Laken V. Conry as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator – had nothing to report.

Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator – had nothing to report.  Mayor Summerfield thanked him for all his work with the ETZ zoned area.

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator  would like a committee set up to establish a policy regarding thawing of water pipes for the future.

Jared Zwiefelhofer, Police Chief reported the hiring process is going well.  They will be testing 15 applicants with a written test on Saturday.

Clerk Stoik reported the next Joint Area Meeting will be held in Durand on March 31, 2014.  RSVP’s are needed by March 24, 2014.

Brian Bleskacek, Fire Chief reported the Bloomer Firefighters would like to continue next year with operation of the skating rink.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Meinen thanked the volunteers for scraping off the softball fields.  This was donated by them at no cost to the City or Bloomer Schools. He also thanked the Firefighters for their great job operating the skating rink.

Alderperson Hofmann also thanked the Firefighters.

Alderperson Steinmetz also thanked the Firefighters and thanked Mike Meindel for all his work on the Facilities Committee with the school.

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

MAYOR COMMENTS 

Mayor Summerfield questioned Roger McFarlane from the Town of Bloomer if they would help fund the ETZ attorney fees.  He stated he had taken it back to the board and they denied at this point because it did not benefit the town.  Mayor Summerfield stated he had not heard from the Town of Woodmohr regarding this issue.  He also met with a gentleman concerning possible purchase of 20 acres in the Ironhorse Industrial Park.  He feels it is a good lead at this time, but it is confidential.  He will continue to work with him.

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

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to come out of closed session and report on action taken.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye. No action was taken in closed session.

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

                                                                        Sue A. Stoik/CMC                                                                                                                              City Clerk

 
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