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MEETING MINUTES

Bloomer, Wisconsin

March 13, 2013 

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 13, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Summerfield presiding.

Roll call was taken:  Mayor Summerfield, Alderpersons Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler and Clerk Stoik.  Alderperson Meinen and Attorney Thiel were not present.

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (February 27, 2013) as presented.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz 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:                 63435 - 63567

                        General Fund:                        $   57,965.11

                        Electric Fund:                         $ 294,082.27

                        Water Fund:                          $     4,408.55   

                        Sewer Fund:                          $   11,240.94

                        Payroll:                                 $   66,758.14

                        TOTAL                                 $ 434,455.01

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

Attorney Ben Lane was present at the meeting.  He introduced himself to the Council.  He has been the prosecuting attorney working with Police Department for the past two years.  He explained his case load and the importance of efficiency in the cases.  He would be able to answer questions.  Chief Zwiefelhofer reported they currently only had one pending case.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to conditionally approve a Certified Survey Map after the cost of the abstract correction is done on both properties north and south of the Koepke’s property as submitted by John Mickesh for the Elton Koepke property – 1819 Main Street to correct lot lines as approved by the Planning Commission.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Scott Decker was present to discuss the proposed designated streets for trails for ATV use in the City of Bloomer.  The Common Council previously approved a route from 170th Avenue north on Woodard Road to the Kwik Trip on State Hwy. 40.  They are now requesting areas on 13th Avenue, Oak Street, 12th Avenue, Priddy Street, 9th Avenue, Riggs Street, North Industrial Drive, Larson Street, 14th Avenue, Kranzfelder Street and South Main Street. They are requesting the City to adopt an ordinance similar to the Town of Eagle Point and Town of Cooks Valley.  Pete Gehring spoke about the proposed ordinance.  He stated he was in favor of the ordinance, but proposed concessions to the way it has been proposed.  He stated the area proposed is considered an access and not a trail.  He feels they should travel in the far right lane (like bicycles) and the speed limit should be 10 miles per hour less than the posted speed.  Mr. Decker stated that they went with the posted speeds after discussing it with Police Chief Zwiefelhofer.  He questioned if the Council had copies of the Town of Cooks Valley ordinance.  They all had the copies.  After more discussion, Mayor Summerfield requested Chief Zwiefelhofer to put all the ideas together which he is recommending and submit to the Council for further review.  It will then be forwarded to Attorney Thiel for a draft copy to be presented at the March 27th meeting. 

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the quote for the OPEB Valuation as required with Key Benefits for $4,500 to $4,800.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the appointment of Robert Heward to the Police Commission as recommended by Mayor Summerfield.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made motion to approve a Cigarette License for Dolgencorp, LLC – Dollar General Store for March 14, 2013 – June 30, 2013.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve an agent change to Bloomer Inn & Suites – Class B beer license to Rebekah Spencer effective March 13, 2013.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

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

Julie M. Powell

Holly L. Belger

Ann K. Faschingbauer

Sandra J. Gullickson

Anna J. Jergenson

Brian T. King

Devonah M. McFarlane

Stephanie A. McGinnis

Rebecca J. Moen

Donna M. Nesja

Danielle E. Peterson

Lorna A. Worsley

Nicole L. Anderson

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported the Records Management Systems costs will be covered at the present time.  The City will need to budget starting in 2015 for part of the costs.

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported the $100,000 piece of equipment for the Wastewater Treatment Plant purchased last year has saved them a lot of time and money.  It is working well.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator gave an update on the progress at the substation.

Sue Stoik, Clerk – had nothing to report.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Meinen – absent.

Alderperson Hofmann  - no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz reported he had spoken with a resident regarding lighting at McDonalds and would be contacting Mayor Summerfield regarding the situation.

Alderperson Koehler reported he had been working with the Lake Como Community Trail organization that would like to develop a trail for walking, running or biking around Lake Como.  There are areas considered unsafe and they will be applying for grant money to develop the trail.  He will be putting this item on the agendas for the Parks Board, Planning Commission and Common Council to get the process started.  He feels it will be a real benefit to the City.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield commented he would be meeting with the health insurance representative tomorrow morning to go over bids received for health insurance coverage for employees.  He will be working on a couple of different options and will recommend a carrier by the next meeting for approval by the Council.

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

                                                                        Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC

                                                                        City Clerk

 
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