City of Bloomer
Regular Meeting of the Common Council
1503 Main Street
Bloomer, WI 54724
March 14, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a public hearing of the Common Council of the City of Bloomer was held on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to hear public comment regarding a rezone application submitted by Pat & Sandy Shadick to rezone parcel #’s 23009-0524-67370306B, 23009-0524-67370307, 23009-0524-67370308, 23009-0524-67370309, & 23009-0524-67370310, 23009-0524-70843001, 23009-0524-65870201, 23009-0524-65870202, 23009-0524-65870203, 23009-0524-65870204, 23009-0524-65870205, 23009-0524-65870207, 23009-0524-65870208, 23009-0524-65870209, and 23009-0524-65870210 from a R-1 Single-Family Residential District to a R-2 Two-Family Residential District. Lee McMenamin asked that the Council recognize the recommendation that was made by the Planning Commission. Pete Weeks stated that he moved to the City of Bloomer to get away from the twin home concept of where he used to live and opposes the current rezone proposal. Chris O’Connell has concerns with the traffic if rezoned. O’Connell also asked if there were going to be added impact fees and if there were plans for the storm water? Ann Hanson spoke regarding the covenants that are attached to the Rosenbrook Addition properties. Although there is no home owner’s association that enforces them, it has been the practice of the homeowners to follow the covenants. Hanson would like to see the developers create covenants as well. Draco Lorenz commented that although he encourages growth, the City needs to be careful as to how it is zoned and think of the impact 20-30 years down the road. Lorenz would also like to see proposed lots 12, 13, & 14 all zoned R-1.
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 14th, at 6:20 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Steinmetz presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Steinmetz, Aldermen Meinen, Hofmann, Jones, Koehler, Administrator Frion and Attorney Gustafson were all present.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderman Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes from the February 28th, 2018 meeting as presented. Alderman Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderman Jones made a motion to approve all claims against the City and Utilities as presented. Alderman Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:
Checks Numbered: 81512 - 81652
General Fund: $ 56,800.95
Electric Fund: $ 333,537.22
Water Fund: $ 17,969.34
Sewer Fund: $ 228,600.36
Payroll: $ 64,753.40
TOTAL $ 701,661.27
Housing Rehab: $ 65.00
Don Nielsen complimented Alderman Meinen for his recommendation at the Planning Commission regarding the Shadick Development Rezone proposal.
Kathy Szalajka stated the covenants for the Rosenbrook Additions are recorded with the Register of Deeds. Szalajka would also like to see proposed lots 7 & 14 be zoned R-1.
Bob Hansen would like to see 3rd Avenue be a buffer and would like to see proposed lot 7 remain zoned as R-1.
Ralph Charbonneau would like to see the Police Station move to the grounds of the School District up by the new campus.
Library Director, Megan Taylor, provided the 2017 annual report (copy on file).
Street Department Manager, Tony Burgess, commented that the City will be starting to address some of the ash trees that are on public property and in poor condition around the City. If homeowners would like to keep any of the ash trees on their boulevard, they are encouraged to contact Burgess.
Attorney Gustafson is working on a revised agreement for the purposes of repealing the ETZ ordinance. He is trying to put a timeline together and hopes to have an agreement that is ready to be signed by the Towns and the Council by the end of April.
Administrator Frion thanked the Bloomer Woman’s Club for hosting their annual chili feed for the employees. It was greatly appreciated.
Alderman Hofmann and Jones thanked those that were present for attending and providing their input on the Shadick Development rezone. Alderman Koehler commented that the Council supports public comments in open forum, but does not support personal attack on opinions that are made and would like to see the open forum stay positive
Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve the recommendation from the Planning Commission to rezone the proposed lots 1-7, 18, & 19 as R-2 with lots 8-13 and lot 15 being zoned R-1. Alderman Koehler seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Hofmann made a motion to approve Resolution #03-18 initiating the discontinuance of that part of 3rd Avenue lying east of Vine Street. Alderman Meinen seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Discussion took place on the purchase of two pedestrian crosswalk systems. Administrator Frion stated that the quote does not include the City’s labor cost for installation.
Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve the purchase of two (2) pedestrian crosswalk systems in the amount of $17,184.44. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Hofmann made a motion to approve a license for Sheryl Zwiefelhofer to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Motion by Alderman Koehler to adjourn. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.