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Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Bloomer, Wisconsin
MARCH 23, 2011

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 23, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Summerfield presiding.

Roll call was taken: Mayor Summerfield, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler, Deputy Clerk LaGesse and Attorney Thiel.

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (March 9, 2011) as presented. Alderperson Meinen 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 Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:

Checks Numbered: 56192- 56347
General Fund $ 45,444.62
Electric Fund $ 296,840.86
Water Fund $ -663.96
Sewer Fund $ 12,628.95
Payroll $ 70,017.34
TOTAL $ 424,267.81

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were no audience comments.

Kate Ludwigson, Area Financial Services and Dave Stiehl, Stiehl Agency were present to explain the city employee's health insurance policy. HealthPartners, the present carrier's original renewal rate as of April 1, 2011 had a 21% increase because of a loss ratio of 172.07% for the past year. Ms. Ludwigson then contacted other carriers and presented a printout of proposals from Group Health, Medica, WPS and HealthPartners. HealthPartners revised renewal rate is a 15% increase and Medica is a 5% increase in premiums. Medica's coverage is comparable to the HealthPartners policy. Ms. Ludwigson stated that Medica has been a good carrier to work with and they cover all the providers in the area. Mayor Summerfield recommended changing to Medica as of April 1, 2011. Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve Medica as the new health insurance carrier for the city employees as of April 1, 2011. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Brian Cunningham and Emily Davis from Short, Elliott & Hendrickson were present and explained that they had contracted to review and update the floodplain mapping for the City of Bloomer. He explained that they found many differences and generated new floodplain mapping for what FEMA requires. After completing the revisions, they submitted the revised map and their reports to the DNR. After hearing back from the DNR, they now published the map for public review. The final step is to submit the floodplain map to FEMA for their approval. They explained that this is what S E H is proposing, but nothing is official until FEMA approves it. Mr. Cunningham and Ms. Davis then met with property owners to review the map and their individual concerns.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve computer upgrades to the office package for the Police Station for $1,900 with DCS Netlink. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Police Commission Chairman Hudacek was present to update the Council about the qualifications for the Police Chief position. He explained that the Police Commission is compiling a list and they would also like the Council's input. He stated that the commission feels the new chief should live in the City of Bloomer. When the commission has the qualification list prepared, they will present it to the Council for approval.

Mayor Summerfield stated that Police Chief Carr will be done on March 31, 2011 – at 12:00 a.m. Officer Kevin Zwiefelhofer has been working as Officer in Charge. Mayor Summerfield, Jim Hudacek and Officer Zwiefelhofer have been meeting weekly reviewing matters at the Police Department. Officer Zwiefelhofer's current rate of pay is $21.86 per hour. Mayor Summerfield said that they are recommending paying him $23.31 per hour which is the sergeant pay per the police contract which would take effect on April 1, 2011. Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve Officer Kevin Zwiefelhofer to be officer in charge with a rate of pay of $23.31 per hour effective April 1, 2011. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Officer in Charge Zwiefelhofer stated that he had met with Ryan Zimmer concerning his service dog which is pit bull/boxer mix. According to our ordinances, pit bulls are prohibited in the City of Bloomer. Officer Zwiefelhofer has met the dog and feels that he is very friendly and safe. Mr. Zimmer places a gentle lead on his dog which prevents her from biting. Our ordinance does have provisions to this ordinance and Mr. Zimmer feels that he meets all the provisions except the Beware of Dog sign. The Council discussed adding another provision that would allow a service dog with Council approval. Attorney Thiel will draft a Service Dog Exception Ordinance for approval at the next meeting.

At the March 9th meeting, Jeff Nelson was awarded the bid of the 2005 Impala police squad for $3500. Mr. Nelson has contacted the city and declined buying the squad. Officer Zwiefelhofer contacted the other 3 bidders to see if they would want the squad car for $3500. The fourth highest bidder, Randy Shackelton would like the squad for $3500. Alderperson Koehler made a motion to sell the Impala police squad to Randy Shackelton for $3500. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Discussion was held concerning the construction of a proposed pavilion at the Bloomer Golf Course. The pavilion would be located south of the existing clubhouse. At a previous meeting, it was decided that more information was needed in regards to whom would do the maintenance and general clean-up of the pavilion and would the pavilion stay in its current locations after the lease is up. The committee submitted a letter of intent explaining that it would be no cost to the City of Bloomer, no maintenance for the City and it would be part of the course if sold. The council wants the current lease holder to insure the building. Attorney Thiel recommended having a legal document drawn up with the current lease holder. Alderperson Koehler made a motion to allow construction of a pavilion at the Bloomer Golf Course upon Attorney Thiel drafting an agreement with the current lease holder with the understanding that they are responsible to maintain and insure the building. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
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Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve a Class "B" Combination Beer & Liquor license for Shawn Marie Hutton & Brian Robert Hutton – The Next Place Bar & Grill – 1602 Martin Road effective 03-24-11 as approved by Officer In Charge Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve a Class "A" Off-Premise Beer & Liquor license for Dolgencorp, LLC – Barb Housner, Agent (Dollar General) effective 03-24-11 as approved by Officer in Charge Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve applications for licenses to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors to the following listed below as approved by the Police Department. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Megan L. Corse
Todd M. Rowan
Alice A. Rothbauer
Hannah B. Rothbauer
Jessica L. Nicholson

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Officer In Charge Zwiefelhofer – things are going well at the Police Department.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator – had nothing to report. Alderperson Hofmann questioned when replacing the lights at the fire hall would begin. Mr. Paulson said they were going to start on Monday, March 28.

Tony Rubenzer, Zoning Administrator – no comments.

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator stated that bid opening for the Priddy Street project is April 7, 2011.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Meinen – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield reminded everyone about the Joint Meeting of the City of Bloomer, area Towns and Village on Monday, March 28, 2011.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve going into closed session under Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1) (e) as read by Mayor Summerfield. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve coming out of closed session and report on action take. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to enter into wholesale power purchase agreement with American Electric Power Service Corp. to commence at the end of Xcel contract term. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.

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


Debora A. LaGesse
Deputy Clerk

 
 
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