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     Bloomer, Wisconsin

March 27, 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 27, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Summerfield presiding.

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

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (March 13, 2013) as presented.  Alderperson Steinmetz 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 Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:

                        Checks Numbered:                 63568 - 63656

                        General Fund:                        $  17,943.70

                        Electric Fund:                         $    9,078.70

                        Water Fund:                          $    1,246.58

                        Sewer Fund:                          $    2,689.76

                        Payroll:                                 $  69,993.84

                        TOTAL                                 $100,952.58


There were no audience comments.

Mayor Summerfield requested changing the order of number 7 & 8 on the agenda.  There were no objections from the Council.

Sean Lentz from Ehlers presented information regarding the possible refinancing of $2,810,000 General Obligation Corporate Purpose Bonds of 2007.  He explained refinancing options:  Advance Refunding, Current Refunding and Issuance Expenses Comparison.  He also presented worksheets with savings and sensitivity analysis.  He also explained the issuance expenses for each type of funding.  After review of the documents, the Council felt the best option was to wait until closer to the 2016 call date and to continue to monitor interest rates.  No action was taken by the Council.

Mayor Summerfield then explained the recent increase in health insurance rates for City employees.  After review with Kate Banchy, Spectrum Insurance representative the best option was narrowed to Security Health with a $500/$1000 deductible.  Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve health insurance for city employees with Security Health with a $500/$1000 deductible effective April 1, 2013.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

The next item on the agenda was the approval of the ATV route through the City.  Terri and Tom Smith stated they lived on 13th Avenue and were not in favor of the route.  They didn’t feel it did anything to enhance the City.  They also objected to the hours posted.  They felt it would lead to confusion.  They also favored a lower speed limit.  Vern Verkuilen stated he also felt times should be spelled out.  He feels it will lead to more accidents in the city with high snow banks and low visibility.  He had sent a letter to each of the Council members and felt he had stated his concerns.  He felt the police department had enough to deal with and didn’t need this added problem.  Alderperson Hofmann stated that he felt there were a lot of issues when the snowmobile route came through the City and that has not caused many problems.  He also stated the Council could rescind the ordinance at any time. Police Chief Zwiefelhofer stated he had reviewed some of the areas proposed and wanted to eliminate the east line on 13th Avenue to the east. He also had reviewed the letter received from Attorney Thiel and agreed to language changes for signs and right-of ways as described. Scott Decker was present to discuss the proposed designated streets for routes in the City.  He stated they would be responsible for all signs and installation at no cost to the City. The Council reviewed the ordinance as prepared by Attorney Thiel.  Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Ordinance 13-01 – To Repeal Section 10-4-1 of the City Code; To Adopt Title 10, Chapter 7 of the City Code; Regulation of the ATV and UTV Use and Designation of Routes in the City with the recommended changes by Attorney Thiel.  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 approve changing the meeting of May 8th to May 15, 2013.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.  The meetings in May will be May 15 & 29, 2013.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the following applications for a license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors to Becky L. Prince and Tina M. Plummer and to deny Melissa A. Prince for too many points based on the approval process as recommended by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye. Mayor Summerfield questioned if Ms. M. Prince had been contacted.  Chief Zwiefelhofer responded that he had spoken to her and advised her she would be denied.  The Clerk will send her a letter advising her of her hearing rights.


Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator – nothing to report.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator reported the concrete has been poured at the substation.  The low quote came from a local business. 

Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported it was time to start negotiations with the LAW – Police Union.

Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator – nothing to report.

Sue Stoik, Clerk-Treasurer reported there would be an election on April 2, 2013 and there would be three meetings in April (April 10, 17 & 24).


Alderperson Koehler – no comments

Alderperson Steinmetz - no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.

Alderperson Meinen – no comments.


Mayor Summerfield reported he had received some information from FEMA and was reviewing the documents.  He will report back to the Council.   He had also met with Jessie Garza from Sean Duffy’s office regarding health care reform and FEMA problems with the City. He also requested the Council as a whole to negotiate the police contract.  There were no objections from the Council.

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

                                                                        Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC

                                                                        City Clerk

  City of Bloomer
1503 Main Street
Bloomer, WI 54724
Phone: 715-568-3032
Email Us: sstoik@ci.bloomer.wi.us
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