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MEETING MINUTES

Bloomer, Wisconsin

                                                                               March 8, 2017

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 8, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street – Mayor Steinmetz presiding.

Roll call was taken:   Mayor Steinmetz, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Jones, Clerk Stoik and Attorney Gustafson.  Alderperson Koehler – absent.

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meetings (February 21, 2017 & February 22, 2017) as presented.  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye. 

Alderperson Jones made a motion to approve all claims against the City and Utilities as presented. Alderperson Hofmann seconded ion.  All present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:

                        Checks Numbered:                 77903 - 78027

                        General Fund:                        $   289,578.04

                        Electric Fund:                         $     36,988.41

                        Water Fund:                           $     18,277.13                                       

                        Sewer Fund:                           $     35,552.95

                        Payroll:                                  $     63,183.68     

                        TOTAL                                   $   443,580.21

                        Housing Rehab:                      $           74.75                    

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were no audience comments.

Mayor Steinmetz stated the Common Council did not need action on the Certified Survey Map for Charles Seibel in the Town of Woodmohr.  The Planning Commission has reviewed and approved it at a prior meeting.  The Common Council will take action after 30 days to allow time for the Town of Woodmohr to review.

Discussion was held regarding a plan of action regarding the Urban Forestry Plan.  Mr. Meindel stated the report is very extensive and could cost many dollars to implement.  He requests a committee to review the plan and implement a plan for the future and the potential costs to the City.  Mayor Steinmetz and Alderperson Hofmann volunteered to be on a committee.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the low quote of $23,986 from Bloomer Ford for a truck for the Sewer Department from the Equipment Replacement Fund.  Alderperson Jones seconded the motion.  Discussion:  Alderperson Jones questioned if maintenance was handled by the city mechanic.  Mr. Meindel stated yes, but warranty work is handled at the dealership. All present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Resolution 1157 – To Authorize Mayor & City Clerk to Execute Deed to A.J. Manufacturing, Inc. to Lot 2 of CSM #4366.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.  Clerk Stoik stated the City closed on the property on March 1, 2017.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve a license to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors for Jennifer R. Olson & Samantha S. Johnson as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer.  Alderperson Jones seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported the Sewer Department will be requesting to purchase more equipment for the plant out of the Equipment Replacement fund.  He also requested assistance from Attorney Gustafson to add the improvements on Riggs Street from 9th Avenue to 7th Avenue.  The City blacktopped the street in 2016 and the DOT is not allowing him to add it to the state certified improved roads.  Attorney Gustafson requested copies of the documents and will work with him to resolve. 

Attorney Gustafson questioned Mr. Meindel regarding the CSM from Chippewa Co.  The CSM was in reference to a right-of way Chippewa County no longer needed. He will contact their surveyor for further information. 

Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator questioned the progress on abolishing the ETZ ordinance.  Mayor Steinmetz stated he had contacted the Town of Woodmohr and had requested to be placed on their agenda.  He also stated Roger McFarlane from the Town of Bloomer had contacted him and wanted to know where the City was in proceeding with the ordinance. Attorney Gustafson stated they could post an informational meeting of the ETZ committee with the Town of Woodmohr and Town of Bloomer.  He will work with Mayor Steinmetz to post this meeting next week.

Police Chief Zwiefelhofer stated he had sent all the Council members a report for the month of February showing one hundred eighty incidents/contacts the Police Department had handled.

Kathy Larson, Library Director – no comments.

Mark Schwartz, Ambulance Administrator reported they were selling the old ambulance to Sawyer County for $6,500.

Clerk Stoik – no comments.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Meinen – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.

Alderperson Jones congratulated the girl’s basketball team for making it to State tournaments.

Alderperson Koehler – not present.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Steinmetz explained his past timeline for abolishing the ETZ ordinance and the need to get moving on this issue.  He will work with Attorney Gustafson and try to resolve asap.

Alderperson Hofmann a motion to go into closed session as authorized by Wis. Stats. 19.85(1) (c) for considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises authority; & Wis. Stats. 19.85(1)(g) for conferring with legal counsel for the governmental body who is rendering oral or written advice regarding strategy to be adopted by the body with respect to litigation in which it is or likely to become involved, regarding:

*Conferring with legal counsel regarding possible settlement of legal action.

Alderperson Jones seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken:  Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Jones, aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to come out of closed session and taken action as authorized by Wis. Stats. 19.85(1)(c) & (g).  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken:  Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Jones, aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the Release and Resignation Agreement with the City of Bloomer (Employer), Wisconsin Professional Police Association of the Labor Association of Wisconsin, Inc. (Union) and Travis Wagner (Employee) in the Bloomer Police Department. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the process to hire a Patrolman and part time officer in the Police Department as described by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer.  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to go into closed session as authorized by Wis. Stats. 19.85(1) (e) deliberating or negotiating the purchasing of public properties, the investing of public funds, or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session.

*Offer to purchase residential lot in Iron Horse Industrial Park.

& Wis. Stats. 19.95(1)(c) for considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over this the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises authority.

*Discussion regarding lead man review.

Alderperson Jones seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken:  Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Jones, aye.

Alderperson Jones made a motion to come out of closed session as authorized by Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1)(c) & (e).  Alderperson  Hofmann seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken:  Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Jones, aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to accept the Offer to Purchase from Amanda Poirier for Lot 101 for $19,000 in the Iron Horse Industrial Park.  Alderperson Jones seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to accept the Offer to Purchase from Michael Poirier for Lot 103 for $19,000 in the Iron Horse Industrial Park.  Alderperson Jones seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

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

                                                                        Sue A. Stoik

                                                                        City Clerk

 

 

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