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Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Bloomer, Wisconsin
MAY 11, 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, May 11, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Summerfield presiding.

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

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (April 27, 2011) as presented. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion. 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: 56630 - 56768
General Fund $ 60,559.35
Electric Fund $ 9,196.66
Water Fund $ 3,051.07
Sewer Fund $ 23,736.04
Payroll $ 61,660.09
TOTAL $ 158,203.21

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

Tony Rubenzer requested reserving his items for comment until Item #13 on the agenda. Alderperson Hofmann stated there were other citizens at the meeting that also would like to speak during Item #13 on the agenda.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the application for a license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for Brian J. Johnson as approved by Officer In Charge Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Discussion was held regarding the qualifications for Police Chief. The Police Commission forwarded suggested qualifications for the Common Council to review.
Completion of an approved program in criminal justice or similar certified training.
Bachelor's degree is preferred, but not required.
Live within the city limits.
Undergo a background check.
Pass a physical exam.
Pass a psychological evaluation.
Have at least ten years of law enforcement experience.
Maintain a visible and enthusiastic presence within the community.
Possess leadership and management skills.
Alderperson Hofmann stated he felt that the residency issue should be to reside in the school district. He would like to keep it consistent with other city employees and department heads.
Alderperson Koehler discussed the previous problem with maintaining residency. He felt the previous employee took advantage of the City. Mayor Summerfield discussed whether a bachelor's degree was preferred, but not required. After the recent hearings, he felt it should be one way or the other. Discussion was held regarding wages. The Commission will be instructed that the salary would be $45,000 to $55,000 per year. This would be submitted back to the Commission. No action was taken by the Council.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve a one year contract with Coffman & Associates Inc. for IT support services for the Police Dept. and City Hall using Option #2 which reduced the hourly rate. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Discussion was held regarding the 4th Annual Scoot & Skedaddle race on August 5, 2011. The plan is similar to previous years. Officer in Charge Kevin Zwiefelhofer stated he had not been informed of the race and did not have time to review. The Council then tabled action until the May 25, 2011 meeting.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the swimming beach proposal for 2011 as outlined by Greg Boetcher. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator explained a situation between property owned by the City, Alyssa (Froiland) Buresh and Todd & Barb Hassemer. He presented a map for review. Over the years, survey markers and access has changed. It was determined there was a discrepancy in the width of Lot 7 of 6-1/2 feet. It was recommended by Attorney Thiel to have the property surveyed to determine the original plat. Mr. Meindel felt it was important to resolve this old issue. Ms. Buresh questioned the possibility of blacktopping the city owned easement back to the City's building with the recent construction in the area. The City currently has not budgeted for this expenditure. A.J. Manufacturing uses this easement for trucks to enter/exit. It was determined the blacktop would need to be three inches to support truck traffic. Ms. Buresh will work with Mr. Meindel and find out the costs and report back to the Council for review.

Discussion was held concerning the parking on the south side of 17th Avenue in front of Bloomer Elementary School between Priddy Street & Oak Street. Mayor Summerfield proposes the area across from the library, next to the playground, to allow parking there during the day. Parking would be excluded certain hours in the morning and afternoon when school starts/ends. This issue has been reviewed many times over the past few years. He stated he had contacted Mary Randall from the school and Brian Simmons, Chairman of the Library Board. They had no objections if the City changed the current restrictions. Alderperson Hofmann spoke and is not open to the idea of making the parking less restrictive. He had met with Officer In Charge Zwiefelhofer and discussed the problems with drop off areas. He proposed some possible changes. Donna Yakesh, line guard from the Bloomer School District was present. She stated that in the past, the parents do not follow the rules. If changes are going to be made, she felt they needed to be done this summer prior to school starting in the fall. Tony Rubenzer, 1622 17th Avenue felt the restrictions should be lifted and put back to the way it was. All the city did was push the problems out further into other blocks. He said because of snow, parents are parking in front of residents driveways. They are also allowing their children to exit a driveway, walk into 17th Avenue and enter the car from the driver's side. He felt this was more unsafe then when it was next to the school. Randy Yeakey stated he was a member of the original committee that looked at this situation. All of the issues brought up, were the same issues they discussed. He feels there is a speed problem in the area. He tries to patrol the area when he is in town, but cannot always do that, as he is State Patrol. Discussion was held regarding a possibility of installing a strobe light when there are children present. Alderperson Meinen stated he is a bus driver and feels the situation is much better with vision now. He does not want to see the restrictions changed. Officer In Charge Zwiefelhofer stated he would review and survey the situation. He also stated that if changes are made he felt they needed to be done prior to the start of the school year.

Mayor Summerfield explained the need to have an electric rate increase. Currently, the power cost adjustment is averaging 2 cents. The last increase was in 1999. Because of this, the utility is required to do a rate increase. Also after the audit report meeting, it was determined that the rate of return was low. He also presented a rate increase by Chippewa Valley that was substantially hirer than the rates we charge. Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Larson Allen to start the process for an electric rate increase. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

The Common Council then reviewed an invite to Eau Claire for the next joint meeting of area cities. The first date proposed was June 22, 2011 which conflicted with the City's scheduled meeting. They are tentatively rescheduled for June 29th.

Discussion was held regarding the ordinance regulating seller's permits and farmers markets in the City. Clerk Stoik presented ordinances from the City of Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire. Each of these cities exempts sale of produce in farmers markets. Currently the City's ordinance requires a seller's permit for every 30 days. After discussion, it was proposed to charge everyone the fee for the season – one time. The City parking next to the post office is designated as a farmers market and no permit is required. It was proposed that they would need to change the ordinance to require a seller's permit for there also. This will be on the next agenda in ordinance form for consideration.

Mayor Summerfield requested action on the approval of beer, wine and liquor licenses, except for a license applied for by Bank Mutual, Bloomer Inn & Suites, TY Properties (Class "B" Combination Beer and Liquor and Bridge Stop and Class "A" Beer license. Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the exclusion of the listed applications and approved the list below. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Class "B" Combination Beer & Liquor License
Charles E. Bowe, Badger Hole, LLC – Badger Hole, 1019 15th Ave
Z-Bro, LLC Richard Zwiefelhofer – Harm's Way Bar & Grill-1103 15th Ave
Martin J. Loew – Happy Hour Bar-1318 Main St
Shawn & Brian Hutton–Next Place Bar & Grill-1602 Martin Road
Elmer Erickson – Bloomer Memorial Golf Course, Inc.-118 E 13th Ave
Bobbi Jo Caneff – Blue Moose Grill & Steak House-1628 Woodard Rd
Yvonne Marie Rubenzer, Agent – Junior's Bar, Inc.-1412 Main St
Heidi Jo Bohl – Xpeditions, Inc.-1319 Main St
Traci Lynn Frion, Agent – Bloomer Moose Lodge No. 1077-1890 9th Ave
William Rothbauer, More For Bloomer – The Underground-1325 15th Ave
Lucinda Solie – The Corner Bar-1430 Duncan Rd.
Class "C" Wine & Class "B" Beer
Northern Hemisphere Entertainment (P. Michael Hable) – Bohemian Ovens-905 Martin Rd
Class "A" Beer & Class "A" Liquor
SSG Corporation-(Jonathon Schmidt, Agent) – SSG Holiday-2016 17th Ave
Leisureland South, Inc. (Patrick N. Shadick, Agent) – Price Rite Foods-1502 16th
Joe's Family Market, Inc., Joseph Matthew Diedrich-Joe's Family Market-1303 Main St.
Class "A" Beer
Kwik Trip, Inc. (Anna Williams, Agent) – Kwik Trip #427-1625 Woodard Rd
Class "B" Beer
Fat Boys Pizza, Inc. Jay D. Thompson, Agent – Fat Boy's Pizza-1312 Main St.

Mayor Summerfield then informed the Council that Bank Mutual, Rebecca Reinhardt, Agent for Bloomer Bowl – 1319 Oak Street and Bloomer Inn & Suites, Peter Brown, Agent for 1616 Woodard Road were applying for the same license. Attorney Brian Nodolf was present to represent Bank Mutual and stated that Bank Mutual has taken over ownership of this property and requests transfer of the license to them. They need the Class "B" Combination license to make the property marketable. They need the license to stay with the property. Peter Brown was present and stated the previous owner, Nick Minford informed him that he was the owner of the license and could sell it. Mr. Brown paid Mr. Minford money a year ago with the intention that the license would be his at renewal time. Attorney Thiel stated that it is against the law to sell licenses. It is forbidden by law. Licenses are a privilege granted by the City and not owned by anyone. Clarification of past practices was discussed. Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Bank Mutual, Rebecca Reinhardt, Agent for 1319 Oak Street for the Class "B" Combination Beer & Liquor license. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.

Discussion was held regarding the license held in pocket by TY Properties, Rod Turner. He has held this license for the past years and has not used it. He also described the legal description as the Secret Garden at 1416 Main Street. Attorney Thiel stated that this could pose problems with a license for a flower shop. Attorney Thiel stated that many cities are not allowing citizens to hold in pocket a license for a long period of time. Most expire in 6 months to a year. He also stated that the Council has control of the license. Discussion was held whether Mr. Brown could apply for this license. Attorney Thiel stated this also was up to the Council. It was decided to table until the next meeting as Mr. Turner was not present at the meeting. Attorney Thiel would contact Mr. Turner and discuss the legal description and the laws concerning holding the license in pocket. He will request Mr. Turner to attend the next Council meeting.

Discussion was held regarding the Class A beer license held by Mr. Dwain Trowbridge, Bridge Stop, 1303 Main Street. Officer In Charge Kevin Zwiefelhofer conducted a background check on all of the applicants and Mr. Trowbridge has been ticketed in other counties in the past few years for sale to underage persons. None were in Chippewa County. After much discussion, Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Dwain Trowbridge – Bridge Stop, 1303 Main Street contingent upon the knowledge received from the Bloomer Police Dept. stating that the City was aware of convictions for selling to underage persons, however if future violations occur, the City may use this as revocation of his existing license for a Class A Beer license. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve an extension to the license premise for Bloomer Moose Lodge, 1890 9th Avenue for their Class "B" Combination license on June 11, 2011 & July 30, 2011. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve an extension to a Class "B" Combination for the Underground Bar on June 11, 2011 contingent upon a letter from Peoples State Bank allowing the use of their property and a certificate of insurance for coverage. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Mayor Summerfield stated he had some issues with dates of upcoming regular council meetings. After discussion, Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve changing the date of the May 25th meeting to June 1, 2011 and to cancel the June 8th meeting. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the applications to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for the following listed below. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Kelly N. Jackson
Robert J. Gerke
Derek S. Decker
Gabrielle M. Solie

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator updated the Council regarding the Lindoo property in Westbrook. He has been contacted by the builder and a local excavator to rectify the situation.

Kevin Zwiefelhofer, Officer in Charge reported that new revolvers they purchased have come in and they will be certified in use by the end of the month.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator – no comments.

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator stated he had been contacted by Mr. Lindoo regarding draining of storm water off of the lots he owns in Westbrook. He will meet with him, but wanted to let the Council know that he would be forcing Mr. Lindoo to obey all the storm sewer requirements. He also had been contacted by a farmer wanting to spread liquid manure on two properties in the City. He was wondering if it was against the City ordinances. Attorney Thiel stated it could possibly be a public nuisance.

Attorney Thiel stated that he had advised Fire Chief Bleskacek regarding the laws for bidding out of fire trucks. This will be on a future agenda for Council approval.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Meinen – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield – no comments.

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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