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MEETING MINUTES

Bloomer, Wisconsin

                                                                               May 14, 2015

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a regular meeting of the Common Council of the City of Bloomer was called to order on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, Mayor Meinen presiding.

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

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meetings (April 22, 2015 & April 29, 2015) as presented. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler 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:                 72133 – 72145, 70651 - 70896

                        General Fund:                         $ 111,138.48

                        Electric Fund:                         $  626,819.21

                        Water Fund:                            $  5,005.05

                        Sewer Fund:                            $    54,219.86

                        Payroll:                                    $ 143,608.51

                        TOTAL                                   $   940,791.11        

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were no audience comments.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve rip rap repair below the dam according to DNR specs for approx. $5,500 from the low quote received from A-1 Excavating. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the low bid for steel roofing and siding on the police building and animal pound from Seidling Remodeling for $4,200. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen explained the process he has followed over the past two months reviewing the need for a full-time light equipment operator vs. seasonal help. He was appointed to the committee to review this. He has put a lot of time into looking at all the options. He presented a spreadsheet doing a cost analysis over 10 years. In that period of time, the City could save $698,000 hiring seasonal help. Does the City need another full-time employee? He would like to propose a possible raise to the existing staff for consideration of seasonal help. If the City gave each street employee a 2% increase, it would result in an expense of $6,000. He also has been informed that this department will not work with another department in the City. He would like all departments to work together in times of need. Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator respectfully disagrees with Alderperson Meinen. He feels the City is headed for trouble and the need for a full-time employee is warranted. He stated this department at one time had 10 employees. Over the years it has been reduced to 8. He feels that to maintain the level of service warranted for the City, they need 8 full-time employees. His recommendation is to hire 1 full-time employee and no part-time employees. After more discussion and a motion was presented. Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve posting for a full-time Light Equipment Operator in the Street Department. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and Alderperson Hofmann, Steinmetz & Koehler voted aye. Alderperson Meinen voted no.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve proceeding with the annexation of city land owned along Iron Horse residential lots as described to correct the deeds. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve Midwest Physical Therapy for a street use permit to hold the 8th Annual Scoot & Skedaddle race on July 31, 2015 on 16th Avenue from Smith Street to Duncan Road with street closure from 6 to 9 p.m. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve purchase of safety equipment for 15 items in the amount of $5,963 + freight for the Electric Department. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve purchase of an AED for $1,346 and $200 for a cabinet for the Electric Department. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve Badger Hole, 1019 15th Avenue to extend their licensed premise for the Class B Combination Beer & Liquor license from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. and live music & dancing from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Bloomer Bowl to change the agent to Robert Summerfield for the current Class “B” Combination Beer & Liquor license. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the following wine, beer & liquor licenses as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Koehler 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

Bloomer Bowl, LLC – Robert Summerfield, Agent – Bloomer Bowl-1319 Oak St.

Richard Zwiefelhofer, Z-Bro, LLC – Harm’s Way Bar & Grill-1103 15th Ave

Martin J. Loew – Happy Hour Bar-1318 Main St

Shawn Marie Hutton–Next Place Bar & Grill-1602 Martin Road

Elmer Erickson, Agent – Bloomer Memorial Golf Course, Inc.-118 E 13th Ave

Kellie Turner-A Secret Garden Floral & Gift -1416 Main St

Yvonne Marie Rubenzer, Agent – Junior’s Bar, Inc.-1412 Main St

Brian Yohnk, Agent – Bloomer Moose Lodge No. 1077-1890 9th Ave

More for Bloomer, LLC -William Rothbauer – The Underground-1325 15th Ave

Lucinda Solie – The Corner Bar-1430 Duncan Rd.

Michael Randall – Twi-Lite of Bloomer, LLC, City Limits – 1628 Woodard Road

Heidi J. Bohl – Xpeditions, Inc. – 1319 Main Street

Class “C” Wine & Class “B” Beer

Bohemian Hospitality Company, LLC, Laura Stelzner McNamara, Agent, Bohemian Ovens-905 Martin Rd

PB & J Wood “N” Stuff, Rebekah Spencer, Agent, Bloomer Inn & Suites – 1616    Woodard Road

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-1303 Main Street

Dollar General Store #5871, Dolgencorp, LLC-Margie Osterhues, Agent – 1827 17th Avenue

Kwik Trip, Inc. -Anna Marie Jergenson, Agent – Kwik Trip #427-1625 Woodard Road

River Country Co-op- Doug Richardson, Agent - River Country Co-op Main Street – 1300 Main Street

Class “A” Beer

River Country Co-op – Doug Richardson, Agent-(Bloomer Cenex) - 1110 14th Avenue

Class “B” Beer

Fat Boys Pizza, Inc. Jay D. Thompson, Agent – Fat Boy’s Pizza-1312 Main St

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve a temporary Class “B” picnic license for Sunshine Fund – Bloomer High School Staff for a benefit at the Bloomer Memorial Golf Course on May 16, 2015. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve an application for a license to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors to Jacquelyn L. Jones, Christina L. Olson and Gene F. Schindler as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Clerk Stoik – had nothing to report.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator reported that power has been installed to the north residential lots in the Iron Horse Industrial Park and the new softball fields. He also questioned if the Council would be proceeding with changes to the covenants in the Iron Horse Industrial Park. They intend to have Attorney Thiel follow through with the procedure.

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported Progressive Rail will be closing the Main Street & 9th Avenue cross-over for repairs to the track. This will take 2 to 4 days. He will be meeting with Police Chief Zwiefelhofer to determine the best detour route. The garbage truck is being overhauled at an approx. cost of $8,000. The mechanic is working with them to reduce the price as this was repaired less than 1 year ago. He also stated 6th Avenue is ready to be paved.

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

Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported the Police Department would be participating in an operation to control railroad crossings.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Meinen reported he had received calls regarding a building on Oak Street that should be condemned. Alderperson Koehler stated he would report it to the County. He also reported he attended the class to be certified in Board of Review.

Alderperson Hofmann - no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Meinen reported Mike Meindel, Dave Lambert and himself met with a representative from the incinerator. He reported there will be an increase in the future. He also would like the Council to discuss the succession plan for each department. Some of the department heads will be retiring soon and he thinks now is the time to discuss how each department will be run in the future.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to go into closed session as authorized by Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1) (c) (e) as read by Mayor Meinen. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye. After going into closed session, it was decided by the Common Council not to discuss any item concerning section 19.85(1) (c).

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to come out of closed session and report on action taken. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to counter the offer to purchase for Lot 104 in the Iron Horse Industrial Park. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve proceeding with rezoning lots 101-104 and lot 6 in the Iron Horse Industrial Park. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the offer to purchase for Lot 201 from Mike Poirier for $21,000 plus closing costs, title work and attorney fees. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to counter the offer to purchase for Lot 202 in the Iron Horse Industrial Park. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Resolution 1130 – To Authorized Mayor and City Clerk to Execute Deed to Robert J. Branshaw to Lot 205, Iron Horse Industrial Park and Resolution 1131 – To Authorized Mayor and City Clerk to Execute Deed to Holzem Properties LLC to Lot 1 of CSM 4366 – Iron Horse Industrial Park. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz 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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