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MEETING MINUTES

Bloomer, Wisconsin

                                                                               May 24, 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, May 24 at 6:03 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Steinmetz presiding.

Roll call was taken:  Mayor Steinmetz, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler, Administrator Frion and Attorney Gustafson. 

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderman Koehler made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (May 10, 2017) as presented.  Alderman Jones seconded the motion and all present voted aye. 

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

                             Checks Numbered:                       78607 - 78747

                             General Fund:                               $    14,278.47 

                             Electric Fund:                                $  281,422.20

                             Water Fund:                                 $      3,250.82          

                             Sewer Fund:                                 $    30,186.74

                             Payroll:                                         $    78,631.77   

                             TOTAL                                          $  407,770.00

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

Don Nielsen spoke on concerns of closing the gravel and brush site to residents.  Nielsen supports having cameras at the sites, but not close the sites to the public.  Nielsen suggested that a sign be put up of the hours and months that the North Park is open.

Don Stoik commented that he uses the brush site and does not want to see the site closed.

April Anderson with Clifton Larson Allen, LLP, provided the 2016 financial audit results.  The City received a qualified opinion on the Governmental Activities due to the City not implementing GASB68 pertaining to the Wisconsin Retirement System.  All other financial statements received an unmodified opinion, which is the highest the City can earn.

Motion was made by Alderman Meinen to adopt Resolution 1160-17 vacating an alley located in Block 8 of Emmerton’s Addition upon receiving an easement agreement.  Alderman Jones seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Discussion took place regarding installing a gate and cameras at the brush and gravel sites.  Administrator Frion advised the Common Council as to what the quotes were for installation.  A review of the current signage at the brush site should be done to make sure that citizens know what is allowed at the brush site.   Mayor Steinmetz tabled this item until more quotes are received.

Discussion took place on the proposed ordinance for Keeping of Chickens within city limits.  The conditional use permit given would include the structure permit as well as the conditional use; a separate building permit would not be needed.  Formal approval of creating an ordinance will take place at the June 14th meeting.

Attorney Gustafson commented that there were basically two ways to create an ordinance that would regulate industrial sand mining and processing with the City.  Alderman Meinen wants to see an ordinance that protects the citizens.  Gustafson stated that if you make it too restrictive it could likely be challenged.  The ordinance could limit the area in which sand mining or processing could take place, a licensing ordinance could be created, or even an operating agreement could be required.  Discussion took place on creating another zoning district that would allow sand mining and processing.  Attorney Gustafson will draft an ordinance to bring forward that creates a new zoning district.

Motion by Alderman Hofmann to hire Mason Miller at $12.00 per hour for the seasonal position.  Alderman Meinen seconded the motion.  Motion carried with Alderman Jones abstaining.

Motion by Alderman Meinen to purchase a Canon IPF 770 Plotter for the Electric Department.  Alderman Koehler seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Motion by Alderman Meinen to approve the bid from Magney Construction for constructing a new sludge thickener at the Waste Water Treatment Plant.  Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Motion by Alderman Jones to approve a temporary Class “B”/”Class B” picnic license for Bloomer Chamber of Commerce on June 1, 2017, at the Bloomer Fairgrounds beer tent and surrounding fenced area at 803 Riggs Street.  Alderman Meinen seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Motion by Alderman Koehler to approve a temporary Class “B”/”Class B” picnic license from August 2-7, 2017, with live music on August 3, 2017, for the Bloomer Community Club at the Bloomer Fairgrounds beer tent and grand stand area located at 803 Riggs Street and 801 Smith Street.  Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Motion by Alderman Jones to approve a temporary Class “B”/”Class B” picnic license from September 9-10, 2017, with live music on September 9, 2017, for the Bloomer Community Visitors Center, Inc. at the Bloomer Fairgrounds beer tent and surrounding fenced areas at 803 Riggs Street.  Alderman Meinen seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Motion by Alderman Koehler  to approve the license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for Tanner Story, Terri L. Bohl, Terri K. Burgess, Angel L. Tainter, Tamara D. Dornon, Jamie S. Bischel, Rochelle E. North, Elisha R. Kilboten, Amanda K. Schwartz, Halle R. Culver, Mary N. Paulus,  and Marissa M. Vahlenkamp.   Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Motion by Alderman Jones to approve the following beer & liquor licenses for July 1, 2017 – to June 30, 2018 as described below.  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Class “B” Beer & “Class B” Liquor License

  • Charles E. Bowe, Badger Hole, LLC – Badger Hole, 1019 15th Ave
  • Bloomer Bowl, LLC – Jennifer R. Olson, 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–The 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
  • New to You, Eric J. Klein-1325 15th Ave
  • Lucinda Solie – The Corner Bar-1430 Duncan Rd.
  • Joaquin Lopez – Casa Mexicana-Bloomer – 1628 Woodard Road
  • Heidi J. Bohl – Xpeditions, Inc. – 1319 Main Street

Motion by Alderman Meinen to approve the following beer & liquor licenses for July 1, 2017 – to June 30, 2018 as described below.  Alderperson Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Class “B” Beer & Class “C” Wine

  • Northern Hemisphere Entertainment, Inc. Peter Michael Hable, Agent, Bohemian Ovens-905 Martin Rd

Motion by Alderman Hofmann to approve the following beer & liquor licenses for July 1, 2017 – to June 30, 2018 as described below.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Class “A” Beer & “Class A” Liquor

  • CAP Operations- Jonathon Schmidt, Agent – Holiday #38-2016 17th Ave
  • Leisureland South, Inc. - Patrick N. Shadick, Agent – Price Rite Foods-1303 Main Street
  • Dollar General Store #5871, Dolgencorp, LLC-Aaron Tagwerker, Agent – 1827 17th Avenue
  • Kwik Trip, Inc., Anna Marie Jergenson, Agent – Kwik Trip #427-1625 Woodard Rd

Motion by Alderman Jones to approve the following beer & liquor licenses for July 1, 2017 – to June 30, 2018 as described below.  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Class “A” Beer

              River Country Co-op – Heather Barrows, Agent- (Bloomer Main) – 1300 Main St.

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

Motion by Alderman Koehler to approve the following beer & liquor licenses for July 1, 2017 – to June 30, 2018 as described below.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Class “B” Beer

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

Motion by Alderman Meinen to approve the following cigarette licenses for July 1, 2017 – to June 30, 2018 as described below.  Alderperson Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.

  • Kwik Trip, Inc. - Kwik Trip #427 – 1625 Woodard Road
  • CAP Operations, Inc. – Holiday #38 – 2016 17th Avenue
  • Badger Hole, LLC – Badger Hole – 1019 15th Avenue
  • Xpeditions, Inc. – Xpeditions – 1319 Main Street
  • Leisureland South, Inc. – Shadick’s Price Rite Foods – 1303 Main Street
  • River Country Coop – River Country Coop Main – 1300 Main Street
  • Shawn Hutton – The Next Place Bar & Grill – 1602 Martin Road
  • Junior’s Bar, Inc. – Junior’s Bar – 1412 Main Street
  • River Country Coop – Bloomer Cenex – 1110 14th Avenue
  • Dolgencorp, LLC – Dollar General Store #5871 – 1827 17th Avenue
  • Martin Loew – Happy Hour – 1318 Main Street

DEPARTMENT MANAGER COMMENTS

Police Chief Zwiefelhofer commented that the Police Commission has given offers to Evan Ruff and Bayli Maliszewski to fill the opening police officer positions.    Employment is contingent on passing of testing. 

Zwiefelhofer commented that there is a local business that would like to make a donation to the Police Department for a K-9 dog.  It was Zwiefelhofer’s goal to reach out to the community for donations and not use tax dollars for the K-9 program.

ADMINISTRATOR COMMENTS

Administrator Frion stated that the health insurance rates increased by 24.5%.  Our agent will be meeting with the employees on May 31st to get updated information so she can go out to market and see if we can get a cheaper rate.

Administrator Frion advised the Common Council of the cost to get the carpet stretched at City Hall rather than replacing.  It would have to be completed when the office isn’t open.  Administrator Frion suggested closing the office on July 3rd.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderman Jones thanked Chief Zwiefelhofer for putting the pedestrian lights in on 17th Avenue.  Jones stated that he saw someone using them and can see the benefit.

Alderman Meinen reviewed some of the costs pertaining to the parks.  At the next Park Board meeting he will be proposing that the hours of the parks and months they are open be posted.  Meinen would like to see the parks be a little more self-sufficient.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Steinmetz commented that he spoke with Dr. Mary Randall in regards to the Library Board school representative.  Steinmetz would like to wait until the next superintendent starts to see if they have interest being the representative or if they would like to recommend someone else.

Mayor Steinmetz commented that the 17th Avenue sidewalk is on the schedule.  Dollar General will be allowed to just put stripes on their property as it is blacktopped.  In the event their parking lot needs to be torn out going forward, they would be required to put sidewalk in as well.

Motion by Alderman Koehler to adjourn.   Alderperson Jones seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

                                                                                      Sandra L. Frion

                                                                                      City Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer

 

 

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