May 25, 2016
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 25, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Steinmetz presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Steinmetz, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Jones, Koehler, Clerk Stoik and Attorney Weld.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (May 11, 2016) as presented. Alderperson Jones 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: 74926 - 75066
General Fund: $ 92,729.16
Electric Fund: $ 274,767.81
Water Fund: $ 1,101.54
Sewer Fund: $ 15,931.73
Payroll: $ 74,271.98
TOTAL $ 458,802.22
There were no audience comments.
Discussion was held with Frank Pascarella, Chippewa County Adminstrator regarding the state of Chippewa County. He reported on the fiscal management, general obligation debt, year-end surplus, transportation plans, etc. He also informed the Council of restructuring and collaboration between departments and other counties and municipalities that he has been working on. He also spoke about the wheel tax implemented in 2015. This is to sunset on December 31, 2019. He reported the committee will be reviewing the plan in July and will make recommendations. He reported on the progresses made internally for restructuring, health insurance and pay for performance pay increases. He thanked the Council for allowing him time on the agenda to give a report of the county.
Discussion was held regarding a letter received from Bloomer Area Aquatic & Recreation center regarding the installation of sidewalk. In previous meetings, the Planning Commission recommended the city to pursue installation of sidewalk on the north side of 17th Avenue from Priddy Street to Smith Street. At budget time, the council reviewed and discussed phases of the project and how it could be completed. The Council directed Mr. Meindel to proceed with phase 1. Phase 1 was to advise property owners from Riggs Street intersection to Smith Street to install sidewalk. They were sent a letter and advised of the specifications for sidewalk installation. In March, the City received a letter from Bloomer Area Aquatic & Recreation. It was signed by 8 citizens representing the group objecting to sidewalk being installed on 17th Avenue. Mr. Bruce Barlow was present and he stated they do not feel it is needed. Alderperson Hofmann spoke regarding the safety of pedestrians and the increased traffic to commercial businesses. Alderperson Meinen spoke of his displeasure in the letter and that not one member of the board had contacted him. He feels he is to represent all citizens of the city. The Council was not picking on certain property owners. This issue is about safety. Mayor Steinmetz stated he had placed this item on the agenda for discussion by the Council. Alderperson Jones was not aware of the background on the issue and Mayor Steinmetz wanted time for members to review the steps taken to this point. This was tabled until the next meeting.
Discussion was held regarding the adjustment policy for water/sewer accounts approved on 10-22-13. Mr. Meindel explained how the adjustments are handled. Andrew Martin was present to explain the issue that happened to his property located at 1325 15th Avenue. Mr. Martin received a call at 6:45 a.m. regarding water running out the door of the property onto 15th Avenue. Bloomer Water employees shut the valve in the street, but were unable to fully stop flow. By 8:15 a.m. water was restored to adjoining property owners. Possible cause for failure is suspected vandalism, heat in room was operational, but door to the room was left open. Water was throughout the facility with damage to the elevator, gym floor, sprinkler system and other issues caused by water. The reason for the special request is due to the inability to stop water flow and sewer pipe plugged due to tree roots. He also questioned the amount billed due to unmetered flow. He thanked the Bloomer Water Utility for their help in resolving the issue as fast as they could. After discussion with Mr. Meindel and Mr. Martin, Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve billing Mr. Martin for 100% of the water usage and to waive 100% of the sewer charges. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the following Street Use Permits as presented and approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
*Spots & Stripes Early Learning Center–701 Jackson St - June 18, 2016 – Color Run
*Main Street Cafe – 1418 Main Street – June 1, 2016 – June Dairy Days
*Brant Alman – 1428 8th Avenue – June 25 & 26, 2016 – Block Party
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve a Live Music & Dancing license to Brant Alman for June 25, 2016 with music ending at 11:00 p.m. for a block party on 8th Avenue between Oak Street & Newman Street as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve a Class “B” Picnic license for St. Paul’s Catholic Church – 1222 Main Street for a painting party on June 9, 2016. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the following Cigarette Licenses – effective from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
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
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve applications for fermented beverages & intoxicating liquor to the following listed as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Tanner J. Story
Crystal A. Franz
Pete Paulson, Electric Administrator – had nothing to report.
Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator – nothing to report. The Council questioned him regarding a letter sent to a resident regarding the building permit that expired. He has not received any communication from the resident.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported Short, Elliott & Hendrickson, Chippewa County and Mayor Steinmetz met to review a possible land purchase for phosphorus issue at the WWTP. He also reported William Miller has been certified to operate the WWTP. The Council congratulated Mr. Miller.
Mark Schwartz, Ambulance Administrator reported the cardiac monitor has been installed in the ambulance.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer – had nothing to report.
Attorney Steve Weld – had nothing to report.
City Clerk Stoik – had nothing to report.
Alderperson Koehler – no comments.
Alderperson Jones questioned if there was a handout for residents regarding regulation for upkeep of their properties. Police Chief Zwiefelhofer stated they do place articles in the newspaper for issues. Snow removal, barking dogs, junk vehicles, etc.
Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.
Alderperson Meinen – no comments.
Mayor Steinmetz requested on the next agenda to change the meeting on June 22 to June 29. The Council had no objections. He reported he would be holding a department head meeting on June 1st at 7:30 a.m. He also wished everyone a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to go into closed session under Wis. Stats 19.85(1) (c) & (g) as read by Mayor Steinmetz. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Jones made a motion to come out of closed session and report on action taken. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye. No action was taken.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik