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MEETING MINUTES

                                                                                            Bloomer, Wisconsin

                                                                                            May 28, 2014

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 28, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street – Mayor Meinen presiding.

Roll call was taken: Mayor Meinen, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler, City 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 (May 14, 2014) as presented. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

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

 

                       Checks Numbered:                 67795 - 67907

                        General Fund:                         $ 42,668.79

                        Electric Fund:                         $ 276,441.65

                        Water Fund:                            $        152.06

                        Sewer Fund:                            $ 20,527.77

                        Payroll:                                    $  69,747.14

                        TOTAL                                   $ 409,537.41

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were no audience comments.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve a Certified Survey Map drafted by Point of Beginning for property on 17th Avenue (St. Hwy. 40) and Smith Street with changes to easements proposed by the Planning Commission. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Tony Rubenzer stated that as a concerned citizen, he feels the walk-in gates by the Little League fields should be locked on the 17th Avenue side. He feels it’s a dangerous situation for children. Discussion was held with the Council members. Most members felt that the season would be over soon and that it could be left as is for this season. No action was taken.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the low quote for steel roof installation on the pavilion at the North Park from Glen Schindler for $3,900. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion. Discussion: Alderperson Meinen stated the Park Board would be meeting soon and requested Mr. Meindel wait and award the job to Glen Schindler after the Park Board picked out color, etc. All present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve an extension to Badger Hole, Charles Bowe’s Class “B” Beer & Liquor license on Saturday, August 9 & 10, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. and a Live Music & Dancing license from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. on the same date. This has been reviewed and approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion. Discussion: Alderperson Koehler questioned if this was the first outdoor party located at the Badger Hole. It is the first for him. They also questioned Police Chief Zwiefelhofer if the times were consistent with other outdoor parties. All present voted aye.

Discussion was held with Rob Krejci from Chippewa County Highway Dept. regarding the City’s eligibility for LRIP funding from the State. The City applied for the 2010-2011 project year. The project the City designated was the Newman Street project. The City was awarded $20,000 to be used by June 30, 2015. As of now, it doesn’t look like the City will be obligating itself to that project at the present time. Mr. Krejci doesn’t want the City to lose the money. He felt the City could find a less expensive project. They would then need to update the 5 year plan. Mike Meindel stated he would meet with David Lambert and Bill Miller to look over the plan to see what could be completed by the end of the projected term. The Council was in favor of finding some other project to use the funds so we can still receive the funds.

No action was taken regarding the proposed ordinance To Editorially Amend Designation of Sections to Provision Adopted in Ordinance 08-01 and Ordinance 10-06, Bloomer City Code. Attorney Thiel stated he and the Police Chief needed to review and would place this on an agenda in one month.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve Ordinance 14-07 - To Amend Section 10-1-23 of the City Code; Stop Signs. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Cigarette Licenses effective from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 as listed and approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

            Kwik Trip, Inc. – 1625 Woodard Road

            SSG Corporation – SSG Holiday – 2016 17th Avenue

            Badger Hole, LLC – 1019 15th Avenue

            Xpeditions, Inc. – 1319 Main Street

            Leisureland South, Inc, Shadick’s Price Rite – 1303 Main Street

            Bridge Stop, LLC – 1300 Main Street           

            Next Place, Shawn Hutton – 1602 Martin Road

            Junior’s Bar, Inc. – 1412 Main Street

            River Country Coop – Bloomer Cenex – 1110 14th Avenue

            Dollar General Store #5871 – 2055 19th Avenue

            Happy Hour, Martin Loew – 1318 Main Street

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the 2014 swimming beach proposal as submitted by Greg Boetcher. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve increasing the septage hauling fees for holding waste to $.0175/gal and septic waste to $.045 effective July 1, 2014 as recommended by Mike Meindel, Street, Water and Sewer Administrator. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye. Mr. Meindel stated it had been many years since the hauling fees had been increased.

Discussion was held regarding establishing penalties for unpaid accounts receivable. Mr. Meindel is proposing a 1 to 1-1/2% per month. He currently has a customer that is delinquent in paying their charges. Mr. Meindel was advised to inform this customer to pay with 30 days of billing or they would no longer be able to use the City’s facilities.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve transferring Lake Como Community Trail funds of approx. $9,949.16 plus interest to the Lake Como Community Trail Club. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and roll call vote was taken: Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the retirement of Larry Szura as a Patrolman II effective May 30, 2014. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve hiring Brandon Poppe as a Patrolman I effective May 5, 2014 as recommended by the Police Commission. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve an application for a license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for Felisha R. Polmanter, Melissa A. Kriese, Jerry J. Shafer and Emily C. Paulus as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator – had nothing to report.

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

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported he had finished the CMAR report for the treatment plant. He also would be working on computer updates for the water utility. Council questioned if he and the Police Chief had followed through with right turn lanes at the intersection of 17th Avenue and Smith Street. Police Chief Zwiefelhofer stated they would need to draft an ordinance for no parking in a section. Also, Alderperson Koehler questioned the beach water testing procedures and who was responsible for posting the water quality. Mr. Meindel responded that David Lambert was in charge of the postings.

Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer – had nothing to report.

Clerk Stoik – had nothing to report.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.

Alderperson Meinen - no comments.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Meinen - had no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to go into Closed Session under Wis. Stats. 19.85(1) (c) & (e) as read by Mayor Meinen. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.

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

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the closed session minutes from May 14, 2014 where he made a motion to approve the counter offer and acceptance of the offer to purchase from Jason Zwiefelhofer for $16,000 for lot 15 of Iron Horse Industrial Park. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the purchase offer and acceptance from Mike Poirier for $16,000 for lot 14 of Iron Horse Industrial Park. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the amendments to Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer contract. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

                                                                        Sue A. Stoik/CMC                                                                                                                              City Clerk

 

 

 

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