May 28, 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 28, 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 Thiel.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (May 14, 2015) as presented. Alderperson Hofmann 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: 70897 – 70996, 72146
General Fund: $ 10,348.31
Electric Fund: $ 10,452.24
Water Fund: $ 1,352.60
Sewer Fund: $ 1,925.03
Payroll: $ 68,678.95
TOTAL $ 92,757.13
There were no audience comments.
Alderperson Koehler reported the Planning Commission had met and held a public hearing on May 27, 2015 regarding a Conditional Use Permit in the Town of Bloomer. Mr. Jeff Malinowski presented a letter requesting consideration on limiting hours of operation and possible options for loading out of other plants. Alderperson Koehler stated the Planning Commission’s recommendations were as follows:
*Hours of operation: 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
*10 foot berm around the entire outer edge of the property.
*Two rows of trees planted on the berm.
*Entrance to be gated when closed.
After review Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve a Conditional Use Permit submitted by Haas Sons Properties, LLC agent for property owned by Tom Dietsche, located in NE1/4 of the NW1/4 of Section 32, T31N, R09W, Town of Bloomer (7 acres) (Parcel # 23109-3221-0002000) to allow a redi-mix plant in an I-2 zoning district in the ETZ area of the Town of Bloomer with the restrictions listed above and approved by the Planning Commission. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Discussion regarding an unsafe building in the City of Bloomer and the proper procedure for compliance was reviewed. At the last meeting, Alderperson Koehler stated he would contact someone from the County regarding possible compliance. After review, it would be the City’s responsibility to enforce the ordinance. Attorney Thiel stated he had not reviewed the City’s ordinance, but felt state laws are specific regarding the procedure. Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector was instructed to follow the ordinance and meet with the property owner for an inspection. He was instructed to report back at the next meeting.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the swimming beach proposal for 2015 as presented. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the following listed cigarette license applications from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 as presented. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Kwik Trip, Inc. – Kwik Trip #427
SSG Corporation – SSG Holiday
Badger Hole LLC – Badger Hole
Xpeditions, Inc. – Xpeditions
Leisureland South, Inc. – Shadick’s Price Rite Foods
River Country Co-op – River Country Co-op Main Street
Shawn Hutton – The Next Place Bar & Grill
Junior’s Bar, Inc. – Junior’s Bar
River Country Co-op – Bloomer Cenex
Dolgencorp, LLC – Dollar General Store #5871
Martin J. Loew – Happy Hour
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the Mayor’s appointment of Marion Zwiefelhofer to the Park Board. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the unpaid leave time of 2 weeks for Sue Willi, Police Secretary as presented in her letter. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve applications for licenses to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors to Jean M. Petska and Marta P. Weigel as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Clerk Stoik informed the Council the next joint meeting of Mayor’s and Council members will be held June 25th in Osseo and the Board of Review for the City will be held June 8th.
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator questioned if the property owner was going to take ownership of the strip of land on 17th Avenue back to the well. Mayor Meinen reported he had spoken to him and he will be doing the paperwork for the deed. Alderperson Meinen questioned Mr. Paulson if something could be done with the low hanging overhead line crossing Duncan Creek in Willis Park. Mr. Paulson will look at it and see if something could be done.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported they would be spreading the lime at the baseball field that has been piled there for years. They will be spreading it at the Wastewater Treatment Plant facility. Alderperson Koehler questioned if the storm water retention pond has been working properly on 16th Avenue. Mr. Meindel stated that so far, it hadn’t overflowed.
Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning administrator requested to be allowed to attend the closed session regarding sale of Iron Horse lots. The Council granted his request.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported the video system has been installed at the police station. He also reported on June 2nd the police department in cooperation with the railroad would be targeting violations at crossings.
Alderperson Meinen – no comments.
Alderperson Hofmann - no comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.
Alderperson Koehler – no comments.
Mayor Meinen – no comments.
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.
Alderperson Koehler 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 from Mike Poirier for Lot 104 for $19,000 plus title work, closing costs and attorney fees in the Iron Horse Industrial Park contingent upon the City rezoning the property to R-2. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik