City of Bloomer
Regular Meeting of the Common Council
1503 Main Street
Bloomer, WI 54724
May 9th, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
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 9th, at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Steinmetz presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Steinmetz, Aldermen Meinen, Hofmann, Jones, Koehler, Administrator Frion and Attorney Gustafson were all present.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderman Koehler made a motion to approve the minutes from the April 25th, 2018 regular meeting and the May 2nd, 2018 Special meeting as presented. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve all claims against the City and Utilities as presented. Alderman Jones seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:
Checks Numbered: 82040 - 82167
General Fund: $ 111,929.95
Electric Fund: $ 44,766.05
Water Fund: $ 4,908.17
Sewer Fund: $ 213,230.65
Payroll: $ 69,852.05
TOTAL $ 444,686.87
Housing Rehab: $ 1,363.05
Francis Yohnk, representing the American Legion, stated that they donate all the flags for Main Street. They have donated a new flag and flag holder for City Hall. The holder will assist in allowing the flag to not get tangled up when heavy winds occur.
The Water/Sewer Department’s WPDES permit requires the City to have a plan in place to meet the phosphorus regulation of 0.075 by January, 2019, with completion of construction by the end of 2021. There are multiple ways to treat the phosphorus to meet that requirement. Water and Sewer Department staff had visited the City of Stanley whose requirement is the same. They utilize a sand filtration system, which is what Bill Miller, Water and Sewer Department Manager, feels would work best for Bloomer. Miller and Administrator Frion met with Nexom who offers a sand filtration system called Blue Pro. Discussion also took place pertaining to a future regulation that may come from the DNR to regulate nitrates as well. If the City were to go with the Blue Pro system, they could design it to include a system that would assist in regulating the nitrates called Blue Nite, in the event the DNR does put a regulation on it. The current SCADA system is also 20 years old and the parts to replace are obsolete. Discussion took place regarding the SCADA and wrapping the replacement in with the phosphorus project. The City should be able to apply for Clean Water Funds to assist with funding the project. The current main lift station was built in 1938. In the near future, the City will need to consider building a new one. Consideration was given to go across the creek from the current one behind the High School. We will need to verify if there is an easement or consider purchasing property from the High School in the event that location is considered.
Police Chief Zwiefelhofer stated that there have been a number of parking tickets issued recently that have not been paid. The Department is looking at modifying the ticket amount and then if it isn’t paid within the timeframe an additional fee would be applied. Zwiefelhofer is still working with the School District on the School Resource Officer. The Middle School has requested to set a no parking zone along Jackson Street that would go from the North Lot entry to the furthest south entry of the West Lot. There would be a timeframe attached to the request. The request will require an ordinance violation. There were only 5 applicants for the open part-time positions at the Police Department. Zwiefelhofer is reviewing current scheduling and may bring a proposal forward asking for another full-time officer.
The fire siren has not been working consistently. Discussion took place if there is still a need for the siren. The Council would like to have discussion with the Fire Chief at the next meeting to discuss further. The current siren was purchased in 2002.
Frion also recognized the Fire Department for their services regarding a communication between the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department and a City of Bloomer resident that pertained to a fire they assisted with. The homeowner was very gracious for the quick response. Frion also thank Attorney Gustafson for his recognition of Public Servant’s week.
Alderman Jones inquired on a request for fixing an old sampling pit on 16th Avenue and Kranzfelder. The Street Department has the part to make the fix, just hasn’t had the time to attend to it yet.
Alderman Hofmann was contacted by a rental tenant regarding the sidewalk and curb in front of their property and the state it is in. The curb is weathered away and there basically is no sidewalk anymore. There is an ordinance pertaining to the maintenance of curb and sidewalk, but at this time, isn’t really enforced by the City. Staff will need to review the current ordinances and bring forward to the Council for revisions to encourage enforcement.
Mayor Steinmetz met with the new pastor, Patrick Rhodes, from the Bloomer Baptist Church. Pastor Rhodes would like to see the City host an event known as ‘National Night Out’, which is an event where the community can come together for a meet & greet of the community’s leaders. Mayor Steinmetz commented that it was short notice for this year, but encouraged Pastor Rhodes to reach out to the Community Club as they have the annual picnic. The IDC in considering expanding their scope for scholarship participants. The Street Department will be painting lines next week. The sludge thickener project is almost complete.
Discussion took place related to the annexation request by Burton Development, LLC. If the property is approved for annexation, the lots that abut 82nd Street would be allowed to have well and septic. Any lots that would be developed with the 3rd Avenue extension, water and sewer would need to be installed.
Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve annexing a portion of Duncan Creek Estates located in the Town of Woodmohr to the City of Bloomer as presented (copy on file). Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Alderman Meinen made a motion to amend to include that the City incur the cost for submitting the annexation to the WI Department of Administration for review and approval. Alderman Koehler seconded the amendment. Motion carried as amended.
Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve the purchase of a bucket truck from Altec Industries for the Electric Department. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Discussion took place pertaining to the hours and dates the Lake Como Beach is open. Historically, the beach would close prior to the fair. Alderman Meinen suggested that we ask the lifeguards to tally how many swimmers attend the beach in August this year and we can revisit the discussion next year.
Discussion took place pertaining to the request from the Morgan Partners to create a pay-as-you-go TID for development out at the West Town Mall. The Council had concerns that there were current businesses in the City that provided that same type of services that Morgan Partners was proposing to bring to the City that didn’t request any type of incentive for their business. At this time, the Council declined the request to establish a pay-as-you-go TID for the West Town Mall.
Alderman Hofmann made a motion to approve an application for license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for Anastasia Kersten, Patricia Knudson, Rochelle North, Amy Durch, Terri Burgess, Terri Bohl, Tanner Story, Whitney Price, and Jamie Bischel. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Meinen made a motion to contract with Security Health Plan as the City’s health insurance carrier with a 90%/10% contribution and increasing the stipend amount to $500. Motion failed due to lack of second.
Alderman Koehler made a motion to contract with Security Health Plan as the City’s health insurance carrier with a 90%/10% contribution and increasing the stipend to $750. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Jones made a motion to leave the health insurance premiums the same as what they currently are for employees. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Hofmann made a motion to convene into closed session as authorized by Wis. Stat. §19.85(1)(e) “Deliberating or negotiating other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session.” (ETZ repeal agreement). Alderman Jones seconded the motion. - Roll Call vote was taken: Meinen – aye, Hofmann – aye, Jones – aye, Koehler – aye.
Alderman Meinen made a motion to reconvene to open session. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Roll call vote was taken: Meinen – aye, Hofmann – aye, Jones – aye, Koehler – aye.
Alderman Meinen made a motion directing Attorney Gustafson to draft correspondence to respond to the Town of Woodmohr’s request as discussed in closed session. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Motion by Alderman Koehler to adjourn. Alderman Meinen seconded the motion. Motion carried.