November 11, 2015
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a public hearing of the Common Council of the City of Bloomer was held on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. The hearing was opened at 6:00 p.m. to hear evidence concerning the correctness of the amounts due for delinquent electric, water, sewer, refuse & accounts receivable – unpaid accounts. No one appeared at the hearing. The hearing was closed at 6:02 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, November 11, 2015 at 6:03 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Meinen presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Meinen, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler, and Clerk Stoik. Attorney Thiel was not present.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (October 28, 2015) as presented. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve all claims against the City and Utilities as presented. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:
Checks Numbered: 73030 - 73192
General Fund: $ 508,511.96
Electric Fund: $ 73,214.80
Water Fund: $ 3,480.61
Sewer Fund: $ 35,704.18
Payroll: $ 72,202.28
TOTAL $ 693,113.83
There were no audience comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the delinquent amounts for unpaid electric, water, sewer, refuse and accounts receivable for tax roll in the amount of $8,686.69. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Discussion was held regarding Resolution 1120 – Fee Schedule for Sign Permits. The Bloomer School District paid for 11 signs located on the ballfields on 17th Avenue. Those signs will be relocated to the new ballfields on the school property. On January 1, 2015 the city increased the fee for signs from $5 to $25. Dr. Mary Randall is requesting the city to waive the fee for the signs to be relocated. Tony Rubenzer, Zoning Administrator/Building Inspector stated that any sign that is taken down and placed in a new location is issued a new sign permit. At the last meeting, Attorney Thiel stated that the council cannot waive a fee, but would need to change the resolution for the fee schedule for everyone. Attorney Thiel was not present at the meeting and requested the clerk to send him an email to make an exception for city owned land. This will be considered at the next meeting.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the Supplemental Letter Agreement with Short, Elliott & Hendrickson – WWTP Draft Phosphorous Compliance Alternatives Plan for $7,500. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to increase the pavilion rental by $10 (North Park: $45/rectangle, $45/round & $20/small; Witt Park: $45) effective November 12, 2015 as recommended by the park board. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye. Pavilions rented prior will remain at the previous rate.
No action was taken regarding the possible donation of materials to the Bloomer Historical Society. Alderperson Hofmann stated that he had not been in contact with any of the members and requested the clerk to remove this from future agendas.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to accept the retirement of Sue Willi, Administrative Assistant/ Computer Operator at the police department effective 02-29-16 and approve posting for the position as recommended by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to accept the retirement of William Thiel, Weld, Riley, Prenn & Ricci as City Attorney effective 12-31-15. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion. Discussion was held on how the City wanted to proceed with a replacement for Attorney Thiel. Alderperson Koehler questioned Dr. Mary Randall what attorney’s the Bloomer School District uses. The council directed the mayor and clerk to proceed with a request for proposal and to post for other attorneys to submit for consideration.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve changes to the upcoming meeting schedule: Cancel November 25, December 9 & December 23; schedule meetings for December 2 & 16. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Clerk Stoik – no comments.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator stated he had received an estimate of costs for sidewalk on 17th Avenue for their consideration during the budget work session. He also has received quotes for the electric installation on the cold storage building by the recycling center. He needs to work out the details with one of the contractors as the quote seemed too low.
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator reported Tony Peterson, Meter reader has resigned his position. The electric department and water department will be reading this route in the future and will be trading off the responsibility between the two departments.
Kathy Larson, Library Director stated the library received an award in the morning from the Wisconsin State Superintendent. She also presented more information for the budget regarding circulation and program attendance.
Tony Rubenzer, Zoning Administrator /Building Inspector – no comments.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported he had placed an informational article in the newspaper regarding winter parking ordinance. He also stated the arbitration hearing would be held on November 12th regarding the prior grievance filed by the LAW union. He has researched truck route ordinances from other municipalities and does feel it would work for the city. He will provide more information at a future meeting.
Alderperson Meinen – no comments.
Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz question Mayor Meinen regarding upcoming IDC meetings. Mayor Meinen stated that no meetings have been scheduled.
Alderperson Koehler – no comments.
Mayor Meinen stated he had received a call from residents on Grove Street regarding the darkness on the street. Mr. Paulson stated the policy is to place the lights on the corners and not in the middle of the blocks. He also stated that one of the residents complained about a dead tree in the boulevard over two years ago and the city removed the wrong tree. Mr. Meindel stated he would check into the plan for removing the dead tree.
The council reviewed the preliminary documents for the 2016 budget. The hearing was set for December 2, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. and the total levy set at $954,499. The council directed the clerk to proceed with the publication as presented.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik