City of Bloomer
Regular Meeting of the Common Council
1503 Main Street
Bloomer, WI 54724
November 14th, 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, November 14th, 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 Weld were present.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve the minutes from the October 22nd, 2018, regular meeting as presented. Alderman Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderman Hofmann 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: 82992 - 83113
General Fund: $ 537,435.01
Electric Fund: $ 510,584.47
Water Fund: $ 4,718.45
Sewer Fund: $ 25,950.19
Payroll $ 136,476.94
Housing Rehab $ 905.32
Administrator Frion commented that Water/Wastewater Department Manager, Bill Miller, was asked to represent District 4 of the Wisconsin Rural Water Association on the National Rural Water Association Board. This is a great professional development opportunity for Miller along with representing the City of Bloomer. The Tractor Supply store that was originally supposed to start construction this fall has tentatively been put on hold.
Alderman Koehler thanked Administrator Frion and all the election workers for running a smooth election on November 6th. The turnout was roughly 73% of registered voters throughout the City.
Mayor Steinmetz stated he recently met with City clergy to discuss different things pertaining to the City. Officer Poppe was able to bring the City’s K-9, Rocky, as well. At the last IDC meeting, a decision was made to meet every other month rather than monthly due to attendance.
Alderman Koehler made a motion to approve a conditional use permit for Allison Knoepke, 1641 19th Avenue, to allow for keeping of chickens. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Jones made a motion to approve a conditional use permit for Zachary & Heidi Zakrzewski, 2609 Westbrook Ct., to allow for keeping of chickens. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Heidi Zakrzewski inquired if they were to expand the coop, would they need to apply for another permit? Administrator Frion stated that the new design should be brought forward again for approval of the City.
Alderman Hofmann made a motion to approve a conditional use permit for Louis Rothbauer, 2310 Freeway Drive, to allow for operating a pet grooming business out of the residential garage. Alderman Meinen seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Hofmann made a motion to approve the delinquent amounts for unpaid electric, water, sewer, refuse and accounts receivable for tax roll. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Koehler made a motion to approve early renewal with Security Health Plan for the calendar year 2019. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
On March 14th, 2018, the Common Council held a public hearing to rezone Shadick Properties Lots 1-7, 18-19 from (R-1) to (R-2). The City had to wait to make the official amendment to the zoning map until the State approved the final plat. The final plat was recorded with the Chippewa County Register of Deeds on September 25th, 2018.
Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve Ordinance #08-18 – to Amend Official Zoning Map – Pat & Sandy Shadick – Shadick Properties – from (R-1) Single-Family Residential zoning district to (R-2) Two-Family Residential zoning district: Lot 1 (Parcel #23009-0524-68460001), Lot 2 (Parcel #23009-0524-68430002), Lot 3 (Parcel #23009-0524-68460003), Lot 4 (#23009-0524-68460004), Lot 5 (Parcel #23009-0524-68460005), Lot 6 (Parcel #23009-0524-68460006), Lot 7 (Parcel #23009-0524-68460007), Lot 18 (Parcel #23009-0524-68460018, Lot 19 (Parcel #23009-0524-68460019). Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Jones made a motion to convene into closed session as authorized by Wis. Stat. §19.85(1(c) “Considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility.” (Department Manager’s evaluation and compensation)
Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Roll call vote was taken: Meinen – aye, Hofmann – aye, Jones – aye, Koehler – aye. Motion carried.
Alderman Meinen made a motion to reconvene to open session. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Roll call vote was taken: Meinen – aye, Hofmann – aye, Jones – aye, Koehler – aye. Motion carried.
Discussion took place on the 2019 budget.
It was consensus of the Common Council to direct Administrator Frion to draw up a resolution for the 2019 wage increases.
The Negotiation Committee exchanged initial proposals with the Bloomer Professional Police Association.
Motion by Alderman Jones to adjourn. Alderman Koehler seconded the motion. Motion carried.