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MEETING MINUTES

Bloomer, Wisconsin

                                                                          November 28, 2012

 

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a public hearing of the Common Council of the City of Bloomer was held Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. regarding the 2013 city budget.  Dan Thole, Auditor from Clifton Larson Allen was present to answer questions from the public. No one appeared at the hearing.  The hearing was closed at 6:01 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 28, 2012 at 6:02 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Summerfield presiding.

Roll call was taken:  Mayor Summerfield, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler and Clerk Stoik.  Attorney Thiel was absent.

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (November 7, 2012) as presented.  Alderperson Hofmann 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:                 62287 - 62541

                        General Fund:                        $   80,934.67

                        Electric Fund:                         $ 474,028.79

                        Water Fund:                          $    8,978.02      

                        Sewer Fund:                          $    4,221.55

                        Payroll:                                 $ 142,721.08

                        TOTAL                                 $ 710,884.11 

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

Tom Zwiefelhofer was present regarding a home owned by him and his family at 1916 17th Avenue adjacent to the newly constructed McDonalds owned by Dennis Schwab.  He explained an agreement between the two property owners regarding conditions that were to be met.  He read a letter to be placed on file at City Hall.  They are disappointed the fence would not be installed prior to opening of the restaurant.  Mr. Schwab has assured them the fence will be installed by June 1, 2013. 

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the 2013 budget (mill rate @.00416483) for the City of Bloomer – total levy of $920,279 without TIF #4.  The final amount with TIF #4 included is (mill rate @ .00431277) – total levy of $952,969.35.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion.  A roll call vote was taken:  Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the NSP – Approval of Agreement on 2nd Point of Interconnection as recommended by the attorneys representing the city.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

No action was taken to approve fencing at the substation site.  Mr. Paulson, Electric Administrator explained that the old fence no longer meets code.  At this time he doesn’t know exactly what he needs and will have this on a future agenda for approval.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve 2013 engineering work on 8th Avenue and York Street with Short, Elliott & Hendrickson for a not to exceed price of $17,000. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion approve FEMA follow-up with Short, Elliott & Hendrickson for $1,350.00 upon final approval from FEMA.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the State of Wisconsin Outdoor Recreation Aids Grant Contract for the Witt Park Improvements for $17,908 to be matched by the City. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the lease agreement for the veteran’s clubhouse and lot containing hockey rink and warming house with the American Legion – Post #295.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.  Alderperson Koehler thanked Jim Hudacek and committee for their work.

Christi Haun was present regarding the Intermunicipal Agreement with Chippewa County.  This would allow Chippewa County to place a tower on the city’s water tank.  Discussion was held regarding the agreement and the possible rights to termination.  After review, Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the Intermunicipal Agreement with Chippewa County.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken:  Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve repairs to the sweeper for $5,000 as described by Mr. Meindel.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve City Employee’s longevity/5th week payout for 2012. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion.  Discussion by Alderperson Koehler questioned if this will be in the handbook.  Mayor Summerfield explained that the handbook had not been completed at this time and the contracts expired on March 31, 2012.  All present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve applications for licenses to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for Allie C. Rufledt as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator – had nothing to report.

Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer – had nothing to report.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator – had nothing to report.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Meinen – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield reported he had received notice the dental insurance for City Employees is going up 15%.  He and the Clerk had met with Kate Banchy from the insurance company and she was able to find a comparable company willing to bid for the city.  The council directed Mayor Summerfield to request Ms. Banchy to submit a proposal to them and compare the coverage’s.  This will be on the December 12th agenda for review.  The city Christmas party has been scheduled for January 4, 2013.  He is continuing to find information for the city employee’s handbook.  The Bloomer IDC is going to be sending letters to large employers in the City to explore benefits provided to employees.  He also reported that staff and the city’s engineering company have been meeting with representatives of the school regarding the infrastructure to the new elementary school and future development. 

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to go into closed session under Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1) (e) as read by Mayor Summerfield.  Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and a 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 Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve a rental agreement with Wayne & Kurt Sonnentag for TIF#4 land for planting crops, with sentence # 2 struck from the agreement.  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

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

                                                                        Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC

                                                                        City Clerk

 
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