City of Bloomer
Regular Meeting of the Common Council
1503 Main Street
Bloomer, WI 54724
November 29, 2017, 6:00 p.m
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a public hearing of the Common Council of the City of Bloomer was held on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to hear public comment regarding a conditional use permit application submitted by Gary Gullickson, 2405 Lake Shore Drive, to allow for keeping of chickens in an R-1 Single Family Zoning District. Dr. J. Van Valkenburg stated they had no objections with allowing Mr. Gullickson to keep chickens. The public hearing was closed at 6:01 p.m.
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a public hearing of the Common Council of the City of Bloomer was called to order on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at 6:02 p.m. to hear comments pertaining to the 2018 budget. No one appeared at the hearing. The public hearing was closed.
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 29th at 6:03 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Steinmetz presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Steinmetz, Aldermen Meinen, Hofmann, Jones, Koehler and Administrator Frion were all present. Attorney Gierhart attended in the absence of Attorney Gustafson.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderman Koehler made a motion to approve the minutes from the November 8, 2017 meeting as presented. Alderman Jones 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 Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:
Checks Numbered: 80397 - 80636
General Fund: $ 85,899.24
Electric Fund: $277,441.78
Water Fund: $ 10,365.65
Sewer Fund: $354,606.53
The library is fully staffed now. Florence LaBeau was hired as the Youth Services Assistant and started on November 28th.
Police Chief Zwiefelhofer spoke on another illegal dumping at the brush site. In this incidence, there was a fire out at the site which could lead to liability issues in the event that someone was to get hurt. Zwiefelhofer encouraged the Council to review putting a gate up at the site.
Administrator Frion gave an update on the sludge thickener project and the testing of the substation. Nomination papers for Alderpersons in Wards 1 and 3 along with the Mayor’s position can start to be circulated December 1st.
Alderman Hofmann thanked the Electric Department for putting up the Christmas lights throughout the City. Hofmann also commented that he had been approached about when the 2nd phase of the sidewalk is going to be completed along with the possibilities of putting a flashing crosswalk in front of the Aquatic Center. This will be brought to a future Council meeting for further discussion.
The STAR sign is ready to be installed up in the North Industrial Park by the CCEDC. Mayor Steinmetz and Administrator Frion will discuss an appropriate location.
Alderman Hofmann made a motion to approve the recommendation from the Planning Commission to approve a conditional use permit application submitted by Gary Gullickson, 2405 Lake Shore Dr, to keep chickens in an R-1 single family zoning district with no conditions. Alderman Koehler seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve a certified survey map submitted by Floyd Dachel for Bloomer Truck for part of the NE ¼ of the SW ¼ and the SE ¼ of Section 8, T30N, R9W in the City of Bloomer as recommended by the Planning Commission. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Hofmann made a motion to approve Resolution #1164-17 initiating the discontinuance of part of an unpaved alley between South Main Street and Kranzfelder Street lying between Lot 9, Block 1 of Fehr’s Addition and Lot 8, Block 2 of Deringer Addition. Alderman Meinen seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve Ordinance #17-05 amending Sec. 2-2-9(b) of the Code of Ordinances setting the salary of the Mayor to $450 per month and receiving $50 per regular Council meeting and setting the Alderpersons salary to $100 per month with receiving $50 per regular Council meeting taking effect after the next organizational meeting. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve Ordinance #17-06 amending Sec. 2-2-10(b) to read as “Regular meetings of the Common Council shall be held at least two (2) times per month at times and locations as may be determined from time to time by majority vote of the Common Council”. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Hofmann made a motion to amend the employee handbook Sections XX. Vacation & XXI. Sick Leave as presented (copy of file). Alderman Koehler seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Administrator Frion stated that City staff had met with four different vendors that offer the remote reading for the electric & water utilities. After review of all vendors and the product they had to offer, it was the recommendation to go with Core & Main to provide an AMI product for the City.
Alderman Jones made a motion allowing staff to move forward with the purchase of the AMI meter reading system with Core & Main and to exempt the City from the bidding process for this project. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Koehler was approached by AJ Gehrman from the school district asking for assistance in the purchase of a section of artificial turf and batting cage netting for the City baseball field. Alderman Koehler stated that the equipment would be owned by the City and would remain at the baseball field in the event additional fields are installed by the school district. The installation would be done by the school district.
Motion by Alderman Koehler to approve the purchase of a section of artificial turf and batting cage netting in the amount of the $1,908 that would be funded out of the baseball park irrigation outlay account. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Meinen had been approached by a community business owner stating that there had been electronics, which don’t belong to them placed, by their garbage dumpster. The business owner doesn’t feel it is their responsibility to pay for recycling of these items. Citizens are encouraged to file a police report when wrongful disposal is done on their property.
Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve the 2018 budget with a mill rate of $4.50, total levy of $1,065,359.97, which includes TIF #4. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion. Roll call vote was taken: Meinen – aye, Hofmann – aye, Jones – aye, and Koehler – aye.
Motion by Alderman Koehler to adjourn. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.