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Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Bloomer, Wisconsin
OCTOBER 12, 2011

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, October 12, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Summerfield presiding.

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

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meetings (September 26, 2011 & September 28, 2011) as presented. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve all claims against the City and Utilities as presented. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:

Checks Numbered: 58181 - 58327
General Fund $ 92,714.42
Electric Fund $ 4,626.17
Water Fund $ 5,516.32
Sewer Fund $ 46,522.02
Payroll $ 62,141.76
TOTAL $ 211,520.69

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were no audience comments.

Mayor Summerfield requested item #8 to be moved to the front of the agenda. There were no objections from the Common Council. Brian Reilly from Ehlers Inc. updated the Council regarding the recent sale of bonds prior in the day. The rates came back good for the City. They are refinancing the Electric Revenue Bonds for a better rate. He provided a Sale Report for review. Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Resolution 1096 – Providing for the Issuance, Sale and Delivery of $555,000 General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series2011B, of the City of Bloomer, Wisconsin; Establishing the Terms and Conditions Therefor; Directing their Execution and Delivery; Creating a Debt Service Account Therefor; and Awarding the Sale Thereof. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.

Charlie Walker from Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation was present to update the Council regarding his progress over the past year. He had 8 intake visits regarding the City and participated in one site visit in the City. He continues to work with Progressive Rail and the Wisconsin Rail Transit Authority for improving freight rail services to Bloomer businesses. They also hosted three workshops in the City. They continue to market the City. He would like to come back in the future and update the Council with the Eagl-I online site selector tool. He feels this is a great marketing tool.

No action was taken regarding allowing camping in the North Park on 9th Avenue for a special event on September 14-16, 2012. Alderperson Meinen stated that the Park Board had met on October 6th and had received complaints from citizens regarding this proposal. The Park Board voted to deny the request. No action was taken by the Council.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Ordinance 11-06 – To Adopt Section 10-1-23 (209) of the City Code; Stop Signs – At the northeast corner of Hanson Street and Industrial Boulevard. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve purchase of electric meters and components from Dakota Supply Group for $6,274. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve a subordination request for an existing Housing Rehab Loan for Charles & Lorraine Rubenzer to M & I Bank as approved by the Housing Rehab Committee. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present vote aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve a Class B picnic license for Bloomer Area Aquatic & Recreation Center on November 5 & 6, 2011 and a live music & dancing license for November 5, 2011 as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the applications to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for the following listed below except for Anissa M. Eck. She did not meet the point system as drafted by the Council. The other applicant was approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Lisa G. Reeve

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator was not present.

Mike Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator was not present.

Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector – no comments.

Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer – no comments.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Koehler questioned if there were any potential businesses interested in locating in Bloomer.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.

Alderperson Meinen updated the Council regarding the recent Park Board meeting. They will be presenting a proposal during budget for building a pavilion at Witt Park. They can get matching grant money from the DNR for the project. They also have enclosed a long term projection outline. Alderperson Koehler stated he felt their proposal was well thought out.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield stated he would be attending a conference in Milwaukee in the next week and will report the information he finds out at the next meeting.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to go into Closed Session under Wis. Stats. 19.85(1) (c) 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 Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye. No action was taken in closed session.

The Council began work on the 2012 budget. They reviewed current balances in the designated funds, reviewed payroll & benefit expenses for all employees, reviewed monies spent with other organizations and TIF balances. The also reviewed the decreases in revenues for 2011. The State Aid for Road Allotment will decrease $18,894, Shared Revenue $26,880 and Recycling revenues from 2011 & 2012 will decrease $33,169 for a Total of $78,893. The Council will review individual departments and methods of cutting expenses and increasing revenues.

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

Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC
City Clerk

 

 

 
 
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