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MEETING MINUTES

Bloomer, Wisconsin

                                                                           October 14, 2015

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 14, 2015 at 6:09 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Meinen presiding.

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

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meetings (September 23, 2015 & September 28, 2015) 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 Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:

                        Checks Numbered:                  72685 - 72931

                        General Fund:                         $ 123,993.00

                        Electric Fund:                         $ 299,986.83

                        Water Fund:                            $   9,995.49

                        Sewer Fund:                            $   23,257.57

                        Payroll:                                   $ 69,892.17

                        TOTAL                                   $ 527,125.06

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were no audience comments.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Ordinance 15-06 – To Declare a Moratorium on the Siting of Nonmetallic Mines or Nonmetallic Mining Processing or Transportation Facilities Pending Exploration of the Advisability of Adopting Additional Zoning Regulations in the Extraterritorial Zoning Territory. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve purchase of gloves for the Fire Department for $1,078. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye. This was approved in their budget.

Discussion was held regarding 1 hour parking on Oak Street and no parking at the 13th Avenue intersection. These signs were installed by the Street Department earlier this year. They did not follow the proper procedure for installation and enforcement by the Police Department. The Police Department cannot enforce any violations in this area at this time. Police Chief Zwiefelhofer does not feel there was a safety issue regarding all areas of the intersection. He recommends posting the first stall on Oak Street – east side of the road, just north of the 13th Avenue intersection. Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve no parking on the one stall on the east side of Oak Street north of 13th Avenue as recommended. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye. All other signs will be removed.

Discussion was held regarding no parking on both sides of 8th Avenue by the Bloomer Elementary School. Police Chief Zwiefelhofer stated that these signs were also improperly installed and they could not enforce because they were not adopted in ordinance form. There is not a safety issue in this area. Mr. Meindel was not present at the meeting. It was unclear the reason this was posted. Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to table this issue until further review. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye. No action was taken.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve transfer of funds from Garages & Sheds Outlay to Parks Outlay for purchase of land for Witt Park - $15,958.50. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler – absent. This will be budgeted in 2016 to reimburse the Garages & Sheds fund.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve joining the Wholesale Power Group Study for Reciprocating Engine Generation Project with Public Power Energy Services for $4,666.50. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve purchase of Christmas greens from Dixon’s Apple Orchard. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve application for licenses to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors for Erica R. Stebane as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer and to deny the application from Marcia L. Gotschall due to past violations. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Clerk Stoik – no comments.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator reported they would be looking into purchasing generators as a back-up. He will keep the Council informed. He also reported the committee had met and approved the lock in rate for future purchase of electricity. This will be on the next agenda for approval.

Police Chief Zwiefelhofer – no comments.

Tony Rubenzer, Zoning Administrator /Building Inspector – no comments.

Kathy Larson, Library Director reported the Bloomer School District added another bus drop off site at the library. They have over 50 students being dropped off after school.

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator – was not present.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Meinen – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann - no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Koehler – absent.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Meinen – no comments.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to go into Closed Session under Wis. Stats. 19.85(1) (e) as read by Mayor Meinen. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, absent.

Alderperson Koehler arrived at 6:50 p.m.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to come out of closed session and report on action taken. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye. No action was taken.

The Council began preliminary work on the 2016 budget. Review of the proposed library budget was presented by Director Kathy Larson. She summarized each category of the library operations for review. The Council also reviewed the balances of the designated funds and their future needs. A list of potential budget items were reviewed and considered. More firm estimate of costs needed to be received from the Street, Water & Sewer Administrator for the next budget meeting. No action was taken.

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

                                                                        Sue A. Stoik

                                                                        City Clerk

 

 

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