October 22, 2014
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 22, 2014 at 6:35 p.m. at City Hall, Mayor Meinen presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Meinen, 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 meeting (October 8, 2014) as presented. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Koehler 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: 69158- 69275
General Fund: $ 80,744.52
Electric Fund: $ 267,778.93
Water Fund: $ 2,603.39
Sewer Fund: $ 9,250.08
Payroll: $ 68,013.27
TOTAL $ 428,390.19
Housing Rehab: $ 30.00
Dr. Mary Randall, Superintendent of Bloomer School District questioned her request to be in closed session. Attorney Thiel stated in would be against Wis. Stats. to meet with her at this time. The Council had taken prior action and approved a contract and submitted it to the school. It would be against closed session laws to renegotiate with her in closed session. Dr. Randall explained the process of building the ball fields by the elementary school. They had difficult decisions to make. They will be building four fields and will not be able to construct everything that is wanted. At this time they will not include: scoring booth, scoreboards, bleachers, batting cages or storage buildings. She expressed concern that when the fields were not in use, they could not always leave the fields unlocked for the public use. She presented a revised contract to the City for consideration. She expressed the need for a nice place for use of the children.
Brian Simmons, representing the Bloomer Youth, presented a worksheet with the list of expenses for each project. He knows everything can’t be done in the first year. He feels the school district is doing a great job working with them for meeting their needs into the future. He expressed that they would like to replace what they lost on the city site.
The Council met with Sean Lentz and Patrick Malloy from Ehlers regarding the possible refunding of the 2007A General Obligation bonds. He presented a worksheet with potential savings option. Interest rates have come down over the past few months, but at this time the savings to the City would not be substantial. The Council felt the best option was to wait until closer to the 2016 call date and continue to monitor interest rates. No action was taken by the Council.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve Resolution 1120 – To Amend Existing Fee Schedule for Specified Building Permits effective January 1, 2015 as presented. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the MEUW Regional Safety Contract as presented by Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve applications for a license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for the following listed as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Randy R. Rihn
Jacob J. Gumness
Jessie L. Miller
Jade A. Downey
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator – had nothing to report.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator – had nothing to report.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported he had met with Attorney Steve Weld to prepare for negotiations with the Police Union on October 29, 2014.
Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator – had nothing to report.
Kathy Larson, Library Director – had nothing to report.
Clerk Stoik – had nothing to report.
Alderperson Meinen – no comments.
Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz reported the Christmas Party has been scheduled for January 9, 2015. He also reported the American Legion is in the process of applying for a grant to install a ramp and remodel the bathrooms for handicap accessibility. If they are awarded the grant, they will be asking permission from the City to approve the modifications to the building.
Alderperson Koehler commented regarding the baseball fields and the process the City followed to commit $100,000 dollars for the fields.
Mayor Meinen – no comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to go into Closed Session under Wis. Stats. 19.85(1) (e) as read by Mayor Meinen. 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 Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to accept Wilson Hilton Properties, LLC offer subject to the following changes and qualification: (1) No buildings/trees on the 30 foot sewer easement; (2) City will remove fence and white shed by an agreed upon date with Mr. Naas in Spring, 2015; (3) Mr. Naas will build an improvement building worth $700,000 on or before 12-31-16; (4) Mr. Naas, at his own expense, will demolish other structures on property other than the two items listed above; (5) City will survey & retain a 30 foot sewer easement – survey at city expense. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
The Council continued work on the 2015 budget. Outlays and potential projects were discussed. Clerk Stoik will meet with auditors next week to go over the debt payments and other required payments for 2015. A final draft will be presented to the Council at the November 12th meeting. No action was taken.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik. CMC/WCMC