City of Bloomer
Regular Meeting of the Common Council
1503 Main Street
Bloomer, WI 54724
October 25, 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, October 25, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to hear public comment regarding a rezone application submitted by Pat & Sandy Shadick to rezone parcel #’s 23009-524-67370306B, 23009-0524-67370307, 23009-0524-67370308, 23009-0524-67370309, & 23009-0524-65870210 from a R-1 Single-Family Residential District to a R-2 Two-Family Residential District. Mike Poirier commented that he anticipates the buildings to be condos and that he has some potential buyers. Chuck Zwiefelhofer did not see any issues with rezoning to an R-2 as he felt it would increase the tax base. Don Nielsen commented that he never realized there would be that many R-2 structures in that area when he purchased the land for his home. Rollin Janota stated that by allowing R-2 homes in the area, it would decrease his property value. Bob LaGesse stated that the reason the property is zoned the way it is was to create a buffer. Barb Brodt commented that she was told by the City that there would be no condos allowed to be built. Tom Brodt stated he would like to see single-family homes on the property rather than two-family. Cecelia Stencil concurred with Mr. Brodt. Bonnie Chavez has concerns with the heights of the homes and who is regulating how high they can be built. Chavez stated that her property gets a lot of runoff water from other residence in the area. Amanda Poirier stated that the impression of condos being for poor people is a bad perception, as there are many individuals that hold professional positions that live in the condos. Tony Rubenzer stated that when the property was annexed into the City, it was annexed as
R-1, so individuals would need to come to the City to have it rezoned. Bill Michaud questioned the City as to why the sewer laterals aren’t in their own lots if they were annexed as an R-1. The public hearing was closed at 6:21 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, October 25th at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Steinmetz presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Steinmetz, Aldermen Meinen, Hofmann, Jones, Koehler, Administrator Frion and Attorney Gustafson were all present.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderman Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (October 11th, 2017) as presented. Alderman Jones seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderman Jones made a motion to approve all claims against the City and Utilities as presented. Alderman Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:
Checks Numbered: 80130 - 80258
General Fund: $ 416,812.91
Electric Fund: $ 393,110.55
Water Fund: $ 539.26
Sewer Fund: $ 16,816.41
Payroll: $ 76,784.53
TOTAL $ 904,063.66
Housing Rehab: $ 30.35
Kathy Szalajka thanked the Common Council for allowing Indianhead Insurance to provide professional insurance carrier service.
Jim McCorison, Indianhead Insurance, questioned the process for appointing an insurance agent. McCorison stated that assumptions are being made that Indianhead Insurance is not taking care of business and would like to see the bid process take place.
Greg Loew with Apex Insurance stated he has come to the City for the past 3 years to make the Common Council aware of items that have been overlooked by the City’s current insurance agent. Loew stated that it wasn’t about the coverage itself, but about the service provided.
Dave Stiehl, Apex Insurance, commented that these meetings are publicly noticed and that records of agent changes take place all the time in the insurance field.
Bill Miller, Water/Sewer Department Manager, stated that the reservoir has been brought up to code. A recent water study that was completed recommended that the reservoir would need renovating, but Miller felt there would not be a need. The concrete pad has been poured for the new sludge thickener.
Administrator Frion stated the dental insurance rates have increased by 5%. There will be an EAB (Emerald Ash Borer) open house on Wednesday, November 8th at 4:30 here at City Hall.
Alderman Meinen thanked Don Stoik for his time that he has donated working at the parks.
Alderman Jones thanked all those that participated and contributed in the public hearing for the Shadick property rezone.
Mayer Steinmetz stated the light pole that has been down by Shadick’s grocery store has been replaced and thanked Tim Kuhn, Electric Department Manager, for their work on getting this completed.
Alderman Jones made a motion to reject the recommendation from the Planning Commission to rezone parcel #’s 23009-0524-67370306B, 23009-0524-67370307, 23009-0524-67370308, 23009-0524-67370309, & 23009-0524-65870210 from R-1 Single-Family Residential District to R-2 Two-Family Residential District. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-1 with Alderman Meinen abstaining.
Alderman Hofmann made a motion to exempt the City from the bidding process for property and liability insurance for 2018. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Discussion took place on amending the Common Council’s wages. Mayor Steinmetz recommended that recommendations be brought forward to the November 8th meeting. Administrator Frion stated that an ordinance amendment would need to be approved by December 1st in order for the change to take place for those running for Council at the April, 2018 election.
Alderman Jones made a motion to change the regular November 22nd Common Council meeting to November 29th. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Hofmann made a motion to approve a license to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors for Teresa M. Meza, Jessica J. Allen, Ashley M. Pyatt, Patrick J. Pyatt and Tori L. Sanchez. Alderman Koehler seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve a temporary “Class B” Picnic License for St. Paul’s Catholic Church on November 9, 2017, at 1210 Main Street. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Discussion took place pertaining to the upcoming 2018 budget. No action was taken.
Motion by Alderman Jones to adjourn. Alderman Koehler seconded the motion. Motion carried.