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Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Bloomer, Wisconsin
OCTOBER 27, 2010

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a regular meeting of the Common Council of the City of Bloomer, was held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at the 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 Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (October 11, 2010) as presented. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve all claims against the City & Utilities as presented. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion. Alderperson Hofmann questioned a voucher paying Mayor Summerfield for use of his cell phone. Mayor Summerfield explained that he had a trac phone and he billed the City for half the minutes. Alderperson Hofmann stated that many of the employees of the ambulance use their personal cell phones for ambulance business and are not reimbursed. Mayor Summerfield explained how the minutes were used. A roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, no; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below.

Checks Numbered: 54573 - 54691
General Fund $ 233,723.19
Electric Fund $ 396,943.25
Water Fund $ 3,328.26
Sewer Fund $ 12,664.06
Payroll $ 65,406.71
TOTAL $ 712,065.47

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were no audience comments.

Michael Meindel explained that the approval of the contract with Short, Elliott & Hendrickson regarding the Water System Project contract was drafted when an industry was looking to locate in the city. Steps 1 & 2 have been completed and Mr. Meindel is recommending approving payment and to not proceed with the completion of the contract, because it is no longer needed. Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve expenses of Step 1 & 2 of the contract with Short, Elliott & Hendrickson for $3,500. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Lisa Haen from Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin (MEUW) was present. She is the Safety & Health Manager and presented a Regional Safety Management Program for use by the City. She explained the recent law changes and OSHA regulations that must be followed. They get other municipalities involved and share in the costs for implementing the program. They are written programs, internal audits & inspections, site-specific compliance training, incident prevention and recordkeeping. The cost is then shared with all of the municipalities in the group. They request a 2 year commitment from each municipality. Peter Paulson and Mike Meindel have reviewed and met with MEUW and are recommending joining the group. Laws are getting very complex and they felt it was the best way for the city to become compliant with the laws.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve a final draft of Ordinance 10-06 - To Create Title 10, Ch. 6 – The Use of All-Terrain Vehicles on City Streets for Snow Removal with adding an $8.00 permit fee. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion. Alderperson Hofmann stated he felt a fee needed to be added to insure citizens were complaint with the ordinance. Mayor Summerfield stated that he felt that a fee was not needed and citizens already pay enough fees. A roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, no; Koehler, no. Mayor Summerfield broke the tie and voted no. The motion then failed. Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve Ordinance 10-06 – To Create Title 10, Ch. 6 – The Use of All-Terrain Vehicles on City Streets for Snow Removal, no fee required. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye. Motion carried.

Discussion was held regarding a recent letter received from the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. Recent legislation requires statewide electrical inspections of commercial electrical work in Wisconsin. They are requesting municipalities to take over this task to relieve the State. There would be no reimbursement. Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector recommends that the City does not take over the inspections and to have the State continue to do them. The Council was in agreement and requested the Clerk to reply to the State that they should continue with the inspections.

Police Chief Carr presented a drawing of the proposed no parking areas surrounding the Bloomer Elementary School. The Committee had met and was recommending the following: No Parking from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on school days for 17th Avenue from Oak Street west to Priddy Street; 17th Avenue from Oak Street west to the alley; Priddy Street from 17th Avenue south to the marked Loading zone; 17th Avenue, Priddy Street west to first driveway; and 2 hour parking on Priddy Street from 17th Avenue south to 18th Avenue. Mayor Summerfield felt that it was too restrictive on 17th Avenue. He felt it should be from 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the committee's recommendations as presented. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye. This will be on the next agenda in final ordinance form.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve licenses to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors for the following: Kenrich J.B. Weinhold and Matthew C. Swartz. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator informed the Council that he still is having issues with the floor at the shop. He will continue to try and resolve this issue.

Mike Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported he is trying to resolve issues with the service agreement with Short, Elliott and Hendrickson for engineering services. He will have it resubmitted at a future meeting.

Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector was questioned regarding a building permit issued in Westbook subdivision. He replied that the citizen had until February 2011 to complete the construction of the house he is building. He will follow through with Attorney Thiel if the construction is not completed by this date.

Police Chief Rick Carr reported that there have been complaints at the Police Department regarding requests for money to help relatives. He is advising citizens to call the department with any information and to not give out any information over the telephone.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz requested to change the next Council meeting as it was on November 24th, prior to Thanksgiving Day. It was proposed to move any agenda items that needed acting on until the scheduled budget hearing on December 1st.

Alderperson Hofmann reported on the recently held Police Commission meeting. They are going to be reviewing whether to expand their powers. They currently are responsible for hiring/firing and discipline. They will be reviewing this at their next quarterly meeting.

Alderperson Meinen stated that at the joint meeting held on Monday, October 25th they approved Jennifer Sobotta to a full-time position with the ambulance. He wishes her well, but felt it was inappropriate to hire her without posting the position. They never received a resume or job application from her. They were never even informed of her qualifications. He can't believe they hired her for a full-time position without any of the information. Alderperson Hofmann questioned Alderperson Meinen how he voted on the issue on Monday. He stated he remained silent. Clerk Stoik reported that the only no vote came from the Village of New Auburn. Alderperson Hofmann stated because he remained silent, he voted with the majority. He felt if he had problems with the motion to appoint Ms. Sobotta, he should have spoken his comments at the meeting on October 25th.

Clerk Stoik reminded everyone to vote at the upcoming election on November 2nd.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield commented on the upcoming budget work session.

The Council began work on the 2011 budget. They reviewed current balances in the designated funds, reviewed payroll & benefit expenses for all employees, reviewed monies spent with other organizations and TIF # 4 overages. They also reviewed the decreases in revenues for 2010. State aid for Road Allotment will decrease $25,896 and Shared Revenues will decrease $73. The Clerk will input the information together and present it at the next meeting.

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

 

Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC
City Clerk

 
 
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