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MEETING MINUTES

          Bloomer, Wisconsin      

October 9, 2013

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a public hearing was called to order on the above date at 6:00 p.m. regarding the rezoning of a 6 foot strip of land owned by Dennis Schwab/ Westtown Mall, LLC from General Commercial District to Single Family Residential (R-1).  No one appeared at the hearing.  The hearing was closed at 6:01 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 the above date at 6:01p.m. At City Hall, 1503 Main Street – Mayor Summerfield presiding.

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

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meetings (September 25, 2013& September 30, 2013) 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:                 65462 - 65587

                        General Fund:                       $   83,131.75

                        Electric Fund:                        $     5,272.63

                        Water Fund:                         $     3,691.26

                        Sewer Fund:                         $   35,770.51      

                        Payroll:                                $   63,296.17

                        TOTAL                                $ 191,162.32

                        Housing Rehab:                     $        90.00

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

Dr. Donald Rothbauer stated he was present regarding the possible changes to the ordinance regarding pit bulls.  He sees a lot of dogs and a lot of breeds.  He doesn’t think the city should have an ordinance that is breed specific.  He feels it is discriminatory to the breed of pit bulls. Mayor Summerfield commented if anyone else wants to speak about the ordinance they can when the Council reaches the agenda item later in the meeting.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve Ordinance 13-05 – To Amend the Official Zoning Map approving the rezoning of a 6 foot strip of land owned by Dennis Schwab/Westtown Mall, LLC and to be deeded to the Zwiefelhofer family and others from General Commercial District (C-2) to Single Family Residential (R-1).  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Mr. Donald Granger, President of the Bloomer/New Auburn Food Pantry Board was present to request the city to waive the building permit fee of $307.40 for an addition to their building on Jackson Street.  He stated the money could be used for purchase of food.  Mayor Summerfield responded historically the city does not donate to non-profit organizations.  Past practice of the city is to charge the fees to everyone.  The city charged itself for the construction of the new pavilion in Witt Park.  Alderperson Hofmann and Steinmetz felt the city would be setting precedence for all non-profit organizations to be exempt from fees.  It would open it up to more fees requesting to be waived. Alderperson Meinen made a motion to waive the $307.40 building permit fee for the Bloomer/New Auburn Food Pantry for their addition.  Mayor Summerfield called for a second three times.  The motion failed.

Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported that he had met with Alderpersons Koehler and Hofmann for changes to Ordinance 7-1-9 – Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Animals.  He explained the changes to section 7-1-9(a)(3), (a)(4), (b)(1), (b)(2), (b)(10), section (c) – completely omitted, 7-1-6 (b).  He feels these changes would work and still places restrictions on Pit Bulls.  Dr. Rothbauer feels they are targeting a specific breed and owners.  He feels there is a lack of understanding.  Christine Ferraro questioned when the ordinance would be final.  Police Chief Zwiefelhofer explained it would need to be published, before it would be in effect.  He would contact her when she can license her dog.  Larkin Olson was against breed specific legislation.  Alderperson Meinen stated there are good dogs and bad dogs, good owners and bad owners.  He doesn’t like banning one type of breed.  Alderperson Steinmetz asked for a recommendation from the Police Chief.  Police Chief Zwiefelhofer responded that after the proposed changes he was in favor of the ordinance how it is written.  He feels this is in the best interest of law enforcement.  Eric Stone questioned the dangerous animal ordinance and the bite restrictions.  He also stated he was against the requirement of mandating muzzles off the property. 

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the recommended changes as described by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer to Ordinance 7-1-9 – Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Animals. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken:  Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye.  Motion carried.

The Council then met with representatives and Sheryl Claflin, of CCBS Squared regarding the Lake Como Community Trail.  Annie Hanson stated their mission is to provide individuals and families safe, designated walking, running, biking trails around Lake Como; connecting to parks, ball fields, schools and other recreational areas within the surrounding Bloomer community.  The number one concern is safety and to connect all recreational sites.  No costs to the City.  Their funding sources are grants, donations and volunteer labor. They had met with the Town of Woodmohr the previous evening and they denied their request.  They are looking into their options for the area in the town of Woodmohr.  A lot of issues need to be resolved.  The Common Council expressed they are in favor of the trail and appreciate the hard work of the volunteers.  Mayor Summerfield will contact the attorney regarding right-of-way issues.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve transfer of $73,883 capital improvement fund from the 2011 capital project fund as recommended by Dan Thole, Auditor. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Koehler arrived at 6:51 p.m.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve attendance at the Joint Cities Meeting in Chippewa Falls on Tuesday, October 29, 2013.  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator reported the transformer has been set at the substation.  They will be opening bids for the fence on Thursday.  Construction has been progressing well.  He also traveled to North Dakota to view windmill operations.  He had pictures on the computer if anyone was interested after the meeting.  He would be attending a GLU meeting on October 30th and AEP would be holding a meeting on October 24th – the Council was welcome to attend.

Police Chief Zwiefelhofer – had no comments.

Tony Rubenzer, Zoning Administrator – had no comments.

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

Sue Stoik, Clerk-Treasurer –had no comments.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Meinen – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz thanked Chief Zwiefelhofer, Alderperson  Koehler and Alderperson Hofmann for working on the changes to the pit bull ordinance.

Alderperson Koehler apologized for his tardiness.  He had another meeting he had to attend before he could get to the council meeting.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield – had no comments.

The Council began preliminary work on the 2014 budget.  The Council reviewed the current designated funds and future needs.  They also reviewed the designated amounts for non-profit organizations and assessing needs.  The Council reviewed the 2014 State Aids for Connecting Highways and 2014 Shared Revenues.  Mayor Summerfield explained the LRIP funding that would need to be used in 2014.  The also reviewed the new law changes to the State Levy Limits.  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                                                                                                                              City Clerk

 
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