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:
65462 - 65587
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.
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
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.
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 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
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.