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Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Bloomer, Wisconsin
SEPTEMBER 28, 2011

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, September 28, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at 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 (September 14, 2011) as presented. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve all claims against the City and Utilities as presented. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:

Checks Numbered: 58049 - 58180
General Fund $ 178,592.64
Utility Refund $ 328.58
Electric Fund $ 329,932.21
Water Fund $ 3,934.04
Sewer Fund $ 2,777.55
Payroll $ 73,246.80
TOTAL $ 588,811.82

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were no audience comments.

Mayor Summerfield requested item #9 to be moved to the front of the agenda. There were no objections from the Common Council.

Sean Lentz from Ehlers was present to report on the possibility of refinancing the current Electric System Revenue Bonds. They were issued in 1996 and the City refinanced in 2004. With the current trend in low interest rates, he feels it would be beneficial to proceed with refinancing now with an overall savings of approx. $32,000. The Common Council reviewed his report and the consensus of the Council agreed that the City should proceed with the refunding option of $560,000. This will be on the October 12th agenda to start the process.

The Common Council reviewed the final drafts of the quit claim deeds for Wayne & Alysa Buresh and Amanda Joswiak as prepared by Attorney Thiel. Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator stated that this will clear up the lot line problems they have had in that area and is recommending the Council to approve. Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the quit claim deeds for the Buresh and Joswiak properties as drafted. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

The Common Council reviewed a letter received from the Barron County Waste-to-Energy facility regarding an increase of $5.00 a ton for tipping fees for out of county refuse effective November 1st. The City currently has a contract with them to incinerate garbage hauled there. Mr. Meindel stated hauling our garbage there is still cheaper than other options. The Council placed the letter on file.

Brad Wysocki was present on behalf of the Bloomer Baseball Club. They are requesting funding to help with the baseball infield renovation project. It will require adding 25 cubic yards of screened top soil to the existing lime base infield and then 20 cubic yards of high quality infield mix and 24 tons of H & K "Majic Mix" of topdressing material. The total cost for materials and the club doing the labor is $4,725. The Common Council reviewed the amount of money left in the 2011 budget. Alderperson Meinen questioned the condition of the practice field that was installed a few years ago. He feels it looks terrible and is full of weeds. Alderperson Koehler questioned if it could be rototilled and repaired while they have equipment there. Mr. Wysocki stated he would look into finishing the practice field. Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve $2000 to help fund the baseball infield renovation project on the condition that the practice field be completed. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Review of a draft of a grievance procedure had been completed by the Common Council. Alderperson Hofmann was recommending changes from town to city and all areas referenced as 10 days to 15 days. This would allow a little more time between council meetings. Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the grievance procedure for city employees with the recommended changes. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer is recommending a stop sign be placed on the corner of Industrial Boulevard and Hanson Street. Trucks are exiting off of Industrial Boulevard on to Hanson Street. It has become a hazard and he reported it is the only uncontrolled intersection in the City. Alderperson Hofmann questioned if there needed to be two signs, due to the wideness of the street. Mr. Meindel recommended placing the sign and a stop block painted on the street. He felt a stop sign on the left would cause problems. Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve placing a stop sign and stop block on Industrial Boulevard and Hanson Street as described by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye. This will be prepared by Attorney Thiel for final approval at the next meeting.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the applications to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for the following listed below except for John E. Johnson. He did not meet the point system as drafted by the Council. The other 4 were approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Roxanne J. Harrison
Stephanie M. Richardson
Jennifer L. Reischel
Rhonda K. Durch

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator – no comments.

Mike Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator – no comments.

Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer informed the Council of his procedures with the Police Commission during his probation.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Koehler – no comments.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.

Alderperson Meinen – no comments.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield questioned the Council if it was their intention to employ Jennifer Sobotta as a part time administrator. There was confusion in the motion on Monday night. The Council felt it was the intention of the group to employ Ms. Sobotta part time until a decision was made by the committee and approved by the whole board. Mayor Summerfield also received a plaque from the American Legion thanking the City for their efforts to host their Fall District conference.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to go into Closed Session under Wis. Stats. 19.85(1) (c) as read by Mayor Summerfield. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen. Aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.

Alderperson Koehler made a motion to come out of closed session and report on action taken. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye. No action was taken in closed session.

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

Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC
City Clerk

 

 
 
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