September 10, 2014
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 10, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, Mayor Meinen presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Meinen, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler, City Clerk Stoik and Attorney Mindy Dale.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (August 28, 2014) as presented. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Koehler 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: 68782 - 68916
General Fund: $ 134,323.88
Electric Fund: $ 21,467.20
Water Fund: $ 3,983.88
Sewer Fund: $ 10,446.39
Payroll: $ 63,453.09
TOTAL $ 233,674.44
Shirley Revoir questioned the Mayor and Council members regarding Item #8 on the agenda which is approval for sod on the ball fields. Alderperson Steinmetz stated they would allow Ms. Revoir an opportunity to speak when they reached that item on the agenda.
Discussion was held regarding the draft field use agreement with the School District of Bloomer in exchange for a $100,000 donation to the construction of the fields. The Council requested the Clerk to change wording from baseball fields to youth fields in the document. The stipulation with the donation is that the fields remain unlocked. Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the Youth Fields Use Agreement and a $100,000 donation to the Bloomer School District for construction of ball fields with the changes. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Members of the Common Council have been contacted by representatives of the youth league regarding a $10,000 request to the City to help fund placement of sod on the youth fields so they are ready for play in the spring of 2015. Discussion was held as to the request and how many fields were going to be sodded. Members of the public questioned why the City would fund this. Shirley Revoir questioned what was being done with the fencing? The City removed the fence and will use on a future project. The school is not using it. Brian Bleskacek questioned if any of the townships would be contributing to the cost of construction. Discussion was held regarding the $5,000 donation received from DGI for use for youth leagues. Mr. Bleskacek stated the City has already committed to the $100,000 donation and now the school wants an additional $10,000. He questioned when did it end. Mr. Paulson stated he had attended a facilities meeting in the past week and he understood that they would be sodding all four fields at this point. The Council also discussed them moving the building for use by the school. Did they want it or not? There seems to be many unanswered questions. Alderperson Steinmetz suggested tabling this item until these questions could be answered. No action was taken by the Council.
The Common Council continued work on a draft copy with Attorney Mindy Dale regarding the Employee Handbook. Suggestions were made and current laws explained. Attorney Dale will update the handbook with the changes and have a rough draft available at the next meeting. The Council will have approval on October 8, 2014.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve an application for a temporary Class B Picnic license for St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 1222 Main Street on September 27-28, 2014. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve applications for a license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for the following listed as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sadie A. LaGesse
Tina M. Plummer
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator reported the pick-up truck was in at the dealership and he would be arranging pickup. He also reported that Point of Beginning had not set the survey markers in the ground at the property purchased by DGI. He stated he could not do anything with moving the electrical pole on 17th Avenue until he knew where the property lines were.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported he has signed a disclosure for DGI to move the shed at the little league fields releasing them from any liability.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer – had nothing to report.
Kathy Larson, Library Director reported Cheri Siverling had resigned from the Library Board. The City would need to appoint someone.
Clerk Stoik informed the Council and Mayor they have been invited to an open house at the Food Pantry on Sept. 18th from 4 to 7 p.m.
Alderperson Meinen commented one of the local churches donated their time and painted all the picnic tables for the parks. They are working with a local contractor for the shingles on the picnic table shelters. He stated everything at the park was really looking nice.
Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.
Alderperson Koehler – no comments.
Mayor Meinen – no comments.
Mayor Meinen informed the Council there was no need to go into closed session at the meeting tonight.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik/CMC City Clerk