September 11, 2013
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 6:00 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Summerfield
Roll call was taken: Mayor Summerfield, Alderpersons
Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler and Clerk Stoik.
Attorney Thiel was absent.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the minutes
from the previous meeting (August 26, 2013) as presented.
Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted
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:
65159 - 65322
There were no audience comments.
The council reviewed a request from Charlene Ferraro, 1809
5th Avenue, Apt. #1 regarding a violation to
Ordinance 7-1-9 - Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Animals.
She recently took ownership of a Pit Bull born in February,
2013. She was aware of restrictions in the City, but had
not contacted anyone regarding the ordinance. The
ordinance prohibits pit bulls in the city unless they were
received from a humane society. They did not receive
theirs from a humane society and have not attempted to license
the dog. Ms. Ferraro reported they got the dog when she
was 9 weeks old. She is up to date with shots. She
started basic training classes on Sept. 4, 2013. After
training, her goal is getting her certified as Therapy Dog
Certified. She has a $300,000 liability policy.
Alderperson Meinen felt the ordinance targeted pits bulls and
not other breeds of dogs. Alderperson Koehler also
questioned the ordinance and only targeting pit bulls.
Discussion was held regarding an exemption the council had
granted to two other residents in 2011 and 2012. The first one
was granted an exemption for his personal use as a therapy
dog. They have since left the city. In 2013, the
second resident was issued tickets for failing to follow the
terms of keeping a pit bull and the dog also threatened the
meter reader for the utilities. Police Chief Zwiefelhofer
stated it is a problem chasing after these owners. After much
discussion by the council, it was decided to have a public
hearing regarding the ordinance to be held prior to the next
meeting on Sept. 25, 2013 and possible changes to the
ordinance. No action was taken.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve a Quit Claim
Deed to the School District of Bloomer with a utility easement
as drafted by Attorney Thiel. Alderperson Hofmann
seconded the motion. Discussion: Alderperson Meinen
stated he heard that the school possibly has some of the lots
sold and if the city owns them, they should keep them.
Mayor Summerfield explained that in earlier years the schools
were not consolidated and that could be why it could be deeded
to the city. Or the city sold it to the school and it
wasn’t recorded at the county. Either way, it doesn’t
belong to the city. Alderperson Meinen felt the city
should maintain ownership. Roll call vote was
taken: Meinen, no; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler,
aye. Motion carried. Alderperson Meinen stated he voted
no because of his concern that the money would go to the school
and not the city.
Police Chief Zwiefelhofer presented a proposal to repeal
certain ordinances regarding speed in school zones, school
crossings, yield signs, parking restrictions and parking
prohibited during certain periods. Most of the
corrections are in the area of the old elementary school.
After review, Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve
and/or repeal changes as proposed by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer
to 10-1-21(c) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 – Speed Limits School Zones;
10-1-21(d) 3, 4, 6, 7, 11 School Crossings; 10-1-24(a) Yield
Signs; 10-1-40(c) 1(a), (b), (c), (d) and (e) Parking
Restrictions; 10-1-47(c) (d) (e) Parking Prohibited During
Certain Periods. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion
and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the Second
Amendment to Market Based Rate Full Requirements Agreement with
American Electric Power for 2019 as signed by the committee
(Randy Summerfield, Sue Stoik & Pete Paulson) on September
6, 2013. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all
present voted aye.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the Letter of
Commitment to Participate in GLU – Great Lakes Utilities West
Capacity Purchase Project. Alderperson Meinen seconded
the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve attendance at
the League of Municipalities Annual Conference October 16-18,
2013 in Green Bay. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the
motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the
applications for a license to serve fermented malt beverages
and intoxicating liquors for the following listed below as
approved by Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson
Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Teresa R. Davis
Amanda R. Sarauer
Police Chief Zwiefelhofer reported he received volunteer
labor to paint the police station from Chippewa Sand
employees. They also did work for the street
department. Council members questioned if school drop off
and bus pick up sites were working. He stated he hadn’t
had time to review all of them, but the bus company and school
were monitoring the situation. He also reported they are
working with the county regarding programming problems with the
storm sirens. Mayor Summerfield requested a public
service announcement regarding policies for the sounding of the
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator reported they are
continuing work on the substation.
Sue Stoik, Clerk-Treasurer – had nothing to report.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator –
was not present.
Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.
Alderperson Koehler - no comments.
Alderperson Meinen – no comments.
Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.
Mayor Summerfield reported the Industrial Corporation and
Chippewa County Economic Development would be meeting next week
with site selectors for the Iron Horse Industrial Park.
He invited the council and department heads to attend.
The Common Council met with Daniel Thole, Auditor from
CliftonLarsonAllen concerning the 2012 audit and financial
reports. He reported on the financial standings of each
fund balance for the city and utilities. He presented a
summary report for review. The reports are on file at
City Hall. No action was taken.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to adjourn the
meeting. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and
all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC