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MEETING MINUTES

Bloomer, Wisconsin 

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 presiding.

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 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:                 65159 - 65322

                        General Fund:                        $ 134,771.80  

                        Electric Fund:                         $   11,907.54

                        Water Fund:                          $     5,421.23

                        Sewer Fund:                          $   24,069.75

                        Payroll:                                 $   73,233.67

                        TOTAL                                 $ 249,403.99

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

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

 

DEPARTMENT HEADS

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 alarm.

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 COMMENTS

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Koehler - no comments.

Alderperson Meinen – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.

MAYOR 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

                                                                        City Clerk

 
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