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MEETING MINUTES

Bloomer, Wisconsin

August 27, 2012

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, August 27, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Summerfield presiding.

Roll call was taken:  Mayor Summerfield, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Clerk Stoik and Attorney Thiel.  Alderperson Koehler was absent.

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meetings (August 8, 2012 and August 21, 2012) as presented.  Alderperson Steinmetz 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:                 61409 - 61586

                        General Fund:                        $    66,030.59

                        Electric Fund:                         $  368,234.80

                        Water Fund:                          $    11,001.85

                        Sewer Fund:                          $      2,030.03

                        Payroll:                                 $    75,768.63

                        TOTAL                                 $  523,065.90

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

There were no audience comments.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve an Agreement for Post-Issuance Debt Compliance Policy & Procedures with Ehlers & Associates.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the road, utilities installation and site review for the Bloomer School District – Elementary as recommended by the Planning Commission.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion.  Discussion:  Alderperson Meinen questioned if there would be any costs to the City.  Mayor Summerfield stated that all costs would be paid by the School District.  All present voted aye.

Discussion was held regarding the railroad permit needed for the construction upgrades by the Electric Substation.  The attorneys are working with Xcel Energy and the railroad to resolve this issue.  Mayor Summerfield stated that the cost would be around $1,000.  Either he or Mr. Paulson would need to act on this as soon as the contract was completed. The Council gave their verbal consent to allow Mayor Summerfield and Mr. Paulson to proceed as soon as it is completed.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Resolution 1105 – Approving and Authorizing the Signing of the Asset Sale and Purchase Agreement between the City and Northern States Power and Related Documents.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve purchase of a speed sign for the Police Department from Chippewa Falls Police for $4,000.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve adjusting sewer charges for Bloomer Aquatic Center pool discharge at a bulk rate of $4.20 per thousand as recommended by Michael Meindel.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the quotes from Calkins Electronics to replace and update all radios to meet mandated narrowband requirements for the Water, Sewer & Electric Departments for a cost of $9,040.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion.  Discussion:  Alderperson Steinmetz questioned where the funding would come from for this expenditure.  Mr. Meindel stated that the City portion had been budgeted for in 2012. Alderperson Hofmann questioned the need for mobile units.  Mr. Meindel responded that the Street Department feels that they need them in vehicles as the portables are not always reliable. All present voted aye.

Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Resolution 1106 – Exempting the City of Bloomer from the Chippewa County Tax Levy for Library Purposes.  Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve an Exposure Control Plan for Blood borne Pathogens as recommended.  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve an extension of a licensed Class “B” Combination Beer & Liquor license for a street dance on Sept. 8, 2012, live music from 7 p.m. to midnight and a street closing for 14th Avenue from Main Street to M & I driveway for Xpeditions – Heidi Bohl.  Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve a Class “B” Picnic license for Bloomer Lions at North Park on Sept. 8, 2012 for Xpeditions Triathlon.  Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve a Class “B’ Picnic license and Live Music & Dancing license for St. Paul’s Catholic Church on September 29-30, 2012 for Fall Festival.  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 Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Noah M. Wurzer

Sydney Elizabeth Marie Tremblay

DEPARTMENT HEADS

Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer – had nothing to report.

Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator stated he would be drawing up specifications for purchase of a pickup truck for the Electric Department.  He also stated that he had signed the documents with AEP locking in the rate for 2017.

Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported that the engineers had completed the required DNR inspection of the dam.  There were three minor issues they would be able to resolve.  There was one remaining issue where the original contractor did not place a benchmark on the dam to mark the elevation.  He would be contacting a surveyor and will report back to the Council regarding costs.  He also reported he was working with the insurance adjustor regarding the city building burned by arson. 

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

Alderperson Meinen – no comments.

Alderperson Hofmann questioned the policy regarding style of curb & gutter in new developments. Mr. Meindel stated it was up to the developers if they want box or drive over.

Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.

Alderperson Koehler – absent.

MAYOR COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield reported that the Bloomer School District had received favorable bids for the installation of water & sewer and street installation.  He also questioned if any sidewalk inspections had been done recently.  He thinks there are some areas that need improvement.  He also stated that the Council would need to start thinking of the 2013 budget.  He feels there are some improvements that need to be completed next year.

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

                                                                        Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC

                                                                        City Clerk

 
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