Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a public hearing was
called to order on the above date at 6:00 p.m. regarding
Ordinance 7-1-9 – Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Animals.
The Common Council wanted public comment for possible changes
to the ordinance. Mayor Summerfield asked for comments
from the public. Wade Laube stated that they had received a
letter saying that their dog needs to be out of the City of
Bloomer in 3 weeks. He said that his dog is not a Pit Bull, but
is a Staffordshire terrier. He had 2 questions to ask. Is
it written in stone or could something be worked out with the
Humane Society and how many people have been bitten by a
Staffordshire terrier dog in the last 15 years? How many
people have been bitten by other dog breeds? His dog is 7
years old and it is good with kids, part of the family. He
feels he is being discriminated against. Mayor Summerfield and
Police Chief Zwiefelhofer informed him that if he can meet with
the present ordinance his dog will be allowed, but the purpose
of the public hearing is for making possible changes to the
ordinance. Charlene Ferraro would like the Humane Society part
of the ordinance removed. Eric Stone would like the muzzle
requirement changed to a case by case basis. If the dog
has a previous altercation, then require a muzzle. Kari Stone
stated that she was cited in August for not having her dog
muzzled and she would like to have a community vote taken as to
their opinions on the Pit Bull ordinance. Alderperson Meinen
presented a copy of the Chetek Police Department ordinance
regarding Pit Bulls which he would like the council to
consider. He feels the muzzle requirement should be
removed. Alderperson Koehler would also like the muzzle
requirement and the Humane Society stipulation removed from our
ordinance. He would like the ordinance changed to
dangerous dog and could include Pit Bulls. Alderperson
Steinmetz had received calls asking to keep the ordinance as
is. Alderperson Hofmann also had been contacted asking
him not to change the ordinance. Alderperson Koehler had
received a report from the county concerning the number of dog
bites in 2012. There were 55 bites in Chippewa County in
2012 and about 5 were Pit Bulls. The hearing was closed
at 6:20 p.m.
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 6:20 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Summerfield
Roll call was taken: Mayor Summerfield, Alderpersons
Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler and Deputy Clerk
LaGesse. Attorney Thiel was absent.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes
from the previous meeting (September 11, 2013) as
presented. Alderperson Steinmetz 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:
65323 - 65461
There were no audience comments.
No action was taken regarding changes to Ordinance 7-1-9 –
Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Animals. Alderperson
Koehler and Police Chief Zwiefelhofer will work on revising the
ordinance and bring it back to a future meeting for
consideration. Dennis Ferraro would them to amend the Humane
Society requirement and allow for adopted dogs.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Ordinance
13-04 – To Repeal Section 10-1-21(c)(1), (2), (3), (4), (5),
and (8); To Repeal Section 10-1-21(d)(3), (4), (6), (7) and
(11); To Repeal Section 10-2-24; To Repeal Ordinance 10-07.; To
Repeal Section 10-1-47 (c), (d) and (e) of the City Code;
Traffic Regulations. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the
motion and all present voted aye.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer presented 2 bids for repairs
to the back door at the Police Station. Alderperson
Koehler made a motion to approve repairs to the back door
of the Police Station with the low bidder Zeman Builders for
$2,180.00 Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion
and all present voted aye.
Police Chief Zwiefelhofer would like to purchase a custom
patrol rifle for the Police Department which would give the
officers opportunities for long range if needed. The rifle
would be kept in the squad car. He has 2 old military
guns that he will sell for $500. Alderperson Steinmetz
made a motion to purchase a patrol rifle for the Police
Department – approx. cost $1,550. Alderperson Hofmann
seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to begin the process with
an electric utility rate increase as recommended by Daniel
Thole, Auditor. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion
and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve a change of
premise for a Class “A” Beer & Liquor license for
Leisureland South, Inc., Shadick’s Price Rite, from 1502
16th Avenue to 1303 Main Street effective October
16, 2013. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all
present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann 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
Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Jerry J. Shafer
Lynn M. Parsons
Kacey M. Christman
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator
reported that the 8th Avenue reconstruction project
is done and turned out well.
Police Chief Zwiefelhofer informed the council that his
2nd reserve officer has quit because he received a
full time job. He also questioned Mike Meindel as to when
the City will take over the streets by the new school because
signs need to be erected and traffic laws cannot be enforced
until that happens. Mr. Meindel stated that some
corrections need to be recorded and he will contact Attorney
Thiel to get this taken care of.
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator – not present.
Tony Rubenzer, Zoning Administrator had nothing to
Debbie LaGesse, Deputy Clerk-Treasurer reminded the council
about the Joint Area Meeting on September 30, 2013.
Alderperson Hofmann stated that the fence between the
Zwiefelhofer property and McDonalds looks very nice.
Alderperson Meinen wanted to clarify that the electric rates
are going up because we are short in revenue.
Alderperson Koehler - no comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz said that he had talked to Dave and
Diane Baier about the fence by the Zwiefelhofer property and
they are very happy with it.
Mayor Summerfield - no comments.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to adjourn the
meeting. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all
present voted aye.
Deputy City Clerk