Home
Community Profile
Local Government
Meeting Agendas and Minutes
Bloomer Industrial Park
Chamber of Commerce
Parks and Recreation
Emergency Services
Utilities
History
Photo Gallery
 

MEETING MINUTES

Bloomer, Wisconsin

  September 25, 2013

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 presiding.

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:

                        Checks Numbered:                 65323 - 65461

                        General Fund:                        $   64,060.24

                        Electric Fund:                         $ 325,510.24 

                        Water Fund:                          $      1674.42

                        Sewer Fund:                          $        448.92

                        Payroll:                                 $   71,543.85

                        TOTAL                                 $ 463,237.67

AUDIENCE COMMENTS

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

 

DEPARTMENT HEADS 

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 report.

Debbie LaGesse, Deputy Clerk-Treasurer reminded the council about the Joint Area Meeting on September 30, 2013.

ALDERPERSON COMMENTS

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 COMMENTS

Mayor Summerfield - no comments.

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

                                                                         Debora LaGesse 

                                                                        Deputy City Clerk

 
  City of Bloomer
1503 Main Street
Bloomer, WI 54724
Phone: 715-568-3032
Email Us: sstoik@ci.bloomer.wi.us
Home | Links | Photo Gallery | Contact Us

© 2011 All Rights Reserved
Web Design by EZ New Media