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Minutes - Joint Meeting - City of Bloomer, area Towns and Village
Bloomer, Wisconsin
September 26, 2011

Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a joint meeting of the City of Bloomer, area Towns and Village was held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 26, 2011 at the Fire Hall – Mayor Summerfield presiding.

The following members were present: City of Bloomer: Mayor Summerfield, Alderpersons Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler,Village of New Auburn (0), Town of Auburn (1), Town of Bloomer (2), Town of Cleveland (0), Town of Cooks Valley (1), Town of Eagle Point (1), Town of Sampson (1), Town of Tilden (2) and Town of Woodmohr (3). Alderperson Meinen arrived at 7:02p.m. A representative from the Village of New Auburn arrived at 7:05 p.m.

AMBULANCE

Joe Butterfield, Town of Sampson made a motion to approve $20,000 for future purchase of an ambulance in the 2012 budget. Jerry Johnson, Town of Woodmohr seconded the motion. Discussion: Richard Hofmann, City of Bloomer stated that costs may increase in the future due to having to buy a gas engine vs. a diesel. All present voted aye.

Joe Butterfield, Town of Sampson made a motion to approve $5,000 in 2012 for ongoing equipment needs. Gary Nehring, Town of Bloomer seconded the motion. Discussion: Jim Koehler, City of Bloomer questioned the equipment needs. All present voted aye.

Joe Butterfield, Town of Sampson made a motion to approve the 2012 pay scale ($16.30 per hour for call out pay; $2.80 per hour for 1st out stand-by; $1.10 per hour for 2nd out stand-by) for EMT's. Jerry Johnson, Town of Woodmohr seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Jeff Steinmetz, City of Bloomer made a motion to approve $7,000 from FAP fund for 15 new Motorola radios. Gary Nehring, Town of Bloomer seconded the motion. Discussion: The City will be required to switch to broadband by March 2012 and this purchase will bring them up-to-date. All present voted aye.

Discussion was held regarding a letter received from the Town of Eagle Point regarding their request to separate service from the Bloomer Ambulance Service. According to the contract, they need to give a 90 day notice. This will be an effective date of November 1, 2011. Scott Decker, Town of Eagle Point was present and explained the reasons why they changed. They did not have any problems with the service, but felt they could be better served by Chippewa Falls. Jim Koehler made a motion to approve the Town of Eagle Point separation from the Bloomer Ambulance Service effective 11-01-11. Joe Butterfield, Town of Sampson seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Jeff Steinmetz, City of Bloomer made a motion to approve the resignation of Jennifer Sobotta as full-time administrator/administrative assistant effective October 7, 2011. Gary Nehring, Town of Bloomer seconded the motion. Discussion: Jennifer stated she received full-time employment somewhere else. She thanked everyone she has worked with. Mayor Summerfield commended her on her performance over the past year. All present voted aye.

Discussion was held regarding appointing a temporary administrator/administrative assistant. Ms. Sobotta has volunteered to remain part-time until someone was hired. The board decided to set up a committee to review the needs and procedure to replace the position. Volunteers to the committee were: Dick Hofmann, Charlie Bowe, Gary Nehring, Paul Scheidecker, Darrell Fehr and Jennifer Sobotta. They would meet at the end of the meeting to plan their next steps.

Mayor Summerfield stated the City had received a letter from the State that we were never licensed as an ALS transfer service and had been doing ALS transfers for a number of years without approval. He felt the Administrator at that time had grossly mislead the board. He feels this needs to be looked into and reviewed. He feels it should be someone from the outside with an unbiased opinion to look into it.

FIRST RESPONDERS

Gary Nehring, Town of Bloomer made a motion to approve $9000 to replace 5 more of the outdated AEDs. Paul Scheidecker, Town of Auburn seconded the motion. Discussion: How many more needed replacing. Ms. Sobotta stated that 5 were replaced in 2011 and with 5 in 2012 they had 10 active members. They will possibly purchase more in 2013 for new members for back-ups. All present voted aye.

Jerry Johnson, Town of Woodmohr made a motion to approve $3,200 at last years meeting to be carried over and to add $3,200 for a total of $6,400 to purchase radios. John Seibel, Town of Woodmohr seconded the motion. Discussion: Jeff Steinmetz, City of Bloomer questioned what this would buy? Ms. Sobotta stated that they used that number for budgeting only and would purchase only what they need. All present voted aye.

Gary Nehring, Town of Bloomer made a motion to approve $3,000 for replacement of jackets or equipment that needs replacing in 2012. Paul Scheidecker, Town of Auburn seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Paul Scheidecker, Town of Auburn made a motion to approve $500 to purchase strobe lights for scene marking and safety. Jerry Johnson, Town of Woodmohr seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Jim Koehler, City of Bloomer made a motion to approve sending 2 first responders to the EMS conference not to exceed $750 per person. Jeff Steinmetz, City of Bloomer seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

FIRE

Kevin Meinen, City of Bloomer made a motion to approve the sale of Engine 3 for $525 to the Eau Claire Area Antique Fire Truck Club. Paul Scheidecker, Town of Auburn seconded the motion and all present vote aye.

Jim Koehler, City of Bloomer made a motion to request the Eau Claire Area Antique Fire Truck Club to keep the "Bloomer" name on Engine #3. Jerry Johnson, Town of Woodmohr seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Fire Chief Brian Bleskacek explained the process for replacing Engine #1 in 2012. Jerry Johnson, Town of Woodmohr made a motion to approve replacing Engine 1 in 2012. John Seibel, Town of Woodmohr seconded the motion. Discussion: Fire Chief Bleskacek stated he had received permission from the board to go ahead with the process at the last meeting in March. He had 4 bidders receive information from him and 2 bids were received back by the ending date. They were received from Pierce Manufacturing and W.S. Darley. He also stated that he had stated on the bid specs that if they did not meet the specs, the bid would not be opened. He presented a three page breakdown with 48 items that showed where Darley did not meet the specs. Questions were asked on how the specifications were written. Jim Koehler, City of Bloomer stated that he felt the bids were written in a manner that only Pierce was capable of bidding. He had requested at the spring meeting, that the bids be generic enough so that more bidders could meet the specifications. He felt the specifications sent out were not fair. He questioned why he wouldn't open Darley's bid. Fire Chief Bleskacek stated some of the deficiencies of the bid and compared them to each other. Jim Koehler felt that if it was opened, it may end some confusion. Jerry Johnson and Charlie Bowe, Town of Woodmohr also felt the bid from Darley should be opened. Fire Chief Bleskacek opened the bid and the final amount from W.S. Darley was $399,327. The bid received from Pierce Manufacturing with a prepay discount was $383,555. Discussion was held regarding what each municipality has for savings for the new purchase. Mayor Summerfield requested a roll call vote. Clerk Stoik suggested changing the motion to be more specific. A motion to approve the purchase from Pierce Manufacturing for Engine 1 for a price of $383,555. Jerry Johnson and John Seibel approved the amendment to their motion. Roll Call: City of Bloomer, aye; Town of Auburn, aye; Town of Bloomer, abstain; Town of Cleveland, absent; Town of Cooks Valley, aye; Town of Woodmohr, aye. Motion carried.

Jeff Steinmetz, City of Bloomer made a motion to approve the sale of the 1972 Ford cab over after the arrival of the new engine in 2012. Jerry Johnson, Town of Woodmohr seconded the motion and all present voted aye. Fire Chief Bleskacek stated he would do his best to get the highest amount possible for the engine.

Paul Scheidecker, Town of Auburn made a motion to approve the capital expenses and officer pay of $60,000 as presented by Fire Chief Bleskacek. Jerry Johnson, Town of Woodmohr seconded the motion and all present voted aye. Report was placed on file.

Gary Nehring, Town of Bloomer made a motion to approve a pay increase of $1.00 (Officer - $17; General $14.) as presented. John Seibel, Town of Woodmohr seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

The Board reviewed the Annual Fire Incident Report from 01/01/11 – 08/31/11. No action was taken. Fire Chief Bleskacek reported the biggest increase has been in mutual aid. They cannot bill for any services for mutual aid. He stated that they had assisted Cornell a few times this year. He stated they do not usual help Eagle Point. Scott Decker, Town of Eagle Point stated that if there were any problems with the fire dept. in Eagle Point, that they should contact the board members with any concerns.

Fire Chief Bleskacek updated the Board regarding the service charges for fire suppression and the MABAS update. No action was taken.

RECYCLING

David Lambert reported that volumes have been up in 2011 and that revenues have slowly been increasing. He wanted all of the municipalities to be aware of the budget repair bill. It cut funding to the center by approx. $17,000. This will need to be made up by the users. They will look into revenue sources at budget time.

Jerry Johnson, Town of Woodmohr made a motion to adjourn the meeting. John Seibel, Town of Woodmohr seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC
City Clerk

 

 

 
 
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