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MEETING MINUTES

City of Bloomer

Regular Meeting of the Common Council

1503 Main Street

Bloomer, WI 54724

September 27, 2017, 6:00 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 Wednesday, September 27th at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Steinmetz presiding.

Roll call was taken: Mayor Steinmetz, Aldermen Meinen, Hofmann, Jones, Koehler and Administrator Frion. Attorney Gustafson was absent.

All present gave pledge to the flag.

Alderman Jones made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (September 13, 2017 regular meeting) as presented. Alderman Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.

Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve all claims against the City and Utilities as presented. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:

Checks Numbered:

79864 - 79989

General Fund:

$   37,325.60

Electric Fund:

$ 299,704.21

Water Fund:

$         854.36

Sewer Fund:

$      7,947.58

Payroll:

$   83,614.97

TOTAL

$ 429,446.72

Greg Loew asked the Council for an opportunity to serve as the City’s agent for property and liability insurance. Loew, who is an agent for Apex Insurance, stated that the provider, EMC, would be the same as who our current provider is.

Lori Suhr spoke on behalf of her mother-in-law who lives at 1514 Kranzfelder St. There is a ‘metal box’ that the City had utilized for water sampling when the creamery was in operation. Suhr stated the current condition of the box is bad and would like to see the City repair or remove it.

Chief Zwiefelhofer stated they went down to pick out the K-9 dog. Officer Poppe will begin training with him October 2nd.

Zoning Administrator, Tony Rubenzer, commented that the 1st phase of the 17th Avenue sidewalk looks nice and would like to see phase 2 planning started.

Administrator Frion stated that the sludge thickener project has officially kicked off. Frion also reminded the Council that the mining moratorium is coming to an end for the ETZ and the City should look at having an ordinance in place for non-metallic mining.

Alderman Koehler commented that Administrator Frion has been in position for six months and asked the Council how an evaluation process should be completed. There was nothing referenced in her contract, but Koehler felt it was beneficial for all City employees to be reviewed.

Alderman Jones would like the public to be educated as to the costs for demolition at the recycling center.  At some point the City may need to look at doing a price adjustment.

Alderman Hofmann stated that all the comments he has heard throughout the City pertaining to the K-9 program have been positive and commended Chief Zwiefelhofer and his staff for their efforts. Hofmann also stated that it comes down to education pertaining to the recycling center.

Restoration on the 17th Avenue sidewalk has started. Mayor Steinmetz stated there have been a couple petitions to have alleys blacktopped that the City should consider in the 2018 budget.

Motion by Alderman Meinen to approve the Mayor’s appointment of Tammy Yeakey to the Park Board.  Alderman Jones seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Motion by Alderman Hofmann to approve the Mayor’s appointment of Kevin Meinen to the ETZ Committee.  Alderman Koehler seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Motion by Alderman Jones to approve the Mayor’s appointment of Kevin Meinen to the Planning Commission.  Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Discussion took place in regards to having a building built for the Community Club in the North Park that would store the holiday lights and decorations.  Ben Olson stated they are looking to have a 24’x46’ building.  Olson stated there is interest from the High School Construction Class to assist with getting it built. Cost estimates for the building itself would be roughly $8,000. It is the intent of the Community Club to do all the fundraising for the project. An agreement would need to be written up as to who has ownership and responsibility for the building. Ideally the Community Club would like to have the building completed in 2018, but it would depend on funds. Olson still needs to reach out to surrounding property owners for their thoughts and opinions. Mayor Steinmetz advised Olson to continue to pursue their efforts and come before Council again with more specifics for the project.

Motion by Alderman Meinen to have the City continue to pay $500 towards the utility bill for the Christmas display at North Park. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Motion by Alderman Hofmann to order another set of curtains for the large pavilion at North Park.  Alderman Jones seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Alderman Jones questioned whether the City would really sell the golf course and would it be worth the money to get a formal appraisal? Alderman Koehler felt it was the first step in making that decision.

Motion by Alderman Meinen to get a formal appraisal of the Bloomer Memorial Golf Course. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Roll call vote was taken; Alderman Meinen – aye; Alderman Hofmann – nay; Alderman Jones – nay; Alderman Koehler – aye. Mayor Steinmetz – nay. Motion failed.

Discussion took place if there was interest in selling City property at the corner of Smith & 16th Avenue. Motion by Alderman Meinen to get an appraisal on the property.

Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Motion by Alderman Hofmann to approve a license to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors for John R. Sukopp. Alderman Koehler seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Alderman Meinen made a motion for the Common Council to convene into closed session as authorized by Wis. Stat. 19.85(1)(c) for “Considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data on any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility” – (Discussion of employee wages) & Wis. Stat. 19.85 (1)(e) for “Deliberating or negotiating the purchasing of public properties, the investing of public funds, or conducting of other specified public business, whenever competitive bid or bargaining reasons require a closed session.” – (Discussion of purchasing land for a new City Hall) – Alderman Koehler seconded the motion. Roll call vote was taken: Alderman Meinen –aye, Alderman Hofmann-aye, Alderman Jones-aye, Alderman Koehler-aye.

Motion by Alderman Hofmann to reconvene to open session. Alderman Meinen seconded the motion.  Motion carried.

Motion by Alderman Jones to approve amending the Employee Handbook Appendix A: Wages and Classification as presented. Alderman Koehler seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Motion by Alderman Meinen to adjourn. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Sandra Frion

Administrator/City Clerk

 
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1503 Main Street
Bloomer, WI 54724
Phone: 715-568-3032
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