September 28, 2016
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a public hearing the Common Council of the City of Bloomer was held on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall for rezoning Jonathan & Lori Blyth – 1800 Main Street presently (C-1) Central Business District to (R-2) Two-Family Residential. The Planning Commission reviewed this request at their prior meeting and recommended approval of the rezoning. The hearing was closed at 6:02 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 28, 2016 at 6:02 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Steinmetz presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Steinmetz, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Jones, Clerk Stoik and Attorney Gustafson. Alderperson Koehler was absent.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (September 14, 2016) as presented. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve all claims against the City and Utilities as presented. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:
Checks Numbered: 76660 - 76826
General Fund: $ 33,557.77
Electric Fund: $ 349,367.07
Water Fund: $ 2,438.88
Sewer Fund: $ 3,846.91
Payroll: $ 97,307.47
TOTAL $ 486,518.10
Ralph Charbonneau, 1910 17th Avenue, requested the City to review the need for pedestrian signs on 17th Avenue marking the crosswalks. He feels it is a high hazard area and needs some more warning identifying the area.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Ordinance 16-06 – To Amend Official Zoning Map – Jonathan & Lori Blyth – 1800 Main Street – from (C-1) Central Business District to (R-2) Two Family Residential (Sec. 9, Twn. 30N, Range 09W, Priddy’s Addition Lots 1 & 2 ex the E 85’, Block 2, City of Bloomer, Chippewa County, Wisconsin. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Ordinance 16-07 – To Amend the Existing Moratorium on the Siting of Nonmetallic Mines, or Nonmetallic Processing or Transportation Facilities, Pending the Exploration of the Advisability of Adopting Additional Zoning Regulations in the Extraterritorial Zoning Territory. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to accept the retirement of Gary Hill – Sewer Utility employee effective November 30, 2016. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Discussion was held regarding the future staffing of Water/Sewer Utility. With Mr. Hill leaving, Mr. Meindel would like to begin replacing this position as soon as possible. He would like to discuss in closed session the shifting of current staff into other positions.
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator reported the shut-down of electricity on the west side of the city was conducted on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016 and everything went well.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported the lake is back at a normal level. He is waiting for the electrician to come and install power to the dam monitoring system. He also reported the auditor will be here on October 19th to meet with the committee regarding the garbage service. Mayor Steinmetz reported he received the information regarding the buyer for used oil for the recycling center. He also requested Mr. Meindel to view the west entry way to the old clubhouse. He received a requested from the veterans to remove an entry way beam that was causing issues. Mr. Meindel stated they would go and view it. He also questioned when the dam monitoring system would be operational. Mr. Meindel said he is working on getting the power installed to it. Mr. Meindel also stated he contracted with Ayres to complete the dam inspection report due to the DNR.
Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector reported he received a request for a minimum lot size. After review, he also noticed that there is no minimum lots sizes on the I-1 or I-2 zoning districts. He will review with Attorney Gustafson and have this for review at a future meeting.
Kathy Larson, Library Director reported they had 150 to 200 people attend their celebration.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported the traffic safety grant has been conducted. They received a $3,200 computer for $964. Mayor Steinmetz reported he had received calls from some of the residents in the area where the electric was down last week and they appreciated the phone call that was set up through Chippewa County.
Alderperson Jones questioned the process for running for public office for the spring city offices
Alderperson Hofmann stated a city employee contacted him and thanked him for the raises the city employees received.
Alderperson Meinen – no comments.
Alderperson Koehler – absent.
Mayor Steinmetz requested a department head meeting on October 6 at 8 a.m. He also requested changing the meeting on November 23rd to November 30th. He also suggested that the Council schedule a city Christmas party.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to go into closed session under Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1)(c) as read by Mayor Steinmetz. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye, Jones, aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to come out of closed session and report on action taken. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Jones, aye. No action was taken.
The Common Council began preliminary work on the 2017 budget. Review of the proposed Police Department was presented by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. He summarized each category of police operations for review. The Council also reviewed the balances of the designated funds and their future needs. Kathy Larson, Library Director stated she had a preliminary budget prepared, but the Library Board had not approved it yet. Mr. Meindel will get cost estimates of 2017 projects for the Street Department. No action was taken.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik