April 12, 2017
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, April 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street – Mayor Steinmetz presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Steinmetz, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Jones, Koehler, and Administrator Frion. Attorney Gustafson was absent.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (March 22, 2017) as presented. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the minutes from the semi-annual meeting of the City of Bloomer and area Towns/Villages (March 27, 2017) as presented. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion. Motion Carried
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve all claims against the City and Utilities as presented. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:
Checks Numbered: 78183 - 78337
General Fund: $ 136,644.29
Electric Fund: $ 25,374.40
Water Fund: $ 11,087.26
Sewer Fund: $ 476,468.17
Payroll: $ 78,830.92
TOTAL $ 728,405.04
There were no audience comments.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve a street use permit submitted by the Bloomer Cross Country team to host a Color Run on Saturday, June 17th, 2017. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve a supplemental agreement from SEH to provide additional design and construction engineering relating to the Sludge Thickener Replacement. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion for the City to take necessary action to move forward with vacating the alley located on in Block 8 of Emmerton’s Addition. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderperson Jones made a motion to approve Resolution 1158 authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to Execute Deed to Amanda Poirier to Lot 101, Iron Horse Industrial Park Plat. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve Resolution 1159 authorizing the Mayor and City Clerk to Execute Deed to Mike Poirier to Lot 103, Iron Horse Industrial Park Plat. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the lease agreement of farm land in the Iron Horse Industrial Park with Mark Boettcher. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to hire two seasonal general labor employees within the Streets Department with the application deadline of April 28th. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the sale of a 1956 Ford Truck that is owned by the Electric Department. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve a license to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating for Valerie Miller. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Mayor Steinmetz congratulated the Water/Sewer Department for receiving the 2017 Water System of Year Award from the Wisconsin Rural Water Association.
Fire Chief Brian Bleskacek voiced concerns with the current contract with the VFW for the skating rink. The City currently pays $334.48 per month for the rental of the warming house and the City is also responsible for any upkeep to the building along with paying the utilities. Bleskacek stated that at times the Bloomer Fire Association would also contribute some funding, not knowing that the City didn’t own the building. Currently the building is in need of a new roof. Bleskacek stated that the Association will no longer contribute funds to a building that the city doesn’t own. Alderperson Koehler asked if maybe the agreement could be reviewed again as it is a 10-year contract. Alderperson Hofmann felt it was appropriate for Mayor Steinmetz to reach out to the VFW.
Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator met with Doug Clary and representatives and legal counsel for the Towns of Woodmohr and Bloomer to discuss options pertaining to the ETZ and possibility of abolishing it. There will be another regular ETZ committee meeting held on April 27th to discuss further.
Bill Miller, Water & Sewer Department Manager commented that they will be taking down trees for the new Sludge Thickener project at the Sewer Treatment Plant. Council agreed to remove them all and if need be, new ones could be replanted.
Tony Burgess, Street Department Manager stated that the dam automation is set up and working. There are still some tweaks that need to be made and they are working through those adjustments.
Kathy Larson, Library Director stated that it is National Library week. The library is signing up the 1st graders within the City with library cards. Also, high school students have drawn characters of the Mayor, which are hung up at the library.
Administrator Frion stated that the next City joint meeting will be held in the City of Chippewa Falls. An update was given on the vandalism that was done at Witt Park. Frion advised that one of the utility readers no longer works and that at some time the City will need to consider either replacing them or moving to the e-reader capabilities. The electric department has another older utility truck that needs to be disposed of. Council advised that the City mechanic should get an appraisal on the truck before moving forward.
Alderperson Meinen commented that the sand mine moratorium will be expiring the end of July for the City and the end of September for the ETZ. He would like to have a plan in affect prior to the expiration. Administrator Frion is going to contact the city attorney to see if there are any examples from other municipalities.
The Park Board has applied for a grant for Witt Park to put in a ½ mile bicycle trail. The Board currently has roughly $8,000 to apply to the project. The Board intends to apply for another grant that would be applied to restrooms for Witt Park.
Alderperson Koehler stated that he would like to see Council start to put a plan together for replacement of the City Street Department Shop and potentially a new City Hall/Police Station. He asked that the Administrator, Police Chief and Street Department Manager start reviewing their needs. Mayor Steinmetz would like to see a long-term plan.
Mayor Steinmetz welcomed the new managers to the City.
A thank you note was received from prior City Clerk, Sue Stoik, for the retirement gathering and gifts.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Sandi L. Frion