August 10, 2016
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, August 10, 2016 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, Clerk Stoik and Attorney Gustafson.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (July 27, 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 Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:
Checks Numbered: 75603 – 75650, 76227 - 76379
General Fund: $ 112,250.03
Electric Fund: $ 39,076.22
Water Fund: $ 6,137.88
Sewer Fund: $ 22,157.27
Payroll: $ 79,811.91
TOTAL $ 259,433.31
Housing Rehab: $ 27.00
Shirley Revoir, 1904 York Street stated she had three issues to comment about.
- Currently no sidewalks are installed on:
The City is mandating 17th Avenue and the three locations she listed, she feels are just as dangerous.
- Barn located off of Main Street, just west of the 17th Avenue Bridge. When is the City going to condemn this building?
- Disgusted with vehicles not stopping for pedestrians. She is wondering if more can be done. (signs, lighting, more police patrol)
Scott Decker, President of the Eagle Point ATV Club was present. They are requesting the city to approve opening 13th Avenue from Larson Street east to the city limit line at Fairway Street. They will be meeting with the Town of Woodmohr in the next week and they will be approving the opening of 180th Avenue to the east. This will give the trail a loop around the southeast area into more trails. They also will take care of any signage marking the trail at no cost to the City. Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve extending the ATV trail east on 13th Avenue from Larson Street to Fairway Street on the condition the Town of Woodmohr approves opening 180th Avenue. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion. Discussion: The alderpersons questioned if the condition of the Town of Woodmohr approving needed to be in the motion. It was also stated this will need to be in ordinance form for final approval at the meeting. Alderperson Meinen did not amend his motion. All present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve a Street Use Permit for Bloomer Public Library on Sept. 13 & 14, 2016 for a centennial celebration on Priddy Street (north of 17th Ave.) Alderperson Jones seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Discussion was held regarding changes to the Street Use Permit Ordinance. Police Chief Zwiefelhofer stated there was an event a few weeks ago and the event did not apply for a Street Use Permit. The ordinance has no penalties for failing to obtain a permit. Also, there are no fees for obtaining a permit. There are costs associated with these events and the city is receiving more requests each year. Alderperson Meinen made a motion to amend the ordinance to establish a $25 fee and a fine consistent with other city ordinance violations. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and Alderperson Meinen, Hofmann & Koehler voted aye; Alderperson Jones voted no.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve cement work for the exercise equipment at the North Park with Harms Concrete for $7,000. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion. Discussion: Where would the unbudgeted $5,000 overage be transferred from? Alderperson Meinen stated they have been applying for grants. Did the Council want them to continue applying? Questions were asked if they could raise donations to help fund the shortfall. Mr. Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator stated there would be funds in the storm sewer expense as this project would not be able to be completed in 2016 due to the problems with obtaining a permit. The Clerk was instructed to place this on a future agenda to modify the budget. All present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve drafting of an ordinance regulating non-metallic processing in the city with Attorney Gustafson for an estimated cost of $2,500. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion. Discussion: Alderperson Koehler questioned the need at this time. The moratorium has been extended to 2017. He feels it could be budgeted in 2017 and then completed. Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann & Jones voted aye; Koehler, no.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve applications for fermented beverages & intoxicating liquor to the following listed as reviewed and approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sadie A. LaGesse
Gregg S. Gifford
Erica A. Stewart
Naomi L. Rubenzer
Shannon R. Zwiefelhofer
Sarah M. Maidment
Laurie M. Sahm
Kailey J. Steinmetz
Melynda J. Smetana
Kacey M. Christman
Pete Paulson, Electric Administrator – had nothing to report. Alderperson Hofmann questioned when the old transformer would be moved from the substation. Mr. Paulson is trying to coordinate heavy equipment to have it moved.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator – had nothing to report.
Kathy Larson, Library Director – had nothing to report.
Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator questioned if the attorney was working on the city ordinance for the non-metallic ordinance that was discussed earlier in the meeting. He was informed that was the approval earlier in the meeting.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer – had nothing to report. Alderperson Hofmann questioned concerns regarding citizens not stopping at stop signs.
Alderperson Koehler – no comments.
Alderperson Jones – no comments.
Alderperson Meinen – no comments.
Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.
Mayor Steinmetz reported he had received a thank you from Short, Elliott & Hendrickson.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to go into closed session as authorized by Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1) (c) (e) & (g) as read by Mayor Steinmetz. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Jones, aye; Koehler, aye.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to come out of closed session and report on action taken. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Jones, aye; Koehler, aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve hiring Brian Hansen as a Light Equipment Operator in the Street Department with a starting wage of $18.87 per hour pending a background check. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik