August 12, 2015
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 12, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Meinen presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Meinen, Alderpersons Meinen, Steinmetz, Hofmann, Koehler, Clerk Stoik and Attorney Beardsley.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (July 22, 2015) as presented. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz 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: 71537 - 72353
General Fund: $ 48,735.08
Electric Fund: $ 15,095.74
Water Fund: $ 9,920.53
Sewer Fund: $ 24,336.72
Payroll: $ 69,183.77
TOTAL $ 167,271.84
There were no audience comments.
Discussion was held regarding a possible ordinance to declare a moratorium on siting of a nonmetallic mining processing or transportation facilities in the ETZ area. The City of Bloomer adopted this ordinance at their last meeting within the city limits. Alderperson Meinen requested action for the ETZ area also. After review, the ETZ committee needs to meet to review. This will not affect a pending application on file. This will be referred to the committee for consideration. No action was taken by the Common Council.
Discussion was held regarding replacing of blacktop in the library parking lot, alley and behind the fire hall. Alderperson Hofmann stated this was reviewed at the Library Board meeting. They decided to postpone action at this time and will budget for replacement in 2016. No action was taken by the Common Council.
Discussion was held with Brian Bleskacek regarding Lot 1 of Certified Survey Map 3675 owned by him. Mr. Bleskacek gave some history regarding who he thought owned the property back in the 1970’s and how it was used as a storm water drainage off of 17th Avenue and a golf cart path to the golf course. Back in 2009 the City and Mr. Bleskacek made a trade for 20’ on the east side of his lot and deed him the 20’ on the west. After having some title work done for his property, it was discovered the City never owned the 20’ area on the west to begin with. At this time, Mr. Bleskacek is requesting the City deed back the 20’ he gave up. Attorney Beardsley stated the City had 2 options. Review the procedure and clean the title work done back in 2009 or swap deeds back. Alderperson Steinmetz requested Attorney Beardsley to contact Attorney Thiel and review the steps that were followed back in 2009 and try to resolve this matter. No action was taken by the Common Council.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve blacktopping at the old clubhouse on the golf course with reimbursement from the American Legion for $10,220. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Steve Ashley was present to discuss the possibility of sawing a design into a tree that was struck by lightning at the golf course. They are considering a bear design. They will seek donations and at no cost to the city. Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Mr. Ashley to go ahead and coordinate a design into the stump at the golf course with funding from donations. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve repairs to the sampler - $6,500 and replace the grinder pump for the scum lift - $7,500 at the Wastewater Treatment Plant facility from the Equipment Replacement Fund. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve Resolution 1136 – To Authorize the Mayor & City Clerk to Execute Deed to Thomas J. Bleskacek Trust & Susan M. Bleskacek Trust to Lot 206, Iron Horse Industrial Park Plat. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve applications for licenses to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors to the following listed below as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Kacey M. Christman
Erica A. Stewart
Shannon R. Schwartz
Sarah M. Maidment
Melynda J. Smetana
Heidi M. Denning
Amanda P. Bush
Felisha R. Polmanter
Christina A. Sarauer
Heidi E. Zakrzewski
Clerk Stoik – no comments.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator commented he would be changing the charges for electronics at the recycling center. The vendor they are using would be increasing fees due to higher than expected costs. He also stated he is continuing to work with the county regarding the Emerald Ash Borer program. Alderperson Steinmetz questioned Mr. Meindel regarding fencing on retention ponds. Mr. Meindel has not been able to talk to Attorney Thiel regarding this. He still has concerns regarding who would be required to fence certain retention/detention ponds. He will contact Attorney Thiel.
Kathy Larson, Library Director reported they had a great turnout for their summer reading program.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer – no comments.
Tony Rubenzer, Zoning Administrator/Building Inspector - no comments.
Fire Chief Brian Bleskacek – no comments.
Alderperson Meinen – no comments.
Alderperson Hofmann - no comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.
Alderperson Koehler – no comments.
Mayor Meinen reported he had received a letter from the LAW – Police Union to begin negotiations for their next contract. Chief Zwiefelhofer reported they would not begin negotiating until the pending grievance is settled in mediation.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik