August 13, 2014
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a public hearing of the Common Council of the City of Bloomer regarding rezoning of property owned by Michael Randall & Philip Haack for 2 lots at 1631 Smith Street and 2015 17th Avenue from (R-1) Single Family Residential to (C-2) General Commercial District at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street. Alderperson Koehler reported the Planning Commission recommended approval to the rezoning. The hearing was closed at 6:01 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 the above date 6:01 p.m. at City Hall, Mayor Meinen presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Meinen, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler, City Clerk Stoik and Attorney Thiel.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (July 23, 2014) as presented. Alderperson Koehler 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: 68459 - 68636
General Fund: $ 109,191.68
Electric Fund: $ 18,525.32
Water Fund: $ 6,218.47
Sewer Fund: $ 16,423.90
Payroll: $ 64,288.47
TOTAL $ 214,647.84
There were no audience comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve Ordinance 14-08 – To Amend Official Zoning Map for two adjoining properties owned by Michael Randall and Philip Haack at 1631 Smith Street and 2015 17th Avenue from (R-1) Single Family Residential to (C-2) General Commercial District as recommended by the Planning Commission. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve a Supplemental Agreement with SEH for professional services for LRIP on 6th Avenue for a not to exceed price of $5,900. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve Resolution 1117 & 1118 – Authorizing the Mayor & City Clerk to execute deed transfers on Lot 14 & 15 in Iron Horse Industrial Park. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion. Attorney Thiel stated this was a request by the title company to complete the file on the sale of the two lots. Alderperson Koehler questioned if a standard form could be used in the future. Attorney Thiel stated he would forward it to City Hall. All present voted aye.
Mayor Meinen reported he had met with Tony Rubenzer and representatives of the Town of Bloomer and Town of Woodmohr regarding the existing ETZ ordinance and problems associated with the way it is written. One problem is the city does not have a master plan. Mr. Meindel stated he had reviewed this in the past and estimated the cost around $30,000. Attorney Thiel stated the City did not need to hire an engineering firm to complete this task, but work with the Planning Commission to project future development. Roger McFarlane, Town of Bloomer questioned what would happen in the meantime. Attorney Thiel stated Tony Rubenzer would continue to handle the ordinance until recommendations are made. He also questioned a conservation easement and shoreland ordinance changes approved by the State. No action was taken. Mayor Meinen will schedule a Planning Commission meeting to review a Master Plan and the existing ETZ ordinance.
Todd Carlson, President of the Bloomer IDC discussed their involvement with Chippewa County Economic Development. He reported they had a site selector come to Bloomer and review possibilities of the Iron Horse Industrial Park. They feel they need to coordinate and consolidate with the Common Council regarding the future sale of industrial park land. They want to be able to be “shovel ready” when a prospective industry is looking at Bloomer. Mayor Meinen will coordinate this with them and post a future meeting of the Planning Commission.
The Common Council received a rough draft of the Employee Handbook as prepared by Mindy Dale, Attorney from Weld, Riley, Prenn and Ricci. She has offered to attend the next meeting to review the proposed changes. The Common Council questioned if Attorney Dale could attend the meeting in place of Attorney Thiel. The City did not want to have two attorneys at the meeting. Clerk Stoik will make arrangements with the two attorneys for attending the next meeting.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve changing the date of August 27, 2014 meeting to Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve an application for a license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for the following listed as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Britton L. Slowey
Jean M. Mayer
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported the fire hydrants were painted by inmates from the jail. The only cost to the City was materials. He also reported he had submitted an application to the state for the winter freeze up for reimbursement. It was approved by the State. The State then submitted the applications to FEMA and they were denied. He also discussed a storm water issue on the property being sold to DGI. He will deal with it when it becomes a nuisance. He also reported he may have someone interested in the black dirt pile.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported the speed sign was up on 17th Avenue and he felt it was working well in that location to slow traffic down.
Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator – had nothing to report.
iFire Chief Brian Bleskacek presented a list of 4 issues he wants the City to address at the skating rink. Mr. Meindel will review the budget and approximate cost of each item and report back.
Clerk Stoik – had nothing to report.
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator - was not present.
Alderperson Meinen – no comments.
Alderperson Hofmann reported he had been contacted about the city having a dog park and also if they would plant real flowers in the planters downtown.
Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.
Alderperson Koehler – no comments.
Mayor Meinen – no comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to go into Closed Session under Wis. Stats. 19.85(1) (e) as read by Mayor Meinen. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to come out of closed session and report on action taken. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve a 1 year extension to Gary Hill’s contract to November 24, 2017. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to make a counter offer to the offer to purchase submitted by Steve Naas and Nancy Naas for Lot # 3 on the following terms listed. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
*That the Buyer shall pay for the costs of title insurance and City attorney fees associated with the sale.
*That the Buyer shall negotiate an easement in favor of the Bloomer Aquatic Center for use of a strip of land of approximately 35 feet in width along the east line of the lot for parking purposes only, said easement to continue for as long as the Aquatic Center owns and makes use of the immediately adjoining lot for recreational purposes. Said easement shall be extended to the Aquatic Center at no cost to it.
*That the Buyer shall grant back to the City, an easement for utility purposes for an underground sanitary sewer main, along the east line of the lot, said easement to be at least 15 feet in width on either side of the center line of the main already in place. Should the City ever have need to repair, maintain or replace the main and in the process have need to disturb the surface, it shall take reasonable steps to restore the surface of the easement to the condition in which it was found immediately prior to such construction work taking place.
*That the City will agree that the Buyer's commitment to purchase on the terms set forth in their original offer shall be subject to Buyer's ability to close a transaction in a manner satisfactory to them of the sale or trade of property formerly owned by the School District and located along 17th Avenue east of the subject lot. That this contingency in favor of the Buyer shall continue for a period not to exceed 60 days.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik/CMC City Clerk