January 25, 2012
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, January 25, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Summerfield presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Summerfield, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler, 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 (January 11, 2012) as presented. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Koehler 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: 59349 - 59501
General Fund: $ 901,081.61
Electric Fund: $ 335,695.25
Water Fund: $ 1,273.43
Sewer Fund: $ 9,472.11
Payroll: $ 63,524.25
There were no audience comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve a Certified Survey Map for Dennis Schwab from property on 17th Avenue east of
the Holiday Station with the recommended utility easement that was approved by the Planning Commission. Alderperson
Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve a contract with Short, Elliott & Hendrickson for continued environmental monitoring for the landfill for $5,700. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the 2011 Building Permit Report as presented. Alderperson Meinen
seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Discussion was held regarding cell phone charges and mileage reimbursements submitted by Mayor Summerfield. Mayor Summerfield explained some events he attends and has not submitted any reimbursement request. He also stated that he had attended the Christmas open house at the governor’s mansion. He felt he was there representing the City and his attendance was of a legislative nature. Alderperson Hofmann felt he had time to place this on an agenda for approval prior to attending and also questioned where the guidelines were that allowed reimbursement for mileage. Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the reimbursement of $220.89 for Mayor Summerfield’s mileage to Madison. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.
Discussion was then held for the reimbursement of $43.06 for Mayor Summerfield’s cell phone costs. Mayor Summerfield explained that of the reimbursements he has submitted was costing about 25 cents a day to have contact with him. He questioned the Common Council about how important was it to be able to reach him 24/7. Alderperson Meinen stated that all the members of the Council use their cell phones for City business. They have plans where so many minutes are free. No one turns in for reimbursements of their phones. He doesn’t think it should be allowed. Alderperson Hofmann questioned if he could bundle his cell phone with other members of his family to receive a cheaper rate. Alderperson Koehler stated that cell phones have become a part of our lives. He thought that the City could look into a state plan for a phone for the Mayor. Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator explained the use of cell phones in the Electric Dept. They use them for on call time and they are cheaper than pagers/radios. Mayor Summerfield asked for a motion to approve the reimbursement. No motion was made by the members.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Resolution 1099 To Comply with Government Accounting Standards Board GASB 54 Fund Balance Reporting and Governmental Fund Type Definitions and Appointment. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve increasing Robert Peterson pay rate to a Licensed Sewage Treatment Plant Operator at $19.10 per hour as recommended by Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion. The Clerk questioned the effective date. Alderperson Hofmann amended his motion to include the date he became certified. Alderperson Koehler amended his second to reflect the certified effective date. All present voted aye. Mr. Meindel will notify City Hall of the correct date.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve an application for a license to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors for Leta P. Krueger as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Brian Bleskacek, Fire Chief questioned a statement made earlier in the meeting regarding the limit amount department heads could spend without Council approval. Mayor Summerfield stated the amount was $500. He also reported he will be having the air bottles hydro tested for $1,100. This was a budgeted item for 2012.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported that he had attended a Chippewa Co. Traffic Safety meeting and County B will be reconstructed this summer. The planned detour route will bring the sand trucks in to Bloomer on State Hwy. 40 to Hwy. 53. This may cause some traffic issues.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator – had nothing to report.
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator – had nothing to report.
Alderperson Meinen – no comments.
Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz – no comments.
Alderperson Koehler commented regarding newspaper articles regarding the referendum to build an elementary school. He had been informed that the costs include demolition of the old school. He wants the City to state they would like to see it demolished. He didn’t want to have the issues regarding the old middle school. He also reported he had met with a representative of Congressman Sean Duffy’s office and voiced his displeasure regarding the retro reflectivity for signs that municipalities are faced with. He felt local governments should have leeway when they replace the signs.
Mayor Summerfield – no comments.
Mayor Summerfield reported there was no need to go into closed session – he had spoken with the interested party, but as of yet had not worked out details of the contract.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC