July 13, 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, July 13, 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 Jones made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (June 29, 2016) as presented. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve all claims against the City and Utilities as presented. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:
Checks Numbered: 75338 - 75502
General Fund: $ 160,182.71
Electric Fund: $ 309,110.70
Water Fund: $ 9,633.41
Sewer Fund: $ 13,439.65
Payroll: $ 76,534.04
TOTAL $ 568,900.51
Jessica Reischel, 2110 Priddy Street was present to propose an idea for the Council to consider. She would like to start a “Little Free Library” in the city. The boxes are installed in areas of the city and allow citizens to take a book or leave a book. This is a non-profit organization with boxes throughout the United States and other countries. She requested to place them in parks or other areas through the City. The Council was in favor of her idea. If they are placed on private property, no permit is required from the City. If she wants them placed on city property or in city right-of-ways, she will need to come back to the Council for approval. Alderperson Meinen stated he would refer the issue to the Park Board for consideration. She will meet with other volunteers and draft a plan for other locations.
Judy Charbonneau, 1910 17th Avenue spoke about her recent “Letter to the Editor” in the Bloomer Advance regarding the need for sidewalk on the north side of 17th Avenue. She and her husband have viewed many situations of citizens walking on the street to the commercial properties located on this street. She feels the need is there to install sidewalk. The road is highly traveled. She expressed her concern that someone is going to be struck by a car in this area. She urged the Council to mandate the installation of sidewalk. Ralph Charbonneau also expressed his views on what pedestrians are doing in this area. He also feels it is a high hazard area. Tony Rubenzer presented pictures he has taken of citizens walking in the road.
Andrew J. Sirvas requested a hearing regarding the denial of his operator’s license application on June 29, 2016 due to too many points on his record. Chief Zwiefelhofer stated the reasons for his high points. He also has some pending charges. Mr. Sirvas stated this is his full-time job and he has not been able to work since the denial two weeks ago. He stated he has made changes in his life. He did not know that they did background checks for operator’s licenses. Alderperson Koehler stated the past practice of the Council was to approve them with a one year probationary period. If he has any more incidents, Police Chief Zwiefelhofer would be approved to have him surrender his license upon any future incidents. The hearing was closed. Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve an operator’s license for Andrew J. Sirvas for a 1-year probationary period as long he has no other charges against his record. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Mayor Steinmetz stated he had met with two of the property owners along 17th Avenue regarding the installation of sidewalk on the north side of 17th Avenue. One of the property owners stated he would like the sidewalk installed from Priddy Street to Smith Street and not to just do sections at this time. The other property owner would like the city to fund part of the installation because the city is mandating the installation. He also would like to install it himself and not use a contractor. Alderperson Meinen made a motion to install sidewalk on the north side of 17th Avenue from the west edge of Riggs Street west to Smith Street. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion. Discussion: Alderperson Koehler stated the main reason this was brought up, is that last year at budget time, one of the property owners was going to install it. The City at that time, thought the section described would be a good start for the city to have installed and review the need for the last section from Priddy Street to Riggs Street. Alderperson Jones questioned if installing a crosswalk across Smith Street was a good idea. He feels this will slow traffic wanting to turn left off of 17th Avenue onto Smith Street. It may cause more of a problem. Alderperson Hofmann discussed a date to have the construction completed. Mr. Meindel stated his original letter stated August 31, 2016. Alderperson Meinen made an amendment to his original motion to modify the completion date to October 1, 2016. Alderperson Hofmann also modified his second to the motion. Alderperson Meinen, Hofmann and Koehler voted aye. Alderperson Jones voted no.
Discussion was held regarding accepting a $20,000 grant from the Mayo Foundation and approve placement of exercise equipment in the North Park. The Council questioned what the extra costs would be for installation. Alderperson Meinen stated the Park Board would be meeting on Monday, July 18th. Discussion continued regarding the cost of installation, cement work and labor costs. Alderperson Meinen stated he would meet with the Street Department and get an estimate of costs. No action was taken by the Council.
Mayor Steinmetz recommended appointing Rick Zwiefelhofer on the Planning Commission. Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Mayor Steinmetz’s appointment. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve applications for fermented beverages & intoxicating liquor to the following listed as reviewed and approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Eliese A. Weiland
Jade A. Downey
Angela M. Friedeck
Alvin P. Bircham
Aryn S. Olson
Brianne N. Reischel
Claire M. Paulus
Kari B. Johnson
Mallory K. Eder
Alicia A. Calkins
Susan M. Johnson
Lori A. Rubenzer
Kristine M. Cole
Sally M. Webb
William H. Schmidt
Donald L. Steinmetz
Jerry J. Shafer
Chasitey L. Miller
Jean M. Mayer
Alan L. Gingras
Haley K. Gingras
Pete Paulson, Electric Administrator – had nothing to report.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported blacktopping was completed by the library and on Riggs Street. He also reported they would need to drop the lake by 2 feet to install the dam monitoring system. He would also like to do repairs to storm water outlets. He also stated he has been working with SEH to prepare a water system evaluation to complete the system due to DNR regulations. At this time, it will be very expensive. He will be meeting with them to evaluate how to proceed with the evaluation.
Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator - had nothing to report. Mayor Steinmetz informed him of neighbors’ concerns from the last meeting regarding the large garage being built in a residential neighborhood. He will review their issues.
Brian Bleskacek, Fire Chief – had nothing to report.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported the mediation date with the police union has been set for August 24, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. He also reported that he had a public notice placed in the newspaper and on Facebook regarding the laws for stopping for pedestrians in a crosswalk.
Clerk Stoik reported the 2015 final audit reports were available and Dan Thole, CliftonLarsonAllen will be at the July 25, 2016 meeting to present the audit report.
Alderperson Koehler – no comments.
Alderperson Jones questioned the legality of semi’s backing into commercial properties from State Highways. Chief Zwiefelhofer stated it is legal if done safely.
Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.
Alderperson Meinen requested addressing the moratorium for sand processing in the City on the next agenda.
Mayor Steinmetz reported the ETZ meeting scheduled for July 14th has been cancelled. The Town of Woodmohr was not available on that date. They will be working to set up a new meeting.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to go into closed session as authorized by Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1) (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 Hofmann made a motion to come out of closed session and report on action taken. 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 approve the offer to purchase from Robert Branshaw for lot 102 in the Iron Horse Industrial Park for $19,000. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik