July 27, 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 27, 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 Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (July 13, 2016) as presented. Alderperson Jones 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: 75503 - 75602
General Fund: $ 14,342.59
Electric Fund: $ 2,343.21
Water Fund: $ 1,613.24
Sewer Fund: $ 1,406.72
Payroll: $ 72,395.13
TOTAL $ 92,100.89
There were no comments from the audience.
Discussion was held regarding the acceptance of a $20,000 grant from the Mayo Foundation to install exercise equipment at North Park. The bid the Park Board received for the equipment is $23,000. They currently have approx. $7,000 set aside for equipment purchases. The Park Board is working with Mr. Meindel regarding the installation of concrete and dirt leveling for the proposed site. They estimate the total costs would be around $32,000. They would be short $5,000 to install this year. Alderperson Meinen stated the Park Board had not reviewed or approved the concrete quote at this time. Discussion was held what priorities the Park Board wanted. The Council thought the Park Board wanted the installation of restrooms at Witt Park as a main priority. Alderperson Meinen stated at this time he would like to get the equipment purchased. They will continue to seek bids and/or donations to complete the project. Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to accept a $20,000 grant from the Mayo Foundation and approve purchase of equipment from Greenfields Outdoor Fitness for $23,000. ($3,000 overage to be used from set aside money for equipment.) Alderperson Jones seconded the motion. Discussion: Alderperson Koehler requested the Park Board to seek donations to cover the shortage. All present voted aye.
No action was taken regarding the naming of the round pavilion in North Park. The Park Board withdrew their request.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Short, Elliott & Hendrickson for professional engineering services as listed below. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Water System Evaluation (mapping) – not to exceed $17,000
Sewer System (mapping) – not to exceed $2,700
Sludge Thickening – Engineering - $4,000; Plans & Specs $51,000
Grant Application – Task I - $6,000; Task II - $15,000
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve Ordinance 16-03 – To Amend the Existing Moratorium on Siting of Nonmetallic Mines, Processing or Transportation Facilities, Pending the Exploration of the Advisability of Adopting Additional Zoning, Subdivision, or Police Power Regulations. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion. Discussion: Alderperson Meinen requested the Attorney to review the draft copy of the ETZ committee and consider all or parts of it for the city’s ordinance. Attorney Gustafson will put something together for the Council’s review. All present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve Resolution 1148 – To Authorize Mayor & City Clerk to Execute Deed to Ryan Schmidt & Heather Vance to Lot 25 – Iron Horse Industrial Park Plat. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Jones made a motion to approve Resolution 1149 – To Authorize Mayor & City Clerk to Execute Deed to Robert Branshaw to Lot 102 – Iron Horse Industrial Park Plat. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
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 Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Traci L. Frion
Melissa A. Prince
Tanaja A. Bennett
Sachel M. Wallis
Randy J. Rihn
Pete Paulson, Electric Administrator – had nothing to report.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator stated he would be cleaning out some sediment deposits by the Veterans Memorial Park. He also stated he has been working with DNR to resolve problems with the storm sewer outfall on Queen Street and 9th Avenue. He has run into many roadblocks trying to get the proper permits. Mayor Steinmetz questioned tree & brush trimming around the 17th Avenue Bridge. Mr. Meindel will check if there is a vision problem.
Kathy Larson, Library Director – had nothing to report.
Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator - had nothing to report.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported he had sold the old Ford Explorer for $7,500. He also reported of a violation of not obtaining a Street Use Permit for an event on July 23rd. Attorney Gustafson will review the ordinance and have possible consideration of a change at the next meeting.
Alderperson Meinen requested Attorney Gustafson to have an estimate of time for drafting an ETZ ordinance regarding mines, processing or transportation facilities.
Alderperson Hofmann stated the library would be having a book sale this upcoming weekend during the fair.
Alderperson Jones – no comments.
Alderperson Koehler – no comments.
Mayor Steinmetz reported the ETZ committee had met on July 18th. Attorney Gustafson was present at the meeting. The draft ordinance needs more revisions. It may go over the $1,000 estimate originally approved by the Council.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to go into closed session as authorized by Wis. Stats. 19.85 (1) (c) & (e) 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 Koehler seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Meinen, aye; Hofmann, aye; Jones, aye; Koehler, aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to hire an appraiser for a not to exceed price of $7,500 for potential purchase of property. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion. Alderperson Hofmann, Jones & Koehler voted aye; Alderperson Meinen voted no.
Daniel Thole, Auditor from CliftonLarsonAllen was present regarding the 2015 audit and financial reports. He reported the financial standings of each fund balance for the City & Utilities. He also presented a summary report for review. The reports are on file at City Hall. No action was taken.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik