March 13, 2013
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, March 13, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor
Roll call was taken: Mayor Summerfield, Alderpersons
Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler and Clerk Stoik. Alderperson
Meinen and Attorney Thiel were not present.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes
from the previous meeting (February 27, 2013) 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
Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The
claims were in the amounts listed below:
63435 - 63567
Attorney Ben Lane was present at the meeting. He
introduced himself to the Council. He has been the
prosecuting attorney working with Police Department for the
past two years. He explained his case load and the
importance of efficiency in the cases. He would be able
to answer questions. Chief Zwiefelhofer reported they
currently only had one pending case.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to conditionally approve a
Certified Survey Map after the cost of the abstract correction
is done on both properties north and south of the Koepke’s
property as submitted by John Mickesh for the Elton Koepke
property – 1819 Main Street to correct lot lines as approved by
the Planning Commission. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded
the motion and all present voted aye.
Scott Decker was present to discuss the proposed designated
streets for trails for ATV use in the City of Bloomer.
The Common Council previously approved a route from
170th Avenue north on Woodard Road to the Kwik Trip
on State Hwy. 40. They are now requesting areas on
13th Avenue, Oak Street, 12th Avenue,
Priddy Street, 9th Avenue, Riggs Street, North
Industrial Drive, Larson Street, 14th Avenue,
Kranzfelder Street and South Main Street. They are requesting
the City to adopt an ordinance similar to the Town of Eagle
Point and Town of Cooks Valley. Pete Gehring spoke about
the proposed ordinance. He stated he was in favor of the
ordinance, but proposed concessions to the way it has been
proposed. He stated the area proposed is considered an
access and not a trail. He feels they should travel in
the far right lane (like bicycles) and the speed limit should
be 10 miles per hour less than the posted speed. Mr.
Decker stated that they went with the posted speeds after
discussing it with Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. He
questioned if the Council had copies of the Town of Cooks
Valley ordinance. They all had the copies. After
more discussion, Mayor Summerfield requested Chief Zwiefelhofer
to put all the ideas together which he is recommending and
submit to the Council for further review. It will then be
forwarded to Attorney Thiel for a draft copy to be presented at
the March 27th meeting.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the quote for
the OPEB Valuation as required with Key Benefits for $4,500 to
$4,800. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all
present voted aye.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the appointment
of Robert Heward to the Police Commission as recommended by
Mayor Summerfield. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the
motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made motion to approve a Cigarette
License for Dolgencorp, LLC – Dollar General Store for March
14, 2013 – June 30, 2013. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded
the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve an agent
change to Bloomer Inn & Suites – Class B beer license to
Rebekah Spencer effective March 13, 2013. Alderperson
Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve the following
applications for a license to serve fermented malt beverages
and intoxicating liquors to the following listed below as
approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Hofmann
seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Julie M. Powell
Holly L. Belger
Ann K. Faschingbauer
Sandra J. Gullickson
Anna J. Jergenson
Brian T. King
Devonah M. McFarlane
Stephanie A. McGinnis
Rebecca J. Moen
Donna M. Nesja
Danielle E. Peterson
Lorna A. Worsley
Nicole L. Anderson
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported the Records
Management Systems costs will be covered at the present
time. The City will need to budget starting in 2015 for
part of the costs.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator
reported the $100,000 piece of equipment for the Wastewater
Treatment Plant purchased last year has saved them a lot of
time and money. It is working well.
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator gave an update on the
progress at the substation.
Sue Stoik, Clerk – had nothing to report.
Alderperson Meinen – absent.
Alderperson Hofmann - no comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz reported he had spoken with a resident
regarding lighting at McDonalds and would be contacting Mayor
Summerfield regarding the situation.
Alderperson Koehler reported he had been working with the
Lake Como Community Trail organization that would like to
develop a trail for walking, running or biking around Lake
Como. There are areas considered unsafe and they will be
applying for grant money to develop the trail. He will be
putting this item on the agendas for the Parks Board, Planning
Commission and Common Council to get the process started.
He feels it will be a real benefit to the City.
Mayor Summerfield commented he would be meeting with the
health insurance representative tomorrow morning to go over
bids received for health insurance coverage for
employees. He will be working on a couple of different
options and will recommend a carrier by the next meeting for
approval by the Council.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to adjourn the
meeting. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all
present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC