City of Bloomer
Regular Meeting of the Common Council
1503 Main Street
Bloomer, WI 54724
November 8, 2017, 6:00 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 Wednesday, November 8th at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Steinmetz presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Steinmetz, Aldermen Meinen, Hofmann, Jones, Koehler, Administrator Frion and Attorney Gustafson were all present.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderman Koehler made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (October 25th, 2017) as presented. Alderman Jones seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderman Hofmann made a motion to approve all claims against the City and Utilities as presented. Alderman Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:
Checks Numbered: 80259 - 80396
General Fund: $ 84,277.44
Electric Fund: $ 26,652.35
Water Fund: $ 7,466.85
Sewer Fund: $ 20,586.35
Payroll: $ 68,774.97
TOTAL $ 207,757.96
Housing Rehab: $ 225.00
Chris Conard, representing the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), commented on the relationship between the City and the IDC. With the City implementing a strategic plan, it would assist the IDC in the planning of what their goals and mission should be. Mr. Conard stated that he worked with CVTC at his place of employment and they assisted in creating a strategic plan for them back in 2005. They have individuals that work there that would be a great asset to assisting the City if there was interest in moving forward with implementation of strategic planning.
Alderman Koehler would like to see future development of the City consist of both R-1 and R-2 homes. When developers are considering developing, it would be advantageous for them to take that into consideration when creating their plan.
Mayor Steinmetz received a thank you note from the Bloomer Historical House for the work that was done on their shrubs and thanked Don Stoik for his donation of time to make that happen. McDonald’s will be offering free pie and coffee for Veteran’s on November 11th and on November 21st they will offer free meals to those who have served in the military or are a firefighter, EMT or police officer. Steinmetz wished all a Happy Thanksgiving and to have safe hunting season.
Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve allowing Mayor Steinmetz and Administrator Frion to explore the strategic planning concept and how it would benefit the City. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Discussion took place regarding the Council’s wages. Comparisons to other local municipalities were reviewed.
Alderman Meinen made a motion directing Attorney Gustafson to draft an amendment to Section 2-2-9 of the ordinances to reflect changing the Alderman’s pay to receiving a $100 monthly stipend and $50 per regular Common Council meeting and the Mayor’s pay to reflect a $450 monthly stipend and $50 for regular Common Council meetings. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
An ordinance amendment on Section 2-2-9 Salaries will be brought to the November 29th Common Council meeting.
Alderman Meinen made a motion to approve the dental insurance rates for 2018. Alderman Koehler seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Hofmann made a motion to approve signing into contract allowing SEH to complete the Environmental Loans Fiscal Sustainability Plan. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Koehler made a motion approving the delinquent amounts as presented for unpaid electric, water, sewer, refuse and accounts receivable in the amount of $850.81 to be put on the tax roll. Alderman Hofmann seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Koehler made a motion approving the appointment of Patricia Stuckert to the Library Board fulfilling the term of Patricia Schriver. Alderman Meinen seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Alderman Hofmann made a motion approving the Application for Transfer of Licenses for Sale of Fermented Malt Beverages and/or Intoxicating Liquor from one premise to another for River Country Co-Op – Bloomer Cenex. Alderman Jones seconded the motion. Motion carried.
Motion by Alderman Koehler to adjourn. Alderman Meinen seconded the motion. Motion carried.