November 9, 2016
Pursuant to due call and notice thereof a public hearing of the Common Council of the City of Bloomer was held on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 6:12 p.m. The hearing was opened to hear evidence concerning the correctness of the amounts due for delinquent electric, water, sewer, refuse and accounts receivable – unpaid accounts. No one appeared at the hearing. The Common Council questioned the procedure followed when placing delinquent accounts on the tax roll. The hearing was closed at 6:15 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 9, 2016 at 6:15 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Steinmetz presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Steinmetz, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Jones, Koehler, and 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 October 26, 2016 as presented. Alderperson Koehler 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 Jones seconded the motion. Alderperson Jones questioned 2 vouchers and what was being paid. All present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:
Checks Numbered: 77117 - 75734
General Fund: $ 470,638.40
Electric Fund: $ 122,651.14
Water Fund: $ 5,320.36
Sewer Fund: $ 38,830.45
Payroll: $ 69,330.26
TOTAL $ 706,770.61
Housing Rehab: $ 261.00
Greg Loew, Apex Insurance Group stated he had sent an email to the City regarding his request to appoint him as the agent of record for the City’s insurance coverages. The Council reviewed his letter.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the delinquent amounts for unpaid electric, water, sewer, refuse and accounts receivable for tax roll in the amount of $14,214.62. Alderperson Jones seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
No action was made to approve Certified Survey Map – Chippewa County for property located along State Hwy. 40 (Main Street) and County Highway SS (Martin Road) or a Certified Survey Map submitted by John Mickesh for Theresa Hurt – 19480 Co. Hwy. F – NE SW Section of 33, Township 31 North, Range 9 West, Town of Bloomer, Chippewa County located in the ETZ area of the City of Bloomer. Easements need to be addressed and procedural issues in the ETZ area need to be resolved.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve repairs to the batting cages at the baseball field for approximately $1,500 and to transfer funds from the Irrigation fund to the baseball expense account. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve Short, Elliott & Hendrickson’s proposal of $8,300 for drainage study for 3 storm sewer problems. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve future bidding of the city insurance (workman’s comp, liability, auto, buildings, etc.) Alderperson Jones seconded the motion. Discussion: Alderperson Meinen stated he did not feel that changing the agent of record was a good thing. He feels that the City should bid out the insurance and let other companies bid on it. In July of 2017 – the department heads will produce bidding documents and review information for bidding in the fall of 2017 for coverage starting January 1, 2018. All present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve an application for a license to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors to Amy C. Durch, Terri Kay Burgess and Whitney N. Price as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Kathy Larson, Library Director – had nothing to report.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported he received quotes for crushing of gravel. Discussion was made regarding the funding and the procedure followed to approve it. The Council gave Mr. Meindel permission to arrange the crushing and to place on the next agenda for approval. Mayor Steinmetz stated he had contact with a resident regarding trees in the boulevard causing issues. Mr. Meindel will review and report back to Mayor Steinmetz.
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator reported the meter reader has resigned. The meter reading will be done by Electric, Water & Sewer employees. They will split the routes. He also stated the Bloomer Chamber of Commerce have requested them to “Light the Park” this holiday season.
Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector requested to be included in the next department head meeting. He would like them to look over the ETZ ordinance.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported they had K-9 dogs in the Bloomer High & Middle School and no drugs were found.
Attorney Dan Gustafson – had nothing to report.
Clerk Sue Stoik reported there were 1780 voters on Election Day. Everything seemed to work well. She thanked Mr. Paulson and the Electric Department for all of their help.
Alderperson Koehler thanked Clerk Stoik for her hard work at the polls. He also wanted to congratulate Robert Summerfield for winning the seat for the 67th Assembly District. He thinks a local person will be good for Bloomer.
Alderperson Jones questioned Mr. Meindel regarding residents blowing or raking all their leaves into City streets. Mr. Meindel stated that this has become an ongoing problem. They will post in the paper the ordinance & forfeitures regarding this issue.
Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.
Alderperson Meinen stated he is frustrated regarding the gravel issue. He feels the City should not be in the gravel business and should quit selling to the public. He feels there is a theft problem and a gate should be installed. He also questioned when the committee would be meeting regarding the garbage pick-up in the City. Mayor Steinmetz reported they would be meeting next week.
Mayor Steinmetz thanked Alderperson Meinen and the Park Board for their dedication to completing the installation of the exercise equipment at the North Park. The donations are appreciated. He also wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.
The Common Council reviewed the preliminary documents for the 2017 budget. The hearing was set for November 30, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. and the total levy set at $969,605. The council directed the clerk to proceed with the publication with a change to the overall levy.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik