October 8, 2014
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, October 8, 2014 at 6:01 p.m. at City Hall, Mayor Meinen presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Meinen, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Clerk Stoik and Attorney Thiel. Alderperson Koehler arrived at 6:35 p.m.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meetings (September 24, 2014 – (2) meetings) and September 29, 2014 as presented. Alderperson Hofmann 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 Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:
Checks Numbered: 69024 - 69157
General Fund: $ 46,433.41
Electric Fund: $ 24,101.11
Water Fund: $ 4,059.68
Sewer Fund: $ 39,727.87
Payroll: $ 62,595.46
Housing Rehab: $ 90.00
There were no audience comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve Ordinance 14 – 09 - To Amend the Official Zoning Map – owned by Bloomer School District – CSM#4296 a piece of the south edge 103.59 X 28.1 feet from R-2 Two Family Residential to C-2 General Commercial District as recommend by the Planning Commission. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve purchase of a truck ($23,500) from Bloomer Ford & a plow ($6,125) from Day’s Tire & Auto for the Wastewater Treatment Plant from the equipment replacement fund. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve an Ordinance 14 – 10 as follows: Section 10-7-7 be and is hereby repealed; That Chapter 6, Title 10 of the City Code be renumbered as Chapter 8, Title 10; That Section 10-8-1 as renumbered shall be amended concerning low speed vehicles and neighborhood electric vehicles. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
The Council reviewed proposed building permit fee charges. It has been many years since the fees have been adjusted. Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator is proposing increasing fence and sign permits from $5 to $25 and construction from .10 cents a square foot up to 2000 sq. ft. to .10 cents a square foot up to 5000 sq. ft. and .01 cents a sq. ft. over; a minimum charge of $25 for all permits. He is proposing the effective date of January 1, 2015. The Council was in favor of the changes and requested Attorney Thiel to draft in ordinance form for a future meeting.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve applications for a license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for the following listed as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Jennifer L. Nyhus
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator explained Mayor Summerfield, Sue Stoik and himself were a committee to negotiate future lock in rates for power from AEP. The group of municipalities would be settling on the rate in the next few days. Would Mayor Meinen be available to assist the committee? The Common Council and Mayor wanted Mayor Meinen to be on the committee. Mr. Paulson also questioned Attorney Thiel if he could get a copy of the signed easements from Golden Warriors/DGI, LLC. Attorney Thiel apologized for not getting a copy to Mr. Paulson and would get him a copy ASAP.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported he had volunteers from a local sand plant (Muskie Proppant) do community service. Two employees at 30 hour each cleared the bank below the dam, poured cement and stripped shingles off all the picnic shelters. They did an excellent job. He also updated the Council regarding the Equipment Replacement Fund at the WWTP.
Tony Rubenzer, Building Inspector/Zoning Administrator questioned if the City would continue with changes to the ETZ. After the last meeting, Mr. Rubenzer and Attorney Thiel were to meet and come up with proposed changes. Attorney Thiel would meet with Mr. Rubenzer after the meeting to discuss this.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer – had nothing to report.
Kathy Larson, Library Director – had nothing to report.
Clerk Stoik reported Sean Lentz would be at the next meeting regarding the distressed TIF #4. The Joint Review Board will meet at 5:30, Planning Commission at 6:00 p.m. and the Council immediately following.
Alderperson Meinen – no comments.
Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz commented on scheduling the Christmas Party for 2014. He will try and book for January 9, 2015 with January 2, 2015 as a back-up.
Alderperson Koehler – was not present.
Mayor Meinen – no comments.
Attorney Thiel reported he had received a telephone call from the attorney representing the potential buyer of city owned land and a proposal should be submitted to the City by Monday.
There was no new action regarding a counter offer to purchase city owned land. Therefore, the Common Council did not go into closed session.
The Council began preliminary work on the 2015 budget. Michael Meindel, Street, Water and Sewer Adminstrator itemized a list of potential projects for consideration in 2015. They also reviewed the park and library budgets. The Council reviewed the current designated funds and future needs for the City. Clerk Stoik will insert these requests for review at the next meeting. No action was taken.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik. CMC/WCMC