OCTOBER 26, 2011
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 26, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall – Mayor Summerfield presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Summerfield, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler, Clerk Stoik and Attorney Thiel.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (October 12, 2011) with the date of the meeting corrected on the agenda. Alderperson Meinen 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 Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye. The claims were in the amounts listed below:
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There were no audience comments.
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator presented a summary of plans for the electric substation. He has met with Dave Krause of Krause Engineering to research different options. Listed below are estimates for the two different options.
Option #1 - 2 transformers; 69kV structure with fuses and switch; buy-out of Xcel equipment; replacement of buss work & connections, addition of bus switch; foundation work for power transformer oil containment and structure; control building and new power transformers. Total estimate with contingency, labor, engineering/design - $1.85 million.
Option #2 – Install 9 bays, metal-clad switchgear in place of the 4kV structure; foundation work for power transformer oil containment; high-side structure and switchgear; power cables & feeder exits; possible resale of structures & equipment. Total estimate with contingency, labor, engineering/design - $2.15 million.
Mr. Paulson explained that the auditor has been working on an electric rate increase for the utility. Before he finishes the work to be submitted to the PSC, he needs to know which option the City would take, so it could be figured into the rate. The difference in the bids would be that Option #2 would be enclosed. Discussion was held with the Council regarding the $300,000 price difference. Mayor Summerfield explained the City would be changing electric wholesale suppliers from Xcel Energy to AEP. He stated that over the first two years, the utility should save $2 million. At the end of the two years, the utility should break even. Alderperson Meinen questioned how $300,000 would affect the rate. Mayor Summerfield felt it would be minimal. After discussion, the Council felt the best option was to spend the extra $300,000 to enclose the structure. Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to proceed with Option #2 for an estimate of $2.15 million for the enclosed substation. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Discussion was held regarding the Neighborhood Electric Vehicle NEV ordinance which was adopted in the spring of 2008. Police Chief Zwiefelhofer reported that he had been contacted by a resident that has a gas powered golf cart and would like a permit to drive from his home to the golf course. The ordinance does not allow for a gas powered unit. Mayor Summerfield felt that this was an oversight and that they should be included. Alderperson Hofmann stated that he believed when the State passed the law, it was only for electric powered vehicles as the State was promoting green vehicles. Attorney Thiel stated he would review the statutes. The Council continued with the rest of the meeting.
Discussion was held regarding the pre-payment of the new fire engine in 2012. Option #1 – Bid price $396,446 with interest discount for 100% prepay would be $16,061 for a final price of $380,385. Option #2 – Bid price $396,446 ($300,000 pre-payment) with interest discount $12,981 for a final price of $383,555. The difference would be $3,170 savings if selecting Option #1. After discussion, Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve Option #1 for the greatest discount for a final price of $380,385. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Mayor Summerfield informed the Council that he had been asked to be on the League of Municipalities Lobbying Corp. They meet with legislators to discuss local issues effecting municipalities. He will be staying 2 nights in a motel plus mileage. The League reimburses the City for 1 night lodging and mileage. The only cost to the City would be 1 night lodging. Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve Randy Summerfield to attend the Lobbying Corp for the League of Municipalities on November 2, 2011 in Madison. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve a Class B picnic license for St. Paul's Booster Club on November 12, 2011 and a live music & dancing license for November 12, 2011 as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve an application to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for the following listed below as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Rebekah D. Spencer
Attorney Thiel reported he had reviewed the statutes concerning NEV vehicles and stated he did not see where gas powered were excluded, but would need to do more research to make sure. The Council did not take any action on the item.
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator was questioned if he knew what was going on with the Xcel Energy substation on 190th Avenue. Mr. Paulson felt they were working on upgrades.
Kim Korbel, Library Director reported they had hired a new Youth Services librarian. Her name is Kathy Larson and she invited the Council to stop in the library and introduce themselves to her.
Mike Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator reported the Priddy Street bridge is open to traffic.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer reported one of his officers was injured and currently taking sick leave. He also reported for the Fire Department, they had been requested to store Eau Claire's smoke machine in the fire hall. They would be able to use it for training when needed. The Council had no objections, as long as they continued to insure their equipment.
Alderperson Meinen – no comments.
Alderperson Hofmann – no comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz reported that the city Christmas Party has been scheduled for January 6, 2012.
Alderperson Koehler – no comments.
Mayor Summerfield reported on the League of Municipalities conference. It was very educational.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to go into Closed Session under Wis. Stats. 19.85(1) (c) as read by Mayor Summerfield. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and a roll call vote was taken: Alderperson Meinen. Aye; Hofmann, aye; Steinmetz, aye; Koehler, aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to come out of closed session and report on action taken. Alderperson Meinen seconded the motion and all present voted aye. No action was taken in closed session.
The Council continued work on the 2012 budget. Kim Korbel, Library Director presented a draft budget. The Council reviewed the line items. They also reviewed requests from the street, water & sewer departments. Discussion was held on possible changes to the employee's wages, benefits and expenses to the departments. The Council will review departments and methods of cutting expenses and increasing revenues.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik, CMC/WCMC