October 28, 2015
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 28, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 1503 Main Street - Mayor Meinen presiding.
Roll call was taken: Mayor Meinen, Alderpersons Meinen, Hofmann, Steinmetz, Koehler, Clerk Stoik and Attorney Thiel.
All present gave pledge to the flag.
Alderperson Koehler made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting (October 14, 2015) 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: 72932 - 73029
General Fund: $ 24,655.81
Electric Fund: $ 2,291.52
Water Fund: $ 2,174.55
Sewer Fund: $ 1,904.68
Payroll: $ 69,840.92
TOTAL $ 100,867.48
Housing Rehab: $ 95.00
Dr. Mary Randall, Superintendent with the Bloomer School System was present. She discussed the “no parking” signs that were placed on 8th Avenue near the elementary school. She had not been made aware that they were placed there until she read it in the Bloomer Advance that it was being reviewed by the City at their next meeting. She contacted her staff and advised them to remove the signs. She also stated the school had started a fundraiser for advertising signs on the softball & baseball fields. She paid the $5 sign permit fee for each sign when placed on the fence on 17th Avenue. The ballfields have all moved to their new location and she has been informed by the building inspector that the fee has increased to $25 per sign. If she needs to pay this fee for reinstalling the sign, the profits are lost. She would like the Common Council to consider changing the fee. The Common Council requested this to be on the November 11th agenda for consideration.
Discussion was held regarding the “no parking” signs placed on 8th Avenue by the elementary school. It was determined that there is not a safety issue in the area and parking should be allowed on 8th Avenue. The janitor at the school has been informed to remove the signs. No ordinance will be adopted to restrict parking in this area. The city was in agreement to paint a section of sidewalk that leads to the road and the area on each side of it for safety.
Alderperson Hofmann made a motion to approve the American Electric Power (AEP) contract for electric capacity starting 06-01-18. Alderperson Steinmetz seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Discussion was held with Mike Kumm regarding Public Power Energy Services for reciprocating engine generation project for Bloomer Electric Utility and 5 other municipal electric utilities. He will be conducting a study to determine the capacity needs in the future and the best procedure for the utilities to move forward in future years. He stated there are three main components. 1: Transmission; 2: Energy; 3: Capacity. His presentation was informative and the Common Council looks forward to the study being complete.
Discussion regarding applying for funds for Environmental Improvement Fund (Division of Clean Water Fund) for future repairs and expansion of the existing plant storage. This would not be a commitment to proceeding with any of the upgrades at this time, but will allow the city to apply for the funds if needed. The treatment facility is currently 17 years old and may need an upgrade. The application is due October 30, 2015. Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve intent to apply for funds from the Environmental Improvement Fund (Division of the Clean Water Fund). Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Meinen made a motion to approve hiring Alan Diede as a part-time officer for the Police Department at $16.00 per hour effective 10-28-15 as recommended by the Bloomer Police Commission. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to approve an application for a license to serve fermented malt beverages & intoxicating liquors for Luann M. Oldenberg as approved by Police Chief Zwiefelhofer. Alderperson Hofmann seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Clerk Stoik reported the 2016 budget hearing is scheduled for December 2, 2015. The Council requested rescheduling the November & December meetings. This will be on the next agenda for consideration.
Michael Meindel, Street, Water & Sewer Administrator requested information from Attorney Thiel regarding rules and regulations regarding floor drains in garages. Attorney Thiel stated he would gather some information from other communities and forward to him. Mayor Meinen questioned how the new employee is doing at his job. Mr. Meindel reported he is doing a good job and they have started the rotation at the recycling center on weekends. Questions were asked regarding Winter Snow Ordinance. Police Chief Zwiefelhofer stated he would put a notice in next week’s newspaper reminding residents of the winter parking ordinance.
Peter Paulson, Electric Administrator reported he had met with Bob Schmidt recently. He also reported that the City of Bloomer had the 3rd lowest electric rates in the state. Mayor Meinen questioned when the electricity would be run to the cold storage building by the recycling center. Mr. Paulson stated they would be completing it soon. He also questioned when the box would be ordered for the truck they bought 1 year ago. Mr. Paulson stated he had tried to order it and it was on backorder. He hadn’t followed up on it and will get it ordered as soon as possible.
Tony Rubenzer, Zoning Administrator /Building Inspector – no comments.
Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer – no comments.
Attorney William Thiel informed the Council he would be retiring as of 12-31-15. He has enjoyed working for the City of Bloomer and thanked the Council and Department Heads.
Alderperson Meinen – no comments.
Alderperson Hofmann stated he had been contacted by a resident that would like to donate a storage shed and antique collectables to the Bloomer Historical Society. The shed is located in Chetek and would need to be moved to Bloomer. Estimated cost of moving the shed would be $3,000. After discussion, the Council requested the members of the Bloomer Historical Society to view the building and contents to see if they are interested.
Alderperson Steinmetz reported the city Christmas party has been scheduled for January 8, 2016 and will be held at the old clubhouse.
Alderperson Koehler – no comments.
Mayor Meinen – no comments.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to go into Closed Session under Wis. Stats. 19.85(1) (c) & (e) as read by Mayor Meinen. Alderperson Koehler 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 Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Alderperson Steinmetz made the motion to accept the offer to purchase with a counter offer of the buyer paying for closing costs and attorney fees to Fredrick C. Feuerpheil for Lot 21 for $22,500. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
The Council continued working on the 2016 budget. They reviewed the police, street and outlays requests. Long range purchases were discussed. The clerk was requested to put the information together for final review at the next meeting. No action was taken.
Alderperson Steinmetz made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Alderperson Koehler seconded the motion and all present voted aye.
Sue A. Stoik