Bloomer Council Hears Parks Update; Accepts Donation For Playground Equipment

At the council meeting Wednesday, Aug. 8, Alderperson Kevin Meinen gave the city council an update on projects at the Bloomer city parks including this Little Free Library at Willis Park and work on the tennis/basketball courts and gazebo at North Park.

By Ashlie Fanetti | Bloomer Advance

The Bloomer Common Council had their regular meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 8 where they knocked out nine business items.

During the department manager reports police chief Jared Zwiefelhofer summarized the Bloomer Community Fair for the council. “The fair was here, gone, and everything went okay,” said Zwiefelhofer before Administrator Sandi Frion gave her report.

Frion gave the council notice that the Main Street concrete repair will be happening in the upcoming weeks. Frion also reminded the council of the upcoming election on Tuesday, Aug. 14. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

During alderperson comments, Alderman Kevin Meinen gave an update on park projects including the basketball/tennis courts and the newly painted pavilion at the North Park, as well as the new mini library at Willis Park. Alderman Jim Koehler recognized the great turn out of kids who completed the Mayor’s reading challenge at the last library board meeting. Koehler said it was good to see such a great turn out and that Mayor Steinmetz did a great job with the kids.

Mayor Jeff Steinmetz extended a thank you to the Bloomer Community Club for putting on the fair. He said that it was successful despite the rain on Saturday. Steinmetz also informed the council that the Bloomer Chamber of Commerce will now be accepting donations to fund their recent planter project on Main Street.

The council approved the first business item to exempt Bloomer from the Chippewa County Tax Levy for Library Purposes before being presented with an updated financial report and plan for the upcoming years.

The council agreed that the report and plan looked like it put the city in a good financial position and approved resolution number 08-18 that provides for the Issuance and Sale of General Obligation Promissory Notes, Series 2018A, of the City of Bloomer.

Next the council was given the results of the environmental assessment done at the A-1 Excavating building the city will eventually use as a public works facility. Administrator Frion noted that there were a couple of spots that needed to be cleaned up and that it will be worked out how that would be done.

For business items four and five, the council agreed to contract with SEH for both the Design and Construction Engineering services, Task I & II of supplemental agreement, for the Tertiary Treatment project and to administer the Clean Water Fund Application and Administration for the Tertiary Treatment project. SEH has done these projects previously for the city.

A donation of upwards of $21,000 was accepted from the family of Archie Pecha for the purpose of new playground equipment at the North Park. The council recognized the generosity of the donation and is very appreciative.

The council continued their discussion on the development of annexed property to the city owned by Burton Development. They were presented with a partial plat map and development plan for the property. The council was hesitant to approve anything until they saw a plat map and plan for the whole property. They agreed to take a look at that and continue discussion at the next meeting.

The council approved contracting with Gene’s Heating and Cooling to service city hall and approved liquor licenses before adjourning the meeting. The common council will meet again on Wednesday, Aug. 22.