By Katrina Hoff | Bloomer Advance

At the regular meeting of the Common Council for the City of Bloomer held on Wednesday, Dec. 18., the council heard a comment on the existing city ordinance that prohibits the keeping of rabbits in the City of Bloomer. Richard Koenig, who moved to Bloomer recently from Chippewa Falls, approached the city council during public comments concerning the city’s existing ordinance that prohibits the keeping of rabbits in the City of Bloomer. Koenig said he was made aware of the ordinance when he was registering his dog with the city and asked if he needed to register his daughter’s rabbits as well. Koenig’s daughter raises Dwarf Lionhead rabbits for 4-H. Koenig approached the council asking what the reasoning behind the ordinance was and if there was anything that could be done to allow his daughter and others to keep pet rabbits in the City of Bloomer.

According to Chief of Police, Jared Zwiefelhofer—who was present at the meeting—the ordinance prohibiting pet rabbits has existed since 1992, but Zwiefelhofer did not know the reason for it or the history around the creation of the ordinance. Zwiefelhofer said, if he had to guess, it was most likely established to keep farm animals/livestock out of the city limits. The Council, after hearing from Koenig and Zwiefelhofer, agreed to explore the issue and put on the agenda for a future meeting.

Department reports at Wednesday’s meeting consisted of Administrator Sandi Frion thanking the community members and businesses that have brought Christmas treats to City Hall; Alderman Reischel commenting on how impressive the Christmas lights display at 9th Avenue Park is this year; and Mayor Steinmetz wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

After department reports the council recognized Brian Bleskacek, who is retiring, for his years of service to the Bloomer Fire Department and his years serving as Fire Chief. Mayor Steinmetz on behalf of the Council and the City said that Bleskacek will be missed and that they wish him the best in his retirement. Moving onto business items the council motioned and approved the appointment of Jared Zwiefelhofer as fire chief. Zwiefelhofer will officially take over as fire chief starting January 1, 2020. This is in addition to his duties as chief of police. The council also approved a temporary class “B” license to sell fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for the American Legion Post 295; the appointing of Election Inspectors for the 20202021 election term; and a license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for Hannah Melberg and Lydia Culver.