At the regular meeting of the Common Council of the City of Bloomer held on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 the council tackled a light agenda and heard a budget update from Administrator Sandi Frion.
Starting with the department reports the council heard that the Street Department has started street sweeping and will continue the sweeping from now until there’s snow. The street department is also working on some crack sealing before winter.
During Aldermen comments Alderman Bauch gave an update on the library stating that the library is open with limited hours and capacity, is offering curbside, and that there is a Library Board member opening. Alderman Meinen said that the boat has been installed at the North Park and thanked the Bloomer Advance for the pictures and coverage of the additions to the park.
Moving to Mayor comments Mayor Koehler gave kudos to Alderman Meinen, the park board, and Ardella Pecha for the additions to the North Park, reported on attending the IDC meeting, and told the aldermen that he attended the ground breaking at Glass Insulators.
During business items the council heard an update from Administrator Frion on the budget. Frion told the council that the city is currently under going a revaluation. The council was told that preliminary numbers show that the mill rate will likely increase by about 22 cents. Frion then went on to explain to the council that the big concern with the budget right now is that there is no plan in place for replacing some of the city’s equipment that is getting up there in age and nearing the end of it’s life. Frion said that the blower used for clearing snow is the piece of equipment that will need replaced first but there are others that will be needing replacement in the future. Frion asked the council to help come up with a plan for replacing old city equipment. Currently there is only a plan for the replacement of emergency service equipment.
Other items addressed at the meeting included answering a request for assistance for 2021 from the Lake Association, Alderman Meinen made a motion to give the Lake Association $5,000 to be used towards paying off and maintaining the harvester. The motion passed without opposition. The proposed Ordinance #08-20—Amend Title 13 of the Code relating to temporary buildings, structures and storage containers was tabled to give the council a chance to review the changes made by Attorney Gierhart.