At the regular meeting of the Common Council of the City of Bloomer held on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 the council again heard public comments concerning the enforcement of the 90 minute parking ordinance. The council also received an update on the outfitting of the new Chevy Tahoe police vehicle recently purchased for the Bloomer Police Department.

Roberta Poirier started off the public comment section of the meeting voicing her concern over the 90 minute parking enforcement, particularly on the section of 15th Avenue in front of the First Congregational United Church of Christ.

Poirier told the council that the 90 minute parking enforcement has really hurt the church. Poirier pointed out that there are not a lot of places to park, she is concerned that it is driving people out. Poirier said that she would like to know why the city is enforcing the 90 minute park now.

Lawrence Reynolds III was the next to voice concern over the 90 minute parking enforcement. Reynolds said he has been a resident of Bloomer for 30 years and a member of the First Congregational UCC for 23 years. Reynolds’ concerns over the parking also focused primarily on the section of 15th Avenue in front of the UCC. Reynolds says in discussing the enforcement of this policy he wonders who are the stakeholders that will benefit?

Reynolds continued saying that he felt if there was an issue with parking, it was the responsibility of the city council to keep the public informed, otherwise the public is left guessing about what is going on. Reynolds said he believes that if this is a downtown issue, and you let the public know the details, the community will help solve the issue through discussion.

After the public comments as the council moved onto department reports Police Chief Jared Zweifelhofer informed the council that the new squad car is at Southworth’s and is getting fitted with all the equipment, cages, etc. Zweifelhofer told the council that preliminary numbers are showing it is going to take $15,000 to get it completely outfitted. This squad is replacing the current canine unit squad, so these numbers include the dog equipment along with the lights and other standard police equipment. Zweifelhofer said the preliminary numbers also account for labor.

Before moving onto business items Mayor Jeffrey Steinmetz told the council they would be skipping items three and four, both of which had to with financial aspects concerning the water/sewer, and would revisit them after April 1, 2020 due to some information that was received from the DNR and some paperwork that may need to be redone.

The first items of business was discussion and consideration on an offer to purchase from David and Karin Olson. Alderman Kevin Meinen motion to approve with a second from Alderman Jon Reischel. The motion passed and the offer to purchase was accepted.

Item number two was discussion regarding the Community Club putting a building on the fairgrounds. The building will be built by the equestrian ring. At this point the Community Club is looking at putting in a steel building, approx. 20x20, and would include the announcers stand into the building. This building will allow the possibility to host more events and competitions at the horse arena. The Community Club representative at the meeting said that the horse arena at the fairgrounds has been getting used more and more, especially with the addition of the equestrian team at the high school. The council will revisit this item at a future meeting.

The council then approved the last three items on the agenda which included a Class “B” license for St. Paul’s Catholic School, a live music license for St. Paul’s Catholic School, and a license to serve fermented malt beverages and intoxicating liquors for Lori Schindler.