The Common Council of the City of Bloomer met for its first meeting of the month on Wednesday, July 14. The council tackled ten business items before moving into closed session.

To begin the meeting the council heard from Bill Secraw during public comments. Secraw presented his plans for building a canopy on the patio of his duplex and expressed concerns about the building codes and water issues around the property.

The council looked at Secraw’s plans and told him to keep in contact and work with Administrator Sandi Frion on a solution.

During general reports Police Chief Jared Zwiefelhofer updated the council on the investigation regarding break-ins across the city in the last couple of weeks.

Zwiefelhofer said there are now two suspects in custody who are now accusing each other of the crimes. One suspect resided at the Bloomer Inn and Suites while the other lived in the trailer court.

They were able to catch the suspects thanks to a tip from the Sheriff’s Department about the purchase of some guns which the suspects were trying to pawn in Minnesota.

“Considering all that happened, a week’s time to get that resolved is pretty good. Good job,” Mayor Jim Koehler said.

Administrator Frion updated the council on a few matters during her report. Frion said phase one of the environmental study at the Bloomer CO-OP is complete and moving on quickly. Frion also said that the city has received its first payment of the ARPA funds.

Frion also talked to the council about a luncheon she and the mayor had with HR representatives from area businesses. The purpose of the meeting was to hear what businesses want to see from the city.

The main thing they would like to see is more housing and development within the city to attract and retain employees. The mayor talked about it during his comments. Koehler said that the city is blessed with growing industry and people are wanting to live in Bloomer, which is a great thing.

“To developers out there, please look into developing Bloomer,” Koehler said.

Moving onto business items, the council first approved resolution numbers 07-21 and 08-21. The resolutions are formalities to move forward with USDA funding for the 2022-23 street reconstruction projects.

Next, the council approved a license agreement with H & S Development regarding a small portion of city owned land near the Dairy Queen. The agreement allows for Dairy Queen to utilize the land as long as they continue to maintain it.

The council moved on to approve Class “B” with live music licenses for the Bloomer Community Club valid for the Bloomer Community Fair and Beer and Wine Fest. They also approved one for the Bloomer Community Visitors Center for their annual picnic in September.

The council also approved street use permits for the Bloomer Police Department for their K9 fundraiser on July 31 and National Night Out on Aug. 3.

The council moved into closed session for the eleventh business item to discuss the hiring of a new Street Department Manager.

The next council meeting is scheduled for July 28.