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Commerce and Industry Association

Tuesday, April 15, 1997

Location: Carnegie Building

305 S. Main Street - Jefferson

12:05 p.m. - 12:40 p.m.

 

1. Call to Order

Meeting was called to order at 12:05 p.m. by Vice-President Martin. Present: Martin, Prosser, Schnornack and Olsen. Since a quorum was not present, the meeting continued as an unofficial gathering.

2. Approval of Minutes

The minutes will be approved at the next meeting.

3. Approval of Financial Report

The financial report will be reviewed at the next meeting.

4. Construction concerns

There was discussion about the loss of parking spaces on Main Street after the Racine Street bridge is redone. Schornack reported that we will be losing 28 parking spaces downtown because of the bridge. He said that the city would be lobbying to see if we could get some of those spaces back and they would explore what to do about parking downtown. The problem is finding the money to pay for this. He stated that a TIF District could be set up but that a building would have to be included in order to qualify.

Olsen reported that Henry Fischer has been talking about reconfiguring the parking lot behind the Farmers and Merchants Bank to make more parking. Schornack reported that would be very expensive and would cost about $7,000 per space.

There was discussion about the possibility of having parking in the alley behind Waldmann's Shoe Store. It was determined that would not be feasible.

We discussed different options for traffic flow through the city during Main Street reconstruction which is scheduled to be done in 1999. Olsen gave a brief history of the progress. Some of the options include detouring all non-local traffic around the city, allowing all traffic to continue on Main Street with construction being done with normal traffic, diverting all non-local trucks traffic around the city or doing the construction in three phases to be done concurrently. There was discussion about those businesses which have lots of truck traffic, such as Doskocil and Friskies.

Olsen said that no decision needed to be done at this time but he felt it was important to let everyone know what's going on. There will have to be further discussions and these will have to include both residents who will be affected by any detours and businesses.

5. Price of Industrial Park land

Olsen reported that the Jefferson Development Corporation set up a committee to review the prices and make a recommendation to the JDC Board.

6. Old Business

Olsen reported that the response to the city running requests for bids through the Chamber of Commerce has generated a great deal of goodwill with businesses. He asked Schornack to thank the staff at city hall for their assistance. Martin stated that he felt it was important for local business to remain local.

7. New Business

Schornack requested that the tenants of the Carnegie Building contact him prior to having any repairs done to the building. Olsen said he would forward that request to the Carnegie Building Committee and also to Pat Guttenberg.

Olsen reported on the upcoming Institutes for Organization Management to be held June 8 - 13, 1997 at the University of Notre Dame. The Chamber of Commerce has allocated money for Dave Olsen to attend this year and was hoping that the Commerce and Industry Association would be willing to share a part of that cost. The general consensus was that the Chamber would benefit the most from the conference and they should pay for it.

8. Adjourn

The meeting ended at 12:40 p.m. We decided to have the next quarterly meeting on June 17, 1997 at 12:00 p.m. at the Carnegie Building.

NEXT MEETING:

June 17, 1997 at 12:00 p.m. at the Carnegie Building