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Commerce and Industry Association

Tuesday, October 20, 1998

Location: Carnegie Building

305 S. Main Street - Jefferson

4:35 p.m. - 5:05 p.m.

Attending: Bare, Beyer, Brawders, Martin, Morgan, Schornack and van Lieshout. Staff: Olsen.

1. Call to Order Called to order at 4:35 p.m. by President Martin.

2. Approval of Minutes and Financials

Motion (van Lieshout/Beyer) to approve minutes of July 21, 1998 meeting and financials. MOTION CARRIED

3. Common Council Update

The mayor appointed a three person committee from the council to look at three potential sites for the police department. The 1999 budget does not include money for a new police station.

The senior citizens center committee made their report to the council in September. There is now a committee which, in cooperation with the recreation department, is working with an architect at different options. The committee is researching the idea of establishing a non-profit group to help finance a new senior center. Discussed the possibility of establishing a community foundation which could be useful in projects of this type.

The Racine Street Bridge project is on schedule. The ribbon cutting ceremony should be close to December 1st. Discussed the need for left turn arrows at the intersection. Discussed the light fixture being too close to the middle of the sidewalk.

Discussed the Milwaukee Street Walk Bridge project. This project is not included in the 1999 budget.

Discussed the sale of the Puerner Street land.

4. Chamber of Commerce Update

Discussed Gemuetlichkeit Days, the Fall Car Show and the Carson & Barnes Circus. Positive feedback on all three events. The chamber, through the generosity of Jefferson Bus Service, took all elementary school students, from both public and parochial schools, to watch the elephants set up the big top tent.

Discussed the formation of the Jefferson Sign Committee, a 12 person committee which Mayor Brawders appointed in July. The committee will be holding their fourth meeting on October 21st. The common council has hired Mike Slavney, from Vandewalle and Associates, to do the actual wording of the new ordinance.

Discussed the Christmas parade. The committee is actively recruiting floats.

The chamber's second annual retreat will be held on November 12th. Discussed the upcoming elections for two new board positions.

Discussed the status of Christmas decorations. Probably won't be doing anything this year.

Bare, Folbrecht and Schornack met to discuss the lighting and sound system downtown. There don't seem to be any easy answers to resolve this situation.

Discussed the Highway 26 detour committee has been working hard. They have formed a sign committee and a promotions committee. Bob Coffman has volunteered to work as the business liaison with the Department of Transportation and the construction team.

5. Jefferson Development Corporation Update

Estella Ganser has decided not to sell her land. Mayor Brawders will visit her and appeal to her sense of community to get her to reconsider her decision.

The Generac expansion is going well.

John Wendorf, of W & S Concrete, will be selling his 3.06 parcel of land in the South Industrial Park back to the city next week. The JDC needs to address the south industrial park covenants to alleviate future problems.

6. Executive Director Compensation and Evaluation

There will be no change in the salary of the executive director. The insurance premiums will be approximately $40 higher per month and this increase was requested in the 1999 budget.

Discussed the procedure for evaluating the executive director. The CIA board will be the final evaluators but each of the three groups, the chamber of commerce, the common council and the Jefferson Development Corporation, will have the opportunity to give input and evaluate the executive director. Olsen will do some research and come up with an evaluation form. The CIA board will be responsible for getting feedback from their respective organizations.

7. Adjourn Meeting adjourned at 5:05 p.m.