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MINUTES
Commerce and Industry Association

Tuesday, December 21, 1999

Location: Carnegie Building

305 S. Main Street - Jefferson

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

Attending: Brawders, Jaschob, Lewis, Morgan, Schornack and van Lieshout. Staff: Olsen. Interested Party: John Foust.

1. Call to Order Called to order at 4:35 p.m. by Vice-president Lewis.

2. Approval of Minutes and Financials

Motion (Morgan/Brawders) to approve minutes of September 28, 1999 meeting, closed session minutes of September 2, 1999 and September 28, 1999 meetings and financials. MOTION CARRIED

3. Chamber Update

Discussed Highway 26 reconstruction project and impact it had on businesses. Discussed the after action meeting which Representative Ward coordinated.

Discussed fundraising for the Milwaukee Street Walk Bridge.

Discussed the senior community center referendum and the chamber's survey.

Announced that the annual dinner will be held on February 21, 2000 at Fair View Inn.

Chamber membership is at an all-time high. Olsen estimated that 60% of businesses are chamber members.

Discussed the Downtown Revitalization Committee.

Thanked the Water & Electric Commission for purchasing banners for the south side of town. Brawders stated that the Water & Electric Commission will continue budgeting for decorations.

Van Lieshout arrived and assumed the chair at 4:50 p.m. Lewis departed at 4:50 p.m.

4. JDC Update

Discussed the Downtown Revitalization Committee and reported that Craig Ellsworth, the chairperson of the committee, addressed the JDC at their monthly meeting this morning.

Discussed North Industrial Park improvements, including site preparation and an additional access road.

Van Lieshout reported that PremierBank is willing to set up a loan program similar to Fort Atkinson's program.

Olsen gave an update on prospects.

Discussed the JDC's efforts to assist Jade Transportation and Meske Trucking.

Morgan reported that Estella Ganser talked to him about weeds in the north industrial park.

5. Council Update

Discussed Puerner Block Building status and the pay-as-you-go TIF District.

Schornack reported the senior community center referendum lost by a 3 - 1 margin.

Schornack gave an update on the wastewater treatment plant and the Riverview Drive intercept station.

Discussed sale of West Puerner Street lots.

Schornack reported on Y2K readiness and that the tax bills have been sent.

The new water & electric/police department building should be started in March and completed in October.

Discussed lots sales for the proposed police facility and proposed senior center building on West Puerner Street.

6. Discussion of CIA Assets

Van Lieshout stated that the chamber of commerce owns all the equipment and allows the CIA and JDC to use that equipment as long as the CIA executive director is also the chamber executive director. This was the general consensus.

7. Discussion of Executive Director's Position

Olsen read a December 6, 1999 letter from Assistant Attorney General Alan Lee that says, "although it appears to me that you would not be considered a public employee, that it not an opinion from this office." Brawders stated that the CIA executive director is not a public employee. General consensus is that the executive director is not a public official and therefore not subject to open records requirements. Olsen will respond to all open records requests accordingly.

Van Lieshout handed out executive director evaluation form and asked members to return it to him by next week. Van Lieshout will coordinate the evaluation process.

8. Adjourn Meeting adjourned at 5:35 p.m.

TENTATIVE NEXT MEETING:

Tuesday, February 8, 2000 at 4:30 p.m. at the Carnegie Building