Jefferson City Council - Minutes - 1996

MINUTES

CITY OF JEFFERSON COMMON COUNCIL MEETING

TUESDAY, January 2, 1996

 

The Tuesday, January 2, 1996, meeting of the City of Jefferson Common Council was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by Mayor Brawders. Members present: Ald. Wagner, Ald. Wendorf, Ald. Mallory, Ald. Rogers, Ald. Polk, Ald. Wendt, Ald. Oppermann and Ald. Beyer. Also present was City Administrator Frantz, City Attorney Ristow, and Police Chief Besel.

report from state representative david ward

State Representative David Ward came to address the Council and hand out the new Wisconsin Blue Books. Representative Ward stated that he was visiting the municipalities in his district to talk about the Transportation Budget that was recently passed in Madison. He stated that 44% of the transportation budget comes back to municipalities for local projects, of which the City of Jefferson receives approximately $290,000. He stated that the actual dollars in the pool increased, however, the shortfall will come because the legislature did not pass the gas tax increase. The projects that will be effected most are the ones that are scheduled for four to five years from now.

City Administrator Frantz asked if the Highway 26 resurfacing from Woolcock to Collins Road set to be done in four to five years was one to be postponed. He stated that especially the South Main portion of Highway 26 is in a seriously deteriorated condition.

Ald. Mallory stated that another concern was that Jefferson County needs another judge.

Representative Ward stated that the legislature had passed a bill that allowed for several more judges around the State, however, Governor Thompson vetoed the bill. He stated that it is a matter of money. He realizes that Jefferson County is in need of another judge, and they are near the top of the list to receive one when and if there is funding available.

Ald. Mallory stated that he was also concerned about a Highway 26 bypass for Jefferson.

Representative Ward stated that the bypass project could suffer greatly from the lack of a gas tax hike, since it was only in the planning stages and several years to fruition. Mr. Ward stated that the reasoning for not passing the higher gas tax was that it would have made Wisconsin's the highest gas tax in the Midwest. However, the fact that other states pay for their highways with different fees, such as license fees in the $100-$200 range, was never considered.

Ald. Beyer stated her concerns that the Racine Street Bridge replacement project not be postponed. The State has already shut down one sidewalk from pedestrians because it has been deemed unsafe, it would not be wise to postpone the replacing of this bridge.

Representative Ward stated that he believed that project was still on schedule.

Ald. Oppermann stated his concern with Retail Wheeling and deregulation of electric utilities and he wondered where Representative Ward stood on this issue.

Representative Ward stated that Lake Mills, Columbus, Waterloo and a contingent from the City of Jefferson have been in his office to state their opposition to retail wheeling. Mr. Ward stated that he doesn't think that a bill containing retail wheeling would pass without making sure local communities and utilities concerns have been met. He would not support deregulation until all concerns were met.

Mayor Brawders thanked Representative Ward for stopping by to speak with the Council.

1996 nutrition site rental agreement

Ald. Rogers introduced Resolution No. 97.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

RESOLUTION NO. 97

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the 1996 Nutrition Site Rental Agreement by and between the Jefferson County Human Services Department and the City of Jefferson is hereby approved.

Ald. Rogers, seconded by Ald. Wendorf moved to approve Resolution No. 97 as presented.

The motion carried on a voice vote.

DISBURSEMENT from the sewer utility for c.i.a. funding

Ald. Wendorf introduced Resolution No. 98.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

RESOLUTION NO. 98

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to disburse from the Jefferson Sewer Utility fund, $13,000 for funding of the Jefferson Commerce & Industry Association.

Ald. Wendorf, seconded by Ald. Mallory moved to approve Resolution No. 98 as presented.

Ald. Wendorf stated that the Finance Committee unanimously recommended this resolution.

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

milwaukee street foot bridge

Ald. Wendt introduced Resolution No. 99.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

RESOLUTION NO. 99

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to develop a request for proposals to perform a feasibility and cost analysis for a proposed pedestrian bridge spanning the Rock River between East and West Milwaukee Streets.

Ald. Wendt, seconded by Ald. Wagner moved to approve Resolution No. 99 as presented.

Ald. Wendt stated that he initiated this resolution and that his ultimate goal is that this be a joint effort between the public and private sectors of the City to accomplish such a bridge.

Ald. Mallory stated that he would support a pedestrian bridge, however, he was not sure of the location. He stated that he would like the proposals to be quoted on a per foot basis and that more than one location be explored.

Ald. Oppermann stated that he also favored an alternate route for pedestrians, especially the children coming from the schools. The Racine Street bridge is always so busy with vehicular traffic and that in his opinion it is not the safest sidewalk for children to use.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 99. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

Ald. Oppermann, seconded by Ald. Rogers, moved to adjourn to Closed Session pursuant to Section 19.95(1)(c)&(f) of the Wisconsin State Statutes to discuss purchase of public properties, compensation, and disciplinary data.

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

Ald. Polk, seconded by Ald. Oppermann, moved to reconvene to open session.

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

1996 non-union salaries

Ald. Mallory introduced Resolution No. 100.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

RESOLUTION NO. 100

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that consistent with the nonunion Compensation Plan, the maximum salaries and hourly rates for 1996 for the various positions covered by the plan are established as follows:

Administrator $52,007.88

Police Chief $47,960.14

Police Captain $42,232.86

City Engineer/Public Works Director $42,097.24

Wastewater Superintendent $41,884.08

Police Lieutenant $39,892.56

Public Works Superintendent $39,761.21

Library Director $39,449.53

Parks & Recreation Director $33,900.41

Administrative Assistant $26,401.74

Finance Assistant $24,288.81

Recreation Supervisor $21,320.00

HOURLY RATES:

Children's Librarian $ 10.39

Engineering/Parks & Recreation Secretary $ 10.09

Asst. System Admin./Inter-library Loan $ 9.63

Part-time Patrol Officer $ 9.31

Adult Reference/Circulation $ 8.93

Senior Center Coordinator $ 7.77

(and backpay adjustment of $501.61)

Processing Clerk $ 7.67

Municipal Court Clerk $ 7.23

PT Administrative Clerk $ 6.56

Part-time Dispatcher $ 5.93

Library Aide $ 5.00

Administrative Coop Student $ 4.42

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that wages for any nonunion personnel not specifically delineated above are eligible for a maximum four percent increase based on performance and appropriate approval.

Ald. Mallory, seconded by Wagner moved to approve Resolution No. 100 as presented.

On call of the roll, Ald. Mallory, Ald. Rogers, Ald. Polk, Ald. Oppermann, Ald. Wagner, and Ald. Wendorf voted aye; Ald. Wendt and Ald. Beyer voted no. The resolution passed on a vote of 6 to 2.

sale of public property

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Oppermann moved to table Resolution No. 101. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

FINANCE COMMITTEE

VOUCHERS PAYABLE

Ald. Wendorf, seconded by Ald. Mallory moved to approve the vouchers payable for December, 1995, and January, 1996, in the amounts of $22,682.22 and $27,947.15 respectively. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

PAYROLL

Ald. Wendorf, seconded by Ald. Oppermann moved to approve the payroll summary for December 22, 1995, in the amount of $66,387.75. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

REGULATORY COMMITTEE

SPECIAL CLASS "B" LICENSES

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Rogers moved to recommend the issuance of Special Class "B" Licenses to: Conquista Club, January 13-14, 1996, Jefferson County Fairgrounds (Beer Only) and Conquista Club, February 10-11, 1996, Jefferson County Fairgrounds (Beer & Wine).

The motion carried unanimously.

Ald. Wagner also stated that the Committee is recommending an ordinance to make one stall on the corner of Wisconsin Drive and Linden for compact cars only and are recommending the raising of several license fees be on the next Council agenda.

REPORTS

CHIEF OF POLICE

Chief Besel reported on a car theft in Jefferson and break in at the Jefferson High School and showed a video tape of the damaged caused. The suspected perpetrators of the crime were residents of Hal's House.

CITY ADMINISTRATOR

The City Administrator reported that the League of Wisconsin Municipalities has awarded the City of Jefferson a Workers Compensation Safety grant in the amount of $1,199 for 1995.

Marcus Cable has informed the City that they are going to be doing some revamping of their premium channel packages. The City Administrator stated that any changes in the premium packages could not be controlled by the City.

The City Administrator also reported that Gene Laschinger of Town & Country Engineering would be in Thursday to talk about the North Watertown Avenue sewer extension and to talk about meeting with the residents of the area.

Karl also reported that a preliminary plat for a 66 lot subdivision south of Riverview Heights will be coming up on the Plan Commission's next agenda.

Ald. Mallory, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to adjourn the January 2, 1996, meeting of the City of Jefferson Common Council. The motion carried unanimously.

These minutes of the January 2, 1996, meeting of the Common Council are uncorrected. Any corrections made thereto will be noted in the proceedings at which time the minutes are approved.

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