Jefferson City Council - Minutes - 1996

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MINUTES

CITY OF JEFFERSON COMMON COUNCIL

TUESDAY, April 2, 1996

 

The Tuesday, April 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. Wendorf, Ald. Mallory, Ald. Polk, Ald. Wendt, Ald. Oppermann and Ald. Beyer. Absent were: Ald Wagner and Ald. Rogers. Also present was City Administrator Frantz, City Attorney Ristow, Police Chief Besel and City Engineer Schulz.

 

public participation

Dave Schroeder 765 Lucas Lane. Mr. Schroeder expressed concerns over safety at the intersection of Watertown Road and Puerner Street in conjunction with the Highway 26 project and the slated replacement of the North Street bridge. Mr. Schroeder commended the Common Council for taking a hard look at the intersection and making changes to it to encourage traffic safety. He stated that this was his major concern over the bridge relocation and appreciates the City taking the time to look into the matter thoroughly.

Mr. Schroeder also stated that the City may want to consider looking at another engineering firm as he is concerned the existing firm may not be doing all their homework related to the projects at hand.

TABLED RESOLUTION NO. 129-ACCEPTING RECONFIGURATION OF NORTH PUERNER STREET/HWY. 26 INTERSECTION

Ald. Wendt, seconded by Ald. Oppermann, moved to remove Resolution No. 129 from the table. The motion carried unanimously.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
TABLED RESOLUTION nO. 129

Ald. Wendt introduced Resolution No. 129.

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that intersection reconfiguration alternative 1 as developed by the City Engineer and the engineering firm of Graef, Anhalt, Schloemer is hereby accepted. And,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this reconfiguration be incorporated into the 1996 Highway 26 improvement project.

The City Engineer reviewed the alternative reconfigurations of the intersection at Hwy 26 and Puerner Street. It was stated that the City Engineer and Engineering Firm of Graef, Anhalt Schloemer were recommending alternative 1 in terms of a reconfigured intersection.

Ald. Beyer and Ald. Wendt thanked the staff for providing the additional research and alternatives for this intersection. Ald. Wendt further commented that he felt the chosen alternative would provide for the best possible intersection in that area.

Ald. Wendt, seconded by Ald. Oppermann moved to approve Resolution No. 129 accepting alternative 1 as the reconfiguration. The motion carried unanimously.

preliminary resolution levying special assessments for sanitary sewer on watertown ave. and hillcrest lane

Ald. Polk introduced Resolution No. 132.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

PRELIMINARY RESOLUTION NO. 132

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson, Wisconsin:

  1. That the Common Council declares its intention under Section 66.60 of the
  2. Wisconsin Statutes to levy special assessments upon the following described properties benefited by the proposed improvements, which improvements and assessments constitute an exercise of the City's police powers:

    Sanitary Sewer: Approximately 1,850 lineal feet of sanitary sewer along Watertown Avenue and Hillcrest Lane.
  3. The Common Council determines that the improvements and assessments constitute an exercise of the City's police powers, properties to be assessed are benefited by the project and the amounts assessed against each parcel shall be based on front footages.
  4. The Assessments against any parcel may be paid in full or in 10 annual installments when arrangements have been made with the City Administrator.
  5. The City Engineer shall prepare a report which will consist of the following:
    a. Plans and specifications for the improvements.
    b. An estimate of the entire cost of the improvements.
    c. Schedule of proposed assessments.
  6. The City Administrator is hereby directed to give a Class One Notice of public hearing pertaining to the proposed projects as specified in section 66.60 of the Wisconsin Statutes, scheduled for April 16, 1996, at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 317 S. Main Street, Jefferson, Wisconsin.

Ald. Polk, seconded by Ald. Wendt moved to approve Resolution No. 132. On call of the roll, the motion to approve Resolution No. 132 was approved unanimously.

 

authorizing purchase of fire department turnout gear

Ald. Wendorf introduced Resolution No. 133.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 133

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to purchase turnout gear from Five Alarm Inc. in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, in an amount of $8,800.

Ald. Wendorf, seconded by Ald. Oppermann moved to approve Resolution No. 133. Ald. Wendorf commented that the turnout gear was expensive but that in reviewing the new materials and their flame retardancy, as well as the weight, it was well worth the dollars spent. He also commented the existing turn-out gear was in excess of 13 years old.

On call of the roll the motion to approve Resolution No. 133 for purchase of turnout fire department turnout gear was approved unanimously.

cost feasability study for milwaukee st. pedestrian bridge

Ald. Wendt introduced Resolution No. 134.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 134

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to execute a contract with the firm of Graef, Anhalt Schloemer & Assoc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for a cost/feasibility study of a Milwaukee Street Walking Bridge as outlined in their letter dated March 19, 1996, in the amount of $1,600.

Ald. Wendt, seconded by Ald. Mallory moved to approve Resolution No. 134. Ald. Polk stated that the streets committee had reviewed the proposals for the feasibility study for a pedestrian bridge and that this proposal matched most closely what the committee was after, and represented the low fee amount.

Ald. Wendorf echoed these comments from the finance committee's perspective. On call of the roll, the motion to approve Resolution No.134 carried unanimously.

ADDENDUM TO JEFFERSON RECREATION DEPT/SCHOOL DISTRICT RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AGREEMENT

Ald. Opperman introduced Resolution No. 135.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 135

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to execute the addendum to the agreement for the use by the City of Jefferson Recreation Department, of facilities of the School District of Jefferson for non-school district residents.

Ald. Opperman seconded by Ald. Beyer, moved to approve Resolution No. 135. The motion carried unanimously.

approving 1996 application for county highway aids

Ald. Polk introduced Resolution No. 136.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 136

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to execute the 1996 Petition for County Highway Aid.

Ald. Polk, seconded by Ald. Mallory moved to approve Resolution No. 136. The motion carried unanimously.

greenwood cemetery disbursement request

Ald. Mallory introduced Resolution No. 137.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 137

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to disburse $9,000 to the Greenwood Cemetery Association.

Ald. Mallory, seconded by Ald. Wendorf moved to approve Resolution No. 137. Ald Polk commented that it was difficult to justify disbursement of funds for repairs to the roof of the cemetery when at this time there was no decision on what its future would be.

Ald. Mallory stated that although this was the case, there was some need to try to put a roof on the building so that it would not deteriorate further. There was also discussion on the origins of the building and whether there would even be the potential of moving the building out of the cemetery if it was constructed under a bequest of some sort.

Ald. Beyer stated that out of respect for a potential bequest and origins of the cemetery building, the City should go ahead and make the repairs to the roof.

There was further discussion regarding the City's role related to the cemetery.

The City Administrator stated that should the cemetery association become defunct, the City would not have any options except to begin to administer and care for the cemetery after statutory deadlines were passed. He stated that up until this point in time it was thought to be the cost effective solution to subsidize the cemetery association and allow them to maintain care for the cemetery as well as administer the cemetery, without the City to come into direct ownership.

Ald. Wendorf commented that the finance committee had reviewed the situation with the cemetery association treasurer and that the $9,000.00 disbursement should take care of maintenance throughout the 1996 season as well as make the repairs to the roof.

Roll was then called on Resolution 137. On call of the roll the motion to disburse $9,000.00 to the Greenwood Cemetery was approved on a vote of 6-0.

MINUTES_

Ald. Mallory, seconded by Ald . Oppermann moved to approve the minutes of the Regular Council Meeting and closed session meetings on March 26, 1996. The motion carried on a vote of 5-0, Ald. Wendorf abstained.

FINANCE COMMITTEE

VOUCHERS PAYABLE

Ald. Wendorf, seconded by Ald. Opperman moved to approve the vouchers payable for April in the amount of $20,761.97. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

OPERATOR'S LICENSES

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Mallory moved to issue Operator's Licenses to: Mary Ann Hoge, 707 Oakhill Lane, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538, and Jeffrey A Laesch, 236 E. Ogden Street, Jefferson, WI 53549 (contingent upon his appearance before the committee.) Motion carried unanimously.

REPORTS

CHIEF OF POLICE

The Chief of Police reported that he and the building inspector had the opportunity to look at the former Big A building located at 122 N. Main Street. He stated that Mr. Burlingame would be initiating condemnation proceedings after inspecting the building.

Chief Besel also reported that the body of Mr. Eric Williamson, the snowmobiler, involved in the accident at the dam, had been found over the weekend.

 

 

CITY ENGINEER

City Engineer reviewed 1996 projects stating that sections of South Braun Avenue, Maple Grove Drive, and North Center Avenue would be slated for new curb and gutter and resurfacing in 1996. 4000 feet of Crawfish Avenue would be continued with grading and storm sewer improvements in 1996, and that 1400 feet of North Jackson Avenue to the fairgrounds would be reconstructed.

CITY ATTORNEY

Ald. Wendt commented that he would like to see potentially alternative members appointed to standing committees so that in the event that a quorum of a committee was not present that the alternative council member could be placed on a committee to maintain a quorum.

The City Administrator stated that this was an opportune time to deal with this matter and could be handled at the organizational meeting in April.

CITY ADMINISTRATOR

The City Administrator reported that Senator Fitzgerald would be meeting with several municipal utilities regarding retail wheeling on April 18, 9:30 a.m. in the City meeting rooms and that the City would be hosting these meetings. On behalf of Bruce Folbrecht, City Administrator invited the Mayor and Alderpersons to attend said meeting.

The City Administrator also stated that the new fire truck would be delivered to the City at approximately 5:00 p. m. this coming Thursday. He stated that the truck would be troubleshooted for a period of two months and then the manufacturer would be showing the truck at the state fire chief's convention in Stevens Point.

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

These minutes of the April 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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