Jefferson City Council - Minutes - 1996

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MINUTES

CITY OF JEFFERSON COMMON COUNCIL MEETING

TUESDAY, May 21, 1996

 

The Tuesday, May 21, 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. Rogers, Ald. Polk, Ald. Wendt, Ald. Oppermann and Ald. Beyer. Also present was City Administrator Frantz, City Attorney Scheibel, and City Engineer Schulz.

communications

City Administrator Frantz read a resolution adopted by the Township of Aztalan stating that they wished to see the dam be repaired, and it stated that the Town of Aztalan was interested in becoming involved with a committee to study the alternatives related to the dam.

The City Administrator also read a letter from the League of Wisconsin Municipalities Insurance Trust which indicated that the City of Jefferson had once again won a cash award of $5,000 for the best record of municipalities for least amount of workers' compensation claims.

presentation of tree city award

Mr. Dave Stevenson of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources presented the City of Jefferson with its 1995 Tree City USA Award and congratulated the City of Jefferson and the Common Council for their support of an urban forestry program. This is the fourth consecutive Tree City USA award for the City of Jefferson.

Mayor Brawders then announced a change in the order of the agenda for this evening and asked that the appointment to fill the vacancy of Alderperson-at-large be taken up next.

appointment to vacancy of alderperson-at-large

Ald. Polk introduced Resolution No. 19.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 19

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that Mr. Dave Carnes is hereby appointed to fill the remaining unexpired term of former Alderperson-At-Large Brian Mallory, to take effect on June 4, 1996.

Ald. Polk, seconded by Ald. Wagner moved to approve Resolution No. 19.

Ald. Oppermann, seconded by Ald. Wendt moved to amend Resolution No. 19 to make the effective date May 21, 1996. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

Roll was then called on amended Resolution No. 19. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

City Administrator Frantz administered the oath of office to Mr. Carnes.

MAYORAL APPOINTMENTS TO COMMITTEES

Mayor Brawders announced that he was appointing Ald. Wendt to the Finance Committee and Ald. Carnes to the Personnel Committee, to fill the vacancies created by Ald. Mallory's resignation.

public hearing on proposed rezoning of property being purchased by maple grove homes inc.

Mayor Brawders called the public hearing to order.

City Administrator Frantz read the Notice of Public Hearing.

City Engineer Reuben Schulz gave an explanation of the proposed amendment to the official map stating that Mr. Weber wished to expand his mobile home court to include the newly purchased 14 acres on the north side of the Maple Grove court. The parcel is currently in the (AG) Agriculture District and would need to be changed to the (MH) Mobile Home District to accommodate Mr. Weber's proposed expansion.

Mayor Brawders then announced that if any citizen wished to address the Common Council on this issue, they could stand and give their name and address and address the Council at this time.

Mr. Dean Probst of N4976 Hwy. 26, Jefferson, addressed the Council. Mr. Probst stated his concerns of having neighbors in his ‘backyard', as he owns the land immediately north of the parcel in question. Mr. Probst also stated that he felt that today's double-wide mobile homes are really modular homes and that the zoning should be single family residential.

Mr. John Weber, owner of Maple Grove Court explained that the state does still classify the double-wide homes as mobile homes provided they are set on a pier system and slab. They would be modular homes if they were on a foundation.

Mr. John Probst of N5436 Switzke Road, Jefferson, stated to the Common Council that he owned property to the north of this parcel and his property had a pond on it. Mr. Probst stated that he was concerned that children would wander over from the mobile home court and try to swim in his pond and possibly get hurt. Mr. Probst also stated that he was concerned regarding environmental issues due to the fact that this property was a dump site in the past.

City Administrator Frantz explained to Mr. Probst that two environmental studies had been done on the parcel and the area to be purchased by Mr. Weber did not include the former landfill site. The landfill had also been properly closed per DNR regulations and was approved by the DNR.

Hearing from no one else, Mayor Brawders closed the public hearing.

Ald. Wendt introduced Ordinance #12-96 for its second reading.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

ORDINANCE #12-96

An ordinance to amend Section 17.04 (1) of the Municipal Code of the City of Jefferson related to rezoning.

The Common Council of the City of Jefferson, Wisconsin, do ordain as follows:

Section 1. Section 17.04(1) of the zoning map, City of Jefferson, Wisconsin, which is herein made a part, is amended to change district boundaries by deleting the following area from the Agriculture (AG) District and adding said property to the Mobile Home (MH) District:

Description: A part of the NW of the NE of Section 2, T6N, R14E, City of Jefferson, Jefferson County, WI, to-wit:

Commencing at the N corner of said Section 2; thence N88o 39' 33"E, along the north line of said NE , 150.22 feet to a 1" iron pipe on the east line of S.T.H. "26" and the point of beginning; thence continue N88o 39' 33"E, along said north line, 800.00 feet to a 1"iron pipe; thence S2o 13'00"E, 500.00 feet to a 1" iron pipe; thence S25o 44' 08"W, 375.55 feet to a 1" iron pipe; thence S88o 56' 15"W, 624.00 feet to a 1 " iron pipe on said east line of S.T.H. "26"; thence N2o 13' 00"W, along said east line, 831.40 feet to the point of beginning, containing 14.563 acres.

Parcel #: part of 06-14-02-12

Address: 14.563 acres North of Maple Grove Mobile Home Court

Section 2. This ordinance shall take effect and be in full force after passage and publication as provided by law and notification and attestation of the district boundary changes incorporated herein the zoning map, City of Jefferson.

Ald. Wendt, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve Proposed Ordinance #12-96.

Ald. Wendorf stated that the Council has wrestled with the question of what to do with this land and been in negotiations with Mr. Weber for more than six years now, and he believes that all precautions have been taken and this issue should be finalized by this rezoning.

Ald. Wendt inquired whether the Council could require any posting of the land or fencing to keep children from wandering into areas they don't belong in.

The City Administrator explained that Mr. Weber would be taken his building plans before the Plan Commission and it would be up to the Commission to set whatever stipulations they felt necessary. The City Administrator informed the Council that there was an agreement that a berm between Mr. Weber's land and the city's land would be constructed by Mr. Weber.

Roll was then called on proposed Ordinance #12-96. On call of the roll: Ald. Wendorf, Ald. Carnes, Ald. Rogers, Ald. Polk, Ald. Wendt, Ald. Oppermann, and Ald. Beyer voted aye, Ald. Wagner abstained. The motion carried 7 to 0 with one abstention.

consent agenda

Ald. Wagner introduced Resolution No. 18.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 18

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the consent agenda as presented for May 21, 1996, is hereby adopted.

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Rogers moved to approve Resolution No. 18.

The consent agenda for tonight included:

Vouchers Payable for May, 1996, in the amount of $185,994.51.

General Payroll Summary for May 10, 1996, in the amount of $60,166.43.

Council Minutes of the regular and closed session meetings of May 7, 1996, with the following corrections: Ald. Wagner abstained on Resolution No. 9, making the vote 6 to 0 with one abstention; also in the Police Chief's report it was Mayor Brawders, not Ald. Oppermann who requested the "No Parking" on the corner of E. Racine and N. Dewey.

Licenses as recommended by the Regulatory Committee as follows: Special Class "B" License to: County Line Vans, June 14-16, 1996, Jefferson County Fairgrounds (all of Fairgrounds) (Beer Only).

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

environmental remediation - schweiger industries

Ald. Wendorf introduced Resolution No. 20.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 20

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to disburse $38,543.10 from the Industrial Park Fund to Schweiger Industries, Division of KCS Inc. for environmental remediation efforts as agreed upon and set forth in Resolution No. 155 passed and approved by the Council on March 30, 1995.

Ald. Wendorf, seconded by Ald. Oppermann moved to approve Resolution No. 20.

The City Administrator reiterated that this resolution would fulfill the City's commitment from last year, in which the Council agreed to pay one-third of the environmental clean-up costs on the Schweiger property, up to $150,000, provided K.C. Stock purchased Schweiger Industries.

City Administrator Frantz further stated that K.C. Stock has been fulfilling his part by fixing the roof, paid back taxes, and business and employment seems to be on the rise. Mr. Frantz stated that it is not conclusive if this is the final invoice on environmental clean up, however, if it is, the City made a wise move last year in agreeing to help Schweiger Industries stay open. $38,543.10 is relatively nominal compared to the $150,000 it might have cost.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 20 to authorize disbursement of Industrial Park Funds to Schweiger Industries, Division of KCS Inc. for environmental remediation. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

updating revolving loan manual policies and procedures

Ald. Oppermann introduced Resolution No. 21.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 21

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to contract with Foth & Van Dyke for services to update the City of Jefferson Revolving Loan Fund Manual in the amount of $1,000.

Ald. Oppermann, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve Resolution No. 21.

Ald. Wendorf stated that the Finance Committee unanimously recommends passage of this resolution.

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

establishing time for board of review

Ald. Beyer introduced Resolution No. 22.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 22

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the Board of Review hours are hereby established to be on Wednesday, May 29, 1996, between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Wendt moved to approve Resolution No. 22.

On voice vote, the motion carried.

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Rogers, moved to adjourn to Closed Session pursuant to Section 19.85(1)(c) of the Wisconsin State Statutes to discuss employment.

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

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

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

Mayor Brawders introduced Mr. Dan Ludwig to the Common Council.

hiring of city engineer

Ald. Rogers introduced Resolution No. 23.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 23

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to hire Mr. Daniel Ludwig of Watertown, Wisconsin, to the position of Public Works Director/City Engineer, at a starting salary of $45,500, with eligibility for performance adjustments as per the non-union compensation plan.

Ald. Rogers, seconded by Ald. Wagner moved to approve Resolution No. 23.

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

Mr. Ludwig thanked the Common Council for the opportunity and stated that he looked forward to working in the City of Jefferson.

hire of assistant mechanic

Ald. Wagner introduced Resolution No. 24.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 24

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to hire Mr. Daniel Malone to the position of Assistant Mechanic.

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Rogers moved to approve Resolution No. 24.

Ald. Wagner stated that the Personnel Committee unanimously recommends the hiring of Mr. Malone.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 24 to hire Mr. Daniel Malone to the position of Assistant Mechanic. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

REPORTS

CITY ATTORNEY

City Attorney Scheibel stated that Judge Freeberg has indicated that there are several changes coming down from the state level in regard to juvenile penalties for crimes, and, therefore, Attorney Scheibel will be drafting some ordinances to ensure the City of Jefferson is in compliance with State law.

CITY ADMINISTRATOR

City Administrator Frantz first reminded the Council that Plan Commission will be meeting on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., instead of 4:30 p.m. due to the extensive agenda, including proposals from McDonalds, Shell Oil, and an expansion of Generac.

The City Administrator also reported that there will be a meeting set up for early to mid-June on the dam issue. Karl stated that the DNR would be at the meeting and would be presenting statistics on the effects of removing the dam in Jefferson.

The City Administrator then reported that DILHR had performed public employee safety and health inspection reports and orders in the city on April 16 and have given the city a list of needed improvements. Karl stated that these changes will be looked after by a volunteer intern from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater who had called looking for an internship at the same time as this report came in. Some of the required improvements listed by DILHR include hearing tests for jack hammer and air compressor operators and the fact that the slide at the outdoor pool is considered an amusement ride and must be inspected yearly. He also stated that the orders are on file and available for public inspection.

The City Administrator also reported that the drinking fountain will be in at the VFW Park before T-Ball season begins and Parks Director Endl is checking on the status of sidewalk scheduled to be installed in Stoppenbach park.

Mr. Frantz further reported that the City Engineer had been working on a culvert in Windsor Terrace, however, was reluctant to proceed until the property owner was made fully aware of the appearance in his back yard due to the 24 inch ravine that would be required to accommodate the culvert.

It was also reported that the sanitary sewer is in on North Watertown Avenue and Hillcrest. There is some clean up work still needed.

Karl then explained that the County Fair Board has now revised their plans to eliminate the boulevard in Jackson Street and in a very productive meeting with the County Highway Department, an agreement was reached in which the City agrees to put a slight reverse curve in West Puerner Street to accommodate the future site of a new county highway building, in association with the bridge project.

Finally, Karl reported that the State has informed the City of Jefferson that there will be a meeting on June 6 at 5:00 pm with the State Historical Society, Mead & Hunt and any interested property owners and tenants of the downtown area. They will be speaking about the possibility of the entire downtown Jefferson becoming a historical district.

Ald. Polk, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to adjourn the May 21, 1996, meeting of the City of Jefferson Common Council. The motion carried unanimously.

These minutes of the May 21, 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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