Jefferson City Council - Minutes - 1996

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MINUTES

CITY OF JEFFERSON COMMON COUNCIL MEETING

TUESDAY, July 2, 1996

 

The Tuesday, July 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. Carnes, Ald. Rogers, Ald. Polk, Ald. Wendt, Ald. Oppermann and Ald. Beyer. Absent was Ald. Wendorf. Also present was City Administrator Frantz, City Attorney Scheibel, Police Chief Besel and City Engineer Schulz.

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Ald. Beyer read an invitation to the Council and the public to come to Fan Appreciation Day at Fischer Field on July 14. The Jefferson Blue Devils will take on the Fort Generals that day, followed by an "Old Timers" game with past members of the Blue Devils versus the "old timers" of the Fort Generals.

City Administrator Frantz read from two letters from residents with concerns over our parks. One letter addressed the need for more playground equipment for younger children, and the other was concerned about overgrown grass, full trash receptacles and overall bad appearance of Stoppenbach Park on the weekend of their family reunion. The City Administrator stated that staff would respond to these letters, and review possible courses of action to remedy problems.

Ald. Wagner commented on the article in the Jefferson County Daily Union that mentioned the residents that were honored by the Rotary Club. Ald. Wagner wished to acknowledge that Mr. Gary Myers, Ms. Gail Ebbott, Henry Fischer, and Hollister DeMotts were worthy recipients of their awards and the city acknowledges their many efforts to make Jefferson a great community.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE REPORT

Commerce & Industry Director Coffman gave a mid-year report on the Chamber of Commerce. He reported that the Chamber is now on the Internet, only one of 21 towns in Wisconsin that have a page on the Internet.

Mr. Coffman also reported that with the aid of a college intern this summer, a concerted effort is being made to revitalize our Maxwell Street Day this year. Just a couple of the events being planned include a best-dressed dog contest and a magician/juggler that will perform along Main Street on Maxwell Street Day.

Mr. Coffman stated that a second intern has updated the tourist information packets available at the Chamber of Commerce, which can help Jefferson residents plan their summer vacations.

Finally, it was reported that the Chamber is financially sound at this time, and it is believed that the Chamber will be able to hold their own for the rest of the year, without financial support from the City. He did state that the Chamber has a Christmas list of items they hope to purchase some day. They need a new fax machine, a new computer and a color printer.

Public Hearing AND Proposed action on Rezoning of Parcel 06-14-11-34-035 on plymouth street

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.

Mayor Brawders then announced that if any citizen wished to address the Common Council on this issue, to stand, state their name and address and reason for appearing.

Dr. Brian Turley explained that he would be remodeling the inside of the building to accommodate a state of the art dentist office.

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

Ald. Carnes introduced Ordinance #13-96 for its second reading.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

ORDINANCE #13-96

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 Limited Industry (ML) District and adding said property to the Highway and Neighborhood Business (BHN) District:

Description: Beginning 60 ft. W of NE corner of Lot 72 Wineland's Addition, S 130 ft, W 154.18 Ft., N 134.12 Ft., E 121.1 Ft. to point of beginning.

Parcel #: 06-14-11-34-035

Address: 184 W. Plymouth

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. Carnes, seconded by Ald. Polk moved to approve Proposed Ordinance #13-96.

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

Consent Agenda

Ald. Beyer introduced Resolution No. 36.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 36

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the consent agenda for July 2, 1996, is hereby adopted.

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Wagner moved to approve Resolution No. 36.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

The consent agenda for tonight included:

Vouchers Payable for July, 1996, in the amount of $105,714.23.

General Payroll Summary for June 21, 1996, in the amount of $68,663.03.

Council Minutes of the regular meeting of June 18, 1996.

Licenses as recommended by the Regulatory Committee as follows:

APPLICANTS - One Year Operator's License

Melissa S. Gjertson, N3980 Meadow Drive, Cambridge; Bernadette Calvillo, 1204 Hillside Drive #3, Jefferson; Myrtle LaVasser, 906 Edgewood Place, Jefferson; and Herbert Vincent, 313 South Street, Jefferson.

APPLICANTS - Two Year License

Jon W., Erdman, 870 West Racine Street, Jefferson; Sally C. Kerr, W3413 Highway 18, Helenville; and Judith M. Wollangk, 404 South Main Street, Fort Atkinson.

Action on the following applications was tabled until the applicants make an appearance before the Regulatory Committee: Vizma L. Dzilna, 1036 C Hillview Drive #108, Whitewater; Rachel L. Harris, 975 West Main Street, Apt #8, Whitewater; Kenneth C. Belstner, 1280 Commonwealth Dr. #6, Fort Atkinson; Christina M. Brandt, PO Box 546, Johnson Creek; and Sally A. Vogel, 1029 Meadowood #22, Jefferson.

SPECIAL CLASS "B" LICENSES

Conquista Club Jefferson Fairgrounds Activity Center, July 13th-14th, 1996, and August 10th-11th, 1996.

JUNK DEALER'S PREMISES/VEHICLE LICENSE

Randy R. Hanson, 329 Jefferson Street, Fort Atkinson PREMISIS: 613 South Main Street, Jefferson.

REPEALING AND RECREATING the Traffic Code Related to ‘No Parking from April 1 to DeceMber 1' AND Adding the West Side of High Street.

Ald. Rogers introduced Ordinance #14-96 for its first reading.

city of jefferson
proposed ordinance #14-96

THE COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF JEFFERSON DO ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. Section 7.03(4)(l)(p) & (q) of the traffic code, City of Jefferson, related to No Parking is hereby repealed and recreated, as follows:

Section 2. Section 7.03(4)(p) No Parking from April 1 to December 1. No person shall park any motor vehicle between the dates of April 1 and December 1 on the following streets:

The west side of North Center Avenue from its intersection with Mechanic Street, north to its intersection with E. North Street.

The west side of South Fischer Avenue from its intersection with Racine Street, south to its intersection with Spring Street.

The east side of North Dewey Avenue, from its intersection with Racine Street north to the southerly border of the Union Cemetery.

Section 3. Section 7.03(4)(p) is hereby amended to include the following:

The west side of North High Street, from its intersection with W. Racine Street north to its intersection with Clark Street.

Section 4. This ordinance shall take effect after passage and publication as provided by law.

This is a first reading.

Rezoning Parcels on plymouth and grove st. from (ML) Limited Industry To (BH) Highway Commercial District

Ald. Wendt introduced Ordinance #15-96 for its first reading.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

ORDINANCE #15-96

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 Limited Industry (ML) District and adding said property to the Highway and Neighborhood Business (BHN) District:

Description: 06-14-11-34-034: E 60 ft. of N 130 ft. of Lot 72, Wineland's Add., and
06-14-11-34-036: Lot 1, CSM 1364-4-361. S of the N 130 ft of Lot 72 Wineland's Addition.

Parcel #: 06-14-11-34-034 & 06-14-11-34-036

Addresses: 172 W. Plymouth and the adjacent lot on South Grove Street.

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.

This is a first reading.

Authorizing the Postponement of the July 16 Council Meeting to July 23

Ald. Wagner introduced Resolution No. 37.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 37

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the regularly scheduled City Council meeting of Tuesday, July 16, is postponed until Tuesday, July 23, at 7:30 p.m.

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Carnes moved to approve Resolution No. 37.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

Special Assessments on Sidewalk, Storm Sewer, Curb and Gutter Improvements on Collins Road

Ald. Polk introduced Resolution No. 38.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

PRELIMINARY RESOLUTION NO. 38

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 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:

Sidewalk, Storm Sewer, Curb and Gutter Improvements on Collins Road from S. Hwy. 26 to Hillside Drive.

2. 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 footage.

3. The Assessments against any parcel may be paid in full or in annual installments, the number of which shall be determined at the public hearing on the proposed assessments.

4. 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.

5. 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 July 23, 1996, at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 317 S. Main Street, Jefferson, Wisconsin.

Ald. Polk, seconded by Ald. Rogers moved to approve Resolution No. 38.

The City Administrator explained that staff would be sending out a letter inviting all effected property owners to a public informational meeting on the project on Tuesday, July 16.

Roll was then called on Preliminary Resolution No. 38. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

Authorizing the City Engineer to Open the Rock River Dam Gates

Ald. Oppermann introduced Resolution No. 39.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 39

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that contingent upon appropriate approvals, the City Engineer is hereby authorized to open the gates to the Jefferson Rock River Dam for a sufficient period of time to allow for water levels to reach a level simulating a low level mark without the dam in place, or until otherwise directed to close the gates and maintain water levels as normal.

Ald. Oppermann, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve Resolution No. 39.

The City Administrator stated that he had received telephone calls from two individuals who request that the city wait until after Labor Day to open the gates and let the water fall to its lowest point, to see how the river bed would look if the dam was removed.

The City Administrator also stated that he had spoken with the Department of Natural Resources and they don't anticipate any problem with the City leaving their gates open. The DNR does caution, however, that residents may get the wrong impression due to the fact that when the water does recede at first, the river bank will look very barren and muddy, (and probably littered with trash). Residents need to understand that if the dam were permanently gone, these barren areas would start to grow vegetation and fill in to look like the current river banks.

The City Engineer explained that the gates are still open today due to the high water levels from the heavy June rains. At one point the river was 25" over the high water mark that is used to determine when the gates are opened. As of today, the river has dropped about 15", and therefore, without any more heavy rains, it will probably be 10 days to two weeks before the river falls below the high water mark.

Ald. Wagner stated that he spoke with several of his constituents along the river and they are willing to go along with leaving the gates open in July and August to see how low the river would get.

Mayor Brawders stated that he had received three phone calls asking that the City wait until after Labor Day.

Ald. Oppermann stated that he was in favor of this resolution to leave the dam gates open now, and would hope that the property owners along the river would take this opportunity to help clean up any debris from the river banks that will become visible during this time.

After further discussion, Mayor Brawders called for a voice vote on Resolution No. 39. The motion carried to leave the gates open on the dam.

Authorizing Donation of $1,500 from park Development Fund for Fischer Field Dugouts

Ald. Wendt introduced Resolution No. 40.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 40

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to disburse $1,500 from the Park Development Fund for a joint project with the Jefferson School District and the Park Improvement Fund of the Jefferson Blue Devils, American Legion Post 164 and VFW for construction of Fischer Field Dugouts.

Ald. Wendt, seconded by Ald. Oppermann moved to approve Resolution No. 40.

The Mayor stated that the new dugouts are done and look good.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 40. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

Authorizing establishment & Recruitment of Third Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Position

Ald. Beyer introduced Resolution No. 41.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 41

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the position of a third Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator is hereby established and the recruitment process as reviewed and recommended by the Personnel Committee is hereby approved.

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Wagner moved to approve Resolution No. 41.

Ald. Wagner stated that the Personnel Committee unanimously recommends this resolution.

In answer to questions by the Council, the City Administrator explained that this position has been under consideration for a couple of years now, and the Wastewater Superintendent feels that they are now ready to add this third operator. This operator will help relieve the workload that has been steadily increasing due to the city's growth and, therefore, the growth in volumes at the plant and the need of more maintenance work because of the age of the plant. It is intended to incorporate some staggered work hours between the three operators to facilitate the 24 hour-a-day, 365 days a year, that someone must be available to operate the wastewater treatment plant.

The City Administrator also wanted the Council to be aware that this position has been taken into consideration in the current sewer rates. Therefore, there will not be any increase in sewer rates due to bringing on this new position at the plant.

After further discussion, roll was called on Resolution No. 41 to establish and recruit a third Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

Authorizing Payment to Intern for Loss Control/Safety Program Project Completion

Ald. Rogers introduced Resolution No. 42.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 42

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to compensate Ms. Sally Lange for her internship at the rate of $5.50 per hour for 150 hours of work time related to the development of the City's loss control safety program project.

Ald. Rogers, seconded by Ald. Carnes moved to approve Resolution No. 42.

Ald. Wagner stated that the Personnel Committee voted unanimously to recommend this resolution.

The general consensus was that Ms. Lange did a very good job, in a very short period of time to bring the City in compliance with work orders from DIHLR.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 42. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

notifying dot of city's intent to accept dedication of maple grove lane for street purposes

Ald. Polk introduced Resolution No. 43.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 43

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the dedication of Maple Grove Lane, as described and on file in the office of the City Clerk, is hereby accepted upon completion of infrastructure and street improvements performed by Maple Grove Homes, Inc. in compliance with plans and specifications as approved by the City Engineer. And,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City requests a public street connection to Highway 26 from the Department of Transportation and that upon completion of all improvements the City accepts the maintenance of the street.

Ald. Polk, seconded by Ald. Wendt moved to approve Resolution No. 43.

The City Administrator briefly reiterated the steps the City has had to go through for the past two years, to get the State DOT to agree to a street connection to Highway 26.

The City Engineer explained that this street will incorporate a type "B" intersection to Highway 26.

After further discussion, roll was called on Resolution No. 43. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

REPORTS

PARKS & RECREATION DIRECTOR

Parks & Recreation Director Scott Endl gave a mid-year report on the state of our parks and Recreation programs, to the Council. He distributed a brief outline of the highlights. He stated that the Recreation Department did lose the Recreation Supervisor on May 1, however, Mr. Tony Acketz and Mr. Dave Pranga have done a good job covering the summer recreational activities, as well as the care of the Rotary Waterfront Park and City Hall outdoor maintenance, in the interim. An ad is running for a new Recreation Supervisor, with 14 applications in to date. They hope to have a new supervisor in place by August 26.

Scott also reviewed the programs offered for the summer in the Recreation Department and Family Aquatic Center.

Director Endl also discussed the summer maintenance schedules for the parks and stated that there have been some problems in getting the 10 areas to be mowed, done on a 6 to 8 day cycle with all of the rainy weather.

Scott also talked about the park development projects that are going on this summer and the future goals for the parks and the pedestrian/bicycle path that will eventually connect to the Drumlin Glacial Trail north of Jefferson.

CITY ENGINEER

City Engineer Schulz updated the Council on the progress of handicap ramping the east side of the City. He stated that only one proposal has been submitted.

Ald. Oppermann inquired on the timing of finishing all of the projects that have been accepted to be done this year in the City of Jefferson, such as N. Jackson to the fairgrounds, Crawfish Avenue, N. Center Ave., and Collins Road.

The City Engineer stated that the weather has caused some delays, however, he felt that all projects will still be finished this season. He did state, however, the Crawfish Road project would be in the most jeopardy of not being finished.

CITY ADMINISTRATOR

The City Administrator stated that he wanted to make the Council aware that the Police Union has contacted the city to state that they wish to start bargaining on a new two year contract.

The Administrator also received two separate letters from residents seeking to have CBRF's. These would be coming up on future agendas.

City Administrator Frantz also reported that the Zimmerman Design Group, the firm that is doing the space needs study for the city hall building, has interviewed all departments and is analyzing that information at this time.

The City Administrator also announced that the City closed on the Slawson property last week, and the property now belongs to the City.

Finally, Karl reported that the County Highway Department has been working with our Streets Department in grading a new location for the compost site beginning next year. It is the area near the pole yard on the right side of the road that leads to the current compost site.

Administrative Assistant Sellnow unveiled the new electronic vote counting machines that were purchased for the City by Jefferson County, and gave a brief explanation of how the machine works and how it will enhance the election day process for everyone.

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

These minutes of the July 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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