Jefferson City Council - Minutes - 1996

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city of jefferson common council
MINUTES
tuesday, august 6, 1996

The Tuesday, August 6, 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. Carnes, Ald. Rogers, Ald. Wendt, Ald. Oppermann and Ald. Beyer. Ald. Polk was absent. Also present was City Administrator Frantz, City Attorney Scheibel, Police Chief Besel and City Engineer Ludwig.

communications

Ald. Wagner thanked Barb Endl for a job well done on Jefferson's Relay for Life.

public participation

Mr. Bob Haas of 626 N. Marion Avenue stated that he was against the proposed multifamily rezoning of land adjacent to the Towering Trails subdivision and that he had signatures of other residents in the area who are also against the rezoning.

Mayor Brawders asked Mr. Haas to turn in the petition to the City Administrator.

Mr. William Wright of 606 N. Marion Avenue also stated his opposition to multifamily in the Towering Trails area.

public hearing on special assessments on n. jackson avenue & final resolution

Mayor Brawders called the public hearing to order.

City Administrator Frantz read the Notice of Public Hearing.

City Engineer Dan Ludwig gave an explanation of the proposed property improvements along North Jackson Avenue from Racine Street to the Jefferson County Fairground entrance. The improvements will include storm sewer, curb & gutter and bituminous and sidewalk along the west side only.

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. John Spangler requested the totals for the assessments he would be levied.

The City Administrator quoted Mr. Spangler the totals of his portion of the assessments.

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

 

Ald. Wendorf introduced Final Resolution No. 53.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

FINAL RESOLUTION NO. 53

Final Resolution authorizing Sidewalk, Storm Sewer, Pavement and Curb and Gutter improvements and levying special assessments against benefited properties.

WHEREAS, the Common Council of the City of Jefferson, Wisconsin, held a public hearing at City Hall at 7:30 p.m. on the 6th day of August, 1996, for the purpose of hearing all interested persons concerning the preliminary report on the following proposed improvements:

Storm Sewer: Approximately 1,210 lineal feet along N. Jackson Avenue from W. Racine St. to the County Fairgrounds Entrance.

Sidewalk: Approximately 1,430 lineal feet along N. Jackson Avenue from W. Racine St. to the County Fairgrounds Entrance.

Curb & Gutter: Approximately 3,000 lineal feet along N. Jackson Avenue from W. Racine St. to the County Fairgrounds Entrance.

Bituminous Pavement: Approximately 1,634 tons on N. Jackson Avenue to be completed in 1997.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson, as follows:

  1. The report pertaining to the above described public improvement is hereby adopted and approved.
  2. That the City shall carry out the improvements in accordance with the report.
  3. That payment for the improvements shall be made by assessing the costs to the properties benefited as indicated in the report.
  4. That assessments shown in the report representing an exercise of police powers, have been determined on a reasonable basis and are hereby confirmed.
  5. That any interested property owner may object to each assessment separately or all assessments jointly for any purpose.
  6. That the assessments shall be paid in full (or in 4 annual installments) when arrangements have been made in advance with the City Administrator. The minimum principle payments which shall be allowed under the installment plan shall be $100 per year. Deferred payment shall bear interest at a rate of 5.5% per annum on the unpaid balance. Installments or assessments not paid when due shall bear additional interest on the amount due at a rate of 12% per annum.
  7. That the City Administrator shall publish this resolution as a Class One Notice and shall mail a copy of this resolution and a statement of final assessment against the benefited property to every property owner who's name appears on the assessment roll and whose post office address is known or can with reasonable diligence be ascertained.

Ald. Wendorf, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve Resolution No. 53.

There was significant discussion regarding the sidewalk improvements. It was debated as to whether there was enough foot traffic in the area to warrant sidewalk on both sides of the street.

After discussion, Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to amend Final Resolution No. 53 to create a 6 foot wide sidewalk on the west side only of N. Jackson, with the City paying the cost of the extra 2 foot of width. On call of the roll, the motion to amend Resolution No. 53 passed 7 to 0.

After further discussion, roll was called on Amended Final Resolution No. 53. The motion carried unanimously.

consent agenda

Ald. Wagner introduced Resolution No. 54.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 54

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the consent agenda for August 6, 1996, is hereby adopted.

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Rogers moved to approve Resolution No. 54.

The motion carried unanimously.

The consent agenda for tonight included:

Vouchers Payable for July and August, 1996, in the amounts of $29,766.31 and $35,251.45 respectively.

General Payroll Summary for July 19, 1996, in the amount of $70,824.68.

Council Minutes of the regular and closed session meetings of July 23, 1996.

Licenses as recommended by the Regulatory Committee as follows:

Operator's Licenses to: Nathan J. LaDien, 204 East Racine Street, Jefferson, WI 53549; and Rachel L. Harris, 975 W. Main, Apt #8, Whitewater, WI 53190. An application was also submitted by Kristine Brandt, 128 S. Watertown, Johnson Creek, WI 53038 (contingent upon payment of fees and return of WI Dept. of Justice background check.).

 

proposed rezoning of a portion of parcel 06-14-02-14-001 adjacent to N. puerner street and the north business park

Ald. Wendt introduced Ordinance #16-96 for its first reading.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

proposed ORDINANCE #16-96

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 Single Family Residential (R1) District and adding said property to the Multifamily (RM) District:

Description: Being a part of the SE of the fractional NE and a part of the NE of the SE 1.4 all in Section 2, Township 6 North, Range 14 East, City of Jefferson, Jefferson County, Wisconsin, bounded and described as follows:

COMMENCING at the aluminum monument that marks the Southeast corner of the Fractional NE of said Section 2; THENCE N00o 52' 16" E, along the East line of the said Fractional NE , a distance of 187.78 feet to the Southerly Right of Way (R.O.W.) line of Puerner Street; THENCE N67o 56' 07"E, along said R.O.W. line, a distance of 43.27 feet, to a Point of Curve, said Curve having a Radius of 1600.00 feet, a Delta of 17o 49' 30", and a Chord that bears N76o 50' 52"W, a length of 495.76 feet; THENCE Northwesterly along the said Southerly R.O.W. line, and along the arc of said Curve a distance of 497.77 feet, to the Point of Tangency of said curve; THENCE N85o 45' 36"W, a distance of 108.24 feet, to the POINT of BEGINNING of the lands to be described; THENCE N85o 45' 36"W, along said Southerly R.O.W. line, a distance of 662.55 feet; THENCE S00o 50' 06"E, a distance of 169.09 feet; THENCE S78o 13' 11"E, distance of 343.54 feet; THENCE S02o 18' 36"E, a distance of 76.56 feet; THENCE S02o 55' 07"E, distance of 66.98 feet; THENCE S88o 06' 56"E, distance of 415.98 feet; THENCE N01o 52' 53"E, distance of 220.00 feet; THENCE N88o 06' 56"W, distance of 111.64 feet; THENCE N01o 52' 53"E, a distance of 123.81 feet, to the POINT OF BEGINNING, containing 199,677 square feet or 4.584 Acres of land.

Parcel #: part of 06-14-02-14-001

Address: undeveloped lot on the south side of Puerner Street, east of Towering Trails.

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. The Mayor referred this proposed ordinance to the Plan Commission.

The Mayor then announced that, Mr. Paul Strong, the owner of the property, along with the developer he is working with, would be allowed to address the Council to explain their plans for this property.

The developer stated that there would be three - 16 family unit buildings on 1 acres each. He explained there would be eight-1 bedroom/1bath (approx. 800-850 feet) and eight-2 bedroom/2 bath (approx. 1,050-1,100 ft.). The price range of the 1 bedroom apartments would be $500-$550 and the 2 bedroom apartments from $600-$650.

Mr. Strong also explained that there is about 1 acres of wooded area on his property that he would like to give to the City for park and/or walking trail purposes.

The City Administrator stated that this matter would be looked at during the next Plan Commission meeting which would be on Tuesday, August 13, at 4:30 p.m.

adding no parking zones on wisconsin drive

Ald. Beyer introduced Ordinance #17-96 for its first reading.

city of jefferson

proposed ordinance #17-96

An Ordinance to Amend Section 7.03(4)(h) of the Municipal Traffic Code Related to No Parking Zones.

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

Section 1. Section 7.03(4)(h) is hereby amended to add the following no parking zone:

Wisconsin Drive, west side, from the South right-of-way of West Linden Drive south 54 feet.

Wisconsin Drive, west side, from a point 149 feet south of the south right-of-way of West Ryder Street, south 50 feet.

Section 2. This ordinance shall take effect upon passage and publication as required by law.

This is a first reading.

 

two hour parking on south main street parking lot

Ald. Rogers introduced Ordinance #18-96 for its first reading.

city of jefferson
proposed ordinance #18-96

An Ordinance to Amend Section 7.03(2)( c) of the Municipal Traffic Code Related to Two Hour Parking Zones.

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

Section 1. Section 7.03(2)( c)1. is hereby amended to delete the following from the Two Hour Parking zone:

Four most easterly parking stalls in the South Main Street Parking Lot

Section 2. This ordinance shall take effect upon passage and publication as required by law.

This is a first reading.

Ald. Rogers, seconded by Ald. Wagner moved to waive the second reading of Proposed Ordinance #18-96.

Ald. Beyer explained that this ordinance was before the Council through a request of area businesses because their employees have no where else to park.

Ald. Rogers explained that the twelve parking stalls have been monitored and they are underutilized as two hour parking stalls and, therefore, the Regulatory Committee felt that it would not be a problem to release four of the stalls from the two-hour limit.

Roll was then called on Proposed Ordinance #18-96. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

1995 general combined and sewer utility financial statements

Ald. Wendorf introduced Resolution No. 55.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 55

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the 1995 General, Combined, and Sewer Utility Financial Statements are hereby accepted.

Ald. Wendorf, seconded by Ald. Wendt moved to approve Resolution No. 55.

Mr. Tim Tredinnick and Mr. Tom Unke, auditors from Virchow Krause were in attendance and reviewed the General, Combined, and Sewer Utility Financial Statements with the Council.

Overall, the City was found to be in very good financial condition. Fund balances are adequate to meet requirements and general obligation debt is low.

The City engaged in two large capital projects of approximately $1,000,000 last year involving Waterfront Park and the Downtown Streetscape project utilizing internal financing sources, displaying the City's strong financial condition.

The Sewer Utility continues to be among the strongest in the state and rates continue to be adequate to support the utility. Rates were last adjusted in 1990, when they were decreased. The auditors indicated that now would be a good time to undertake some long range planning. Future plant requirements may require additional revenue and rates could be adjusted on a periodic scheduled basis, mitigating potential for a one time hit.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 55. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously to accept the 1995 Financial Statements.

Trade in and purchase of sewer televising camera

Ald. Oppermann introduced Resolution No. 56.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 56

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to trade in the existing televising camera for an upgraded rotating camera at an additional expense of $8,900.

Ald. Oppermann, seconded by Ald. Wendorf moved to approve Resolution No. 56.

WWTP Superintendent Kelly showed a video tape to the Common Council of what the current camera can transmit from inside a sewer main. Mike Kelly explained that the current camera has a stationary lens and, therefore, cannot turn to look down any laterals or areas of concern to see if they are being used or are connected properly.

After further discussion, roll was called on Resolution No. 56. The motion carried unanimously.

closure and lease of street right-of-way at 200 w. milwaukee st

Ald. Carnes introduced Resolution No. 57.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 57

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the 200 block of West Milwaukee Street is hereby closed from the hours of 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 15, 1996, and that the street right-of-way is hereby leased to Chicken's Riverfront Tavern in the amount of $1 for a street dance.

Ald. Carnes, seconded by Ald. Oppermann moved to approve Resolution No. 57.

Ald. Wagner stated that the Regulatory Committee had voted unanimously in favor of this resolution. Mr. Soleska has agreed that the music will end by 9:00 p.m.

The Mayor called a voice vote on Resolution No. 57. The motion carried.

agreement with wisdot for 1999 hwy 26, collins road to woolcock street reconstruction

Ald. Wendt introduced Resolution No. 58.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 58

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to execute a State/Municipal agreement for a Highway Improvement Project on Main Street/State Highway 26, City of Jefferson, from Collins Road to Woolcock Street, for an estimated cost of $337,535 or 15.4% of total project cost.

Ald. Wendt, seconded by Ald. Rogers moved to approve Resolution No. 58.

Ald. Wendt inquired on whether the City could still consider an urban section between Collins Road and Ryan Avenue after approving this. The City Administrator state in the affirmative.

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

extending sympathy to the family of ken buske

Ald. Wagner introduced Resolution No. 59.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 59

WHEREAS, God in his infinite mercy has chosen to call from his life, Kenneth R. Buske, and

WHEREAS, Kenneth was a long-time member of the Jefferson Library Board, and

WHEREAS, Kenneth was a most loyal and trusted citizen of this community,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Common Council of the City of Jefferson, by this resolution extends its sympathy to the family of the late Kenneth R. Buske and that a copy of this resolution be sent to the bereaved family.

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve Resolution No. 59. The Mayor called for the Council to stand for a moment of silence in memory of Mr. Buske.

REPORTS

WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT SUPERINTENDENT

WWTP Superintendent Kelly gave the Common Council a mid-year report on the state of the Wastewater Treatment Plant. He stated that it has been a very busy year, especially with the heavy rainfall earlier this year. Mr. Kelly also explained the long-range planning that is being worked on for the wastewater treatment plant. He explained that between the changing DNR requirements and the significant growth that the City of Jefferson has seen in residential, as well as industrial users, our Wastewater Treatment Plant is getting to the point where upgrading and expansion are going to be in order.

CHIEF OF POLICE

Chief Besel stated that all has been quiet in the City. The Police Department is beginning to gear up for Gemuetlichkeit this fall.

CITY ENGINEER

City Engineer Dan Ludwig reported that the State Department of Transportation thought they would have Highway 26 open by Friday or Monday. They were just finishing some guard rail work.

The City Engineer also reported that bids were going out for North Jackson and the Collins Road projects shortly. It will take about 2 weeks before the results will be able to come before the Council.

It was also stated that the reconstruction to be done on S. Braun Avenue between Reinel and Linden would be initiated in 1 -2 weeks.

CITY ATTORNEY

The City Attorney Scott Scheibel reported on the status of the bankrupt Brauns' Employee Co-op foreclosure, the condemnation of the old Big A property on North Main, and the Strasburg garage variance.

CITY ADMINISTRATOR

The City Administrator reported that in the most recent edition of the Wisconsin Taxpayer, the City of Jefferson was ranked 173rd out of 189 communities in the state in overall tax rate. This is down from 152nd last year.

COMMITTEES

Ald. Rogers reported that she felt that Mr. Tennyson appears to be violating his conditional use permit on his premises on Grove Street and wished the city staff to look into it.

Ald. Wendt, seconded by Ald. Carnes moved to adjourn the Tuesday, August 6, 1996, meeting of the City of Jefferson Common Council. The motion carried unanimously.

These minutes of the August 6, 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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