Jefferson City Council - Minutes - 1996

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MINUTES

CITY OF JEFFERSON COMMON COUNCIL MEETING

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1996

 

The Tuesday, September 3, 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, and Ald. Oppermann. Ald. Beyer arrived later. Ald. Wendorf was absent. Also present was City Administrator Frantz, City Attorney Scheibel, Police Chief Besel and City Engineer Ludwig.

communications

City Administrator Frantz read a letter received from the DNR stating that they were granting the City of Jefferson permission to open the gates of the Jefferson Dam under certain conditions. The DNR requested that the gates remain open until May 1, 1997, so that the migration of the fish could be monitored to see if they will spawn north of the dam. The City Administrator stated that the notice to open the gates of the dam would be in Thursday's newspaper and the gates will be opened on Friday.

Ald. Wagner reminded everyone that Gemuetlichkeit Days was fast approaching and invited everyone to attend the weekend of events on September 13, 14, and 15.

The City Administrator then read a letter received from St. Coletta in which they stated that they were withdrawing their request for a CBRF on Kranz Avenue which is on tonight's agenda.

Lastly, the City Administrator informed the Council that the Rotary/Waterfront Park would be dedicated on October 5, 1996, at 11:00 a.m. and hoped everyone would attend.

Mayor Brawders read a letter received from Fire Chief Don Wegner which announced his retirement as of January 1, 1997.

public participation

Ms. Ann Copsy of 515 Collins Road presented a 130 signature petition stating their opposition to sidewalks being extended from Hillside Drive to Wisconsin Drive on Collins Road.

mayoral appointments to local revolving loan fund review committee

Mayor Brawders appointed Robert Martin, Henry Fischer, Coleen Locke, and Ald. Wendt and Ald. Wendorf as an alternate, to the Local Revolving Loan Fund Review Committee.

APPOINTMENT TO LIBRARY BOARD

Due to the passing of Mr. Ken Buske, Mayor Brawders appointed Mr. William Brandel to fill the remaining term.

consent agenda

Ald. Wagner introduced Resolution No. 66.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 66

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the consent agenda for September 3, 1996, is hereby adopted.

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Wendt moved to approve Resolution No. 66. The motion carried on a vote of 6 to 0.

The consent agenda for tonight included:

Vouchers Payable for September, 1996, in the amounts of $53,011.83.

General Payroll Summary for August 16, 1996, in the amount of $68,758.32.

Council Minutes of the regular and closed session meetings of August 20 & 28, 1996.

Licenses as recommended by the Regulatory Committee as follows:

Operator's Licenses to: Patricia A. Rockstroh, W7541 Koshkonong Lake Road, Fort Atkinson, WI 53538 and Christina M. Brandt, P.O. Box 546, Johnson Creek, WI 53038.

Operator's licenses were also issued to: Merry N. Ament, 836 Rosemary Court, Jefferson, WI 53549; Jackie L. Rebman, 231 South Main Street #B, Jefferson, WI 53549; Craig M. Russell, 836 Rosemary Court, Jefferson, WI 53549 (conditional upon satisfactory background checks).

sidewalk improvements on collins road

Ald. Oppermann introduced Resolution No. 67.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

PRELIMINARY RESOLUTION NO. 67

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 on the north and south side of Collins Road from Hillside Drive to Wisconsin 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, as directed by the Council, when arrangements have been made with the City Administrator.
  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 September 17, 1996, at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 317 S. Main Street, Jefferson, Wisconsin.

Ald. Oppermann, seconded by Ald. Polk moved to approve Resolution No. 67.

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Carnes moved to amend Resolution No. 67 to read sidewalk on the north side only.

Ald. Polk explained that when the Streets Health Sanitation Committee discussed and approved this project, consideration was taken that there is a potential for 600 more homes being built in this area.

Ald. Carnes stated that he believed the city should wait to do the south side of Collins Road when the development occurs.

Ald. Oppermann said that he was in favor of the original resolution and that the sidewalks were needed now for citizens who walk to the Human Services facilities, as well as to the County Market area.

Ald. Rogers stated that she has struggled with her decision to support or not support the construction of sidewalks on a street in her district, however, she believes that the best decision for the community is to support the sidewalks on both sides of the street.

Ald. Wendt also stated his support for the original resolution.

Roll was then called on the amendment to Resolution No. 67 to construct sidewalk only on the north side of the street. On call of the roll, Ald. Carnes and Ald. Wagner voted aye, Ald. Rogers, Ald. Polk, Ald. Wendt, and Ald. Oppermann voted no.

The City Engineer gave an explanation of a mock-up drawing he had of the area in question and his analysis of what would be needed to place the sidewalk on both sides of Collins Road. He explained that the width of the sidewalk could be adjusted in some areas to avoid cutting down most trees, however, about 5 trees would have to be cut down. City Engineer Ludwig also pointed out that some areas would require a retaining wall of about 2 foot in height.

Ald. Beyer arrived at this time.

Ald. Wendt stated that he would like to see the City pick up 100% of the cost of the retaining walls.

Ald. Oppermann stated that he felt that 50% of the retaining wall should be assessed to the property owner, just as 50% of the sidewalk is assessed to the property owners.

Roll was then called on the original Resolution No. 67 to approve a sidewalk project on both sides of Collins Road from Hillside Drive to Wisconsin Drive. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

bids for curb & gutter, bituminous paving & sidewalk improvements

Ald. Oppermann introduced Resolution No. 68.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 68

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the bid for curb & gutter, sidewalk improvements from Schultz Construction, Edgerton, Wisconsin, with unit prices of $6.17 for curb & gutter and $1.75 for sidewalk, for an estimated overall price of $87,181, and for bituminous paving from Lake Mills Blacktop, Cambridge, WI, at a unit price of $20.50 for a total of $74,620, are hereby accepted, and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City Administrator and City Engineer are authorized to execute contract documents for said projects.

Ald. Oppermann, seconded by Ald. Wendt moved to approve Resolution No. 68. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

facilities use agreement with the jefferson school district

Ald. Carnes introduced Resolution No. 69.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 69

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to execute the facility use agreement by and between the City of Jefferson and the Jefferson School District for 1996-97.

Ald. Carnes, seconded by Ald. Wagner moved to approve Resolution No. 69.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

 

approving city of jefferson employee safety programs

Ald. Rogers introduced Resolution No. 70.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 70

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the Common Council hereby approves the City of Jefferson Confined Space Entry, Lockout/Tagout, Hearing Conservation, and Personal Protective Equipment policies, programs and procedures.

Ald. Rogers, seconded by Ald. Oppermann moved to approve Resolution No. 70.

The City Administrator stated that the Water & Electric Commission has already approved these same policies and procedures.

The motion carried on a voice vote.

disbursement to commerce & industry association

Ald. Polk introduced Resolution No. 71.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 71

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to disburse $13,333 to the Jefferson Commerce & Industry Association.

Ald. Polk, seconded by Ald. Rogers moved to approve Resolution No. 71.

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

waiving requirement for payment of bond

Ald. Wendt introduced Resolution No. 72.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 72

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City of Jefferson hereby waives contractual bonding requirements with Mr. Dennis Tessman for installation of handicap ramps.

Ald. Wendt, seconded by Ald. Oppermann moved to approve Resolution No. 72.

The City Administrator explained that according to state statutes any project over $500 requires a payment bond, which assures that subcontractors are paid. Due to the small size of Mr. Tessman's company, they have had difficulty securing this bond. Therefore, also according to statute, the City Council may waive that requirement, and staff will be responsible for checking that the subcontractors are paid before any final project payments are issued to Mr. Tessman.

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

final plat approval - riverview heights south

Ald. Wendt introduced Resolution No. 73.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 73

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that final plat approval for Riverview Heights South subdivision is hereby granted per terms and conditions as noted in the developer's agreement by and between the City of Jefferson and Braun's of Jefferson, Inc.

Ald. Wendt, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve Resolution No. 73.

The City Administrator explained that there had been one change to the Developer's Agreement, (copies of which had been distributed to the Council) in that #7 on page 3 regarding the developer being responsible for the cost of street signs, had been removed.

After further discussion, roll was called on Resolution No. 73 approving the final plat for Riverview Heights South subdivision. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

granting exception to distance and density requirements at 210 kranz

Resolution No. 74 was removed from the agenda.

closure and lease of city right-of-way to imperial saloon

Ald. Carnes introduced Resolution No. 75.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 75

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to close and lease the three western most parking stalls on E. Milwaukee Street, adjacent to South Main Street, to the Imperial Saloon in the amount of $1.00 for Sunday, September 8, September 15, and October 6 beginning at 8 am and ending at 6 p.m.

Ald. Carnes, seconded by Ald. Rogers moved to approve Resolution No. 75.

Ald. Wendt, seconded by Ald. Rogers moved to amend the resolution to read that written proof of insurance was required, on a recommendation of the City Attorney. The motion carried on a voice vote.

Ald. Wagner stated that he was in favor of the September 15 request, due to the fact that it was Gemuetlichkeit related, however, he did not favor the other dates.

The consensus of the other Council members was that it was a good way to promote downtown Jefferson, and a fun activity for the patrons. It was also noted that there have never been any complaints or problems at the Imperial when these parties have been allowed before.

The motion carried on a voice vote, with Ald. Wagner voting no.

MEMORIAL FOR WILLARD ‘BILL' LAESCH

Ald. Wagner introduced Resolution No. 76.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 76

WHEREAS, God in his infinite mercy has chosen to call from his life, Willard ‘Bill' Laesch, and

WHEREAS, Bill was a long-time member of the Jefferson Fire Department, and

WHEREAS, Bill was a 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 Willard ‘Bill' Laesch and that a copy of this resolution be sent to the bereaved family.

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve the resolution. The Mayor requested that the Council stand for a moment of silence in acknowledgment of this resolution.

REPORTS

CHIEF OF POLICE

Police Chief Besel reported that there has been significant improvements made on the Tennyson property. He stated that the DNR had done an inspection and gave out orders and some instruction on disposal of some hazardous materials.

The Chief also reported that the department will have an FBI training program tomorrow, which will include drills to be carried out on the Ganser farm now owned by the city.

 

CITY ENGINEER

City Engineer Ludwig reported on:

Ald. Carnes asked that the City Engineer take a look at the North Street bridge to see if something could be done to improve the driving surface.

Ald. Oppermann asked the Engineer to look into the proposed bikeway on Dewey, which is part of the County Pedestrian and Bikeway Study.

CITY ATTORNEY

City Attorney Scheibel reported that he was pleased with the progress made by Mr. Tennyson and he will continue to monitor the situation. He also reported that the 90 day time frame will soon expire for Mr. Riche to make improvements or raze his building on the corner of Mechanic and South Main.

Ald. Polk, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to adjourn the September 3, 1996, meeting of the City of Jefferson Common Council. The motion carried unanimously.

These minutes of the September 3, 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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