Jefferson City Council - Minutes - 1996

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MINUTES

CITY OF JEFFERSON COMMON COUNCIL
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1996

 

The Tuesday, December 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. Wendorf, Ald. Carnes, Ald. Rogers, Ald. Wendt, Ald. Oppermann and Ald. Beyer. Ald. Polk was absent. Also present was City Administrator Schornack, City Attorney Scheibel, Police Chief Besel, City Engineer Ludwig and Administrative Assistant Sellnow.

wpra ‘award of excellence' presentation

Parks, Recreation & Forestry Director Endl presented the Council with an "Award of Excellence", which the City of Jefferson was given by the Wisconsin Park and Recreation Association to recognize their award winning project of the Rotary/Waterfront Park.

public hearing and adoption of the 1997 general, special funds and wastewater utility budgets and approving the tax levy

Mayor Brawders called the public hearing to order.

City Administrator Schornack gave an overview of the proposed 1997 budget by department and category, referring to overheads and the Notice of Public Hearing. He stated that the 1997 General Fund operating expenditures in 1997 are proposed at $3,205,169 compared to $2,878,176 in 1996, for a 11.36% increase. Total General Fund operating expenditures and transfers to other funds (not including transfer to debt service) in 1997 are proposed at $3,358,669 compared to $3,208,176 in 1996, for a 4.69% overall increase. He also stated that state aids to cities are again down significantly as the state was being forced to cutback due to shifting more state funds to school districts.

The proposed 1996 municipal property tax levy is set at $1,250,000 compared to $1,100,000 in 1995. A 13.64% increase in the municipal portion of the levy compared to 1995. The municipal tax rate is established at $8.62 per thousand as compared to $7.68 in 1995, a 12.31% increase. The overall tax rate is $28.97 per thousand as compared to $33.12 in 1995, a 12.53% decrease.

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.

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

Ald. Wendorf introduced Resolution No. 121.

 

CITY Of jEFFERSON

RESOLUTION NO. 121

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the 1997 General Fund budget attached hereto and the 1997 budgets for Special Funds and the Wastewater Treatment Utility are hereby adopted.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that any budgetary figures stipulated in the Municipal Code shall be amended to reflect changes authorized in the Municipal budget.

Ald. Wendorf, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve Resolution No. 121.

Ald. Wagner thanked the Finance Committee and city staff for a job well done in developing this 1997 budget.

On call of the roll, the motion to accept the 1997 City of Jefferson General Fund, Special Funds, and Sewer Utility budgets passed unanimously.

Ald. Oppermann introduced Resolution No. 122.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

RESOLUTION NO. 122

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the 1996 General Fund Property Tax Levy for Municipal Services in 1997 in the amount of $1,250,000 is hereby approved; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following tax rates are hereby adopted:

State of Wisconsin .279060072

Jefferson County 5.843755530

Jefferson School District 14.647957116

VTAE - Technical College 2.105470744

CITY OF JEFFERSON 8.625867773

SUBTOTAL: 31.502111235

Less State School Credit -2.530475261

NET TAX RATE: 28.971635974

Ald. Oppermann, seconded by Ald. Wendorf moved to approve Resolution No. 122.

The motion carried unanimously.

consent agenda

Ald. Wagner introduced Resolution No. 123.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 123

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

The consent agenda for tonight includes:

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Rogers moved to approve Resolution No. 123.

Ald. Wendorf requested that the Council minutes be voted on separately. The motion to accept the minutes passed on a vote of 6 to 0, with one abstention from Ald. Wendorf.

On call of the roll on the remainder of the Consent agenda, the motion carried on a vote of 7 to 0.

repealing and replacing a section of the municipal code related to site grades

Ald. Rogers introduced Proposed Ordinance #24-96.

CITY of jefferson
proposed ordinance #24-96

An Ordinance to Repeal and Recreate Section 17.02(6)(a) of the Municipal Code Related to the Establishment of Grades.

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

Section 1. Section 17.02(6)(a) of the Municipal Code related to establishment of grades is hereby repealed and recreated as follows:

Section 2. Section 17.02(6)(a) Establishment of Grades. Every building hereafter erected, structurally altered, or relocated shall be at a grade demonstrated by the applicant to be in satisfactory relationship with the established grades, or with the existing street grades where none is established, with particular consideration for proper drainage and safe vehicular access.

Section 3. This ordinance shall take effect and be in full force after passage and publication as provided by law.

Ald. Rogers, seconded by Ald. Wendt moved to approve Proposed Ordinance #24-96.

City Engineer Dan Ludwig explained that this repeal and recreation of Section 17.02(6)(a) of the zoning code was developed, with input by Building Inspector Guy Burlingame, to remove undue liability from the City with a portion of the site restrictions in the zoning code.

On a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.

proposed ordinance related to collection of delinquent utilities

Ald. Oppermann introduced Ordinance #25-96 for its first reading.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
PROPOSED ORDINANCE #25-96

An ordinance to Repeal and Recreate Section 13.05 and to Repeal and Recreate Section 13.23(1) and (3) and to Repeal Section 13.23(3)(b) of the Municipal Code of the City of Jefferson Related to Collection of Delinquent Utilities.

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

Section 1. Section 13.23(3)(b) is hereby repealed.

Section 2. ELECTRIC shall be repealed as a subheading of the following amendment.

Section 3. Section 13.05 of the Municipal Code of the City of Jefferson, Wisconsin, is hereby repealed and recreated to read as follows:

13.05 COLLECTION OF DELINQUENT UTILITY CHARGES

  1. PROCEDURE. (a) The Utility Commission shall inform the City Administrator before October 15 of each year of all lots or parcels for which utility service was supplied in the year preceding October 1 and for which amounts of utility charges are still owed.
    1. On October 15, the Administrator shall give written notice to the owner and occupant of each such parcel stating that an amount is owed for utility service; the amount still owed, including any penalty assessed pursuant to the Commission's rules; that unless that amount is paid by November 1, an additional penalty of 10% of the amount in arrears will be added thereto; and that unless the amount in arrears plus penalty are paid by November 15, the amount will be levied as a tax on the lot or parcel served and for which payment is delinquent. Notice mailed to the last known address of the lot owner shall be notice to the owner. It shall be the owners duty to notify the Utility Commission office of any change in address.

( c) After November 16, the City Administrator shall certify a list of all parcels or lots for which payments are in arrears and for which notice has been given, including the amount of arrears with any penalty added thereto. Such delinquent amounts including any penalty shall thereupon become a lien upon the property to which the utility service was furnished and payment for which is delinquent, and the clerk shall insert the same as a tax against such lot or parcel of real estate. All proceedings in relation to the collection of general property taxes and to the return and sale of property for delinquent taxes shall apply to said tax if the same is not paid within the time required by law for payment of taxes upon real estate.

    1. If an arrearage is for utility service furnished and metered by the utility directly to a mobile home unit in a licensed mobile home park, the notice shall be given to the owner of the mobile home unit and the delinquent amount shall become a lien on the mobile home unit rather than a lien on the parcel of real estate on which the mobile home unit is located. A lien on a mobile home unit may be enforced using the procedures under ss.779.48(2).
  1. DELINQUENT TENANT NOTICE. (a) If the owner of a rental dwelling unit notifies the Utility Commission in writing of the name and address of the owner and the name and address of a tenant who is responsible for payment of the utility charges; Or, if requested by the Utility Commission, the owner of the rental dwelling unit provides the Utility Commission with a copy of the rental or lease agreement in which the tenant assumes responsibility for the payment of the utility charges, the Utility Commission shall serve notice of the past due charges on the owner of the rental dwelling unit within 14 days of the date on which the tenant's charges became past due. Proof of mailing shall be made by Affidavit.
    1. If the Utility Commission proceeds to collect arrearages under par. (1), all notices under par. (1) shall be sent to the owner of the property.
  1. HEARING. If any owner or occupant shall dispute the delinquency in writing to the City Administrator before November 1, a hearing on the dispute shall be held before the Utility Commission within 30 days, unless the time for hearing is extended by the Commission. The delinquency shall not become a lien prior to the decision of the Commission. Unless notified by the Commission after hearing, the delinquency shall become a lien on the real estate as set forth herein as of the date of delinquency.

Section 4. Section 13.23(1) of the Municipal Code of the City of Jefferson, Wisconsin, is hereby repealed and recreated to read as follows:

  1. BILLING PRACTICE. (1) BILLING PERIOD. Fixed and variable charges for all customers shall be billed on a monthly basis.

Section 5. Section 13.23(3) of the Municipal Code of the City of Jefferson, Wisconsin, is hereby repealed and recreated to read as follows:

13.23(3) PENALTIES. Charges levied in accordance with this subchapter shall be a debt due to the City. If the debt is not paid within 20 days after it is due and payable, it shall be deemed delinquent. There shall be an added penalty of 1 & % of the amount of the monthly bill per month and all unpaid balances will be compounded monthly.

Section 6. This ordinance shall take effect and be in full force after passage and publication as provided by law.

This is a first reading.

ACCEPTANCE OF DONATION OF LAND FROM DONNELL H. GEIB

Ald. Beyer introduced Resolution No. 124.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 124

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City of Jefferson does hereby accept the gift of land from Mr. Donnell H. Geib described as follows:

Parcel No. 06-14-02-34-075

Description: Parcel II of Warranty Deed Document No. 926201 recorded on June 30th, 1994, in Vol. 887 of Records, Page 808 with the Jefferson County Register of Deeds:

Parcel II: All that part of Lot 13, Block 8, Howell's Addition of Jefferson, being a subdivision in the Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section 2, Township 6 north, Range 14 East, City of Jefferson, Jefferson County, Wisconsin, bounded and described as follows: Commencing on the North line of Lot 13 at a point 141' west of the Northeast corner of said Lot; thence East on said North line 48'; thence South on a line parallel with the East line of said Lot 13 to Rock River; thence Northwesterly along the bank of Rock River to a point due South of the point of beginning; thence North parallel with the East line of Lot 13 to the Place of beginning.

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Wagner moved to approve Resolution No. 124.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

AUTHORIZING PURCHASE OF LAND FROM MR. WILLIAM C. MILLER FOR WEST PUERNER STREET

Ald. Wendt introduced Resolution No. 125.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 125

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to execute the attached purchase agreement and related documents by and between Mr. William C. Miller and the City of Jefferson in the amount of $13,100 for land associated with the construction of West Puerner Street.

Ald. Wendt, seconded by Ald. Rogers moved to approve Resolution No. 125.

Finance Committee unanimously recommends this resolution.

On call of the roll, the motion to approve Resolution No. 125 carried unanimously.

Mayor Brawders took a moment to introduce the Commerce & Industry Director Dave Olsen to the Common Council.

Ald. Oppermann, seconded by Ald. Beyer, moved to adjourn to Closed Session pursuant to Section 19.85(1)(e) of the Wisconsin State Statutes to discuss the Purchase of Public Property.

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Wendt, moved to reconvene to open session.

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

authorizing purchase of real estate from jefferson county for the extension of west puerner street

Resolution No. 126 was struck from the agenda.

REPORTS

CITY ENGINEER

City Engineer Dan Ludwig reported that North Parkway was paved last week and North Jackson has been graveled with the help of the Jefferson County Highway Department.

The City Engineer also reported that work was continuing to secure the land needed for the West Puerner Street project.

CITY ATTORNEY

The City Attorney reported his progress with the foreclosure of Braun's Employee Cooperative and progress with the state to get answers to questions on funding the dam.

CITY ADMINISTRATOR

The City Administrator stated that the Chamber was requesting the use of the band shell to be placed in front of the Chamber building for Friday night, in conjunction with the first annual Christmas Parade of Lights. It was the consensus of the Council that the band shell could be used.

City Administrator Schornack also reported that we have received official word from the State that there will not be a lottery credit on our property taxes this year.

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Carnes moved to adjourn the December 3, 1996, meeting of the City of Jefferson Common Council. The motion carried unanimously.

These minutes of the December 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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