MINUTES

CITY OF JEFFERSON COMMON COUNCIL MEETING

tuesday, march 18, 1997

 

The Tuesday, March 18, 1997, 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. Polk, Ald. Wendt, Ald. Oppermann and Ald. Beyer. Also present was City Administrator Schornack, City Attorney Scheibel, Police Chief Besel, City Engineer Ludwig and Administrative Assistant Sellnow.

communications

Ald. Beyer read letters from Ms. Marge Propp and Mr. Brian Propp, residents near the St. John the Baptist School on Church Street, requesting that some action be taken to alleviate the vehicle congestion on school day mornings. They have had some difficulty in front of their home with parents stopping and blocking their driveway to drop off children for school.

Mayor Brawders read two thank you notes received by Pat Guttenberg of the CPA, and Mr. & Mrs. Wilson Beebe, election worker, thanking the Council for the City Appreciation Dinner.

Ald. Wagner read from the Daily Union account on the passing of Mr. Don Dunnington. Mr. Dunnington will be sorely missed by the City of Jefferson.

public hearing on the proposed rezoning of a Portion of Parcel No. 06-14-03-44-026, located on w. madison, from (R1) Single Family Residential to (RM) Multifamily

Mayor Brawders called the public hearing to order.

City Administrator Schornack read the Notice of Public Hearing.

City Engineer Dan Ludwig gave an explanation of the proposed amendment to the official map for the proposed multifamily on West Madison Street. However, the City Engineer also explained that after discussion at Plan Commission, Mr. Mahoney withdrew his request, and the Plan Commission did table their recommendation.

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. Redggy Pohlmann of 116 N. Franklin presented the Common Council with a petition from 26 residents in the area that believe there is an overabundance of multifamily in the area already, and would not be in favor of another project.

Mr. Mark Ihlenfeld of 122 N. Franklin also stated his opposition to the addition of more multifamily in the area.

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

Ald. Rogers introduced Ordinance #7-97 for its second reading.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

ORDINANCE #7-97

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 (R-1) District and adding said property to the Multifamily (RM) District:

Description: Along the north side of W. Madison Avenue opposite N. Franklin Street

Parcel #: the Southeast portion of #06-14-03-44-026

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. Rogers, seconded by Ald. Wagner moved to approve Proposed Ordinance #7-97 for discussion purposes.

Ald. Wagner stated that he believed we should protect the residents of the area and vote down the rezoning of this parcel.

Roll was then called on proposed Ordinance #7-97. On call of the roll, the motion was defeated on a vote of 0 ayes and 8 nays.

public hearing and rezoning of 758 n. watertown avenue

Mayor Brawders called the public hearing to order.

City Administrator Schornack read the Notice of Public Hearing.

City Engineer Dan Ludwig gave an explanation of the proposed amendment to the official map. He stated that in Plan Commission the proposed new zoning was changed to (BHN) Highway and Neighborhood Business District from (BC) Central Business District. The City Engineer also explained that the new zoning would allow for auto sales, after obtaining a conditional use permit.

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. Harold Fritsch of 714 N. Watertown Avenue stated his opposition to the rezoning and addition of a car dealer on this parcel.

Ms. Carol Griggs of 746 N. Watertown Avenue also stated her opposition to the rezoning.

Mr. Mike Foerster, owner of 758 N. Watertown Ave., addressed the Common Council and informed them that the proposed car dealer called late this afternoon and pulled out of their deal. Therefore, at this time, there is no need for the rezoning.

Hearing from no one else, Mayor Brawders closed the public hearing and removed proposed Ordinance #8-97 from the agenda.

consent agenda

Ald. Wagner introduced Resolution No. 164.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 164

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the consent agenda for March 18, 1997, is hereby adopted.

The consent agenda for tonight includes:

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Rogers moved to approve Resolution No. 164.

On call of the roll, the motion to accept the consent agenda passed on a vote of 7 to 0 with one abstention by Ald. Wendt on the Council minutes of March 4, 1997.

update of municipal code book

Ald. Carnes introduced Ordinance #9-97 for its first reading.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

ORDINANCE #9-97


An ordinance to amend the general ordinances of the City of Jefferson, Wisconsin.

WHEREAS, it is deemed expedient and necessary that the Municipal Code of the City of Jefferson be brought up-to-date; and

WHEREAS, ordinances adopted through Ordinance #6-97, dated March 4, 1997, and changes necessitated by changes in State law have now been incorporated into the Municipal Code; and

WHEREAS, a copy of such amended Code has been on file and open for public inspection in the office of the City Administrator for not less than 2 weeks, as required by 66.035, Wis. Stats., and notice thereof was given by publication on March 14, 1997, in the Daily Jefferson County Union;

NOW, THEREFORE, the City Council of the City of Jefferson ordains as follows:

Section 1. That the Code of Ordinances in book form entitled, "Municipal Code of the City of Jefferson, Wisconsin", as amended, shall be and hereby is adopted as the general ordinances in and for the City of Jefferson, Wisconsin.

Section 2. This ordinance shall take effect the day after passage and publication as provided by law.

This is a first reading.

solicitation of competItive proposals for a $1,000,000 General Obligation Promissory Note

Ald. Wendorf introduced Resolution No. 165.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 165

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EHLERS AND ASSOCIATES, INC. TO SOLICIT COMPETITIVE PROPOSALS FOR $1,000,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION PROMISSORY NOTES OF THE CITY OF JEFFERSON, WISCONSIN

WHEREAS, Wisconsin Statutes, Section 67.12(12) authorizes the City of Jefferson to issue General Obligation Promissory Notes; and

WHEREAS, the City needs to finance its planned 1997 street improvements; and

WHEREAS, Ehlers and Associates, Inc. is the financial advisor for the City of Jefferson;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson, Jefferson County, Wisconsin, that Ehlers and Associates, Inc. is authorized to solicit competitive proposals for the purchase of $1,000,000 General Obligation Promissory Notes of the City of Jefferson.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Ehlers & Associates is authorized to prepare an Official Statement in behalf of the issuer in accordance with Rule 15c2-12 of the General rules and Regulations, Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Ald. Wendorf, seconded by Ald. Oppermann moved to approve Resolution No. 165.

Ald. Wendorf stated that the Finance Committee is recommending Resolution No. 165 on a vote of 2 to 1. Ald. Wendorf also noted that recommending this resolution does not lock the Council into the proposed list of projects. It is still flexible.

Ald. Wendorf also stated that this is a beneficial time to do this bond issue due to the fact that the TIF District is being closed this year and the City will be retiring that debt, therefore, taking on this debt will not raise the tax levy.

Ald. Oppermann explained that when the subject of a bond issue was first discussed at budget time, the amount was $500,000 and it has now grown to $1 million. That was due to the fact that as more discussion was held, it was realized that there was an opportunity to include several other needed projects without adversely effecting the city's mill rate.

Ald. Wagner stated his support of the bond issue, pointing out that a number of projects are three to four years behind schedule and need to be completed.

Mayor Brawders introduced Dave Wagner of Ehlers & Associates. Mr. Wagner explained the procedures and the timing of bidding out this bond issue in the next month.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 165 authorizing Ehlers and Associates, Inc. to solicit competitive proposals for $1,000,000 general obligation promissory notes for the City of Jefferson, Wisconsin. On call of the roll, Ald. Carnes, Ald. Rogers, Ald. Polk, Ald. Oppermann, Ald. Beyer, Ald. Wagner, and Ald. Wendorf voted aye and Ald. Wendt voted no. The motion carried 7 to 1.

approval of revolving loan fund application from foremost buildings, inc.

Ald. Wendt introduced Resolution No. 166.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 166

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that a revolving fund loan be approved for Foremost Builders, Inc. with the following conditions:

Loan Amount: $170,000
Term: 7 years
Interest Rate: Years 1 through 5 is 5%
Years 6 and 7 is 6%

Loan Security: The loan will be secured by an unlimited personal guarantee from each of the five owners; and security interest in all the assets that the other participating lenders have as an interest.

Other Conditions: All terms that are in the Revolving Loan Fund Policy will be complied with and be made apart of the terms of this agreement.

Ald. Wendt, seconded by Ald. Oppermann moved to approve Resolution No. 166.

Ald. Wendt, a member of the Revolving Loan Fund Review Committee, explained their recommendation that Foremost Builders be granted the $170,000 loan. One of the points made was that the business has a potential for up to 20 new jobs in the future.

After further discussion, roll was called on Resolution No. 166. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

1996 compliance maintenance annual report for the wwtp

Ald. Beyer introduced Resolution No. 167.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

RESOLUTION NO. 167

BE IT RESOLVED that the Common Council of the City of Jefferson hereby informs the Department of Natural Resources that said Council has reviewed the Compliance Maintenance Annual Report for calendar year 1996 which is attached hereto as part of this resolution.

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Rogers moved to approve Resolution No. 167.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent Mike Kelly addressed the Council and explained the main points of this annual report required by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Mr. Kelly explained that as a whole, our treatment plant is doing a good job, however, as the report points out, the capacity limits and sludge storage limitations are continuing to become critical concerns. It was explained that there would be a capacity study done in 1997 and it is critical that the city continue looking at new storage methods.

After further discussion, roll was called on Resolution No. 167. The motion carried unanimously.

GREENWOOD CEMETERY ASSOCIATION REQUEST FOR FUNDS

Ald. Oppermann introduced Resolution No. 168.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 168

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to disburse $5,000 from the Cemetery Association budget to the Greenwood Cemetery Association.

Ald. Oppermann, seconded by Ald. Wagner moved to approve Resolution No. 168.

It was explained that it was the Finance Committee's recommendation to authorize a disbursement of $5,000 of the $9,325 budgeted for the Cemetery Association.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 168. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

cancellation and rescheduling of april 1 meeting

Ald. Rogers introduced Resolution No. 169.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 169

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the regularly scheduled meeting of the Jefferson Common Council on April 1, 1997, is hereby canceled, and rescheduled for March 24, 1997, at 5:30 p.m.

Ald. Rogers, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve Resolution No. 169. The motion carried on a voice vote.

REPORTS

CHIEF OF POLICE

Chief Besel reported that Officer Dale Lutz was hired by the Police & Fire Commission to replace full-time Officer John Lewicki who had resigned from the Jefferson Police Department to take a position in Fort Atkinson. Officer Lutz is a long-time resident of the City of Jefferson and has been a part-time Officer with the City of Jefferson for over a year. The Police & Fire Commission also chose Officer Jeff Schultz to replace Officer Mike Lehmann upon his retirement this year.

Chief Besel then reported on the seven municipal police departments that he and the City Administrator have toured lately for some insights on possible designs for a new Police Department in the City of Jefferson.

CITY ENGINEER

City Engineer Ludwig reported on:

CITY ATTORNEY

The City Attorney reported that the owner of the property at 122 N. Main petitioned the court for a continuance to April 24.

CITY ADMINISTRATOR

City Administrator Schornack reminded the Council of the joint meeting with the Jefferson Development Corporation coming up on Tuesday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. at Miss Kitty's.

COMMITTEES

Ald. Wendt requested that the Streets Health Sanitation Committee look into the storm sewer problem at 911 S. Dewey Avenue.

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Wendt moved to adjourn the Tuesday, March 18, 1997, meeting of the City of Jefferson Common Council. The motion carried unanimously.

These minutes of the March 18, 1997, 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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