MINUTES

CITY OF JEFFERSON COMMON COUNCIL MEETING

tuesday, may 20, 1997

 

The Tuesday, May 20, 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, City Engineer Ludwig and Administrative Assistant Sellnow.

communications

Ald. Carnes read a letter from the Pitz Stop requesting a street light at the intersection of North Street and N. Main. The Mayor referred the request to the Water & Electric Utility and the Streets Health Sanitation Committee.

Mayor Brawders read a letter from Ald. Wendt stating that he will be moving to Milwaukee and, therefore, is resigning from the Common Council as of June 30, 1997. The Mayor stated that it was with regret that he accepts Ald. Wendt's resignation and extended the best wishes of the Council to Jim for his future.

consent agenda

Ald. Beyer introduced Resolution No. 19.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 19

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the consent agenda for May 20, 1997, is hereby adopted.

The consent agenda for tonight includes:

Vouchers Payable for April and May, 1997, in the amounts of $1,611.74 and $86,953.62.

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Wagner moved to approve Resolution No. 19. The motion carried unanimously.

 

REZONING OF 152 W. CANDISE STREET

Ald. Wendt introduced Ordinance #11-97 for its first reading.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

ORDINANCE #11-97

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 Central Business (BC) District:

Description: Lot 9, Block 8, Howell's Addition

Parcel #: 06-14-02-34-71

Address: 152 W. Candise 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. This ordinance will be referred to the Plan Commission.

park land dedication or impact fees

Ald. Oppermann introduced Ordinance #12-97 for its first reading.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

PROPOSED ORDINANCE #12-97

An ordinance to repeal and recreate Section 18.06 of the Municipal Code of the City of Jefferson.

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

Section 1. Section 18.06 of the municipal code, City of Jefferson, related to Public Sites and Open Spaces is hereby repealed and recreated, as follows:

Section 2. Section 18.06 PARK LAND DEDICATION OR IMPACT FEES

(1) DEDICATION OF PUBLIC PARKS & OTHER PUBLIC SITES. (a) In the design of a subdivision, including minor subdivisions, or planned area developments, the subdivider shall dedicate sufficient land area and/or fees to provide adequate park, playground, recreation and open space to meet the needs to be created by and to be provided for the subdivision, minor subdivision, or planned area development project. At least 1,750 square feet of land shall be dedicated for each proposed residential dwelling unit within the approved final subdivision, minor subdivision or planned area development project and 484 square feet of land for each institutional residential unit.
Where a definite commitment is made by the subdivider with respect to the number of dwelling units to be constructed on any parcel of land, the dedication shall be based on that number. Where no such commitment exists, the dedication shall be based on the maximum number of dwelling units permitted in the zoning district. If the number of lots in the plat or survey is increased, or the zoning classification is changed to increase the number of dwelling units allowed or the committed number of dwelling units is increased by the subdivider, developer or landowner, the Plan Commission shall require additional dedications for the allowed increase in dwelling units.

(b) Where, at the discretion of the Plan Commission, acting on the recommendation of the Park, Recreation and Forestry Commission, there is no land suitable for parks within the proposed subdivision or planned development project, or the dedication of land is not feasible, or the dedication of land would not be compatible with the City's Master Plan and Park and Open Space Plan, or
The Commissions determine that a cash contribution or combination of land and fees will better serve the public interest, and shall thereby require the developer to pay a fee-in-lieu of making the required land dedication.

(c) The amount of any fee imposed in lieu of land dedication shall be based on the lesser of either the "fair market value" of the amount of land which would otherwise be required to be dedicated or $150 for each institutional residential housing unit and $450 each for all other dwelling unit types. The maximum fee per dwelling unit may be adjusted annually for inflation per Common Council approval.

(d) Payment shall be in a lump sum prior to the recording of a final plat or certified survey map or prior to the issuance of any building permit for a development where no plat or certified survey map is involved.

    1. CREDIT FOR PRIVATE PARK AND RECREATION AREAS. Where private park and recreation areas are provided in a proposed planned area development district and such space is to be privately owned and maintained by the future residents of the development, such areas may be credited toward, but not to exceed 25% of, the requirement of dedication for park and recreation purposes.

This is a first reading. This ordinance will be referred to the Plan Commission and Parks & Recreation Commission for their recommendation.

sPECIAL ASSESSMENTS for bITUMINOUS, sIDEWALK, sTORM SEWER, AND CURB AND GUTTER IMPROVEMENTS ON NORTH JACKSON AND CLARK

Ald. Polk introduced Resolution No. 20.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

PRELIMINARY RESOLUTION NO. 20

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:
  2. Bituminous, Sidewalk, Storm Sewer and Curb and Gutter on North Jackson Avenue and Clark Street

  3. 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.
  4. The Assessments against any parcel may be paid in full or in 10 annual installments when arrangements have been made with the City Administrator.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 June 3, 1997, at 7:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 317 S. Main Street, Jefferson, Wisconsin.

Ald. Polk, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve Preliminary Resolution No. 20. The motion carried unanimously.

1996 sewer utility audit

Ald. Wendorf introduced Resolution No. 21.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 21

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the 1996 Sewer Utility Financial Statement and Audit Report are hereby accepted.

Ald. Wendorf, seconded by Ald. Wendt moved to approve Resolution No. 21.

Mr. John Andres of Virchow Krause, the city's auditors, reviewed the Sewer Utility audit with the Common Council. In summary, the utility's revenues are stable, although interest income was down. The utility's balance sheet shows the cash and investments of the utility to be extremely healthy, which will help with the future upgrades of the utility. Mr. Andres pointed out that the balance sheet shows $2.3 million in debt, but also $3.3 million in retained earnings.

In conclusion, Mr. Andres stated that 1996 was an O.K. year for the sewer utility, and overall the Jefferson Sewer Utility is very financially strong. He recommends that the City develop a 5-7 year financial plan in anticipation of the future needs for plant expansion, sludge storage and phosphorous removal.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 21 to accept the 1996 Sewer Utility audit. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

ADOPTION OF 1997 CITY OF JEFFERSON COMPREHENSIVE OUTDOOR RECREATION PLAN

Ald. Oppermann introduced Resolution No. 22.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 22

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the

1997 City of Jefferson Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan is hereby adopted.

Ald. Oppermann, seconded by Ald. Rogers moved to approve Resolution No. 22.

Ms. Rhonda James of Schreiber/Anderson reviewed the report with the Council. The highlights of her report included:

Ald. Beyer stated that Fisher Field is the only hardball diamond in the city, and that could be in jeopardy if the school expands. Therefore, a community park, including hardball diamonds would be important.

Ald. Wagner inquired about the cost and time-frame for replacing the playground equipment in Riverfront Park. Could the project be spread out over three years instead of in one year.

Ms. James explained that any item in the report is a recommendation. The Council will still have the final word on any part of these projects and when and if they are accomplished.

Ms. James was asked about the boat launch in Tensfeldt Park to be done in 1999. Will the old launch on Riverview Drive be removed. Ms. James stated that residents will be encouraged to use the Tensfeldt Park launch, however, the old launch will remain as a back-up when Tensfeldt is too busy.

It was also interjected that the Plan does assume that some moneys will be contributed by local service groups. It is not the intent of the Plan that the taxpayers pay for 100% of the projects.

Ald. Wendorf stated his support for this Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan because it qualifies the City for DNR grants.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 22 adopting the 1997 Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

handicap ramping contract with tessman/hecht for ramping of east side of jefferson

Ald. Wendt introduced Resolution No. 23.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 23

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to contract pursuant to Section 62.15(1) of the Wisconsin State Statutes for installation of handicap ramps by Tessman/Hecht in an amount not to exceed $10,000.

Ald. Wendt, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve Resolution No. 23.

Mayor Brawders asked City Engineer Ludwig how many ramps would be done.

The City Engineer stated that the first concentration will be to finish the southeast quadrant of the City. There are about 40 corners remaining to be done. Then the northeast quadrant will be worked on. A total of about 70 ramps will be done.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 23. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

requesting dot to revamp east approach plans for racine st. bridge project

Ald. Carnes introduced Resolution No. 24.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 24

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City of Jefferson requests the Department of Transportation revise the east approach plans for the Racine Street Bridge Project to reduce the loss of parking stalls along Main Street and Racine Street.

Ald. Carnes, seconded by Ald. Polk moved to approve Resolution No. 24.

Ald. Beyer stated that the Streets Health Sanitation Committee feels that we are still losing too many parking stalls in the downtown area due to the reworking of the intersection of Main and Racine when the Racine Street bridge is reconstructed next year.

Ald. Wendt asked if the Department of Transportation would assist the city with creating parking underneath the bridge.

Ald. Oppermann asked if we could get a monetary recovery from the DOT for the loss of parking.

City Engineer Ludwig stated that he has talked with the DOT and they do not compensate a community for the loss of parking. However, if we request that the intersection plan is revamped even more to save parking stalls, we will down grade the intersection to the point where it will not handle the anticipated traffic levels in the future. The new intersection was originally redesigned to handle traffic for the next 20 years.

Ald. Rogers stated that we need to work with the downtown businesses to develop more parking in the rear of their establishments.

Ald. Carnes stated that he supports the current plan revision, and the Council should not cut it further and jeopardize the grade of the intersection. The Council needs to address the parking situation downtown in any case.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 24 to revise the east approach plans for the Racine Street Bridge project. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

cost share for re-staking of south dewey avenue through meadow springs golF course

Ald. Wagner introduced Resolution No. 25.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 25

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to cost share the re-staking of South Dewey Avenue through the Meadow Spring Golf Course in an amount not to exceed $1,250.

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Beyer, for discussion purposes, moved to approve Resolution No. 25.

Ald. Wendorf stated that the Finance Committee is unanimously against this resolution.

After discussion, roll was called on Resolution No. 25. On call of the roll, the motion was defeated on a vote of 0-ayes and 8 nays.

distribution of funds to cia

Ald. Rogers introduced Resolution No. 26.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 26

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to distribute $14,400 of budgeted funds to the Commerce & Industry Association.

Ald. Rogers, seconded by Ald. Oppermann moved to approve Resolution No. 26.

Ald. Oppermann explained that this item was in the budget, and that this third of the CIA's funding will actually come from the Sewer Utility.

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

Ald. Polk, seconded by Ald. Rogers, 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.

Mayor Brawders reconvened the Council to open session.

authorizing purchase of property

Ald. Beyer introduced Resolution No. 27.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 27

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator and the City Attorney are hereby authorized to execute documents and consummate the purchase of approximately 40 acres of property from Sally Gross in the amount of $270,000 with the contingencies agreed upon by the Common Council.

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Carnes moved to approve Resolution No. 27.

On call of the roll: Ald. Wendorf, Ald. Carnes, Ald. Rogers, Ald. Polk, Ald. Oppermann and Ald. Beyer voted aye; Ald. Wagner and Ald. Wendt voted no. The motion carried on a vote of 6 to 2.

service contract with ehlers & associates for creation of new tif district

Ald. Wendorf introduced Resolution No. 28.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 28

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to execute a service contract with Ehlers & Associates for the creation of a new TIF District in an amount not to exceed $7,500.

Ald. Wendorf, seconded by Ald. Oppermann moved to approve Resolution No. 28. On call of the roll, Ald. Carnes, Ald. Rogers, Ald. Polk, Ald. Oppermann, Ald. Beyer, and Ald. Wendorf voted aye; Ald. Wendt and Ald. Wagner voted no.

REPORTS

CITY ATTORNEY

The City Attorney reviewed his findings on the layout of Deer Creek Court.

CITY ADMINISTRATOR

City Administrator Schornack reported on the following:

COMMITTEES

Ald. Oppermann showed the Council a photograph of the design that the Water & Electric Commission has chosen for the new water tower in Oak Ridge Park.

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to adjourn the May 20, 1997, meeting of the City of Jefferson Common Council. The motion carried unanimously.

These minutes of the May 20, 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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