MINUTES

CITY OF JEFFERSON COMMON COUNCIL MEETING

TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 1997

 

The Tuesday, Tuesday, June 17, 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

The Mayor read a letter from Police Officer Edward M. Lehman formally announcing his retirement as of July 1, 1997, from the Jefferson Police Department.

public participation

Parks, Recreation & Forestry Director Endl extended an invitation to the Council to attend the annual Summer Cook-Out at the Jefferson Aquatic Center. This cookout, put on by the Aquatic Center staff, will be held Saturday, June 21, 1997, from 1-7:30 p.m.

review of tax increment district no. 2 preliminary project plan

Dave Wagner of Ehlers & Associates was present at the Common Council meeting on Tuesday evening to review the preliminary project plan of TIF #2. Mr. Wagner presented the highlights of the Project Plan, as shown in a draft copy of the Project Plan from Ehlers & Associates.

Ald. Oppermann stated that the Jefferson Development Corporation had a chance to review the new project plan for TIF #2 and they believe it to be very visionary and are strongly in favor of its implementation.

Ald. Wendt stated that it was explained at the last Plan Commission meeting that the TIF can be used to finance roads and sewer & water mains outside of the TIF District if it can be proven to be beneficial to the District. This could be a very important option.

public hearing and final resolution on sPECIAL ASSESSMENTS for sIDEWALK ON NORTH JACKSON

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 sidewalk assessments. The Engineer also commented that the standard width of tree terrace may be narrowed in order to save some of the trees adjacent to the property line.

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. Charles Gottschalk, 812 Hyer Drive - power poles will be 22-1/2 feet from the center of the road.

Judy Sullivan, 757 Hyer Drive asked if the street had to be 40 feet; why sidewalks were needed past fairgrounds and stated opposition to sidewalks on both sides of the street. She stated she felt this was a "done deal".

City Engineer Ludwig stated this is a Collector Street, and a 40 foot street complies with that standard.

John Zastrow, 810 Hyer Drive stated he is opposed to these assessments and feels this project is not needed, and wanted to know what is pushing this. He did agree with safety factor.

Ald. Polk replied that it is part of the Master Plan and the design for paving sidewalks through the fair park up to Spangler Street is a safety factor.

Ald. Oppermann stated that it is needed for people living there, and for exercise.

Diane Zastrow, 810 Hyer Drive stated that the property owners have to take care of the sidewalks.

Pat Herbst, 770 Hyer Drive stated opposition and possible loss of trees.

City Engineer Ludwig assured her they would not take owners trees, but may take trees within the right-of-way which is 66 feet wide.

Carol Higgins, 776 Hyer Drive asked if the County is also paying on this project. The reply was yes - 50/50.

Jeff Higgins, 776 Hyer Drive inquired when this would begin and how long it would take.

City Engineer Ludwig answered they would start about mid-July and continue 4-6 weeks.

Denise Zastrow, 810 Hyer Drive had a concern about the rain water out of the driveway.

Don Smith, 747 Hyer Drive expressed concern for a culvert just installed in his driveway.

Mary Zenoni 771 Hyer Drive feels the City plans to do what they want, and will do it regardless of opposition. HyeHyer Hyer

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

Ald. Polk introduced Final Resolution No. 36.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

FINAL RESOLUTION NO. 36

Final Resolution authorizing sidewalk 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 17th day of June, 1997, for the purpose of hearing all interested persons concerning the preliminary report on the following proposed improvements:

Sidewalk: Approximately 4,300 lineal feet along North Jackson Avenue from the south entrance of the County Fairgrounds to West Spangler Road.

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 10 annual installments) when arrangements have been made in advance with the City Administrator. The minimum principal payments which shall be allowed under the installment plan shall be $100 per year. Deferred payment shall bear interest at a rate of 9% 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. Polk, seconded by Ald. Wendt moved to approve Resolution No. 36. Motion carried 7-1 with Ald. Wagner voting no.

consent agenda

Ald. Beyer introduced Resolution No. 37.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 37

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the consent agenda for June 17, 1997, is hereby adopted.

The consent agenda for tonight includes:

Licenses as recommended by the Regulatory Committee.
OPERATOR'S LICENSES - Renewals-One Year

Bade

Marty D.

W7886 Hwy B

Lake Mills

Barrett

Monica S.

330 Grant Street

Fort Atkinson

Foss

Debra J.

226 S. Highland Avenue

Jefferson

Ladien

Nate J.

204 E. Racine St

Jefferson

Latterell

Mary K.

431 N. Main

Jefferson

Messier

Blaine S.

935 Gafke Avenue

Jefferson

North

Vicky L.

110 Hillside Drive

Jefferson

Sellnow

Faith A.

305 East Ogden

Jefferson

Renewals - 2 Years

     

Atkinson

Tom

1306 Hickory Drive

Jefferson

Kirsch

Christopher C.

1380 W. Main #212

Whitewater

Revi

Shirley L.

154 West Plymouth

Jefferson

Sanchez

Teresa M.

118 East Mechanic Street

Jefferson

Schmocker

Linda A.

W9036 Evergreen Lane

Black River Falls

New - One year Licenses

     

Braun

Constance N.

1216 Hillside Drive, #4

Jefferson

Vogel

Sally A.

1029 Meadowood, #22

Jefferson

Schopen

Abby J.

N4235 Highway 89

Jefferson

Mueller

Benjamin P.

105 Aztalan Court Lt #29

Johnson Creek

 

Conditional Upon Completion

Of Awareness Course

 

New - Two year Licenses

     

Stiller

Clay S..

1316 Hillside Drive #4

Jefferson

 

Conditional Upon Completion

Of Awareness Course

 

Stiller

Randi R.

1316 Hillside Drive #4

Jefferson

 

Conditional Upon Completion

Of Awareness Course

 

RENEWAL OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSES

COMBINATION CLASS B LICENSES:

ESTABLISHMENT OWNER/AGENT/LEASEE ADDRESS

Duck In Jane L. Bentheimer 105 N. Main St.

Stooges Saloon Stooges Saloon LLC/Scott A. Galston 209 S. Main St.

CLASS C WINE LICENSE

River Front Restaurant Neim Bekiri 149 Collins Road

SPECIAL CLASS B' LICENSES

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Wagner, moved to approve Resolution No. 37. Motion carried unanimously.

proposed ordinance to repeal code related to fencing

Ald. Wagner introduced Ordinance #14-97 for its second reading.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

PROPOSED ORDINANCE #14-97

An ordinance to repeal Section 17.06(8)( c) 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 17.06(8)( c) is hereby repealed.

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

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Oppermann, moved to approve Proposed Ordinance #14-97.

Motion died with a vote of 7-1, Ald. Oppermann voted in favor.

deer creek apartments project

Ald. Wendt introduced Resolution No. 38.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 38

WHEREAS, the Plan Commission gave Mr. Daniel Johnson, owner of Deer Creek Apartments until June 1, 1997, to complete certain improvements, as stated in the Plan Commission minutes of April 23, 1997, to the Deer Creek Apartment Project, and

WHEREAS, said improvements have not been made, and

WHEREAS, the City has notified Mr. Daniel Johnson and his bank, the Equitable Bank of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, that the City plans on completing the improvements and will draw down the letter of credit,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the Common Council hereby approves making said improvements in an amount not to exceed $10,000, which will be reimbursed to the City by the irrevocable letter of credit from the Equitable Bank dated April 24, 1997.

Ald. Wendt, seconded by Ald. Rogers, moved to approve Resolution No. 38.

At the May 23, 1997, Plan Commission meeting, the Commission discussed their concerns about the unfinished construction of Deer Creek Apartments with owner Daniel Johnson. The Plan Commission gave Mr. Johnson until June 1, 1997, to do the following:

  1. Plantings around the buildings and on the berm.
  2. Grading, seeding, repairing earth cuts along DOT right-of-way and behind the garage units.
  3. Installation of playground equipment (Commercial Grade) and five picnic tables at the park.
  4. Install silt fencing adjacent to the pond
  5. Make necessary curb and gutter repairs.
  6. Clean up construction debris.

On Wednesday, June 4, 1997, Mayor Brawders, City Engineer Ludwig and City Administrator Schornack inspected the property. At that time some of the items above were started. On Thursday, June 5, 1997, the City Administrator video taped the unfinished items as mentioned above. At that time plantings were being made around some of the buildings and some grading was being done. The Plan Commission had required of Mr. Johnson a $10,000 letter of credit to assure that the above items would be completed. The City has received the letter of credit. The letter of credit (due to Mr. Johnson's Bank not giving a notice to the City as set out in the letter of credit) is good until July 15, 1997. The city has notified Mr. Johnson and his Bank that the City intends to finish the project and will draw down the letter of credit.

Ald. Wendt stated that the landscape plan should have been ok'd by the Planning Committee.

Motion carried 7-0. Ald. Wendorf abstained.

ROCK RIVER PARTNERSHIP AND MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

Ald. Oppermann introduced Resolution No. 39.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 39

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the Common Council hereby accepts the Memorandum of Understanding Agreement with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the City Administrator is hereby authorized to sign said agreement.

Ald. Oppermann, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve Resolution No.39.

Motion carried by a unanimous voice vote.

accepting bid for FIREWORKS DISPLAY on july 5

Ald. Wendorf introduced Resolution No. 40.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

RESOLUTION NO. 40

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to contract with Bartolotta's Fireworks to provide and display the 1997 fireworks on July 5, 1997, for an amount not to exceed $4,500.

Ald. Wendorf, seconded by Ald. Carnes, moved to approve Resolution No. 40.

Motion carried unanimously.

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Rogers, moved to adjourn to Closed Session pursuant to Section 19.85(1)( c) of the Wisconsin State Statutes to discuss the Hire of Personnel and Compensation.

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

The Mayor reconvened the meeting to open session.

HIRE OF A STREET CREW PERSON

Ald. Rogers introduced Resolution No. 41.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 41

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is authorized to hire Mr. Roger Kutz to the position of Street Crew Person at a starting wage of $11.1268 per hour.

Ald. Rogers, seconded by Ald.Carnes, moved to approve Resolution No. 41.

Motion unanimously carried by a voice vote.

recreation supervisor salary increase

Ald.Beyer introduced Resolution No. 42.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 42

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the salary of the Recreation Supervisor is hereby increased by $1,500.

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Wagner, moved to approve Resolution No. 42.

Motion carried unanimously.

REPORTS

CHIEF OF POLICE

Chief Besel reported that Jeff Schultz, from Palmyra, is replacing the full-time position of E. Michael Lehman.

CITY ENGINEER

City Engineer Ludwig reported the shoulders are being done on Crawfish Avenue and will be open July 19th.

The county will be removing the asphalt on N. Jackson in the fair park.

The sidewalk ramps will be starting next week by Tessman/Hecht.

Ludwig displayed layouts of Racine Street Bridge enhancements.

CITY ATTORNEY

Scott Scheibel reported on Deer Creek - 8 lot maps were in front of Planning Commission.

Tennyson taking awhile.

Judge Hue - no progress on old Big A - June 15th was deadline.

CITY ADMINISTRATOR

City Administrator Schornack State Historical - 7/18 12:30 p.m.

Milw. Delivery-letters of credit deadline June 1

Wenzel - Riverview Hts South - asking for Bond signed by Pete - $750,000 letter of credit.

Attended Administrative Conference in Egg Harbor

Ald. Wendt budgeting sidewalks instead of assessing.

COMMITTEES

Cable TV Franchise now has a final draft.

Ald. Wendt, seconded by Ald. Rogers, moved to adjourn the June 17, 1997, meeting of the City of Jefferson Common Council. The motion carried unanimously.

These minutes of the June 17, 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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