MINUTES
city of jefferson common council
tuesday, january 20, 1998


The Tuesday, January 20, 1998, meeting of the City of Jefferson Common Council was called to order at 7:38 p.m. by Mayor Brawders. Members present: Ald. Wagner, Ald. Wendorf, Ald. Carnes, Ald. Polk, Ald. Hetzel, 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

Mayor Brawders read a letter from Mr. Monte Yaeger stating that he would be stepping down from the Plan Commission. Mr. Yaeger will be moving away from Jefferson at the end of January. Mayor Brawders thanked Monte for his 9 years of service.

public participation

Mr. Roy Ellefson of 402 W. Madison St., Cambridge, owner of the business at 136 S. Main, Jefferson, addressed the Council in regard to the No Parking from 2 AM to 6 AM in the downtown area. His business opens very early and he stops by with towels and supplies before 4:30 am and has received some tickets.

Don Kraus of 702 Windsor asked if there will be a public hearing on the $1.375 million bond for the police department.

City Administrator Schornack stated that no public hearing was required by law for the bond issue and this project was discussed at budget hearing.

Ms. Margaret Beyer of 623 South Center requested that the council members consider writing their state congressmen to rescind the new $10,000 liquor license law. There are proposed attachments to the law that would take the power away from the local officials to consider the closing of bad establishments. There will be a meeting in Madison on January 27 with the tavern league regarding the proposals.

WATER & ELECTRIC SUPERINTENDENT REPORT

Water & Electric Superintendent Bruce Folbrecht explained the power outage which occurred downtown yesterday. One of the high voltage cable terminations failed at the Crawfish station. All terminations are being looked at by Water & Electric and will be replaced if needed.

The Superintendent also informed the Council of some new legislation co-sponsored by Ward and Fitzgerald which could be beneficial to the State. This legislation would mandate more power plants to be built in the state and change some rules that would eliminate some red tape.

Superintendent Folbrecht also reported on the upcoming trip to Washington D.C.. 45 representatives from Wisconsin, including Bruce Folbrecht, Ald. Polk, and Ald. Oppermann will be going to meet with our congressional representatives to discuss Retail Wheeling.

consent agenda

Ald. Beyer introduced Resolution No. 153.

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RESOLUTION nO. 153

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the consent agenda for January 20, 1998, is hereby adopted.

The consent agenda for tonight includes:

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Wagner moved to approve the Consent Agenda for January 20. The motion carried 6 to 0 with one abstention by Ald. Carnes.

no parking during school hours in the 100 block of south marshall avenue

Ald. Wagner introduced Ordinance #35-97 for its second reading.

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proposed ordinance #35-97

An Ordinance to Amend Section 7.03(4)(o) of the Municipal Traffic Code Related to No Parking Zones on School Days.

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

Section 1. Section 7.03(4)(o) is hereby amended to add the following no parking zone on school days:

The east side of the 100 Block of South Marshall Avenue shall be posted "No Parking on School Days; 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m."

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

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve proposed Ordinance #35-97.

Ald. Wagner noted that the Regulatory Committee voted to recommend this change due to the fact that the road is only 28 feet wide. This would help traffic flow and buses to maneuver that street easier with the first block of North Jackson becoming a one-way street.

On call of the roll: Ald. Wagner, Ald. Carnes, Ald. Polk, Ald. Hetzel, Ald. Oppermann, Ald. Beyer voted aye; Ald. Wendorf voted no. The motion carried 6 to 1.

correcting municipal traffic code regarding court costs

Ald. Polk introduced Ordinance 1-98 for its first reading.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

PROPOSED AMENDED ORDINANCE #1-98

An Ordinance to Amend Section 25.04(3)(b) of the Municipal Traffic Code.

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

Section 1. Section 25.04(3)(b) is hereby amended to read:

In addition to each base deposit amount set forth in this section, the total bond shall include the statutory penalty assessment and jail assessment, as amended from time to time by State Law. Except for a violation of Section 347.48(2m), court costs of $23.00 shall be assessed and collected on each judgment.

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

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Wagner moved to waive the second reading of this ordinance. The motion carried on a voice vote.

The Mayor then called for a voice vote on proposed ordinance #1-98. The motion carried.

 

general obligation corporate purpose bonds

Ald. Wendorf introduced Resolution No. 154.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

Resolution No. 154

INITIAL RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING $1,375,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OF THE CITY OF JEFFERSON FOR POLICE FACILITIES:

RESOLVED that the City of Jefferson, Jefferson County, Wisconsin, borrow an amount not to exceed $1,375,000 by issuing its general obligation bonds for the public purpose of financing the construction of police facilities.

Ald. Wendorf, seconded by Ald. Oppermann moved to approve Resolution No. 154.

Ald. Wendorf reported that the Finance Committee voted unanimously to recommend all of the preliminary bond issue resolutions which set the maximums to be borrowed.

Ald. Wendorf also explained that Ald. Wagner introduced a suggestion at Finance Committee that the City consider borrowing $300,000 from Water & Electric Utility; $300,000 from the Sewer Utility and $200,000 from the General Fund to defray from the amount that would have to be bonded. However, Finance Committee rejected this idea due to the upcoming projects and expenses that the Water & Electric Utility and Sewer Utility will be incurring. They will need their funds.

Ald. Beyer stated that she was in favor of the bond issue, especially with the pay off of old debt included.

Ald. Oppermann explained that just five years ago we had over $3.3 million of debt and the equalized value of the city was just over $174 million. Today the city has only $1.2 million worth of debt with an equalized value of the city at almost $267.5 million. Therefore, the city debt ratio is much lower than it has been. The old debt that has been paid off in the last year was also at a much higher interest rate than the city can get at this time.

Ald. Wagner stated that he believed this was the best location for the new police department, it is needed, and it is the best time to borrow due to the low interest rates.

Ald. Hetzel stated that he believed the design of the proposed police department was very complimentary for the area.

Ald. Oppermann also reiterated that there will not be a jail at this site. All prisoners are held at the Jefferson County jail. There is a glaring need for a new and larger police department to be built to meet the safety needs of this community. A lot of thought and investigation went into picking the Puerner Street location. Several other locations were investigated.

Ald. Wendorf asked if it would be possible to have the entrance to the proposed police department on Puerner Street instead of Lucas.

City Engineer Ludwig stated that due to the lay of the land it would be very costly to build the entrance on Puerner. Also it will be much safer to have the ingress and egress on Lucas instead of another outlet to Puerner Street between Lucas Lane and the bridge.

Ald. Beyer reiterated that even though this is a large bond issue, our debt compared to other cities our size very minimal. The City Council's have done well over the years with the finances of this city. We really are very conservative.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 154 authorizing $1,375,000 in G.O. Bonds for a new police facility. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

Ald. Carnes introduced Resolution No. 155.

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RESOLUTION nO. 155

INITIAL RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING $424,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OF THE CITY OF JEFFERSON FOR STREET IMPROVEMENT AND BRIDGE PROJECTS:

RESOLVED that the City of Jefferson, Jefferson County, Wisconsin, borrow an amount not to exceed $424,000 by issuing its general obligation bonds for the public purpose of financing street improvement and bridge projects.

Ald. Carnes, seconded by Ald. Oppermann moved to approve Resolution No. 155.

The City Administrator explained that this portion of the issue would finance the extension of South Dewey, the city's portion of the cost for the new Racine Street Bridge, and the Hyer Drive connection to North Jackson Avenue.

Roll was called on Resolution No. 155. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

Ald. Oppermann introduced Resolution No. 156.

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RESOLUTION nO. 156

INITIAL RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING $139,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OF THE CITY OF JEFFERSON FOR RIVER IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS:

RESOLVED that the City of Jefferson, Jefferson County, Wisconsin, borrow an amount not to exceed $139,000 by issuing its general obligation bonds for the public purpose of financing river improvement projects, namely the Jefferson Dam.

Ald. Oppermann, seconded by Ald. Carnes moved to approve Resolution No. 156.

The City Administrator explained that this would help finance the city's portion of the Jefferson dam repair, including a basic fish ladder.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 156. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

Ald. Wendorf introduced Resolution No. 157

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RESOLUTION nO. 157

INITIAL RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING $182,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OF THE CITY OF JEFFERSON FOR REFUNDING PURPOSES:

RESOLVED that the City of Jefferson, Jefferson County, Wisconsin, borrow an amount not to exceed $182,000 by issuing its general obligation bonds for the public purpose of refunding obligations of the City, including interest on them.

Ald. Wendorf, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve Resolution No. 157.

The City Administrator explained that this portion of the bond would pay off the existing bond on the new public works building.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 157. The motion carried unanimously.

Ald. Hetzel introduced Resolution No. 158.

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RESOLUTION DIRECTING PUBLICATION OF NOTICE TO ELECTORS

WHEREAS initial resolutions authorizing general obligation bonds have been adopted by the Common Council of the City and it is now necessary that certain of said initial resolutions be published to afford notice to the residents of the City of their adoption;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Clerk shall, within 15 days, publish a notice to the electors in substantially the form attached hereto as Exhibit A in the official City newspaper as a class 1 notice under Ch. 985, Wis. Stats.

Ald. Hetzel, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve Resolution No. 158.

The motion carried on a voice vote.

Ald. Carnes introduced Resolution No. 159

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RESOLUTION nO. 159

RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR THE SALE OF $2,120,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION CORPORATE PURPOSE BONDS

WHEREAS the Common Council of the City of Jefferson, Jefferson County, Wisconsin (the "City") has adopted initial resolutions authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds for the following public purposes and in the following amounts:

$1,375,000 to finance the construction of police facilities; $424,000 to finance street improvement and bridge projects; $139,000 to finance river improvement projects; and

$182,000 to refund obligations of the City, including interest on them;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that:

Section 1. Combination of Issues. The issues referred to in the preamble hereof are hereby combined into one issue of bonds designated "General Obligation Corporate Purpose Bonds," and the City shall issue bonds in the amount of $2,120,000 for the purposes above specified.

Section 2. Sale of Bonds. The Common Council hereby authorizes and directs that the Bonds be offered for public sale. At a subsequent meeting, the Common Council shall consider such bids for the Bonds as may have been received and take action thereon.

Section 3. Notice of Bond Sale. The City Clerk be and hereby is directed to publish a Notice of Bond Sale in such newspapers and at such times as the City Clerk may determine and to cause copies of a complete, official Notice of Bond Sale and other pertinent data to be forwarded to interested bidders as the City Clerk may determine.

Section 4. Official Statement. The City Clerk shall cause an Official Statement concerning this issue to be prepared by the City's financial advisor, Ehlers and Associates, Inc. The appropriate City officials shall determine when the Official Statement is final for purposes of Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 15c2-12 and shall certify said Statement, such certification to constitute full authorization of such Statement under this resolution.

Ald. Carnes, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve Resolution No. 159.

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

 

reports on federal and state financial assistance

Ald. Beyer introduced Resolution No. 160.

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RESOLUTION nO. 160

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the Report on Federal and State Financial Assistance for the City of Jefferson for the year ending December 31, 1996, is hereby accepted.

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Wagner moved to approve Resolution No. 160.

The motion carried on a voice vote.

tax incremental district no. 1 audit report

Ald. Hetzel introduced Resolution No. 161

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RESOLUTION nO. 161

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the final audit of the City of Jefferson Tax Incremental District No. 1 for the period ended December 31, 1997, is hereby accepted, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to make the final cash distributions as follows: City of Jefferson $21,559.83, Jefferson County $14,606.08, School District of Jefferson $36,611.63, and Madison Area Vocational District $5,262.46.

Ald. Hetzel, seconded by Ald. Wendorf moved to approve Resolution No. 161.

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

permanent exemption status for the railroad crossings on east puerner and north main streets

Ald. Wagner introduced Resolution No. 162.

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RESOLUTION nO. 162

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City of Jefferson adopts permanent exemption status for the railroad crossings at East Puerner Street and North Main Street.

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve Resolution No. 162.

City Engineer Ludwig explained that the DOT is petitioning for a temporary exempt status for stopping at the railroad tracks on E. Puerner and N. Main while the temporary stop and go lights are in place. The signals are going in at the intersection of Puerner and Main Street during the Racine Street Bridge detour later this year. This exempt status means that buses and gas-carrying trucks do not have to stop at the railroad tracks unless a train is present. It is a proven statistic that without the exempt status, there are 74% more rear-end accidents when buses and trucks have to stop at a railroad track so close to a signalized intersection.

The City Engineer wants to petition the railroad for permanent exempt status in anticipation of getting the status of the stop and go lights changed to permanent lights instead of temporary.

The Mayor called for a voice vote on Resolution No. 162. The motion carried.

refund of overpayment of taxes

Ald. Oppermann introduced Resolution No. 163.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 163

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to refund the 1996 real estate taxes overpaid by David & Peggy Stewart of 341 E. Linden Drive, in the amount of $550.46 plus interest of $8.80 and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City Administrator is also authorized to send a claim to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue for authorization to charge back the other taxing jurisdictions in the City of Jefferson for their portion of the refund.

Ald. Oppermann, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve Resolution No. 163. The motion carried unanimously.

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Polk, 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. Polk, seconded by Ald. Wagner moved to reconvene to open session.

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

 

 

zoning board of appeals decision

Ald. Polk introduced Resolution No. 164.

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RESOLUTION nO. 164

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that Chris Rogers is hereby retained at a rate of $70 per hour to appeal the decision of the Board of Appeals granting a variance to Wanico, LLC-Mainstreet Station.

Ald. Polk, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve Resolution No. 164.

On call of the roll, Ald. Wendorf, Ald. Carnes, Ald. Polk, Ald. Hetzel, Ald. Oppermann, and Ald. Beyer voted aye; Ald. Wagner voted no. The motion carried 6 to 1.

REPORTS

CHIEF OF POLICE

Chief Besel reported on a car/train accident on Collins Road that occurred last weekend.

Chief Besel also thanked the Common Council for their support for the new Police Department.

CITY ENGINEER

City Engineer Ludwig reported that the Barrientos designer of the Milwaukee Street walking bridge has left Barrientos. Therefore, the City Engineer also requested a proposal from Foth & Van Dyke. Their proposal was $16,000 more than Barrientos. Foth & Van Dyke has only done one other walking bridge.

The City Engineer also reported that there would be a Comprehensive Plan meeting tomorrow night, January 21, at 6 p.m. A public hearing will follow in February.

CITY ATTORNEY

City Attorney Scheibel reported on the status of the Braun's Employee Co-op foreclosure.

CITY ADMINISTRATOR

City Administrator Schornack stated that with the consensus of the Council, he will begin work with the Facilities Committee to determine the next steps for remodeling City Hall.

Ald. Oppermann, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to adjourn the January 20, 1998, meeting of the City of Jefferson Common Council. The motion carried unanimously.

These minutes of the January 20, 1998, 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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