MINUTES
city of jefferson common council
tuesday, february 24, 1998

The Tuesday, February 24, 1998, meeting of the City of Jefferson Common Council was called to order at 7:40 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.

public participation

Mr. Gerald Tennyson of 115 S. Sanborn inquired as to the status of the Braun's Employee Co-op bankruptcy.

Ms. Hilde Will of 324 N. Elizabeth inquired on the $100,000 set aside for the Senior Center, which with interest is up to $162,000. Is it possible to see the financial records of how that money has been invested? The City Administrator stated that the information could be requested and gotten through City Hall.

Mr. Don Kraus of 702 Windsor Terrace asked why the newspaper didn't state that the purchase of Westphal property on tonight's agenda was for another city park.

Ms. Mary Mataya of 862 Lucas Lane stated that she lived in a quiet neighborhood. She suggested that the police department building be placed in a million dollar neighborhood, such as next to a factory.

Mr. Paul Gagnon of 733 Lucas Lane stated that he approved of Resolutions 172, 173, and 174 and asked that the Council support them. Mr. Gagnon stated that he could support a new police department but in a more proper location.

Mr. Brad Geyer of 750 Browning Ave. stated that he has taken a tour of the Police Department and agrees that it is very outdated and too small and agrees that we need a new police department but not at the present proposed location.

Mr. Dave Schroeder of 765 Lucas Lane requested that Lucas Lane be designated for no truck traffic. Mr. Schroeder stated that he would also like more information on Item 14- applying for a grant for the Depot and Item 16-hiring Town & Country Engineering. He hoped the Council would elaborate at the appropriate times.

Mr. Dick Fischer of 1239 S. Gafke stated that people need to understand that while they are requesting that the Council publish more information ahead of time for their meetings, when it comes to matters of purchasing property, some information has to be held back in closed session. If the City or County publishes too much information before negotiations on a purchase can happen, suddenly the price of the property goes up when word gets out that a government entity is looking at it.

Ms. Hilde Will of 324 N. Elizabeth also asked why the minutes of the last meeting were not in the newspaper until today.

Administrative Assistant Sellnow responded that the publication of the minutes was her responsibility and with the Primary Election and other matters that have come up in the last two weeks, there was no time to get the minutes transcribed any sooner.

Mr. Don Kraus of 702 Windsor Terrace also stated that he didn't think the City needed the Milwaukee Street Walking Bridge.

Mr. Dave Olsen of the Chamber of Commerce stated that Item #20 is in regard to the purchase of a new photocopier for City Hall. Mr. Olsen asked that the Council please consider that Gordon Flesch and Minar Business Machines are chamber members.

mayoral appointments

Mayor Brawders announced the appointment of Ron Kraehnke to the Historic Preservation Commission, to replace Mr. Wayne Harter, who resigned. The Mayor also announced the appointment of Mr. Bill Brandel to the Plan Commission, replacing Monte Yaeger.

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Oppermann moved to approve the appointments of Ron Kraehnke and Bill Brandel. The motion carried on a voice vote.

cancelLation of public hearing regarding amending section 17.08(3) of the municipal code Related to signs in the business and industrial districts

The City Engineer explained that the public hearing scheduled for this evening regarding a change to the ordinance on signs in the business and industrial districts has been canceled. The proposed ordinance had been referred to Plan Commission who decided to table the proposed changes to the sign ordinance. City Engineer Ludwig is in the process of rewriting the proposed ordinance and will work with the Plan Commission until it is in a form they approve. Then the approved changes will be resubmitted to the Common Council for two new readings and a public hearing.

public hearing and council action on amending Section 8.01(6)(b) to add streets to the official map

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.

The Engineer explained that this was basically just a technicality to properly recognize the Lucas Lane extension, Generac Way, and the extension of North Parkway as official city streets and, therefore, the responsibility of the City Public Works Department to maintain.

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. Polk introduced Ordinance #3-98 for its second reading.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

PROPOSED ORDINANCE #3-98

An ordinance amending Section 8.01, the Official Map of the City of Jefferson.

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

Section 1. The Official Map of the City of Jefferson is hereby amended to include the following streets:

Generac Way; and the extensions of North Parkway and Lucas Lane
(with legal descriptions attached as Exhibit A)

The above amendments shall be entered and attested to in a Certified copy of the Official Map; and a copy hereof shall be recorded at the office of the Register of Deeds.

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 street extensions incorporated herein the Official Map, City of Jefferson.

Ald. Polk, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve Proposed Ordinance #3-98.

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

Consent agenda

Ald. Beyer introduced Resolution No. 170.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 170

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the consent agenda for February 24, 1998, is hereby adopted.

The consent agenda for tonight includes:

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Wagner moved to approve Resolution No. 170. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

proposed liquor license ordinance change

Ald. Hetzel introduced Ordinance #4-98 for its first reading.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

ORDINANCE #4-98

An Ordinance to Amend Section 12.01(5)(i) of the Municipal Code of the City of Jefferson related to Licenses and Permits.

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

Section 1. Section 12.01(5)(i) of the Municipal Code of the City of Jefferson, Wisconsin, is hereby amended to read as follows:

Revocation or Non-Renewal of License Due to Non-use.

If the holder of any license granted under this section does not open the premises to the public for a minimum of 8 hours per week, such failure to hold the premises open to the public for the minimum hours specified shall be grounds for revocation or non-renewal of the license due to non-use in accordance with the provisions of this section. The hours of operation shall be displayed on the outside facade of the premises. Prior to the revocation or non-renewal of any license, the City shall notify the licensee in writing of the City's intention to revoke or not renew the license for non-use and provide the licensee with an opportunity for a hearing. Such hearing shall be conducted in accordance with (SS)125.12(2)(b), WI Stats., or any amendments thereto. Judicial review shall be as provided in (SS)12(2)(d), Wis. Stats., or any amendments thereto.

The purpose of this ordinance is to assure that the licenses are issued to individuals who maintain regular business hours within the community, and not to individuals who merely hold them for speculative purposes. Exceptions to this ordinance may be made due to such factors as: damage to the premises rendering it temporarily unfit for safe operation under the license; closing for reasonable periods to alter, repair, remodel or redecorate the premises; or any other closing for periods beyond that permitted due to unusual circumstances not under the control of the license holder.

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

This is a first reading.

PROVIDING FOR A REFERENDUM ELECTION ON THE QUESTION OF THE APPROVAL OF AN INITIAL RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING, THE ISSUANCE OF $1,375,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OF THE CITY OF JEFFERSON FOR POLICE FACILITIES

Ald. Polk introduced Resolution No. 171.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 171

RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR A REFERENDUM ELECTION ON THE QUESTION OF THE APPROVAL OF AN INITIAL RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING, THE ISSUANCE OF $1,375,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OF THE CITY OF JEFFERSON FOR POLICE FACILITIES


WHEREAS, the Common Council of the City of Jefferson, Jefferson County, Wisconsin (the "City"), on January 20, 1998, duly adopted a resolution entitled: "Initial Resolution Authorizing $1,375,000 General obligation Bonds of the City of Jefferson for Police Facilities" (the "Initial Resolution"); and

WHEREAS, notice to the electors of adoption of the Initial Resolution was published in the official City newspaper as required by Section 67.05(l), Wisconsin Statutes; and

WHEREAS, within 30 days after adoption of the Initial Resolution a petition signed by electors numbering at least10% of the votes cast for governor in the City at the last general election was filed in the City Clerk's office requesting a referendum on the Initial Resolution; and

WHEREAS, the Common Council deems it to be necessary and desirable to direct the City Clerk to submit the Initial Resolution to the electors for approval or rejection at the regularly scheduled election to be held on April 7, 1998;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the city as follows:

Section 1. Referendum Election Date. The City Clerk is hereby directed to call a referendum election to be held in the City at the regularly scheduled election to be held on April 7, 1998 for the purpose of submitting to the qualified electors of the city the proposition of whether the Initial Resolution shall be approved.

Section 2. Notice to Electors. The City Clerk is directed to give notice by:

(a) Causing a Notice of Election substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit A to be published in the Daily Jefferson County Union in the issue published on the fourth Tuesday before the referendum election.

(b) Causing a Notice of Referendum in substantially the form attached hereto as Exhibit B to be published in the Daily Jefferson County Union in the issue published immediately preceding the referendum election.

If the City uses an electronic voting system employing a ballot label and ballot card, the election notice set forth in Exhibit B shall also include a true, actual-size copy of the ballot label and ballot card in the form in which they will appear on election day.

Section 3. Polling Places and Hours. The City electors must vote at the referendum election at the time and polling places at which they cast their ballots in the regularly scheduled election.

Section 4. Referendum Election Officials. The election officials appointed by the City to conduct the regularly scheduled election on April 7, 1998 shall conduct the referendum election.

Section 5. Official Referendum Ballot Form. The ballot to be used at the referendum election shall be prepared in accordance with the provisions of Section 5.64(2) and 7.08(l)(a) of the Wisconsin Statutes. The ballot shall be substantially in the form attached hereto as Exhibit C.

The City Clerk shall cause to be printed sufficient ballots for use at said referendum election, both as actual ballots in those polling places which do not use voting machines and as absentee ballots where voting machines are used and as specimen ballots (the latter to be of a different and easily identifiable color from the actual ballot).

The City Clerk shall receive applications for absentee ballots and initial the same when issued to qualified absentee voters.

Ald. Polk, seconded by Ald. Carnes moved to approve Resolution No. 171.

Mr. Dave Anderson of Ehlers & Associates was in attendance to explain the financial implications of considering not to go to referendum with the $1.375 million bonding for the new police facilities. Mr. Anderson stated that the rest of the street projects and pay off of the 1992 bonds can still take place without the police facility portion of the bonds. That was part of the reasoning behind the separate resolutions for the different portions of the bond. Mr. Anderson stated that Council would still have full control of doing or not doing the rest of the bonding.

City Administrator Schornack stated that the Council would probably just consider doing a note for the remainder of the projects since they will only total $700,000 to $800,000.

Ald. Carnes then asked if the referendum question would only ask if the Council can spend $1.375 million on a police department or will it state something about where the police department should go.

City Administrator Schornack confirmed that the referendum will only ask for a "yes or no - do you want to spend $1.375 million on a new police department". By law, the petition to send this to referendum could only address the Initial Resolution that was passed on January 20, 1998, and that was the wording of the Resolution.

Ald. Wendorf inquired if the Council could vote to let this bond issue go to referendum but still stop the present proposed location?

The Administrator responded that yes, you could vote to let the bond go to referendum and vote to repeal the W. Puerner Street location with Resolution No. 173. However, it should be noted that if you vote to build in a different location, it will cost more than the $1.375 million to build.

Ald. Beyer stated that she believed that the Council should stick to their decision of the Police Department on the W. Puerner Street site. The people in the Lucas Lane area got their 10% of electors' signatures on a petition. If we vote no, we will have to pick another location and start the process over again and then that neighborhood won't want it, petition, and we vote it down again. It could be 2010 before a new police department is built.

Ald. Beyer went on to say that a great deal of thought and study went into the Council's decision to build the new P.D. on the proposed site. The Council should stick to that decision. No matter where the police department goes there will be someone against it. The people on Lucas think that having the police department in their neighborhood would pose a risk to the neighborhood. However, they are very willing to say locate it on the old Piggly Wiggly property which is almost directly across the street from an elementary school. There are also 13 residential homes in the area of the old Piggly Wiggly. The people of Lucas Lane are worried about their assessed value going down, but don't care about the people on E. Racine.

Ald. Polk stated that the cost of acquisitions, tear down, and grade work at the old Piggly Wiggly site will raise the price of a new Police Department by $400,000. The site on Puerner Street is virtually cost free comparatively.

Ald. Polk also stated that the Council has been unanimous in its voting for this police department in this location since its inception. It disturbs him that any one of the Council members would now be considering voting against it.

Ald. Wagner stated that he voted for this location last May, but he doesn't believe the people want it now.

Ald. Carnes stated that he felt the Council's job is to consider the entire City's best interest.

Ald. Oppermann inquired as to how the City would pay for the difference in cost between the West Puerner Street site and any other site in the city.

City Administrator Schornack stated that they would probably have to take out an additional note for the difference.

Ald. Oppermann stated that he believes the new police department has to be done, and if the people want to vote no on the referendum in April, which would mean voting for a tax increase, then that should be up to the people.

Ald. Wendorf stated that he has been in favor of the new police department and the West Puerner Street site from the beginning for economic reasons. However, others have concerns now about the site. Ald. Wendorf stated that he is still 100% in favor of a new police department, but he does not feel that the West Puerner Street location will win out. Therefore, in order to get the much needed police department built, the Council should consider a different site.

Ald. Beyer stated that she believes the West Puerner Street site is the best in town.

Ald. Hetzel stated that he believes as Ald. Wendorf, we need the police department but at a different location.

Ald. Oppermann stated that he felt we should give the people the option. They want to have a vote on it, and the Council should let them.

It was then discussed and explained that Resolution No. 171 and Resolution No. 172 were opposites. Meaning that if the Council voted in favor of Resolution No. 171 to send the bond issue to a referendum vote, then Resolution No. 172 would not be considered. On the other hand, if the Council voted down Resolution No. 171 to go to referendum, then they should consider voting for repealing Resolution No. 154, which was the initial resolution for the $1.375 million bond issue.

Mayor Brawders called for a vote on Resolution No. 171 providing for a referendum election on the question of the approval of an initial Resolution authorizing the issuance of $1.375 million in General Obligation Bonds of the City of Jefferson for police facilities. On call of the roll, the vote was unanimous to send the issue to referendum vote.

repealing resolution no. 154-initial resolution authorizing $1.375 million in general obligation bonds for new police facilities

Resolution No. 172 was deleted from the agenda.

 

resolution repealing the west puerner street location for the police department building

Ald. Wagner introduced Resolution No. 173.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 173

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that Resolution No. 16 adopted on May 6, 1997, authorizing the construction of the new police department building on West Puerner Street is hereby repealed. And,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the city-owned property on West Puerner Street be sold for single family residential lots.

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Wendorf moved to approve Resolution No. 173.

Ald. Beyer suggested that the Council wait to vote on the police department location until the people vote.

Ald. Oppermann stated that he was against the second paragraph of the resolution which would sell the property. In the least the land should be maintained as a park and a public access to the river.

After further discussion, Ald. Wagner withdrew the second paragraph of the resolution.

Ald. Carnes stated that he believes we should wait and listen to the citizens and how they vote before we jump to change the location of the new police department.

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Carnes moved to table Resolution No. 173. On call of the roll, Ald. Beyer and Ald. Carnes voted aye; Ald. Polk, Ald. Hetzel, Ald. Oppermann, Ald. Wagner, Ald. Wendorf voted no. The motion to table was defeated 5 to 2.

After further discussion, roll was called on Resolution No. 173 to repeal the West Puerner Street location for the Police Department building. On call of the roll: Ald. Hetzel, Ald. Wagner, and Ald. Wendorf voted aye; Ald. Oppermann, Ald. Beyer, Ald. Carnes, and Ald. Polk voted no. The motion to repeal the site was defeated 4 to 3.

withdrawing the conditional use request for a proposed police department building at 265 west puerner street

Ald. Beyer introduced Resolution No. 174

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 174

RESOLUTION WITHDRAWING THE CONDITIONAL USE REQUEST FOR A PROPOSED POLICE DEPARTMENT BUILDING AT 265 WEST PUERNER STREET

WHEREAS, the City of Jefferson received approval from the City of Jefferson Plan Commission for a police department facility proposed to be located at 265 West Puerner Street, in the City of Jefferson on December 17, 1997; and

WHEREAS, the Common Council hereby determines that it is not in the best interests of the City to pursue this project at the Puerner Street address;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Jefferson withdraws the application by the City for the conditional use approval for the police department facility as a governmental use at the Puerner Street address identified above and abandons the conditional use approval granted by the Plan Commission on December 17, 1997.

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Wendorf moved to approve Resolution No. 174. On call of the roll: Ald. Wagner, Ald. Wendorf, and Ald. Hetzel voted aye; Ald. Oppermann, Ald. Beyer, Ald. Carnes, and Ald. Polk voted no. Resolution No. 174 withdrawing the conditional use request for the West Puerner Street site was defeated 4 to 3.

authorizing applying for grants for milwaukee street pedestrian bridge and railroad depot

Ald. Carnes introduced Resolution No. 175.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 175

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to apply for Department of Transportation Enhancement Program funds for the funding of the proposed West Milwaukee Street Pedestrian Bridge, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City apply for Department of Transportation Enhancement Program funds for funding the possible purchase of railroad depot.

Ald. Carnes, seconded by Ald. Oppermann moved to approve Resolution No. 175.

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Wendorf moved to remove the second paragraph of the resolution and not apply for a grant on the railroad depot.

Ald. Oppermann stated that this is an opportunity to request monies that are out there and the funding is going to go to some municipality, we would be negligent not to try. These grants would allow the walking bridge to be built with no tax increase.

Ald. Wendorf stated that he does not support the purchase of the railroad depot. It should be left to the private sector.

Ald. Beyer stated that the Council would be remiss to vote down this opportunity for grants, if there is money available, we should try for our share.

Roll was then called on the amendment to delete the granting for the railroad depot. On call of the roll: Ald. Wagner, Ald. Wendorf, Ald. Polk, and Ald. Hetzel voted aye; Ald. Beyer, Ald. Carnes, and Ald. Oppermann voted no. The motion carried 4 to 3.

Roll was then called on amended Resolution No. 175 to apply for a grant for the Milwaukee Street Pedestrian bridge. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

accepting engineering proposal from barrientos & associates for milwaukee street pedestrian bridge engineering services

Ald. Oppermann introduced Resolution No. 176.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 176

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to contract with Barrientos & Associates, Inc. for design services for the West Milwaukee Street Walk bridge for a fee not to exceed $28,000.

Ald. Oppermann, seconded by Ald. Carnes moved to approve Resolution No. 176.

Ald. Hetzel asked why we would do a design before we have the grant to build the bridge.

City Engineer Ludwig explained that in the process of applying for the grant, the federal government looks at how aggressively a community is working toward receiving the grant and having a design in place would be most helpful and eventually necessary for receiving the Istea grant.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 176. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

Hiring Town & Country Engineering to prepare DNR Recreational Boating Facilities Program Grant Application for funding two boat docks and walkways

Ald. Hetzel introduced Resolution No. 177.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

Resolution No. 177

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to contract with Town & Country Engineering for the preparation of the DNR Recreational Boating Facilities Program Grant Application for two boat docks and walkways for an amount not to exceed $2,500.

Ald. Hetzel, seconded by Ald. Oppermann moved to approve Resolution No. 177.

City Administrator Schornack explained that with the absence of a Parks, Recreation & Forestry Director, staff will not have the time to prepare this grant before the DNR deadline.

City Engineer Ludwig explained that one of the piers would be built near the W. Milwaukee Street overlook in the Rotary Waterfront Park and the other pier and walkway would be built out from the A.D.A. ramp down from Dodge Street in Rotary Waterfront Park.

Ald. Oppermann explained that this grant would pay for 50% of the building of these two piers and walkways. Then with the establishment of a River Improvement Fund, private donations will be received by the Watertown Boat Club and others to cover the other half of the project costs.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 177. On call of the roll: Ald. Wendorf, Ald. Carnes, Ald. Hetzel, Ald. Oppermann, and Ald. Beyer voted aye; Ald. Polk and Ald. Wagner voted no. The motion carried 5 to 2.

authorizing appraisal of land for possible condemnation for south dewey project

Resolution No. 178 was removed from the agenda.

changing the sidewalk from the east side to the west side of south dewey

Resolution No. 179 was removed from the agenda.

authorizing purchase of dump truck

Ald. Wendorf introduced Resolution No. 180.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 180

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to purchase one 1999 International 4900 truck from Capital City International of Madison, Wisconsin, for $41,984. And,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to purchase a dump body, hoist, and hydraulic system from Madison Truck Equipment, Inc. for $10,695, And

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to purchase a front mounted snow plow and front mount patrol wing from Monroe Truck Equipment in Monroe, Wisconsin, for amounts not to exceed $7,757 and $5,995 respectively. And,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to purchase a liquid dispensing system from Monroe Truck Equipment in Monroe, Wisconsin, for an amount not to exceed $2,686.

Ald. Wendorf, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve Resolution No. 180.

Ald. Wendorf explained that the Finance Committee reviewed the bids with Streets Superintendent Haffelder and unanimously voted to recommend.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 180 to purchase a new International truck and accessory equipment for the Public Works Department. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

purchase of photocopier for city hall

Ald. Oppermann introduced Resolution No. 181.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 181

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to purchase one Canon NP 6050 photocopier from Gordon Flesch of Madison, WI, for an amount not to exceed $11,200.

Ald. Oppermann, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve Resolution No. 181.

The City Administrator explained that $11,500 was budgeted for this item this year.

Finance Committee unanimously agreed to recommend.

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously to purchase the photocopier from Gordon Flesch.

resolution authorizing the televising of city council meetings over cable television

Ald. Wagner introduced Resolution No. 182.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 182

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to investigate the cost of televising Common council meetings over cable television.

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve Resolution No. 182.

Ald. Wendorf stated that he was in support of investigating the cost of televising the Common Council meetings over cable T.V. This has been talked about for a few years now, and was part of the negotiations that the Cable Franchise Committee had with Marcus Cable this past year.

The City Administrator explained that the franchise agreement that was negotiated six to eight months ago provides for Marcus Cable to provide $30,000 toward the purchase of basic recording equipment.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 182 to authorize the investigation of the cost of televising Common Council meetings on cable. On call of the roll: Ald. Hetzel, Ald. Oppermann, Ald. Beyer, Ald. Wendorf, Ald. Carnes, and Ald. Polk voted aye; Ald. Wagner voted no. The motion carried 6 to 1.

Ald. Wagner, 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. Oppermann, seconded by Ald. Beyer, moved to reconvene to open session.

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

negotiating the purchase of the westphal property

Ald. Oppermann introduced Resolution No. 183.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 183

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator and the City Attorney are hereby authorized to negotiate for the purchase of the property located adjacent to 981 N. Watertown Avenue, (Parcel No. 07-14-35-33-001), for the building of a city park.

Ald. Oppermann, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve Resolution No. 183.

Ald. Oppermann explained that this property would provide a much needed park area for the growing northwest quadrant of the City of Jefferson.

Ald. Wagner stated that he felt 15 acres was too much. Five acres would be enough.

Ald. Beyer stated that she agreed with Ald. Oppermann and this property would provide some much needed green space between several large subdivisions.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 183. On call of the roll: Ald. Oppermann, Ald. Beyer, Ald. Wendorf, Ald. Carnes, Ald. Polk, and Ald. Hetzel voted aye; Ald. Wagner voted no.

REPORTS

CHIEF OF POLICE

Chief Besel reported on three juveniles that were apprehended for the theft of four vehicles and responsible for damage to several others.

CITY ENGINEER

City Engineer Ludwig reported:

Ald. Oppermann inquired as to when the second coats of asphalt will be done on North Center, Windsor Terrace and Lucas Lane.

The City Engineer stated that the asphalt plants don't usually open until the middle of April. Perhaps with the early spring weather they will open sooner. The streets requiring a second layer of asphalt will be done as soon as possible.

Ald. Oppermann also inquired on the status of the North Jackson sidewalk project.

City Engineer Ludwig stated that he has one bid in and waiting on a second to complete that project this spring.

CITY ADMINISTRATOR

City Administrator Schornack reported that:

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Carnes moved to adjourn the February 24, 1998, meeting of the City of Jefferson Common Council. The motion carried unanimously.

These minutes of the February 24, 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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