MINUTES
city of jefferson common council
tuesday, APRIL 21, 1998

The Tuesday, April 21, 1998, 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. Polk, Ald. Oppermann and Ald. Beyer. Ald. Hetzel was absent. Also present were City Administrator Schornack, City Attorney Scheibel, Police Chief Besel, City Engineer Ludwig and Administrative Assistant Elford.

communications

Ald. Wagner thanked John Wendorf and Dale Oppermann for their years of service to the City of Jefferson, noting that they will be missed.

Ald. Oppermann thanked the Jefferson Sportsmen's Club for their $200 donation to the River Improvement Fund.

public participation

Mr. Tim Bare, 223 W. North Street, asked for an explanation of the open meetings laws pertaining to public participation.

Mayor Brawders explained that the public will be able to address any issue they wish, but must understand that unless it is a topic on the agenda for that meeting, the Council and Mayor may not reply to their questions or concerns.

Mr. James Wendt, former Alderperson for the City of Jefferson, wished the out-going Alderpersons well.

Mr. Don Kraus of 702 Windsor Terrace addressed the Council regarding the proposed Milwaukee Street walkway bridge. He stated that the City should speak with the City of Waukesha. They have been having major problems with their walkway bridge. Mr. Kraus also stated that he still does not agree with the city building such a bridge. It is too close to the Racine Street bridge.

CONSENT AGENDA

Ald. Beyer introduced Resolution No. 214.

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RESOLUTION nO. 214

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the consent agenda for April 21, 1998, is hereby adopted.

 

The consent agenda for tonight includes:

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Carnes moved to approve Resolution No. 214. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

proposed ordinance to remove parking spaces on west racine in front of the fairview inn

Ald. Wendorf introduced Ordinance #7-98 for its second reading.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

PROPOSED ORDINANCE #7-98

An Ordinance to Amend Section 7.03(4)(h) of the Municipal Traffic Code Related to No Parking Zones.

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

Section 1. Section 7.03(4)(h) is hereby amended to add the following no parking zone:

West Racine Street beginning 9 feet east of the east property line of 711 W. Racine Street and extending 75 feet to the west driveway.

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

Ald. Wendorf, seconded by Ald. Wagner moved to approve Proposed Ordinance #7-98.

It was noted that Regulatory Committee unanimously moved to recommend this ordinance change.

The Mayor called for a voice vote on proposed Ordinance #7-98. The motion carried.

 

proposed ordinance to reduce the speed on north main from puerner to the north city limits

Ald. Wagner introduced Ordinance #8-98 for its second reading.

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PROPOSED ORDINANCE #8-98

An ordinance to amend Chapter 7.04 of the Traffic Code of the City of Jefferson pertaining to Speed Limits.

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

Section 1. Chapter 7.04(2) of the Traffic Code of the City of Jefferson is hereby amended by adding the following to the 35 mph limit:

North Main Street from the north intersection with Puerner Street to the north 2,760'

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 #8-98.

Regulatory Committee recommended this proposed ordinance unanimously.

On a voice vote, the motion carried.

contract for the establishment and operation of the rock river p.o.t.w. watershed group and authorization to expend $10,000 for monitoring and modeling efforts

Ald. Polk introduced Resolution No. 215.

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RESOLUTION nO. 215

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to sign the contract for the establishment and operation of the Rock River POTW Watershed Group, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City Administrator be authorized to disburse up to $10,000 for the Rock River POTW Watershed Group monitoring and modeling efforts.

Ald. Polk, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve Resolution No. 215.

Finance Committee unanimously recommended this contract and $10,000 disbursement.

After a brief explanation from WWTP Superintendent Kelly, roll was called on Resolution No. 215. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

resolution to assign contract for design of pedestrian walkway bridge

Ald. Beyer introduced Resolution No. 216.

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RESOLUTION nO. 216

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to consent to the assignment of the contract for the design of the pedestrian walkway bridge with Barrientos & Associates, Inc. to Romenesko Engineering, LLC.

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Oppermann moved to approve Resolution No. 216.

The City Administrator explained that a one page letter was received from Barrientos stating that they were selling their business to Romenesko Engineering. The engineer that the Common Council chose to design the timber-arched walkway bridge is Tom Romenesko. Barrientos & Associates, Inc. stated that perhaps the Common Council should formally change the assignment of the contract from Barrientos to Romenesko.

Ald. Wendorf inquired if this resolution could be tabled for the new Council to take a look at it at their next meeting. The City Attorney stated that the resolution could be tabled.

Ald. Oppermann recapped the history of this contract, stating that Mr. Tom Romenesko made a presentation to the Common Council of a bridge he engineered. Now Tom has pulled away from Barrientos and started his own company. This is really only a company name change. The Council was originally looking at a $200,000 bridge that the city would have had to pay for. However, with the discovery of the Istea federal funding available, the city will be able to have a $400,000 bridge for only $90,000 of the city's money.

Ald. Beyer reiterated that this is the same engineer, the same bridge, just working out of a different office. Ald. Beyer also stated that this bridge will be a positive draw for the downtown and a safe walkway for the children going to and from school.

Ald. Wagner asked the City Engineer if the money was a guarantee.

City Engineer Ludwig stated that we would not know until late in May, if we get the Istea funding. However, the grant people will be looking to see how far along we are in the planning stages.

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Wendorf moved to table Resolution No. 216 until the City hears about the Istea funds. On call of the roll, Ald. Carnes, Ald. Polk, Ald. Wagner, and Ald. Wendorf voted aye; Ald. Oppermann and Ald. Beyer voted no. The motion to table carried 4 to 2.

accepting offer to purchase and authorizing purchase of westphal property

Resolution No. 217 was removed from the agenda.

authorizing submission of a recreational boating facilities program grant application

Ald. Carnes introduced Resolution No. 218.

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RESOLUTION nO. 218

Authorizing Submission of a Recreational Boating Facilities Program Grant Application

WHEREAS, the City of Jefferson hereby requests assistance for the purpose of developing recreational boating facilities, as described in the application;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Jefferson has budgeted a sum sufficient to complete the project, including monies from the River Improvement Fund, and HEREBY AUTHORIZES Dan Ludwig, to act on behalf of the City of Jefferson to:

Submit an application to the Wisconsin Waterways Commission for financial assistance; Sign documents; and

Take necessary action to undertake, direct, and complete the approved project. And,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Jefferson will comply with state and federal rules for the programs; may perform force account work; will maintain the completed project in an attractive, inviting, and safe manner; will keep the facilities open to the general public during reasonable hours consistent with the type of facility; and will obtain approval in writing from the Wisconsin Waterways Commission before any change is made in the use of the project site.

Ald. Carnes, seconded by Ald. Oppermann moved to approve Resolution No. 218.

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Polk moved to amend Resolution No. 218 paragraph one to state, "boating facility", due to the fact that he would like to delete the Dodge Street dock from the boating plan and only do the Milwaukee Street dock.

Ald. Beyer stated that if the Dodge Street dock is not done, there would not be a handicap accessible landing available.

Ald. Oppermann stated that a handicap accessible dock needs to be included or the city would not be able to receive a grant.

Ald. Wendorf inquired if the dock would be signed as "handicap accessible" only.

Ald. Oppermann stated that it would not be exclusively for handicapped.

Mayor Brawders called for a vote on the amendment, which would delete the Dodge Street dock from the boating facility plan. On call of the roll, Ald. Polk, Ald. Wagner, and Ald. Wendorf voted aye; Ald. Oppermann, Ald. Beyer, and Ald. Carnes voted no. The Mayor chose not to vote. The motion died due to a tie vote.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 218. On call of the roll, Ald. Oppermann, Ald. Beyer, and Ald. Carnes voted aye; Ald. Wagner, Ald. Wendorf, and Ald. Polk voted no. Mayor Brawders voted aye to break the tie. The motion carried 4 to 3.

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Polk moved to adjourn to Closed Session pursuant to Section 19.85(1)(c) of the Wisconsin State Statutes to discuss the Hire of a Director of Parks, Recreation & Forestry.

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

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

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously. It was noted that Ald. Oppermann had left the meeting.

HIRE OF DIRECTOR OF PARKS, RECREATION & FORESTRY

Ald. Beyer introduced Resolution No. 219.

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RESOLUTION nO. 219

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to hire Cynthia Keller for the position of Director of Parks, Recreation & Forestry at a salary of $35,000, including one week of vacation.

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Carnes moved to approve Resolution No. 219.

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

Ald. Wendorf thanked his fellow Alderpersons and backers for their support over the last 12 years. He also stated that it is a good thing that so many residents are in attendance at the Council meetings and hopes it will continue.

Ald. Wendorf, seconded by Ald. Polk moved to adjourn the April 21, 1998, meeting of the City of Jefferson Common Council. The motion carried unanimously.

These minutes of the April 21, 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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