MINUTES

CITY OF JEFFERSON COMMON COUNCIL

TUESDAY, MAY 19, 1998

The Tuesday, May 19, 1998, meeting of the City of Jefferson Common Council was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by Mayor Brawders. Members present: Ald. Coffman, Ald. Carnes, Ald. Wenzel, Ald. Johann, Ald. Tennyson and Ald. Beyer. Ald. Wagner was absent. Also present was City Administrator Schornack, City Attorney Scheibel, Police Chief Besel, City Engineer Ludwig and Administrative Assistant Elford.

communications

Ald. Johann and Ald Wenzel stated that they had received telephone calls from Kurt Shiel, Mike Soleska and Rob Straus voicing their disagreement with the "No Wake" ordinance passed at the last Common Council meeting.

Mayor Brawders also announced that a letter from Mr. Soleska was distributed to all Council members.

public participation

Mr. Rob Straus of Rob's Performance Motor Sports in Johnson Creek, addressed the Council on his objections to the extended area of no wake for personal watercraft. He asked the Council to reconsider.

Mr. Kurt Shiel of 314 N. Main stated that he was against the extended no wake area for personal watercraft.

Mr. Tim Bare of 217 Meadow Court stated that he feels that some people have exaggerated the extent of noise and erosion problems made by the personal watercraft or boats on the Rock River in Jefferson. He asked that the Council reconsider the "No Wake" ordinance.

Mr. Mike Soleska of 200 W. Milwaukee stated that he feels there are plenty of laws already in force with regard to personal watercraft and boats on the water. They just need to be enforced. The "No Wake" ordinance is not needed in Jefferson.

Mr. Brad Geyer of 750 Browning Avenue stated that he lives close to the river and does not think that the boats and watercraft are too noisy.

Mr. Lyman Tracy of 415 N. Pleasant stated that he believes that the "No Wake" ordinance is necessary to stop the erosion of the river and for the safety of the people using the river.

Mr. Dale Oppermann of 224 S. Wilson addressed the Council in regard to the construction of sidewalk on South Dewey. Mr. Oppermann pointed out that Jefferson does have an ordinance to establish sidewalks in all appropriate places within the City by the Year 2000. Mr. Oppermann also stated that the sidewalk is necessary to keep the pedestrian traffic out of the roadway. Mr. Oppermann encouraged the Council to vote to put sidewalk on South Dewey.

Ms. Barb Endl of 425 E. North Street addressed the Council to inform them of the new organization, "Tomorrow's Hope." In years past, Mrs. Endl was part of the group that organized the Relay of Life that raised money for the American Cancer Society. This new and larger group will raise money to be divided as follows: 35% for cancer patients in Madison and Milwaukee; 25% to be given to the Fort Atkinson and Watertown hospitals for education; and 40% will be given to the Rainbow Hospice to support their services. Mrs. Endl encouraged everyone to get involved in this year's event slated for July 24 & 25.

water & electric superintendent's report

Water & Electric Superintendent Folbrecht reported on the progress of the new watertower that is being constructed in Oak Park. The project should be completed in August or September. Installation of watermain along South Dewey should be complete by the end of the week.

Superintendent Folbrecht also reported that the electric utility is also preparing contingency plans in case of power shortages again this summer. Even though the Wisconsin power plants are back in operation, there are problems in Minnesota and Illinois, which could effect Wisconsin this summer.

sign committee development announced

Mayor Brawders announced that a Committee to Review Jefferson's Sign Ordinances will be established at the next Common Council meeting. The committee will consist of two chamber members, two business owners, two members of the Plan Commission, two members of the Board of Appeals, two Alderpersons and the City Engineer.

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 19, 1998, is hereby adopted.

The consent agenda for tonight includes:

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Johann moved to approve Resolution No. 19.

On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

 

proposed ordinance to change to 2 hour parking on s. center ave

Ald. Tennyson introduced Ordinance #11-98 for its first reading.

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proposed ordinance #11-98

An Ordinance to Amend Section 7.03(2)( c) of the Municipal Traffic Code Related to Two Hour Parking Zones.

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

Section 1. Section 7.03(2)( c)1. is hereby amended to add the following to the Two Hour Parking Zone:

Along South Center Avenue, west side, from a point 110 feet south of the south right-of-way of East Dodge Street and extending south 185 feet to the Court House access across from East Linden Drive.

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

This is a first reading.

proposed ordinance to create no parking zones near the intersection of puerner and north main street

Ald. Coffman introduced Ordinance #12-98 for its first reading.

city of jefferson

proposed ordinance #12-98

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 zones:

-East Puerner St., south side, from the east right-of-way of North Main St., to the east right-of-way of Rail Street;
-West Puerner St., south side, from the west right-of-way of North Main St., to the west right of way of N. Watertown Avenue extended;
-East Puerner Street, north side, from the east right-of-way of North Main St., to the east right of way of the Union Pacific Railroad Company;
-West Puerner St., north side, from the west right-of-way of North Main Street, to the west right-of-way of N. Watertown Avenue;
-North Main Street, east side, from the north right-of-way of E. Puerner Street, north 75 feet; and
-North Main Street, west side, from the north right-of-way of W. Puerner Street, north 150 feet.

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

This is a first reading.

rescinding the construction of sidewalks on the east side of south dewey avenue

Ald. Coffman introduced Resolution No. 20.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 20

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the Common Council does hereby rescind Resolution No. 68 enacted on August 5, 1997, authorizing the construction of sidewalks on the east side of South Dewey Avenue from East Spring Street to East Clancy Street.

Ald. Coffman, seconded by Ald. Tennyson moved to approve Resolution No. 20.

Ald. Tennyson stated that the Streets Health Sanitation Committee is recommending this resolution.

Ald. Carnes noted three reasons that he is not in favor of this resolution. 1) is that it is easier and more cost effective to construct the sidewalk as the street is put in; 2) the City has an ordinance which states that sidewalks will be placed on all streets by the Year 2000; and 3) this particular section of sidewalk will help to connect the people on the south side with the main section of the city.

Ald. Wenzel stated that there is a safety factor to having a sidewalk, and not making pedestrians walk in the roadway.

Ald. Coffman stated that this resolution is only to rescind sidewalk on the east side. There could still be sidewalk on the west side at some time.

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Carnes moved to amend the resolution to read that the City will not be responsible for the cost of any future sidewalk that may be placed on the east side, only on the west side of South Dewey. On call of the roll, Ald. Carnes, Ald. Wagner, Ald. Johann, Ald. Tennyson, and Ald. Beyer voted aye; Ald. Coffman voted no. The motion carried to amend the resolution on a vote of 5 to 1.

After further discussion, roll was called on amended Resolution No. 20. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

 

RECREATION AIDS GRANT AGREEMENT

Ald. Carnes introduced Resolution No. 21.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

RESOLUTION NO. 21

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City Jefferson, Wisconsin that the City Administrator is authorized to sign the Urban Rivers Grant Program recreation aids grant agreement for the acquisition of the Westphal property.

Ald. Carnes, seconded by Ald. Wenzel moved to approve Resolution No. 21. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

TELEVISING COUNCIL MEETINGS

Ald. Johann introduced Resolution No. 22.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

RESOLUTION NO. 22

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson, Wisconsin that the City Administrator proceed with the acquisition of cable television equipment to not exceed $30,000 in order to televise meetings in the Council Chambers.

Ald. Johann, seconded by Ald. Tennyson moved to approve Resolution No. 22.

City Administrator Schornack explained that the city's contract with Marcus Cable provides for up to $30,000 for camera equipment to broadcast Jefferson Common Council meetings. The Administrator estimates that if $30,000 worth of equipment was purchased, cable bills in Jefferson would be raised 0.40 to 0.50 cents per month by Marcus to recoup the funds. The City could start out with about $15,000 worth of equipment and build from there as needed.

Ald. Tennyson noted that cable TV bills have gone up 13% in just the last month in Jefferson already.

Ald. Carnes stated that he is not in favor of going to cable at this time. He does not believe that the citizens of Jefferson will watch and they will not want to pay for it.

Ald. Johann stated that she felt this was an innovative way to be able to communicate with the residents of Jefferson.

Ald. Tennyson stated that going on cable TV does have the potential of informing the public. Something the people have been asking for. However, Ald. Tennyson also noted that Lake Mills and Watertown did say that their public participation at the meetings has declined.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 22, to purchase equipment to put the Common Council meetings on cable TV. On call of the roll, Ald. Johann, Ald. Tennyson, Ald. Coffman and Ald. Beyer voted aye; Ald. Wenzel and Ald. Carnes voted no. The motion carried 4 to 2.

authorizing jefferson historical society request for $2,000

Ald. Wenzel 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 expend $2,000 from General Fund-Contingencies as a contribution to the Jefferson Historical Society.

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

It was discussed that the Finance Committee is recommending that $1,635 be authorized to help the Historical Society with their rent for the year. It was also explained that the Historical Society does have approximately $11,000, however, it is tied up in C.D.s at this time.

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Wenzel moved to amend Resolution No. 23 to expend $1,635. The motion carried 5 to 1 with Ald. Beyer, Ald. Carnes, Ald. Wenzel, Ald. Johann, and Ald. Coffman voting aye; and Ald. Tennyson voting no.

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

REPORTS

CITY ENGINEER

City Engineer Ludwig reported:

CITY ATTORNEY

City Attorney Scheibel had no report for the Council other than to say that he should know the status of the Braun's Employee Cooperative judgement after 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, (the next scheduled hearing.)

CITY ADMINISTRATOR

City Administrator Schornack reported:

COMMITTEES

Ald. Beyer reported that the Senior Center Committee took a walking tour of the Puerner Building and the True Value store on Monday, May 18. The Committee will meet again on Thursday, May 29 at 5 p.m. in the Senior Center.

Ald. Carnes reported that the Police Facility Committee would be reviewing a list of possible locations at their next meeting on Wednesday, May 27, at 7:00 p.m.

Ald. Tennyson, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to adjourn the May 19, 1998, meeting of the City of Jefferson Common Council. The motion carried unanimously.

These minutes of the May 19, 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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