MINUTES

CITY OF JEFFERSON COMMON COUNCIL

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1998

The Tuesday, September 15, 1998, meeting of the City of Jefferson Common Council was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by Mayor Brawders. Members present were Ald. Wagner, Ald. Coffman, Ald. Carnes, Ald. Wenzel, Ald. Stevens, Ald. Johann, Ald. Tennyson and Ald. Beyer. Also present were City Administrator Schornack, City Attorney Scheibel, Police Chief Besel, City Engineer Ludwig and City Clerk/Treasurer Elford.

communications

Ald. Beyer reported that she has received several phone calls asking for the zoning along the 400 block of South Highland to be changed to R-1 Single Family Residential.

public participation

Arnold Schuman of 537 S. Fischer spoke in regard to the multi-family zoning of a section of South Highland. (As shown in the new master plan.) Mr. Schuman stated that he wanted to make sure that the Council was aware that there is no P.U.D. attached to the South Highland property, and therefore, he and many of his neighbors would like to see the City rezone the property to single family residential.

Maryann Gleisner of 211 N. Midway stated that she supports a new senior center. Mrs. Gleisner has been helping out in the Center since Sandy Statz left and she reported to the Council that the lighting is poor, and there is not enough room during activities.

Ms. Hilde Will, 324 N. Elizabeth, and member of the Senior Center Committee, addressed the Council and asked them to consider Site #3 on W. Puerner Street for a new Senior Center site.

Mr. Dave Olsen, CIA Director, gave the Council a copy of a report by the Bentley Company, a construction services company in Milwaukee. Per the request of some of the Council, Mr. Olsen contacted the Bentley Company for a free site analysis for a new police facility. The Bentley Company put three scenarios together showing the options of building on the current city hall site or at another location.

Mr. Mike Meyers of 433 S. Fischer stated that he is also in favor of changing the multi-family parcel along South Highland to R-1 Single Family Residential.

Mr. Don Kraus of 702 Windsor Terrace stated that he feels Site #2 on W. Puerner should be sold for single family residential and not made into a park. The city needs the money to develop the Westphal Park and to hold city taxes down. Mr. Kraus also stated that he is in favor of the City Hall site for a new police station and hopes the Council votes for it too.

Mr. Lyman Tracy of 415 N. Pleasant stated that he believes Site 3 on W. Puerner Street should remain as a park and river walkway. Mr. Tracy believes there is only about ¾ of an acre that is buildable on that site anyway. He also stated that he believes the area needs green space, the Westphal Park is more than a mile away. Mr. Tracy also stated that Site #2 should be sold and Site #4 would be a good site for the Senior Center.

Mr. Arnold Schuman of 537 S. Fischer re-addressed the Council to state that in the interest of time, all of the residents in attendance to show support of the rezoning of S. Highland will raise their hand. Approximately 30 to 40 residents raised their hand.

senior center committee presentation

Nancy Haberman, member of the Senior Center Committee, addressed the Council and gave the statistics of the growing senior population in Jefferson. (It is estimated that there are 1,260 seniors at this time.) The babyboomers will be an even larger senior population in the near future. Haberman stated that the current facility is too small. It only accommodates one activity at a time. Haberman gave the Council a sketch of the proposed rooms that would make up a new Senior Center. She stated that the Committee feels that the building should be able to accommodate classes, card playing, bingo, dances, fund raisers, health screenings and clinics, and much more. The Director would need to be full-time. They believe the building should be 12,000 sq. ft. and, of course, there should be considerations for easy access, adequate lighting, and good security.

Ald. Beyer, chairperson of the Senior Center Committee, read the following Senior Center Mission Statement to the Council: "The mission of the new Jefferson Senior Center Committee is to provide a facility within the community to meet the educational, recreational, social and leisure time needs for the growing senior population." Ald. Beyer went on to introduce her committee to the Council and thank them for all of their efforts. Ald. Beyer then asked for the Council's support by appointing the Senior Center Facility Committee to get down to the job of designing a Senior Center that meets the goals and fulfills the Mission Statement of the Seniors of Jefferson. Ald. Beyer also stated the Maryann Gleisner and Hilde Will will be working with Parks, Recreation & Forestry Director Keller on a "Friends of the Seniors" association.

appointment of senior center facility committee

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to accept the appointments of Steve Adams, Frank Doebereiner, Nancy Haberman, and Ald. Tennyson as regular members of the Senior Center Facility Committee and Cyndi Keller, as an advisory member of the committee. The motion carried on a voice vote.

appointment to zoning board of appeals

The Mayor presented the name of Otis Beyer for approval of appointment to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Johann moved to accept. The motion carried on a voice vote.

 

consent agenda

Ald. Beyer introduced Resolution No. 68.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 68

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the consent agenda for September 15, 1998 is hereby adopted.

The consent agenda for tonight includes:

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Tennyson moved to approve Resolution No. 68. The motion carried unanimously.

PROPOSED ORDINANCE TO REPEAL 7.03(2)(e)(3) related to two hour parking and creating and amending 25.04(3) related to bond amounts

Ald. Tennyson introduced Proposed Ordinance #20-98 for its first reading.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

PROPOSED ORDINANCE #20-98

An ordinance to repeal Section 7.03(2)(e)(3) of the Municipal Code of the City of Jefferson related to Two Hour Parking; amending Section 25.04(3) and creating the bond amount under 25.04(3) for 7.03(2)(c ) and (e).

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

Section 1. Section 7.03(2)(e)(3) is hereby repealed.

Section 2. The following deposits under Section 25.04(3) are hereby amended as follows:

Section Offense Deposits & Costs

7.03 Parking restrictions $10.00
7.03(6) Restriction police parking $10.00
7.03(7) Compact cars only $10.00

Section 3. The following deposits under Section 25.04(3) are hereby created as follows:

Section Offense Deposits & Costs

7.03(2)(c ) & (e) Two hour parking $2.00

Section 4. This ordinance shall take effect and be in full force after passage and publication as required by law.

Ald. Johann, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to waive the second reading of proposed Ordinance #20-98.

Ald. Beyer stated that Regulatory Committee was unanimously in favor of the ordinance. It has been over 14 years since the last time the cost of a ticket was raised.

Chief Besel stated that the $5 fine just does not pay for the cost of the writing and processing of the tickets.

Roll was then called on the motion to accept proposed Ordinance #20-98. The motion carried unanimously.

accepting the city of jefferson master plan update

Ald. Beyer introduced Resolution No. 69.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 69

THE COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF JEFFERSON, JEFFERSON COUNTY, WISCONSIN, DOES ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:

WHEREAS, the City of Jefferson has prepared and reviewed a proposed Comprehensive Master Plan, and,

WHEREAS, the Plan Commission has conducted a Public Hearing regarding the Plan, pursuant to the requirements of Wis. Stats. 63.23(3), and;

WHEREAS, based on its consideration of the Plan, and comments received at the Public Hearing, the Plan Commission adopted the Comprehensive Master Plan;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Common Council of the City of Jefferson be, and hereby does, approve and certify the Comprehensive Master Plan of the City of Jefferson, and;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Resolution shall be recorded as a component of the Comprehensive Master Plan certified here by the identifying signatures of the Mayor, the Common Council President, and the City Clerk of the City of Jefferson.

Ald. Beyer, seconded by Ald. Wagner moved to approve Resolution No. 69.

There was extensive discussion about P.U.D. status on the S. Highland Ave. parcel that is zoned multi-family. It was stated that St. Coletta has never applied for the P.U.D. Mike Slavney of Vandewalle & Associates explained that with a P.U.D. it takes a special judicial process to change it, however, since there is no PUD, the Council could change the zoning from multi-family to single family residential through the regular ordinance change process with a public hearing. It was stated that the zoning change is recommended by the Plan Commission.

Ald. Wagner stated that he did not feel that he could vote to rezone the property. The change to multi-family was made in good faith per the request of the property owner, St. Coletta. Ald. Wagner cannot see going back on that decision now.

Ald. Tennyson, seconded by Ald. Stevens moved to amend Resolution No. 69 to include in the fourth paragraph, "…approve and certify the Comprehensive Master Plan of the City of Jefferson with the changes as recommended by the Plan Commission;". On call of the roll, Ald. Johann, Ald. Stevens, Ald. Wenzel, Ald. Carnes, Ald. Coffman, Ald. Beyer, and Ald. Tennyson voted aye; Ald. Wagner voted no. The motion carried 7 to 1.

After further discussion, roll was called on amended Resolution No. 69 to approve and certify the new Comprehensive Master Plan for the City of Jefferson. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

authorizing contract with VANDEWALLE & ASSOCIATES FOR DRAFTING ZONING ORDINANCE CHANGES

Ald. Carnes introduced Resolution No. 70.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

RESOLUTION NO. 70

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to sign a contract with Vandewalle and Associates to update the sign code in the City of Jefferson Zoning Code for a sum of $2,500.

Ald. Carnes, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve Resolution No. 70.

Ald. Carnes stated that the Finance Committee had voted unanimously to approve the hiring of Vandewalle & Associates.

Ald. Coffman stated that he had made some calls and received the Whitewater and Watertown sign ordinances. There seems to be a boilerplate ordinance that is then adjusted to fit the particular community. He wondered if Vandewalle was needed or could we accomplish it on our own using the basics from Whitewater and Watertown.

Mike Slavney of Vandewalle & Associates stated that the $2,500 was for the task of helping to adjust the boiler plate model into a working ordinance for the City of Jefferson.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 70. The motion carried unanimously.

special assessment resolutions for extension of north parkway in the north business park

Ald. Wenzel introduced Resolution No. 71.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

PRELIMINARY RESOLUTION NO. 71

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson, Wisconsin:

  1. That the Common Council declares its intention under Section 66.60 of the Wisconsin Statutes to levy special assessments upon the following described properties benefited by the proposed improvements, which improvements and assessments constitute an exercise of the City's police powers:
  2. 328' of Sewer and Water Main Extensions and Street Extension on North Parkway

  3. The Common Council determines that the improvements and assessments constitute an exercise of the City's police powers, properties to be assessed are benefited by the project and the amounts assessed against each parcel shall be based on front footages.
  4. The Assessments against any parcel shall be paid in full when arrangements have been made with the City Clerk.
  5. The City Engineer shall prepare a report, which will consist of the following:
    a. Plans and specifications for the improvements
    b. An estimate of the entire cost of the improvements.
    c. Schedule of proposed assessments.

And WHEREAS, the owners of the benefited properties have waived their rights to notice and hearing concerning the Preliminary Resolution Report the City Clerk will not have to give a Class One Notice of public hearing pertaining to the proposed projects as specified in section 66.60 of the Wisconsin Statutes.

Ald. Wenzel, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to approve Resolution No. 71.

City Administrator Schornack explained that staff has talked with Generac and they are agreeable to paying for half of the project and have signed a waiver of public hearing for this project.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 71. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

Ald. Stevens introduced Resolution No. 72.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

FINAL RESOLUTION NO. 72

Final Resolution authorizing Sewer and Water Main and Street improvements and levying of special assessments against benefited properties.

WHEREAS, the owners of the benefited properties have waived their rights to notice and hearing concerning the Preliminary Resolution Report on the following proposed improvements:

328' of Sewer And Water Main And Street Extension on North Parkway

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

  1. That the report pertaining to the construction of the above described public improvements is hereby adopted and approved.
  2. That the City should carry out the improvements in accordance with the report.
  3. That payment for the improvements shall be made by assessing the costs to properties benefited as indicated in the report.
  4. That assessments shown on the report, representing an exercise of police power, 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 cash per arrangements that have been made in advance with the City Clerk. Assessments not paid when due shall bear additional interest on the amount due at a rate of 12.00% per annum.
  7. That the City Clerk shall publish this resolution as a Class One Notice and shall mail a copy of said resolution and a statement of the final assessments against the benefited properties to every property owner whose name appears on the assessment roll and whose post office address is known or can with reasonable diligence be ascertained.

Ald. Stevens, seconded by Ald. Wagner moved to approve Resolution No. 72. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

authorizing agreement with jaeckel bros. for EXTENSION OF WATER AND SEWER MAINS ON NORTH PARKWAY

Ald. Johann introduced Resolution No. 73.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

RESOLUTION NO. 73

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator be authorized to sign an agreement with Jaeckel Brothers for the extension of water and sanitary sewer mains on North Parkway in the amount of $9,816.

Ald. Johann, seconded by Ald. Stevens moved to approve Resolution No. 73.

Ald. Carnes stated that Finance Committee unanimously recommends the hiring of Jaeckel Bros.

Roll was then called on Resolution No. 73. On call of the roll, the motion carried unanimously.

ADDINg CITY HALL SITE TO THE LIST OF SITES BEING CONSIDERED FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT FACILITY

Ald. Wagner introduced Resolution No. 74.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

RESOLUTION NO. 74

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson, Wisconsin that the City Hall site be added to the list of sites to be considered for the police department facility.

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Johann moved to approve Resolution No. 74.

Ald. Johann questioned whether the City Hall site should be considered after reading the Bentley recommendations.

Ald. Wenzel stated that this is the third professional firm to state that the Police Department would be better suited at a site away from City Hall. Why are we still considering it?

Ald. Coffman stated that he felt that even though the Police Facility Committee did not recommend the site, the Council should have the last word as to which sites to look at.

Ald. Carnes stated that he feels that this location is just too land locked. We will not have enough parking.

Ald. Beyer stated that all of these delays and looking and re-looking at sites that professionals have already told us not to use, is going to cause the project to be more expensive as time goes on.

Ald. Johann stated that she believes the Council should look at this site again, if for no other reason than to educate the citizens of Jefferson on what the cost would be.

After further discussion, roll was called on Resolution No. 74. On call of the roll, Ald. Wagner, Ald. Johann, Ald. Stevens, and Ald. Coffman voted aye; Ald. Beyer, Ald. Tennyson, Ald. Wenzel and Ald. Carnes voted no. The vote was a 4 to 4 tie. Mayor Brawders broke the tie by voting aye in support of adding the City Hall site to the list of possible police department sites to be looked at. The motion carried 5 to 4.

appointment of 3 person council committee to analyze police department building costs

Mayor Brawders asked for a motion to accept Ald. Stevens, Ald. Coffman, and Ald. Wenzel as the three person Council Committee to analyze the police department building costs.

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Carnes moved to accept. After discussion, the motion carried on a voice vote.

AUTHORIZING USE OF CITY-OWNED PROPERTY (SITES 2 & 3) ON WEST PUERNER STREET

Ald. Coffman introduced Resolution No. 75.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

RESOLUTION NO. 75

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the sites on West Puerner Street be dealt with as follows:

Site 2 (NE quadrant W. side of bridge): Keep parcel for park

Site 3 (SE quadrant W. side of bridge): Sell parcel for single family development.

Ald. Coffman, seconded by Ald. Wenzel moved to discuss the approval of Resolution No. 75.

Ald. Coffman stated that he remembers a few years ago when the Slawson land was purchased for the extension of W. Puerner Street, it was the Council's intent to sell the lots to defray the cost of the purchase. Therefore, he believes both parcels should be sold for single family residential.

Ald. Wenzel stated that he would prefer both parcels be sold for single family residential. He also stated that he thinks the topography is all wrong for a senior center.

Ald. Stevens stated that he has walked Site 3 and he believes that traffic is too heavy in the area. He does not feel it would be a safe location for the seniors.

Ald. Johann stated that she would support Site 3 as a park; not site 2.

Ald. Beyer stated that she supports Site #3 as single family and Site #2 as a park.

Ald. Beyer also proposed an amendment that when and if Sites #1 and #2 are offered for sale, the Seniors have the right of first refusal. However, it was noted that site #1 had already been decided at another meeting, therefore, the amendment died.

Ald. Coffman, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to amend Resolution No. 75 to sell both Site #2 and Site #3 for single family development. On call of the roll: Ald. Beyer, Ald. Stevens, Ald. Wenzel, Ald. Carnes, Ald. Coffman, and Ald. Wagner voted aye; Ald. Tennyson and Ald. Johann voted no. The amendment carried 6 to 2.

Roll was then called on amended Resolution No. 75. On call of the roll: Ald. Stevens, Ald. Wenzel, Ald. Carnes, Ald. Coffman, Ald. Wagner, and Ald. Beyer voted aye; Ald. Tennyson and Ald. Johann voted no. The Resolution passed on a vote of 6 to 2.

AUTHORIZING APPRAISALS FOR CITY-OWNED WEST PUERNER STREET PROPERTIES

Ald. Carnes introduced Resolution No. 76.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

RESOLUTION NO. 76

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the City Administrator be authorized to sign an agreement with AJ Appraisals of Watertown to perform an appraisal on each parcel of property that the City intends to sell on West Puerner Street.

Ald. Carnes, seconded by Ald. Wenzel moved to approve Resolution No. 76. The motion carried unanimously.

REPORTS

CITY ENGINEER

City Engineer Ludwig updated the Council on the progress of Maple Grove Drive, the Racine Street Bridge, and the North Parkway extension.

CITY ADMINISTRATOR

City Administrator Schornack reported that Dave Olsen will be attending a Main Street workshop coming up in Madison. He also reported that the League Conference is coming up on October 21 through 23 in Middleton. If any council members are still interested in signing up for the conference, please let staff know before the end of the week.

The City Administrator also reported that Pioneer Roofing came in to give the City an estimate on roof replacement or repair on the City Hall. There will be a written proposal forthcoming, however, at first look, Pioneer Roofing did say that a hip roof would be very expensive for this building. Pioneer will also quote a rubberized membrane and the cost of just patching the roof temporarily.

Ald. Tennyson, seconded by Ald. Wagner moved to adjourn the September 15, 1998, meeting of the City of Jefferson Common Council. The motion carried unanimously.

These minutes of the September 15, 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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