Jefferson City Council - Minutes - 2000

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MINUTES
city of jefferson common council
JANUARY 4, 2000

The Tuesday, January 4, 2000, 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. Coffman, Ald. Oppermann, Ald. Wenzel, Ald. Tennyson, Ald. Johann, Ald. Stevens and Ald. Beyer. Also present were City Administrator Schornack, City Attorney Scheibel, Police Chief Besel, City Engineer Ludwig and Clerk/Treasurer Parlow.

COMMUNICATIONS

Ald. Wagner thanked Police Chief Besel for taking the time to submit an informative article to the "Municipality". He also remarked that the City would be able to receive recycling grant funds for two more years.

Ald. Oppermann asked the staff to consult with the state and to develop possible alternatives for the signal light on the northeast corner of the Main/Racine Street intersection. Oppermann remarked that several people had contacted him regarding the lack of turn signals and the poor location of the signal light.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Steve Adams, 431 North Midway Avenue, addressed the Council regarding the Fire Department Repairs. Mr. Adams asked when the residents could expect repairs to be made to the facility. City Administrator Schornack indicated that staff has pursued numerous contractors and to this date, none have returned an estimate. He encouraged Mr. Adams and any person who may know of someone who would be able to complete the project to contact City Hall.

Jim Polk, 251 East Racine Street, addressed the Council regarding the Proposed "No Parking" on North Sanborn Avenue. Mr. Polk stated that he was opposed to the Ordinance and that a survey of his neighbors indicated that they also were opposed. Mr. Polk then offered several alternatives to the no parking zone. He suggested that the Council take a few months to review the alternatives and make a decision at that time.

Dave Carnes, 405 North Main Street, addressed the Council regarding the Milwaukee Street Walk Bridge. Mr. Carnes stated that the Council should adopt a business strategy to "realize the best return for the least investment". He encouraged the Council to adopt the Resolution and make the bridge a reality. He noted that it is not likely that the City would ever again realize $500,000+ in infrastructure for $50,000.

Craig Ellsworth, Member of the Downtown Revitalization Committee, addressed the Council regarding the Revitalization Committee's missions and accomplishments. Mr. Ellsworth stated that the committee views three areas in the downtown as "key areas": the Puerner Block Building, the Dime Store Building, and Miss Kitty's. It is their belief that the direction that these buildings go in will determine the revitalization of the downtown. Mr. Ellsworth encouraged the Council and City to support the marketing and reconstruction efforts of the downtown businesses in words and finances. He noted that a positive image for the downtown creates a positive image for us all.

Sue Reinen, 302 East Puerner, addressed the Council regarding the assessment on her home. Ms. Reinen stated that she feels that the assessor overassessed her property. Ms. Reinen stated that she did not receive the notice of assessment sent to her in July. She felt that the City and the residents have been cheated by the assessment agency. Ms. Reinen noted that she was told by city staff that the only recourse they could offer would be Board of Review in mid 2000. She felt that the assessment agency should pay for their error.

Kay Reinders, N5038 Thrush Lane, addressed the Council regarding the Milwaukee Street Pedestrian Bridge. Ms. Reinders stated that over 500 bricks had been sold with revenues totaling over $44,000. Ms. Reinders asked the Council to proceed with the Milwaukee Street Pedestrian Bridge.

 

oRDINANCE CREATING A NO PARKING ZONE

Ald. Wenzel introduced Proposed Ordinance #14-99 for its second reading.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
PROPOSED ORDINANCE #14-99


An Ordinance to Create Section 7.03(4)(h) of the Municipal Code of the City of Jefferson Related to a No Parking Zone.

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

Section 1. 7.03(4)(h) No person shall park on any of the following:

    1. N. Sanborn Ave., east side, 100 block.

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

Ald. Wenzel, seconded by Ald. Johann moved to recommend Proposed Ordinance #14-99 for discussion.

Ald. Wenzel stated that he felt Jim Polk had presented several possible alternatives and felt the Council should take some time to evaluate if they might work.

Ald. Stevens stated that he felt that "church times" was when the most congestion occurs and that possibly longer yellow areas may help alleviate the problems the area is experiencing.

Ald. Johann also felt that Mr. Polk had presented some good thoughts and that the City should look at the alternatives.

Ald. Johann, seconded by Ald. Stevens moved to table Proposed Ordinance #14-99. Motion carried on a voice vote. Ald. Oppermann and Ald. Wagner voted against the motion.

consent agenda

Ald. Wagner introduced Resolution No. 134.

CITY OF JEFFERSON
RESOLUTION nO. 134

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the consent agenda for January 4, 2000 is hereby adopted.

The consent agenda for tonight includes:

Operator's Licenses

Special Class B Licenses

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Tennyson moved to recommend Resolution No. 134. On call of the roll, motion carried unanimously.

RIVERVIEW DRIVE INTERCEPTOR SEWER LINE

Ald. Stevens introduced Resolution No. 135.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

RESOLUTION NO. 135

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson, Wisconsin that the Riverview Drive interceptor sewer line be designed as follows Alternative 1 (as presented in the accompanying exhibit) with Alternative 2 as an alternative.

Gene Laschinger of Town and Country Engineering and City Engineer Ludwig then gave the Council an overview of the advantages to Alternative 1. It was noted that Alternative 1 may have some complications with a high-pressure gas main, this issue will be further investigated.

Ald. Stevens noted that the above recommendation was unanimous at the Streets Health and Sanitation Committee.

City Administrator Schornack noted that the City would use cash reserve to start funding the project. However, it is the City's intention to utilize as much of the Clean Water Fund money as they can.

Ald. Stevens, seconded by Ald. Wenzel recommended Resolution No. 135. On call of the roll, motion carried unanimously.

 

MILWAUKEE STREET WALK BRIDGE

Ald. Wagner introduced Resolution No. 136.

CITY OF JEFFERSON

RESOLUTION NO. 136

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson, Wisconsin to proceed with the Milwaukee Street walk bridge, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Federal/State/Project Sponsor Statewide Transportation Enhancement Program (TEA 21) Project Agreement for the Milwaukee Street Pedestrian/Bike Transportation Facility (Milwaukee Street walk bridge) is hereby accepted, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City Administrator is hereby authorized to sign said agreement.

Ald. Johann applauded the Bridge Committee for their dedication and hard work.

Ald. Beyer noted that the Committee organized on April 27, 1999 and have worked hard ever since. She commended the group for their efforts and stated that the Milwaukee Street Pedestrian Bridge was a step towards downtown revitalization efforts.

Ald. Oppermann stated that he feels the bridge is a catalyst for the downtown revitalization and a great (safe) way to enjoy the river. Mr. Oppermann commended the group and noted that positive people can make positive things happen for a community.

Ald. Wagner stated that he was originally opposed to the bridge. However, since the public seems to be behind the project he would vote in favor of it.

Ald. Coffman stated that he has always been against the walk bridge. He noted that the Committee had put forth a tremendous effort to reach their $50,000 goal and felt that for the remainder of the Council $44,000 is close enough. However, he noted that 5,500+ persons in the community and 75% of the Chamber Members had not shown support for the project and they also deserve a vote on the Council. Ald. Coffman then said that he would be voting against the resolution representing these groups.

It was then noted that the City has adequate funding available in 2000 to support the City's share of the Milwaukee Street Walk Bridge.

Ald. Wagner, seconded by Ald. Johann recommended Resolution No. 136. On call of the roll, motion carried by a vote of 7 to 1. Ald. Coffman voted against the resolution.

 

AUTHORIZING BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS

Ald. Johann introduced Resolution No. 137.

 

CITY OF JEFFERSON

RESOLUTION NO. 137

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Common Council of the City of Jefferson that the following 1999 budget adjustments are hereby authorized:

 

 

 

CURRENT

BUDGET

REVISED

BUDGET ITEM

ACCOUNT #

BUDGET

ADJUSTMNT

AMOUNT

         

Fed/State Telecom. Grant

33-00000-42-551

$0.00

$6,900.00

$6,900.00

Public Safety Soft/Hardware

33-50000-40-445

12,350.00

2,120.00

14,700.00

Ald. Johann indicated that the resolution was supported unanimously at Finance.

Ald. Johann, seconded by Ald. Beyer moved to recommend Resolution No. 137. On call of the roll, motion carried unanimously.

STAFF REPORTS

Police Chief Besel reported:

City Engineer Ludwig reported:

City Attorney Scheibel reported:

City Administrator Schornack reported:

Ald. Tennyson, seconded by Ald. Wenzel, moved to adjourn the January 4, 2000, meeting of the City of Jefferson Common Council. The motion carried on a voice vote.

These minutes of the January 4, 2000, meeting of the Common Council are uncorrected. Any corrections made thereto will be noted in the proceedings at which time the minutes are approved.