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Jefferson Development Corporation
February 15, 2000
Location: Jefferson County Workforce Development Center
874 Collins Road - Jefferson
6:50 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
Attending: Dempsey, Guttenberg, Lewis, Morgan, Olsen, Schornack and Thomsen.
1. Call to Order 6:50 a.m. by President Lewis.
2. Approval of Minutes
Motion (Morgan/Thomsen) to a approve the January 18, 2000 minutes. MOTION CARRIED
3. Puerner Block Building Update
Discussed the status of the project and the efforts to get to the point where Russ Endres can begin renovtating the building.
Discussed the status of the former Big A Auto Parts property and how that property impacts the Puerner Block Building renovation.
4. Highway 26 Bypass
There will be a public forum on Thursday, February 24th at the Jefferson High School Auditorium to receive comments regarding the various bypass routes. The chamber of commerce is sponsoring this forum and wants to be the leader in working on the bypass issue.
Dianne Hrobsky, Executive Vice-President of the Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce, gave a presentation to the board of diretors of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce last week. She stated that the Fort Atkinson bypass was one of the best things Fort Atkinson has ever done.
It was suggested that the JDC should look at the "big picture" of the location, not just as it relates to the industrial parks but how it relates to the entire community.
5. Downtown Revitalization
Lewis displayed a map which shows the status of downtown buildings. Discussed the progress of a number of downtown businesses.
Gemuetlichkeit Days, Inc. will be holding the May Ball (May 20th) downtown and and the downtown revitalization committee will be hosting a number of activities in conjunction with the May Ball.
Discussed how the dams at both Jefferson and Indianford will impact economic development, tourism-related businesses and taxes.
Discussed the Revolving Loan Fund program and how that could be used to assist downtown businesses. It was suggested we look at establishing additional funding to spur downtown revitalization.
Discussed Generac's warehouse needs and how they plan on addressing that need. Olsen will meet with Generac before the next meeting.
7. Adjourn Meeting adjourned at 8:15 a.m.
Tuesday, March 21, 2000 at 6:45 a.m. at city hall meeting rooms