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Jefferson Development Corporation

December 21, 1999

Location: City Hall Meeting Rooms

317 S. Main Street - Jefferson

6:50 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.

Attending: Coffman, Dempsey, Fischer, Guttenberg, Lewis, Morgan, Olsen, Pierce, Schornack, Thomsen and van Lieshout. Interested Parties: Craig Ellsworth and John Foust.

1. Call to Order 6:50 a.m. by President Morgan.

2. Approval of Minutes

Motion (Thomsen/van Lieshout) to a approve the November 16, 1999 minutes. MOTION CARRIED

3. Puerner Block Building Update

Olsen gave an update. The city will have an appraisal done on the Big A Auto Parts property as the first step in the condemnation process.

4. Forward Wisconsin Prospecting Trip

Olsen reported that he is following up on a couple leads.

5. Prospects

Olsen gave an update. There are two prospects interested in rail access in the North Industrial Park. Olsen is still working to get Milky Way Transport in the South Industrial Park.

6. Downtown Revitalization Committee

This is a chamber of commerce committee formed to advocate, develop and promote the downtown business district.

Olsen gave a status report on the fundraising for the Milwaukee Street Walk Bridge. They have raised over $41,000 so far.

Olsen reported that the business community favored a downtown senior community center.

Craig Ellsworth, chairperson of the Downtown Revitalization Committee, was introduced and discussed incentives for downtown improvements. Some ideas included a tax credit program, a downtown TIF District, a storefront grant program and gap financing program.

Olsen will contact Russ Walton to discuss his experience in renovating his downtown property.

Olsen, Schornack and van Lieshout volunteered to work on a committee to research possible incentive programs.

7. Open Records Update

All open records requests have been fulfilled.

8. Board Membership

Discussed amending the bylaws to eliminate general membership to the JDC. Motion (Fischer/van Lieshout) that Olsen review and propose bylaws changes, with legal consultation if necessary, at the next meeting. MOTION CARRIED

9. Board of Directors

Morgan reported on his conversation with the mayor regarding how the board of directors is selected. Discussed the difference between city committees and the JDC. The JDC is very different because we are a corporation, have a corporate structure, tax identification number and have our own checking account.

Morgan announced that there will be no board vacancies because Dempsey, Hamann, Olsen and Schornack have all expressed an interest in being re-appointed.

The board felt that the current board selection process works well, has worked well for 15 years, and no changes need to be made.

10. Bylaws Revisions

Discussed the JCEDC bylaws and will pattern our changes after them.

11. Executive Director Evaluation

Board members were urged to forward their comments to Morgan or Lewis so an evaluation could be done by the CIA board.

12. North Industrial Park Land Use

Schornack discussed a building to store byproducts from the wastewater treatment plant in the park. General consensus was that this would not be an appropriate use of the park and would not be in compliance with the deed restrictions.

Discussed the need for a development plan for the park. Ludwig, Olsen and Schornack will be meeting to discuss this plan.

13. Adjourn Meeting adjourned at 8:20 a.m.


Tuesday, January 18, 2000 at 6:45 a.m. at city hall meeting rooms