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Jefferson Development Corporation Minutes
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Jefferson Development Corporation
Wednesday, April 14, 1999
Location: Carnegie Building
305 S. Main Street - Jefferson
9:05 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.
Attending: Coffman, Dempsey, Lewis, Martin, Morgan, Olsen, Schornack, Thomsen and van Lieshout. Interested Parties: Wade Engelbrecht and Jay Sugar of Generac, Dan Ludwig, Bruce Folbrecht and Arnie Brawders.
1. Call to Order 9:05 a.m. by President Morgan.
2. Approval of Minutes
Correction to delete the words "discussed the" from the first paragraph on the second page. Motion (Martin/Thomsen) to approve minutes of March 16, 1999 meeting as corrected. MOTION CARRIED
3. Generac Warehouse
Engelbrecht discussed their warehouse plan, parking plan and problems with trucks at the loading docks at the west side of their building.
Discussed the probability of acquiring the Estella Ganser property and the time needed to accomplish this. Sugar said Generac will not work directly with Estella Ganser. Brawders stated that she understands she will be working through the JDC rather than dealing directly with Generac.
Generac is currently renting approximately 42,000 square feet from Schweiger's for storage.
Discussed how the new warehouse addition will impact on the number of parking stalls. Their plan is in compliance with local requirements.
Discussed Generac's need to extend the asphalt near the loading dock.
Notified Generac that the deed restrictions call for a 40 foot setback.
4. Estella Ganser Property
Motion (Lewis/Thomsen) to hire Ben Brantmeier to make an offer to purchase (redacted) acres at a price of (redacted) per acre with the understanding that Olsen could accept a counter offer up to (redacted) without having a special meeting of the JDC. The JDC will pay for the survey and title search and will attempt to close the property as soon as possible. MOTION CARRIED
Discussed a first right of refusal but decided not to do this at this point in time in order to speed up the process.
5. Treasurer resignation
Motion (Thomsen/Lewis) to accept Schornack's resignation and to appoint Olsen to fill that position. MOTION CARRIED
We were not able to help Clifford Plastics because they want to move into a building, not build their own.
Discussed the owner of the Schweiger's office building (on Washington) and their failure to do anything with the property.
(Redacted) is still considering downtown office space. Olsen has been working with them.
Stu's Flooring is set to close on the former Ben Franklin building on April 16th. Olsen has been working with Steve Ulik, the owner, the assist him in applying for a Revolving Loan. Ulik plans to remove the yellow facade on the front of the building.
(Redacted) is looking for a 3 acre parcel in the north industrial park to build a 20,000 square foot plant. They are currently in (redacted) and are considering a move.
Olsen visited (redacted) and discussed the long range plan of moving their plant to the north industrial park.
Discussed the idea of building a spec. building in the north industrial park. The Dove Group had expressed an interest a few years ago.
Kendall Packaging asked Olsen to visit them to discuss moving some of their machinery.
Olsen has been working with Don Meske. The have talked about building a 15,000 square foot building at the south end of South Industrial Avenue (at the end of the cul-de-sac). They will talk to their banker.
7. Open Meetings Laws
Olsen and Schornack have both been discussing open meetings with a local businessman. Discussed the possibility of WEDA trying to change the statutes legislatively. The general consensus of the Board is that the JDC is a private corporation and the meetings and minutes are not open to the public. It was suggested we talk to our state legislators concerning this issue.
8. Water and Electric Commission
Discussed ways to keep the commissioners better informed. In order to improve his attendance it was suggested that Bruce Folbrecht serve as a full board member instead of an ex-officio member of the JDC. Discussed how his serving on the JDC would affect the open meetings laws. It was suggested that there may be a personality issue and that there is no lack of accountability. Only CIA board members will evaluate the CIA executive director next year. The minutes will not be sent to the Water and Electric commissioners but Olsen will give occasional updates. Schornack said he's in favor of the way it is currently set up and that the utilities should be the number one contributor for economic development. Brawders apologized for his handling of the matter and expressed there is animosity among the commissioners that needs to be addressed.
9. Adjourn Meeting adjourned at 10:40 a.m.