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Jefferson Development Corporation Minutes

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Jefferson Development Corporation

Tuesday, July 20, 1999

Location: Morgan & Myers

146 E. Milwaukee Street - Jefferson

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

Attending: Dempsey, Fischer, Guttenberg, Lewis, Martin, Morgan, Olsen, Pierce, Schornack and Thomsen. Interested Party: John Didion.

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


2. Approval of Minutes

Motion (Dempsey/Thomsen) to approve the minutes from the June 14, 1999 meeting. MOTION CARRIED


4. Downtown Revitalization

Brief background of the downtown business association was given. A strategic planning session is tentatively scheduled for August 10th. Board members were invited to participate.


5. Open Meetings Update

Discussed the most recent letter from the district attorney and correspondence from John Foust. Discussed the chronology of the JDC relating to the open meetings laws. Olsen reported John Foust has requested access to the JDC records through the open records laws. General consensus of the board is that the JDC is not subject to the open meetings/open records requirements. Board directed Olsen to retain an attorney to respond to John Foust's request.


Olsen will review the covenants to determine what could be changed to ensure the JDC could remain a private corporation, not subject to open meetings requirements.


6. Prospects

Discussed Jade Transportation locating on 5 - 7 acres in the south industrial park. The JDC will not intervene in this matter.


Olsen is working with Bob Gintoft of the Mooney LeSage Group with a prospect who needs 5 - 10 acres in the north industrial park.


Lewis reported on a referral he is working with who needs 10,000 - 12,000 square feet for storing cardboard and delivery to a Jefferson business.


Generac warehouse is currently on hold. It is felt that this will change after the IPO. Generac will be buying the land and Olsen will contact them to get them to sign their closing extension.


7. Proposed Johnson Creek Casino

Discussed the casino. The JDC will take no position on this issue.


8. Jade Transportation

John Didion discussed his needs. It was felt that the time frame was too short for the JDC to do anything to help him. Discussed other properties in the city which may be available.


9. Joint JDC/Common Council/Water & Electric Commission Meeting

General feeling was that the meeting went very well.


Discussed John Foust's attendance. John Foust told Olsen he expected the JDC to pay for his meal and, after Olsen and Morgan told him "no", Foust came out saying he was not invited to the meeting. That was never the case, he just wasn't invited to the dinner. Jim Schroeder of WFAW attended the meeting, but did not come to the dinner. Discussed which common council members paid for their meals. Discussed the grandstanding which was done at the common council meeting of June 1st.


10. Jefferson County Tourism Council

Olsen reported on the book and provided copies to interested board members.


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





Tuesday, August 17, 1999 at 6:45 a.m. at Morgan & Myers Building