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Jefferson Development Corporation

September 21, 1999

Location: City Hall Meeting Rooms

317 S. Main Street - Jefferson

6:50 a.m. - 8:05 a.m.

Attending: Coffman, Dempsey, Fischer, Guttenberg, Hamann, Lewis, Martin, Morgan, Olsen, Pierce, Schornack and Thomsen. Interested Party: Jim Schroeder.

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


2. Approval of Minutes

Motion (Dempsey/Thomsen) to approve the minutes from the August 17, 1999 meeting. MOTION CARRIED


3. Open Meetings Update

Discussed district attorney's open meetings decision. Discussed how notice of closed sessions should be listed on the agenda.


4. Open Records Update

Discussed a September 8, 1999 request for open records. It was noted that the CIA received an opinion from Curt Wytinski of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities that past meetings were not subject to the open records requirements. It was felt that the decision of the district attorney was not retroactive. Olsen was directed to confer with the JDC attorney prior to responding to this request.


5. Board Membership

Discussed a request for membership to the JDC. The membership section of the JDC by-laws was read. Discussed the normal procedures for filling board vacancies. It was noted that the only members of the JDC are the board members. It was felt that there would be little interest and no benefit to open the JDC membership to the public at large as outlined in the by-laws. Olsen was directed to review the membership section of the JDC by-laws with our attorney and report back next month.


6. Downtown Revitalization Strategic Planning Session

Twelve people attended the September 15th session. Update will be given next month. Olsen will attend a conference on "Creating The Future Downtown" October 28 - 29 in Chicago.


7. 2000 City Budget Request

Board decided not to request any funding from the city or the water and electric department for 2000 since the JDC has a large cash reserve. Olsen was directed to write a letter explaining this decision to these two funding sources. The board felt that special funding could be requested on a case-by-case basis if necessary to respond to a prospect.


Discussed funding for site development for the North Industrial Park. Schornack reported that TIF #3 funds could be used for site development.


8. Prospects

Discussed marketing plan for the industrial park. The JDC has recently placed advertisements in Midwest Industrial Properties and Corporate Report Wisconsin. Olsen reported he is disappointed in the response from Corporate Report Wisconsin but the Midwest Industrial Properties ads have produced some leads.


Discussed the community profile book currently being produced by the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce. Schornack referred the sales person to work with Olsen on this project.


Olsen has been working on a gas station/convenience store on the north side of the city.


Update was given on a prospect looking for a 100 acre parcel in the North Industrial Park.


Update on JADE was given. Discussed the need for any future location to be in compliance with city requirements regarding wastewater. Olsen stated he has always been clear with all businesses that they must comply with all city codes and ordinances.


Update on Generac's timetable was given.


It was suggested that Olsen pursue the land previously pursued along Junction Road.


Discussed the clean up of the former Ben Franklin location. Olsen has been working with the current owner about his plans for the property.

9. Adjourn Meeting adjourned at 8:05 a.m.





Tuesday, October 19, 1999 at 6:45 a.m. at City Hall Meeting Rooms