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Jefferson Development Corporation Minutes
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Jefferson Development Corporation
Tuesday, March 16, 1999
Location: Morgan & Myers
146 E. Milwaukee Street - Jefferson
6:50 a.m. - 7:40 a.m.
Attending: Coffman, Dempsey, Guttenberg, Martin, Morgan, Olsen, Pierce, Schornack, Thomsen and van Lieshout.
1. Call to Order 6:50 a.m. by President Morgan.
2. Approval of Minutes
Motion (Dempsey/Thomsen) to approve minutes of February 16, 1999 meeting. MOTION CARRIED
3. Introduction of Jim van Lieshout
Introductions were made for van Lieshout, representing PremierBank. He will serve as an ex-officio member until a vacancy opens up on the board.
4. Update on Generac's Warehouse
Olsen, Morgan, Schornack and a number of other people met with Generac representatives on March 9th to discuss their warehouse. Both raw and finished goods will be stored in a 100,000 square foot building with 24 foot walls. The estimated cost is $2.8 million. They are currently considering different locations and will contact us when they decide.
5. Prospects/Executive Director Update
The prospect wanting 200 acres is still considering Jefferson. We are still waiting for their decision.
Puerner Block Building will be discussed at the common council meeting tonight to discuss a TIF district. The city needs to acquire the property from the county. Coffman reported he was optimistic the council would support the purchase of the property.
Jefferson County Tourism Council sold $38,000 of advertisements which exceeded expectations.
The St. Coletta leadership meeting was held on March 15th. They are in the process of establishing a three year college, Chiara Career College, which should open this fall. They are using space in the Furniture & Appliance Center building for Affirmative Industries. This company has about 65 employees doing piece work.
(Redacted) is looking for office space. Olsen is working with them.
Cable Competitors is in the old Dollar Store location on Main Street. They will have an open house in April.
Highway 26 Reconstruction Project is scheduled to start on March 29th. Olsen gave an update on the committees and their progress. Bob Coffman has been selected to act as liaison for the construction period. Discussed the
Mayor Brawders has asked Olsen to assist Don Meske of Meske Trucking to determine if he could move into the South Industrial Park. Discussed Meske's needs and the needs of Friskie's to have a truck wash close to their plant. General consensus was that we could allow this type of operation in the South Industrial Park. Olsen will continue working with Meske to determine his needs. Olsen has met with Jefferson Transport Service and they don't have a problem with Meske locating near them.
It was reported that the former Ben Franklin Store, owned by Bill LaVasser, has been bought. Olsen will talk with the realtor.
Discussed the County Highway N Reconstruction Project and the impact that would have on the city during the Highway 26 project. Some problems were identified during the pre-construction meeting held last week.
6. Executive Director Position/Evaluation
Olsen's evaluation has been completed. The overall rating was very good. Olsen will be working on those areas identified as needing improvement.
Discussed the Water & Electric Commission's decision not to totally fund the position. At their March meeting they requested representatives from the JDC, CIA or chamber to attend their April meeting. Board discussed who should be invited to go to that meeting which will be held April 12th.
Brawders asked that the JDC be informed that he is supportive of the CIA position and is not in favor of the Water & Electric Commission withholding the funding.
7. Adjourn Meeting adjourned at 7:40 a.m.