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Jefferson Development Corporation
Tuesday, October 20, 1998
Location: Morgan & Myers
146 E. Milwaukee Street - Jefferson
6:50 a.m. - 8:05 a.m.
Attending: Coffman, Dempsey, Fischer, Folbrecht, Guttenberg, Hamann, Keiser, Lewis, Martin, Morgan, Olsen, Pierce, Schornack and Thomsen.
1. Call to Order 6:50 a.m. by President Morgan.
2. Approval of Minutes
Motion (Thomsen/Guttenberg) to approve minutes of September 15, 1998 meeting. MOTION CARRIED
3. Approval of Financials
Motion (Thomsen/Lewis) to approve financial report. MOTION CARRIED
4. W & S Concrete Property in South Industrial Park
Common council approved the purchase of the property and the closing is set for October 28th. It was suggested we refine the covenants for the South Industrial Park after we get this property back under our control. This parcel, which is 3.06 acres, will be purchased for the same price at which we sold it and the city will pay for this years property taxes.
5. Update on Ganser
Mayor Brawders has not talked with Estella. He plans to do so before our November meeting.
6. Generac Expansion
Discussed Generac's requesting for construction trailers. If both the JDC and the Plan Commission agree to a waiver, Olsen will visit and explain everything to the other park tenants. Motion (Thomsen/Guttenberg) to grant a waiver to the North Industrial Park Covenants to allow Generac to install construction trailers for a period of not more than one year. MOTION CARRIED
7. T & S Enterprises Open House
Nice event and things are going well for the company. The company specializes in silk screening and children's furniture.
8. 1999 Budget Request
City staff has requested that the JDC forgo our usual $12,500 budgeted amount for 1999 with the understanding that we would receive $12,500 in the ensuing years. Schornack reminded the Board that there is about $110,000 in the industrial park development fund. The general consensus was that the JDC would be willing to withdraw our budget request for 1999 but we will request the money in 2000.
9. Update on Open Meetings
It was suggested that Olsen talk with Miller Law Office rather than sharing costs with the JCEDC. It was suggested we take no action unless a complaint is filed. Schornack explained why city staff is raising this issue. Discussion that we do not want to become a test case on this. Schornack stated that none of the economic development boards in his four previous communities had were required to comply with open meetings laws. Schornack said that an opinion from Burt Miller would be good enough to put this issue to rest.
Motion (Fischer/Martin) to spend $600 for advertising space in Midwest Industrial Properties to publicize our industrial parks. MOTION CARRIED
11. Additional Electrical Service into North Industrial Park
Folbrecht presented a plan to improve electrical service to Generac and the rest of the North Industrial Park. Discussed the current park lot schematic. It was suggested that we be careful to maintain our ability to have a rail site along the west side of North Parkway. It was suggested the board view the park before the next meeting and we could make a decision about the location of electrical service then. Since the currently drawn outlot is only a draft, it was suggested the city engineer review this location.
12. November Meeting Date
Board agreed to change the date of the next meeting to November 10th.
There has been no contact from (redacted) concerning this issue.
14. Upcoming Seminar
Discussed an upcoming seminar, Model Programs in Economic Development, sponsored by Wisconsin Electric. Anyone interested in attending should contact Olsen.
15. Legal Fees for Ganser Property
Motion (Thomsen/Guttenberg) to approve $135 to pay for Estella Ganser's initial consultation with Miller Law Office. MOTION CARRIED
16. JCEDC Strategic Planning Session
Olsen and Morgan reported on the session which was held on October 15th. Discussed the idea of the JDC having a strategic planning session.
17. School Referendum
Pierce was given a round of applause for all his work on the middle school referendum. Everyone was reminded to vote early and often.
18. Adjourn Meeting adjourned at 8:05 a.m.
Tuesday, November 10, 1998 at 6:45 a.m. at Morgan & Myers Building