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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

School Beat; School Board to meet tomorrow in Executive Session to consider Expulsion

BOARD OF EDUCATION EVANSVILLE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Special Meeting Agenda
Thursday, June 1, 2006
District Office, 340 Fair Street
5:30 p.m.

Note, public notice of this meeting given by posting at the District Office, Levi Leonard Elementary School
Office, Theodore Robinson Intermediate School Office, J.C. McKenna Middle School Office, High School
Office, Evansville School District Web Site: Evansville.k12.wi.us, and by forwarding the agenda to the
Evansville Review, M&I Bank, Union Bank & Trust and Eager Free Public Library.

I. Roll Call: Michael Pierick Dennis Knudson
John Willoughby Dennis Hatfield
Arthur Phillips Tina Rossmiller
Mike Larson Mariah Haberman, H.S. Student Rep.

II. Executive Session – Under Wisconsin Statute 19.85(a)(f)(g) to Consider Expulsion
Proceedings.
III. Adjourn.
More specific information about agenda items may be obtained by calling 882-5224, ext. 3386.
Posted: 5/26/06

An Early Photo of the Roller Rink--future China Wok?

Click on the post for a picture out of time of the property of 128 East Main.

"Fred" has the latest from the Park Board

"Fred" has the latest and comprehensive minutes on the Park Board. Thanks, Fred.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Local AKF Students Achieve Black Belt Rank


Local AKF Students Achieve Black Belt Rank

Erich Alt and David Smith, students of Evansville’s AKF Martial Arts Academy, earned their first degree black belts at the May 6 promotional exam in Elgin, Illinois.

Head Instructor Laine Kruizenga, 2nd degree black belt, recently presented Erich (age 12) and David (age 15) with their black belts. “David and Erich have both been training for about 5 1/2 years. The maturity that they have developed in that time has allowed them to persevere and excel in their study of martial arts, even while participating in several other sports and activities. We are very proud of their achievement and their dedication to Kyuki-Do,” Kruizenga said.

Kyuki-Do is a Korean style of martial arts, which combines techniques of Tae Kwon Do, Hapki Do, Judo, and other techniques, into a complete defensive art. The American Kyuki-Do Federation Martial Arts Academy of Evansville has been training students in Kyuki-Do at its East Main Street location since 1999, and has been in operation in Evansville for over 12 years.

Captain Sarah Tracy Memorial Day Address--Evansville--2006

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The Pledge of Allegiance and Invocation

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High School Marching Band Posted by Picasa
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Memorial Day


Memorial Day Parade Posted by Picasa

Friday, May 26, 2006

Evansville mourns loss of Kathleen Spanton

(Ed. note: Back in 1990 when we first moved to Evansville, Mrs. Spanton invited my wife to a "tea" at her home and introduced her to several ladies who also had small children. It was a welcoming she never forgot. Gina Duwe has captured the spirit of Kathleen Spanton in her article.)

Click on the post for the article in the Janesville Gazette on the life of Kathleen Spanton, and what a difference she made in the many lives she touched over the years with her hospitality. May she rest in peace.

Wisconsin DPI Student Test Scores Ranking "Bogus"?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rob Vernon
Wednesday, May 24, 2006 Office: 920-435-2006
On the Web: http://www.votemarkgreen.com Cell: 920-676-8417
Green: Governor Doyle Should Instruct DPI to
Come Clean on State Test Scores
GREEN BAY – Yesterday, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) reported on the
percentage of Wisconsin students who supposedly are “advanced” or “proficient” in key
academic areas. However, a new report by scholars at Harvard University shows the DPI
numbers are inflated. Notable researchers Paul Peterson and Frederick Hess highlight “the
bizarre situation in which some states achieve handsome proficiency results by grading their
students against low standards.” They list Wisconsin as one such state. In response,
Congressman Mark Green, the Republican candidate for governor, issued the following
statement Wednesday:

“State government this week misled Wisconsin residents about the academic
achievement of our state’s students. Notable Harvard researchers Paul Peterson
and Frederick Hess disagree with the Department of Public Instruction’s
findings. The pair gives Wisconsin grades ranging from C to D when it comes to
having high proficiency standards. Governor Doyle should insist that the DPI
Superintendent come clean and give parents the real story.

“The lack of credibility in DPI’s scores is illustrated by comparing them with the
most widely accepted, independent measure of academic achievement – the
National Assessment of Education Progress – regarded as the ‘nation’s report
card.’ By NAEP standards, 35% of Wisconsin fourth graders are advanced or
proficient in science. But, according to DPI standards, the number jumps to 77%.
Similar disparities exist at all grades and in all subjects.
“Elect me governor, and I will work to ensure all of our kids have access to a
great education – and we won’t inflate test scores to give a false sense of
achievement.”
The Peterson-Hess study is contained in the forthcoming Summer 2006 issue of Education Next.
A copy is available at http://www.educationnext.org/20063/28.html.
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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Historic Preservation: Victor Paulson Remembers: Rural Free Delivery; "Three Holers", and Much More

(Victor Paulson is 95 and a longtime resident of Evansville. In this audiopost, he remembers his days as a boy in Iowa County and later working on the farm where the Piggly Wiggly is today.)

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Historic Preservation: Senior Corner: Victor Paulson Remembers; On Old Time Music

(Ed. note. Victor Paulson is 95 and a longtime resident of Evansville. He farmed on the farm where the Piggly Wiggly is now, painted homes for many years, and is the author of the lyrics of The Wisconsin Polka.

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Wed; Sole Meeting: Mr. Meise Speaks

(Ed. note. Mr. Meise is a dredging specialist who has dredged many lakes, and most recently Lake Casanovia. He spoke at the Eager Library on Wed nite. )

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Mr. Meise estimated the amount of dirt to be removed at 200,000 yd. and the cost at $2.00 per yard if it did not have to be hauled, or $400,000. Once you have to haul it, the cost roughly doubles.

There is thus a tremendous incentive for the City of Evansville to find an adjacent landowner who would agree to take the dirt.

The minutes of the SOLE meeting will reflect the entire meeting. This post is not a substitute. Stay tuned to the Observer.

"Historic Sofia"

(Ed. note. This is one of a long series of tales about "Sofia", a town in Northern Minnesota south of Brainerd, close to the Land of Lake Woebegon.)

One of the glories of a long vacation is the sense of calm that results when one--for a week or so---is only worried about what a fish might be hungry for. It sure is a long way to travel to "Sofia," up in Northern Minnesota, near the land of Lake Woebegon, just south of Brainerd. Why all the effort to get there? Well. Last week was "Heritage Days."

"Sofia" was formally chartered as a village back in 1912. The purpose of Heritage Days is to spend a week and just remember and cherish all the wonderful traditions and values that have been passed down over the years.

Back in 1912, there was only one species of fish in Lake Sofia. The Carp. In 2006 there are all the usual fishing breeds, but back then, it was just simple living. During "Heritage Days" all the restaurants--- just one really---only serves carp. For breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have many types of beverage, but only one main course. That's just the way it should be.

Another special part of "Heritage Days" is the tradition of closing all public rest rooms. Only outdoor "two-holers" are used or allowed. Anyone who would weaken and use a toilet is subject to a severe fine. No toilet paper is allowed. Only pages from a vintage Montgomery Ward catelogue is permissible. It is a real test of character. A real chance to go over the survival of the fittest. A chance to make Darwin proud.

It sure is a relief to get back to good ol Wisconsin. Where the rest stops have toilet paper. Where cheeseburgers are allowed for lunch. And where we have real sane ideas about our heritage.

Mailbag: Mr. Connors Writes: Observer" Poll question is too simple"

(Ed.note. The following is a comment sent on the Observer Poll results last week. The numbers change every day on this poll. )

"I would say the issue is more complex than stated in the Observer's poll question. In my view, the issue is whether giving incentives to commercial development is needed to get additional commercial development to occur.

If one is talking about the area near the intersection with USH 14 and CTH M, I think it is quite clear that no public money needs to be invested to get additional commercial development to occur there, because commercial development already has occurred in that area without any public financial incentive. But there might be a specific commercial business we want to attract to Evansville, and in that case I think providing an incentive to that business would be appropriate. The draft project plan for Tax Incremental District No. 6 gives the city that flexibility.

If one is talking about whether redevelopment downtown that includes space for commercial businesses will occur without public financial assistance, I think redevelopment is unlikely to occur without such financial assistance, and therefore the Redevelopment Authority and city would be justified in giving the assistance.

Location makes a big difference in the answer to the question about whether to give financial assistance for commercial development.

Bill Connors
Evansville City Administrator

In response, the Observer would have you listen to the audio of the Economic Development last Monday. Mr. Berg gave a brief summary of the TIF projects to date---

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In the very opening of the audio you can hear Mr. Berg say that any restriction on the use of TIF for commercial would be a "sore point" with the developers. It would be a deal breaker. The developers state that there has never been commercial development in past TIFs in Evansville so there is really nothing to compare the project across the Pig to. They do not want any restrictions on the use of TIF for this area. Thus----It may be "clear" to some that TIF for commercial is not appropriate, but it is not at all clear to the developers. That is what the debate is all about.

Furthermore, it was mentioned that in other cities there has been no such restriction on use of TIF for commercial and these are the folks that Evansville is competing with.

This is the debate in progress. If you have additional thoughts, the comment line is open.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Cap Times: UW using podcasting for lectures; Are high schools next?

Click on the post for the story about UW use of podcasting in their Spanish classes and the success it has enjoyed.

Now to use it in high schools. This was part of The Observers 10 year plan for our own high school for 2016. We seem to be way ahead of schedule on this one. Maybe.

Now to get some video I-pods.

Public Works: Mon: Trees or No Trees in Historic Downtown? Sherlock Holmes--The Grove with the missing Trees--- You make the call.

(Ed. note. Listen in for yourself as it is proposed that there be no trees downtown to interfere with the historic view.)

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Gazette Corner: Baker Mfg. Sold to Managers

Click on the latest from the Janesville Gazette on the sale of Baker Mfg.

Minutes: Economic Development; Tues, May 16, 2006

CITY OF EVANSVILLE

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Minutes

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Second Floor, Evansville City Hall

6:00 p.m.

1. Roll call. Present: Roger Berg, John Decker, Cheryl Dickert, Ald. Fred Juergens, Ald. Tony Wyse. Also present: Joe Bradley, Mayor Sandy Decker. Absent: Dean Arnold, Gene Bass, James Otterstein.

2. Approval of agenda. The committee reviewed the agenda dated May 16, 2006. Without objection, the agenda was approved.

3. Election of officers. The following committee officers were elected by acclamation: Chair, Tony Wyse; Vice-chair, Fred Juergens; Secretary, John Decker.

4. Approval of minutes. The committee reviewed the minutes of the April 25, 2006 meeting, as distributed. Without objection, the minutes were approved.

5. Citizen appearances, other than on items listed below. Joe Bradley reported that the Roller Rink property is now the subject of an accepted offer to purchase. The purchasers are the owners of the China Wok Restaurant, who plan to move the restaurant to the Roller Rink building after conducting a historic restoration of the building facade and other interior work. The work is tentatively scheduled during the Main Street reconstruction project. The committee discussed with Mr. Bradley the forms of financial assistance potentially available from the City and from the State of Wisconsin.

6. Report on WHEDA luncheon invitation. John Decker reported on an invitation to local lending officers and EDC members to attend a luncheon in Janesville on May 25, 2006, hosted by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority. Roger Berg expressed interest in attending on behalf of the committee.

7. Review of 1991 "First Impressions" survey. Mayor Sandy Decker distributed copies of th 1991 "First Impressions" survey of Evansville undertaken through the UW-Extension. The committeee plans to review the results of the survey in detail at the regular June meeting.

8. Motion to approve grant submittal(s) for Trade Market Analysis. Deferred. John Decker agreed to meet with City Administrator Connors to obtain clarification of the status of the Rural Development grant application and the likelihood that a competitive application can be submitted by the due date. Absent further action, the committee will not approve submittal of the application.

9. Discussion and possible recommendation re: TID #6. Deferred.

10. Discussion of committee organization and projects. Committee members briefly discussed the need for a special meeting to act on the Rural Development grant application, as well as the need for additional time at regular meetings.

11. Adjournment. Roger Berg moved to adjourn at 7:04 p.m. The motion was seconded and approved without objection.

Respectfully submitted,

John Decker, Secretary

Note: Committee minutes are not official until approved at a subsequent meeting.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Speaker Gard forms 4K Study Task Force

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: SPEAKER GARD 608-266-2402
May 22, 2006
SPEAKER GARD ANNOUNCES 4-K TASK FORCE
(Madison, WI)…Assembly Speaker John Gard (R-Peshtigo) has announced the
creation of a Task Force to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of 4-K programs funded by
the state. The Task Force, which is being formed at the request of Education Committee Chair
Rep. Debi Towns (R-Janesville), will analyze the educational and societal impact of 4-K
programs and will address state funding of these programs.

“The 4-K Task Force will be in charge of examining 4-K programs and will look at
future funding needs so that taxpayers may be assured that education dollars are being spent
effectively,” said Gard. “I commend Rep. Towns for taking the lead on exploring
improvements to our educational system, starting at the earliest levels.”
Currently, the state is investing close to $53.6 million of public funds to maintain half
day programs for 4-year-olds in 162 public school districts. Trends indicate that participation
in 4-year-old kindergarten is rising at a rapid pace and as a result, the state’s financial
commitment could grow exponentially. With K-12 funding making up nearly half of the
biennial state budget, Rep. Towns asked for the creation of the task force so that legislators
can assess whether improvements should be made and determine the future direction of 4-K.

“As committee chair, I believe that taxpayers should expect that we have the best
public education system in place,” said Towns. “The task force will evaluate the merits of 4-K
programs and consider changes to their structure. The information will allow us to make
better decisions when looking at the overall picture for public education funding.”
The Task Force will provide the Legislature with its findings. The following members
have been named to serve on it: State Rep. Steve Kestell, R-Elkhart Lake; State Rep. Leah
Vukmir, R-Wauwatosa; State Rep. Barbara Toles, D-Milwaukee; State Rep. Amy Sue
Vruwink, D-Milladore; Connie Roberts, executive director of the Wisconsin Head Start
Association in Rock and Walworth counties; Laura Klingelhoets, a daycare owner and board
member of the Wisconsin Child Care Administrators Association; Brett Healy, research
director for School Choice Wisconsin; and Rick Grobschmidt of the state Department of
Public Instruction.
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Abstinence Bill Signed into Law

ABSTINENCE BILL AUTHORED BY LAZICH SIGNED INTO LAW
Abstinence must be taught as preferred choice of behavior
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Sen. Lazich
TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2006 PHONE: (608) 266-5400
(MADISON) - A bill requiring that school boards that choose to
provide sex education present abstinence as the preferred choice of
behavior was signed into law by the Governor today. State Senator
Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) is the author of Senate Bill 286.
Instruction in human growth and development is optional for
Wisconsin school districts. Lazich’s bill simply requires that if schools
opt for this curriculum, that abstinence must also be promoted.

“There is only one method that is 100 percent effective in preventing
unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases,” said
Lazich. “It is abstinence. That is indisputable. Health professionals
agree that abstinence is the healthiest choice for teens. This bill
signed into law today is a common sense approach to an adolescent
health issue.”
Sexual activity among teens leads to out-of-wedlock pregnancies,
sexually transmitted diseases, increased rates of single parenthood,
and increased abortion.
“In order to make the choice to be abstinent, teens must hear the
abstinence message and be equipped with accurate information
about the consequences resulting from sexual activity,” said Lazich.
“If a school chooses to offer sex education, it is important that the
message is loud and clear that abstinence is the only way to be safe
and healthy. Sadly, today’s teens are not hearing that message. Now
they will.”

Teens want to hear about abstinence. According to the National
Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy 2003 publication titled, With
one voice: America’s adults and teens sound off about teen
pregnancy, over 90% of teens say that “it is important for teens to be
given a strong message from society that they should abstain from
sex until they are at least out of high school.”
A survey taken of Wisconsin high school students grades 9-12 shows
40% admitted they have had sexual intercourse. Lazich says the
Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey, developed by the U.S.
Centers for Disease, is a clear reason why there needs to be greater
emphasis on abstinence.

“It is alarming that four out of every ten high school students in
Wisconsin today have already engaged in sexual activity,” said
Lazich. “The health and well-being of our teens is at stake. If a school
chooses to offer sex education, it is important that the message is
loud and clear that abstinence is the only way to be safe and
healthy.”
The new law is not a mandate and it does not require that abstinence
be taught exclusively. The concept of teaching abstinence as part of
a comprehensive program is endorsed by the American Medical
Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Althouse Corner: The scoop on Madonna

Click on the post for the latest on Madonna.

Lake Leota Update: Mr. "W" Speaks.

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Recent Poll: Observer: 100% support Higher Football Ticket prices

(ed. note. You can still participate in this poll on the front of the Evansville Observer web site. Only one vote per person is allowed.)


Would you pay $5 to attend the Evansville Blue Devil Football Games?

Answers Votes Percent
1. Yes 9 100%
2. No 0 0%

Treasure the Lilacs

Each spring which I lived during my college years with my grandmother, Nana, in St. Paul, the lilacs that surrounded the house would bloom.

On Saturday morning, she would open the back door and the windows and let the smell of the lilacs envelope the house. Each weekday, she would freshen the vase of lilacs on the dining table.

After looking at a picture of Gandpa in the back yard garden they had, and where he died, I realized that they both loved the lilacs and each spring, even almost forty years after he had died, those lilacs reminded her of the wonderful times they shared together.

Treasure the Lilacs.

Gazette Corner: Observer adds praise for Betty Lowrey

Click on the post for an inspirational story about a Life Long Learner, Betty Lowrey.

"Mr. and Mrs. Smith"; Reflections of Fred on the Open meeting Law

Recently we've had a debate in our family. After viewing "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" staring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, I theorized that this indeed was the perfect marriage. Rough in the beginning. O.K. very rough. And then in the end it is just perfect ballet.

My middle daughter, who wishes to remain anonymous, objected strenuously. She is a psychology major and I inquired whether the textbooks describe the marital bond as similar to that of Brad and Angelina. "Heavens no, dad. Are you saying that marriage is like the elevator scene where she nearly kills Brad?"

"Yes," I replied. "That is so real." "The only part that seems too long is the scene at the end where they move in perfect harmony with the machine guns killing all the enemy. Without even a nick or scratch from flying fragments. I am still waiting for that in real life.

Recently "Fred" has written about what he learned about the "open meeting" law at a recent municipal conference for new aldermen. He says:

"One thing I'm learning is that the requirements of open-ness and transparency in local government gives rise to a general slowness in getting things done. For example, alders can almost never have private conversations among themselves about issues. The monthly meetings, held in the public eye, are where we must discuss things before coming to decisions. That's to protect us from accusations of "secret deals" etc, and to ensure that you the citizens have access to the decision-making process."

So, as a matter of debate, I would propose that meetings in our fair city should resemble the relationship of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie during most of the movie----with wild differences of thought that are aired---but rather in public not in private.

If one ever sees orchestrated movement in perfect harmony we will know that something is wrong--terribly wrong. It is only an absolute miracle if all alders could agree in the normal happening of things on anything, and then probably only if they had chatted in private before the meeting or something. Heaven forbid.

So there it is. "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" the movie and the politics. If we ever see perfect harmony, perfect lawyering, perfect grant proposals, perfect public works and perfect dancing with machine guns----or perfect harmony in voting---we will know.

Now. Who is the Brad Pitt? O.K. you all can fight about it.

That's how I see it. You heard it on The Evansville Observer

Monday, May 22, 2006

Business: Times Corner: Close similarity between Crash of 1987 and today

Click on the post for the similarities as cited in the Times online.

School Beat: Budget Finance Committee Meeting==Thursday, May 25th 8am. District Office Conference Room, 340 Fair Street.

EVANSVILLE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Budget Finance Committee Meeting Agenda
Thursday, May 25, 2006
District Office Conference Room
340 Fair Street
Evansville, WI 53536
8:00 a.m.

Note, public notice of this meeting given by posting at the District Office, Levi Leonard
Elementary School Office, Theodore Robinson Intermediate School Office, J.C. McKenna Middle
School Office, High School Office, Evansville School District Web Site:
www.evansville.k12.wi.us, and by forwarding the agenda to the Evansville Review, M&I Bank,
Union Bank & Trust and Eager Free Public Library.
“Using the budget to drive the best education possible for every child.”

Committee Members:
Heidi Carvin Mike Larson Michael Pierick
Dennis Hatfield Deb Olsen

Agenda:
I. Old Business:
A. Approve April 13, 2006, Minutes.
B. Review Budget Process.
II. New Business:
A. Review Curriculum 2006-07 Proposed Budget.
B. Review Levi Leonard Elementary 2006-07 Proposed Budget.
C. Review Theodore Robinson Intermediate 2006-07 Proposed Budget.
D. Review J.C. McKenna Middle 2006-07 Proposed Budget.
E. Review High School 2006-07 Proposed Budget.
F. Review District 2006-07 Proposed Budget.
G. Review Athletic 2006-07 Proposed Budget.
H. Review Pupil Services 2006-07 Proposed Budget.
I. Review Technology 2006-07 Proposed Budget.
J. Discussion of the Overall 2006-07 Budget.
III. Set Next Agenda Items and Date of Meeting.
IV. Adjourn.
This notice may be supplemented with additions to the agenda that come to the attention of the Board prior
to the meeting. A final agenda will be posted and provided to the media no later than 24 hours prior to the
meeting or no later than 2 hours prior to the meeting in the event of an emergency.
Persons needing special accommodations or more specific information about agenda
items may be obtained by calling 882-5224, ext. 3386.
Posted: 5/19/06

"Fred" has the latest Park scoop

Click on the post for the latest of the Park Info from "Fred".

Agenda: Special Meeting: Economic Development: Tuesday, May 23, 2006 6PM

City of Evansville

Economic Development Committee
Special Meeting

Tuesday, May 23, 2006, 6:00 PM

City Hall, 31 S. Madison St., Evansville, WI

AGENDA

Roll call.
Approval of agenda.
Motion to defer to the next regular meeting approval of the minutes of the May 16, 2006, regular meeting.
Citizen appearances, other than on items listed below.
Presentation by Wendy Soucie of Sortis LLC regarding draft application for Wisconsin Rural Development Business Opportunity Grant for trade market analysis study and motion to approve submission of the application to the Wisconsin Rural Development Field Office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Motion to set the opening and closing dates for applications for the Building Improvement Grant program for 2006 and direction to the City Administrator and City Clerk/Treasurer to cause notice of such dates to be published.
Motion to adjust the time for the start of the June 20, 2006, regular meeting from 6:00 PM to 5:30 PM (so that David Wagner of Ehlers & Associates may attend).
Adjournment.
Tony Wyse, Chair

Public Works Agenda--May 22, 2006

Public Works Committee

Regular Meeting

Monday, May 22, 2006, 6:00 p.m.

City Hall, 31 S. Madison St., Evansville, WI

AGENDA

1. Call the meeting to order.

Roll Call
Approve minutes of April Meeting
Citizen appearances
Lake Leota Restoration
Downtown Streetscape Plan Public Hearing
Discussion of Main St. & Sidewalk design in front of Evansville bowl.
Review Allen creek bridge design
Discussion and possible motion to approve Main Street amenities.
Bike Path design considerations
2006 Public Works Smart Growth Plan Action Items
Public hearing, discussion and possible motion to approve placing the sidewalk on the west side of 2nd St.
Transportation #1.2 – Review Transportation Network Map
Utilities & Community Facilities #2 – Intergovernmental cooperation opportunities with Union township
Land Use #3.1 – Expand identification, directional, and historic street signage
Communications from City Engineer
Discussion and possible motion to approve Madison St. water main design
Communications of Public Works Director
New Business
Ordinance #2006-12, amending stop sign locations
Ordinance #2006-13, amending stop sign locations
Ordinance #2006-14, amending stop sign locations
Ordinance #2006-15, amending stop sign locations
Ordinance #2006-___, amending Municipal Code relative to speed limits
Adjourn
Bill Hammann Chair, Public Works Committee

Please turn off all cell phones while the meeting is in session. Thank you!

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Evansville EMS--Open House--Today--11AM-3PM--Masonic Temple

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Friday, May 19, 2006

Greenspan says the thrill is gone----the housing boom. Also home equity boom history

Click on the post for Mr. Greenspan's comments today about the end of the housing boom.

He concludes that another problem is the problem of social security and that it is a lesson that governments should not make promises they cannot fulfill.

He does not comment on engaging in wars that cannot be paid for. Or that consume the assets that could have paid for the promises that had been made. Stay tuned.

The Diamond Mine Blog: The latest in the Phone-Cable Wars

Pretty soon, with all the options on configurations of hardware and software and accessories available, it will be necessary to have an "internet advisor" as well as a financial advisor.

The Diamond Mine blog has an interesting article on the battle between cable and phone interests and the phoney posturing of each as proponents of democracy, apple pie and such. Click on the post and enjoy.

Capital Times: Evansville featured in Hispanic Community Project; On Tolerance

Click on the post for an article in the Cap Times about the Hispanic Community Project in Evansville and the difference it has made for students here and the community.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

The Fire Within

The other night at the Redevelopment Authority meeting, there was a group of excited folk busy working prior to the meeting. Well. It wasn't the usual adults that attend these sort of meetings. It was the kids of one of the staff members. Right prior to the meeting they were keeping themselves busy coloring pictures on sheets of paper.----Then they compared who had the best picture. And just as the meeting began, the other parent came and the kids left. What a disappointment. A lot of the excitement had just left the room.

I thought to myself when was the last time I had seen such excitement. It sure was infectious. Yes. I had seen it that very morning. I had wandered up to the FFA Plant Sale at the Evansville High School and in the green house had run across Mr. Krake also buying some hanging plants.

Always on the job as The Observer, I asked him, "Well, Mr. Krake, how are the sketches coming? Have you been keeping up the production?"

In a flash he whipped out a small sketch book from his pocket. "As a matter of fact, I have been quite busy, " he said. "These sketches were from a visit to the emergency room yesterday." "The waiting room, that is."

I really liked the sketch of the guy with the glasses, just about my age. Just when I was wondering what the price of the whole little sketch book would be, he left in a hurry to get his plants home.

The excitement. The very same excitement that the kids had demonstrated prior to the Redevelopment meeting was the same excitement that I had seen in Mr. Krake's face as he reviewed his sketches.

Last night was the Evansville High School Awards night, with the presentation of the academic awards and such. There were the usual quotations. The usual best wishes.

The best wish I have as the Observer is that the fire within will still be burning for these graduates 45 years from now as it is today. I hope they will never let anyone, or anything be a cheap bargain for the thing itself. The fire within.

Minutes: Big Box Committee: Final meeting 5-11-2006

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Evansville Large Scale Commercial

Development Study Committee

Thursday, May 11, 2006, 5:30 p.m.

UNAPPROVED MINUTES OF

FINAL COMMITTEE MEETING

Present: Chair Chris Eager, Alderman Bill Hammann, Dean Arnold, Kelly Gildner, Sandy Decker, City Planner Tim Schwecke.

The meeting was called to order at 5:34 p.m. by Chair Chris Eager.

The minutes of the April 13, 2006 meeting were approved as written.

Committee members Chris Eager, Janis Ringhand and Sandy Decker, as well as City Planner Tim Schwecke, attended the Chamber of Commerce membership meeting on April 20, 2006. Mr. Schwecke gave a brief description of the work of the Committee and explained several draft ordinance sections. Members of the business community were invited to attend the public information session on April 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Chris Eager made brief comments, mentioning the benefit to the community of taking a proactive approach to planning for future commercial development.

No citizens appeared at the April 27 listening session. One business owner did contact a committee member to suggest the inclusion of standards for fences, such as style, direction of “right” side of fence, etc. Verbiage will be included that fences will be compatible with surrounding buildings and properties.

The Committee discussed the benefits of requiring an economic impact analysis for smaller commercial projects. The costs of an analysis can easily exceed $10,000. The consensus of the committee was to keep 40,000 square feet as the point at which an economic impact analysis becomes a requirement.

Adjustments were suggested to the border of the Main Street and Allen Creek Districts. Because the Historic District ends at Allen’s Creek, the properties between the Creek and the railroad tracks should be included in the Allen Creek District. The western boundary of the Allen Creek District should follow Allen Creek north of Main Street.

There was discussion regarding incorporating possible future development on Highway 213 on the south edge of the city as another Gateway District. The Committee decided that with the current zoning of the area, it was unnecessary to include a separate area at this time.

The Committee suggested 500 trip ends as the trigger for the requirement of a traffic impact analysis. City Engineer Dave Sauer will be consulted for his recommendation.

Tim Schwecke will research typical opacity levels for commercial properties in the Main Street District.

The draft ordinance will be presented to the Plan Commission at its June meeting. The actual implementation of recommendations will occur through multiple, enacted ordinances over a number of months, e.g. parking, lighting and landscaping ordinances.

The Committee identified the top priorities in implementation of its recommendations to be:

Passage of Large Scale Commercial Development ordinance.
Establishment of Allen Creek, Main Street and Gateway commercial districts.
Incorporation of detailed design standards.
Tim Schwecke will provide a Power Point presentation of the Large Scale Commercial Draft Ordinance, seek sponsors of the proposed ordinance and go forward with a first reading at the June 5, 2006 Plan Commission meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:35 p.m.

Prepared by:

Sandy Decker, Secretary

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Evansville Pole Vaulters Shine

Mark Cufaude and Annelise Diedrich stared in the pole vault on Tuesday night. Click on the post for the full story in the Janesville Gazette.

Madison wrestles with, approves TIF financing in last minute application

Click on the post for an interesting last minute, desparate "but for" TIF application by developers caught in a financing squeeze. New twist for the "but for" rule.

City of Madison approved the request of 3 million pending the inclusion of the property in the TIF district.

Guess this is a real residential/commerical precedent. Stay tuned.

The China Wok--downtown

Last night at the Economic Development meeting, Joe Bradley, local realtor, presented to the committee the plan of the China Wok to move to the old roller rink in two years, when the downtown street restoration has been completed. The front of the building would be restored to the 1940's look.

Those of you who remember the story of X-19, the story of Don Thompson, know that this building used to be the old Ford-Lincoln dealership. An offer has been accepted on the building contingent on getting the necessary clearances from city hall.

It is unclear if the China Wok will purchase the lot next door for parking.

I do like the idea of walking over for pickup orders.

Stay tuned to The Evansville Observer for the latest details on local news.

Remember. If it's not in The Evansville Observer....It probably did not happen.

"The Statue and the Post.";

(click on the post for the full history of the Eager Free Library.)

At the entrance of The Eager Free Public Library is a very large statue. The bronze statue of Mr. Almeron Eager. The man who donated the money, $10,000 in 1907 for the library. $10,000 in 1907 dollars would be how much today? I would guess it would be over $500,000 but some of you finance pros can tell me.

Every young child points to the statue as he/she enters the library. For non-English speaking kids they also ask, "Quien es este?" In my rough Spanish I mention dinero and they understand that Mr. Eager donated it. Then they usually respond, "Gracias." Thank You.

Everyone knows about the statue. Few know the rest of the story. As The Observer, the rest of the story is what I write about.

The donation of Mr. Eager had three conditions; 1) that the library was to be "Free." That was no small matter in 1907. There were few free libraries open to all citizens. 2) The city of Evansville had to pledge to support the library out of the city budget. This was no small task. Many in town did not want the burden of this expenditure. and 3) In addition to naming the library the "Eager Free Public Library", a statute of Mr. Eager had to be placed in the entrance. Without these three conditions being met, the ownership of the library would revert to the Eager family.

So. Surprise, Surprise. When the statue arrived. It was TOO HEAVY for the library floor to support. What shock and awe. Quick thinking. If you go to the basement you will notice the pillar that is right below the statue. Without that pillar put in after the library was erected, we would never have had the statue, and all of the history that goes with it.

That is really the way it is. The statues we cannot really control in life. But beneath each statue is a pillar that supports it. Makes the fame work. As The Observer, I always pay more attention to the pillar---- Rather than the statue. The pillar is where the strength comes from. So just as in basketball we say "Be like Mike." Rather---"Be like the pillar. "

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Evansville School Board: Agenda: Policy Committee: Fri, May 19,2006 8am.

EVANSVILLE COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
POLICY COMMITTEE AGENDA
May 19, 2006 - 8:00 a.m.
District Office Conference Room
340 Fair Street - Evansville, WI 53536
Note, public notice of this meeting given by posting at the District Office, Levi Leonard Elementary
School Office, Theodore Robinson Intermediate School, J.C. McKenna Middle School Office, High
School Office, Evansville School District Web Site: www.evansville.k12.wi.us, and by forwarding the
agenda to the Evansville Review, M&I Bank, Union Bank & Trust and Eager Free Public Library.
Committee Members:
John Willoughby Kelly Mosher Krista Jones
Tina Rossmiller Heidi Carvin

Agenda:
1. Approve Minutes of April 21, 2006.
2. Policies for Review:
• Policies from Board Meeting:
• Policy #657.1 – Student Fee Schedule
• Policy #723.3 – Emergency Closings
• Policy #762 – Food Service Management
• Policy #224 – Board-Administrator Relationship
• Policy #231 – Recruitment and Appointment of District Administrator
• Policy #343.2 – Class, Program and School Size

3. Discuss New Business:
• Policy ##363.2 – Computer Network Policy K-12 Students
• Policy #554 – Network Computing and Telecommunications: Faculty and Staff
• Policy #211 – Administrator Ethics
• Policy #253.1 – Development of Administrative Rules
• Policy #253.2 – Development and/or Approval of Handbooks
• Policy #250 – Administrative Operations
• Policy #251 – Line and Staff Relations
• Policy #251.1 – Organization Chart
• Policy #223 – Administrator Professional Development Opportunities (Evaluation
and Development of Professional Staff
• Policy #223.1 – Guidelines for Attendance at Meetings, Workshops and Conventions
• Policy #225 –Evaluation of Instructional Program
• Policy #334 – Curriculum/Instructional Program Evaluation
• Policy #537 – Professional Development Opportunities
• Policy #538 – Evaluation of Faculty and Staff
• Policy #260 – Temporary Administrative Arrangements
4. Set Next Agenda Items and Date.
5. Other:
This notice may be supplemented with additions to the agenda that come to the attention of the Board prior to the meeting. A
final agenda will be posted and provided to the media no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting or no later than 2 hours prior to
the meeting in the event of an emergency.
Persons needing special accommodations or more specific information about the agenda items
should call 882-5224, Ext. 3387 at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.
Posted: 5/16/06

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Gazette Corner: Evansville Veterans tell their story--plus audio

Click on the post for the story by Gina Duwe in the Janesville Gazette that features Evansville Veterans as they tell their stories about WWII plus audio so you can hear their story.

For the audio, Here is the link( http://www.gazetteextra.com/veterans/index.asp)

Enjoy.

The Blue Nation

Click on the post for the maps and analysis. Enjoy.

Agenda: Historic Preservation: Wed. May 17, 2006 7PM

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Evansville Historic Preservation Commission

Regular Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, May 17, 2006, 7:00 p.m.

3rd Floor, City Hall

l. Roll call.

2. Motion to waive the reading of the April 19, 2006 minutes and approve them as written.

3. Election of Commission officers.

4. Applications/appearances.

A. 327 West Liberty Street, general restoration.

B. 309 West Main Street, roof, porch and garage repair.

C. 120 West Main Street, plaqued, new carriage house.

136 Garfield Avenue, new garage.
33 N First Street, reroof.
5. Administrative.

A. Update of intensive survey progress.

B. Bricks on Main Street.

C. Grove Society and Baker Building.

D. Redevelopment Authority.

E. Large Scale Commercial Development Steering Committee.

F. Update on City Hall renovation.

G. Information on 208 West Main Street.

H. Update on Baker windmill restoration and possible motion approving HPC donation towards restoration.

I. Mineral Point preservation conference.

J. Discussion regarding Jeffries Preservation Fund grant application.

6. Other business.

7. Adjourn.

Next meeting dates: June 21, 2006; July 19, 2006; August 16, 2006.

Getting to "Yes." or; What the case of the silent juror in the Mousauai trial tells us; Or, a short primer in economic development negotiation

One of the classic texts in any salesman's library is the book titled, "Getting to Yes." It has been 20 years or so since I have read it, but I will go over the essentials.

In order to be an effective salesman, one has to visualize where the prospect is coming from----- what the needs are. Only once all this has been listened to, can one proceed to close the sale.

However, as one might theorize, in modern life, we have become so rushed, and in fact very resistant to listening to anything at all of others' opinions on most subjects (think of the last time you have changed your mind on anything) one might debate that in fact the whole process of effective "contracts" between folks has seriously broken down. We have become shippers of 'widgets" take em or leave em. When broken just discard and replace.

Buyer says "This is what I am looking for." Seller says, "This is what I have to sell take it or leave it." End of discussion.

In economic development, governments say, "We need a project where the taxpayer will benefit through tax increment and in a situation where government assistance is the key to going foreward, rather than simply a handout in the normal course of business. Developers say, " We want assistance for all situations or we won't do the deal."

As is so comprehensively covered in the "Audible Althouse #49" in the previous post, the case of the silent juror in the Mousauii terror case has some instruction to governments on how to effectively negotiate in situations such as this. To recap---there were 11 jurors that wanted to execute and one holdout juror. In secret voting the 1 holdout juror refused to identify him/herself. After several ballots, of 11-1, the jurors were confronted with a dilema. What to do. So, absent identification of the lone dissenter, they began to "imagine" what the arguments of the other side were. After several days of this, they agreed to a life sentence.

In negotiation, there is what I call the "Jersey hang up" strategy. If a person that is negotiating with you refuses to listen to what your needs are, simply hang up. No discussion. It creates the "Song of Silence" and in that silence the other party has to review. Eventually, the listening begins or nothing happens. Either is ok.

(ed. note. Click on the post for the full Audible Althouse #49)

Classic Audible Althouse: #49

If you need something to break out of the dark, rainy weather, this is the thing----Audible Althouse #49.

Enjoy.

Breaking News: Blue Light Special: FFA Plant Sale; Everything Half off---Hanging baskets assorted of your choice $6.00 etc.; EHS Greenhouse

Until all the plants are Gone----That's how long the FFA Super Plant Sale will last. Just go to the the rear of the Evansville High School and stop at the greenhouse. Mr. Wehling or one of the students will help you. Act now while the plants last. This is the Observer bargain of the week.

Speech of the Week: Denise Janssen Eager speaks to Evansville School Board on GT/Remedial Reading--Why it is of Critical Importance for all students

(Ed. note: This speech of Denise Eager was notable in the presentations of parents to the Evansville School Board last Monday night. I have published it without any editing. The school board voted to preserve the GT/Remedial Reading position.)



Dear Michael Pierick, School Board Members & Heidi Carvin,

My name is Denise Janssen Eager. My husband & I want to express our support for keeping the Gifted/Talented & Remedial Reading Programs intact.

We have a 7-year-old son, Ian, in the first grade at Levi Leonard Elementary. At the beginning of Kindergarten he began learning in the Gifted & Talented Program under the guidance of Nancy Kress. From the start, we have been very impressed with the caliber of educational enrichment this program brings into his life. He is excited about learning new concepts everyday. The program nurtures his curiosity while allowing him to take risks with learning & not be a perfectionist. That’s a tough combination! And I should know, because I am not just his Mom (though that is qualification enough), I am also a Special Education – Cross Categorical Teacher at Emerson Elementary School in the Madison Metropolitan School District. My DPI license actually states that I am an Emotionally Disturbed Teacher. I have been teaching in Special Education for 24+years. Therefore I believe I am doubly qualified to speak to this issue. But while you have heard from many other parents to what this program does for their child, I will speak to you about what this program does for all the children at Levi Leonard Elementary School.

The Gifted/Talented & Remedial Reading Programs benefit all the students in grades K-2. Nancy currently teaches more than 70 Kindergarten, First, & Second grade students each week. The classrooms these students come from have fewer remaining students in each of them; which translates into the classroom teacher being able meet the diverse academic & behavioral needs of each child with greater likelihood of success.
If this position were eliminated, the teacher would be expected to meet the very high & very low academic & behavioral needs of students who would be returning to the classroom, in addition to the needs of the students who have remained with her, with no in-classroom help.
These are children who, if left in their classrooms for reading, math, & science with only their teacher supplying the instruction, would not be able to learn to the high degree of success they are currently learning:
The children who require additional remedial support for reading &/or math, would not be able to learn at the pace they currently are. They would have to compete with the 16+ other children for the teacher’s attention to learn. As much as the teacher tried s/he would not be able to effectively differentiate the curriculum to their lower ability levels. These children will become frustrated & bored.
The children who require enrichment (gifted & talented support) for reading, math, &/or science, would not be able to learn at the pace they currently are. They would have to compete with 16+ other children for the teacher’s attention to learn. As much as the teacher tried s/he would not be able to effectively differentiate the curriculum to their higher ability levels. These children will become frustrated & bored.
The children who are learning their reading, math, & science with the classroom teacher, will now have to compete with 16+ other children for the teacher’s attention to learn. These children will become frustrated & bored.
Children who are frustrated & bored will misbehave and cause disruptions &/or they will shutdown. Either way, they will be unavailable to the opportunity to learn. Also, as the classroom teacher’s time is frequently taken up by needing to deal with these behaviors, it will take valuable learning time away from all the students.
After a period of time of trying to make it work in the classroom for the neediest students, the teacher will most likely refer them for learning disabilities &/or emotional behavioral disabilities evaluation (special education) due to their academic needs are not being met in the classroom.
Your Special Education Numbers would go up. You would have to hire more Special Education Teachers & Assistants.
Even after a child is placed in Special Education, that important & valuable learning time between the start of next fall’s school year & when the Special Education services begin is lost & can never be replaced. These children will likely only fall further & further behind in learning as compared to their classmates as they progress through the grade levels.
The district would then have an extremely difficult time meeting the federally mandated No Child Left Behind testing criteria, as you well know, each year they must meet what is considered ‘adequate yearly progress’ with each child – including those in Special Education.
By the year 2014 when all children, including those in Special Education, are expected to be proficient in reading, my son’s class will be in the 9th grade. I sadly doubt, that this group of learners will be winning any National Blue Ribbon Awards for passing the WKCE with advanced achievement.
The elimination of these programs will not just impact our current students - it will also impact our future students. Future Kindergarten classrooms of students who will come into our school (all with a wide variety of skills) will not have the educational levels of support which support, remediate, & enrich both ends of the learning continuum. The vision for a high quality education that we have grown to expect from our school district will not be there because of this one decision.
I can speak to this issue, because this is the scenario that is playing out in the Madison Metropolitan School District due to their cutting back their gifted & talented programs. This is part of what I do every day. I work with bright children who were never identified as gifted & talented or needing a different way to learn to read. They became bored, frustrated, & caused all sorts of disruptions in their classrooms. They were then evaluated, labeled Emotionally/Behaviorally Disturbed or as having a Specific Learning Disability & placed with me. Some of these children can be helped. Some have already given up.

So it’s up to you, what do you wish to be known as: a school district with a high number of students in Special Education. Or would you rather be a school district with a vision that every child will not be left behind & all children have the potential to be Blue Ribbon Award winners.

I hope you will agree with me.

Sincerely,

Denise Janssen Eager

Cap Times: Op Ed: Pres. Carter Got It Right;

America did not listen to Pres. Jimmy Carter. O.K. Can America listen today? Click on the post for a classic OpEd article in the Cap Times.

You make the call.

"Grumps" has the coverage on Pres. Bush and immigration

"Grumps" has the story on the "beef" and the "baloney" in the speech of the President on immigration.

Click on the post and enjoy.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Evansville Sports Line:

Click on the post for the latest on Evansville sports.

"The Mistake"

I have recently observed many Washington political types that when asked " Have you made any mistakes in the policy of (fill in the blank)......?" they simply stare in wonder and amazement at the question and cannot for the life of it think of a thing they would have done differently. I suppose that the human mind works that way. Always going back and rewriting the data so it looks perfectly in order. Perfectly fashioned as the product of such a wonderful being as ourself.

Many of my readers have written asking The Observer what I am looking at in the picture on the right of the front page of the website. Is it something truly profound or what? The picture is of some help in discussing the problem of "mistakes." I will explain.

When we first moved into our home in Evansville in 1990, it was a frenzy of fixing up to get the place in shape. The grass was pretty long so I fired up the lawnmower.
The wife was out doing errands. I soon noticed that the closeline in the back of the house was interfering with the most efficient way of cutting the grass. It came close to taking my head off if I wasn't very careful. It needed to be removed.

So, I went to the barn, got the handy saw and cut it down. Now the grass cutting sure went smoother.

Soon, my wife returned. She was agast. "That was a terrible mistake," she said. The clothesline is so efficient for drying clothes. You will live to regret that," she said.

Now with the energy crisis, it sure would be nice to have that clotheline to save energy. And, each Saturday when I cut the grass, and leave room around that stump that still remains, I am reminded of the mistake. In fact, since my spouse does the trimming around that very stump, she reminds me of it also.

So. There it is. The big mistake. And I get to gaze at it each day out the window to get just a small level of humility that is needed to maintain my writing edge.

Evansville Redevelopment Authority--Minutes---April 24, 2006

Evansville Redevelopment Authority

Regular Meeting

Tuesday, April 24, 2006, 7:00 PM

City Hall, 31 S. Madison St., Evansville, WI

MINUTES
The meeting was called to order at 7:10 PM. Present were Vice-Chairperson Eager, Ald. Hammann, Ald. Wyse, Betsy Ahner, Dean Arnold, and John Decker. Chairperson Hagen was absent. James Otterstein, Rock County Economic Development Manager, and Bill Connors, Executive Director, also were present.

The agenda was approved as printed.

Motion by Ahner, seconded by Arnold, to approve the minutes of the March 21, 2006, regular meeting as presented. Motion passed.

Citizen Appearances Other Than Agenda Items Listed None.

Public Hearing Regarding Possible Change in Boundaries of TID No. 5.

Vice-Chairperson Eager opened the public hearing at 7:11 PM. Executive Director Connors reported that he had placed notices in The Review inviting property owners to come to a public hearing this evening to request that their property be added or removed from TID No. 5. No property owners appeared to make such a request. At its previous meeting, the Redevelopment Authority had received a request for Jim Krueger to add his property at 357 Union Street to TID No. 5. Mr. Decker reported that Chairperson Hagen spoke with Mr. Krueger, and Mr. Krueger understands that it would not be prudent for the city to use one of its limited opportunities to change the boundaries of TID No. 5 to add just one parcel. Mr. Connors showed the commissioners a letter from Mr. Krueger which appears to indicate a willingness to wait a while until his parcel is added. Ald. Wyse asked if anyone knew of any properties that had potential for being added to TID No. 5 in the near future. Roger Berg, 75 Exchange St., reported that he knows that someone is studying a possible new business development at a location near the boundaries of TID No. 5, and this person might request that the property be added to TID No. 5 during the next 6 months to one year.

Motion by Hammann, seconded by Ahner, to close the public hearing at 7:20 PM. Motion passed.

Motion by Decker, seconded by Hammann, to recommend to Council that Mr. Krueger’s property at 357 Union St. be added to TID No. 5 next time the city changes the boundaries of the district. Vice-Chairperson Eager said he was relying on Chairperson Hagen’s representation that Mr. Krueger was willing to wait to have his property added to the district. Ald. Hammann said he does not want to establish a precedent that the city will change the boundaries of a TID to add just one small parcel. Motion passed.

Unfinished Business
The commissioners continued their discussion of the “pay back” provision in section 5 of the agreement with Triple B Investments regarding the Badger Coach Building. Mr. Connors reported that Hallie Wendorff, City Assessor, had agreed to inspect the building and consider changing its assessed value. Mr. Berg report that Ms. Wendorff had inspected the building for the first time since the renovation was completed and had informed Mr. Berg that she would increase the total assessed value of the land and improvements as of January 1, 2006, to $234,300. Mr. Berg asked the Redevelopment Authority to conclude this change in value fulfilled Triple B Investments LLC’s obligations under the development agreement. Executive Director Connors said this change in value might be enough to do so, but he could not be sure without doing some calculations. Vice-Chairperson Eager asked if there was anything that could be done about correcting the under assessment of the property as of January 1, 2005. Mr. Connors said he would find out. The consensus of the commissioners was that Mr. Connors should perform a calculation with the new assessed value and report back to the commissioners at the next meeting.

The commissioners discussed what assumptions the executive director should use regarding future changes in the property tax rate and future inflationary increases in property values when calculating the net present value of an anticipated stream of future tax increment revenue from a proposed project. Mr. Connors said he has not had an opportunity to research past trends in property values, but he distributed a spreadsheet showing property tax rate for tax increment in every year since 1986/1987. The consensus of the commissioners was that Mr. Connors should use the most recent five years of property tax rates to project the future trend in property tax rates.

New Business
Tess Gruenstein, intern from Beloit College, presented her report and recommendations after speaking with downtown businesses owners about the 2007 Main Street Reconstruction Project, and asked for suggestions on how to encourage business owners to speak with her. One of Ms. Gruenstein’s recommendations already has been addressed by the formation of the Chamber of Commerce’s task force to work with the city to plan the 2007 project. Ms. Gruenstein reported that restaurants cannot have customers enter through their back doors, because that would improperly bring customers through their kitchens, so they are interested in creating “alternative” (i.e., side) entrances. She also reported that a number of business owners reported that they are not interested in investing in alternative entrances because (1) they are tenants, not building owners and (2) their businesses are struggling financially and might close soon even without impact of the 2007 project. Ald. Wyse reported that many downtown businesses were adversely impacted by the USH 14 reconstruction project in 2005. The commissioners thanked Ms. Gruenstein for her thorough and thoughtful report.

The commissioners discussed two draft resolutions to establish grant programs for alternative entrances to Main St. businesses in advance of the 2007 project. One draft resolution would modify the existing Building Improvement Grant (BIG) Program. Executive Director Connors reported that of the $10,000 the Common Council transferred from the Revolving Loan Fund to the BIG Program account, $3,700 remained, not counting the $3,000 the Historic Preservation Commission had given to the BIG Program for replacement of nonconforming signs in the Historic District. The other draft resolution would create a TIF-financed program. Motion by Hammann, seconded by Decker, to recommend to the Finance Committee and Council that they adopt the draft resolution modifying the BIG Program, and that the Finance Committee find additional funding for the BIG Program. The motion passed 5-0 on a roll call vote, with Ald. Wyse abstaining.

Motion by Hammann, seconded by Ahner, to adjourn. Motion passed.

The meeting adjourned at 8:35 PM.

Prepared by

William E. Connors, Executive Director

Friday, May 12, 2006

Agenda: Economic Development: May 16, 2006, 6PM

CITY OF EVANSVILLE
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE



Notice of Meeting
and Agenda

Tuesday, May 16, 2006
6:00 p.m.



Please take notice that the next meeting of the City of Evansville Economic Development Committee will take place on Tuesday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. at the 2nd Floor of the Evansville City Hall, 31 S. Madison Street, Evansville, Wisconsin. The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

1. Roll call.

2. Approval of agenda.

3. Election of chairperson, secretary and other officers designated by the committee.

4. Approval of minutes of April 25 meeting.

5. Citizen appearances, other than on items listed below.

6. Report on 5/25/06 WHEDA lunch invitation for EDC, local lenders.

7. Review of 1991 "First Impressions" survey of Evansville.

8. Motion to approve grant submittal(s) for Trade Market Analysis.

9. Discussion and possible recommendation re: proposed TID #6.

10. Discussion of committee organization and projects (committee-of-the-whole informal discussion).

11. Adjournment.



John Decker, Member

The Importance of Power; Electric Power, Or, Evansville considers joining WPPI

Last Tuesday night, the Evansville Common Council heard an important presentation by WPPI, Wisconsin Public Power, Inc. In their literature, they say they are "a statewide power company owned by 40 municipalities that operate electric utilities. These community owned utilities purchase all of their electric requirements from WPPI.... WPPI is the fifth largest electric utility in Wisconsin with revenues of more than 314 million."

The question is why? Why does Evansville want to join this cooperative? The answer lies in the fact that currently we are a customer of Alliant Energy. We purchase energy and also purchase services at retail rates as needed.

When we join WPPI, we will be an "owner", have a seat on the board of directors, and we as a community will have access to "services" at fellow owner rates rather than at retail rates.

Evansville Water and Light officials have indicated to The Observer that it is too early to determine the exact details, but there should be savings on the power side and also on the purchased services side. Over the past several years it would have been much better if we had had such an arrangement for shared services.

While there is a rate filing scheduled for September 2006, it has not been determined precisely what the net amount of the filing will be. It is important that the utility file rates so as to achieve a return of 7% in order to provide for the necessary replacment capital for mains etc. It is also important to generate funds for the "buy in" to WPPI. The utility will contribute funds so we are an equity stake holder in WPPI.

Several neighboring towns such as Brodhead-Juda and Stoughton have recently joined WPPI and have given very positive reviews.

Stay tuned to The Evansville Observer as I follow this development.

Evansville Housing Authority--May 12, 2006

( Ed. note. )Below is a selected portion of the Housing Authority minutes of 5/12/2006)

New Business:


...... A discussion was held on the renewal of the Housing Choice Voucher Program’s 12 month variable add-on CD which comes due May 13, 2006. A motion was made by Commissioner Wilbur to transfer $20,000.00 from the CD to the Money Market account to help off-set the funding shortfall the rental assistance program continues to face. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Miller. The motion was carried by unanimous vote.

On April, 4, 2006 a comprehensive management review and limited physical inspection of the South Meadow Apartments/Evansville Housing Authority was conducted by WHEDA (Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority). The Housing Authority received an overall rating of Superior. The report stated that the tenant files were very organized and well documented and the apartments were well-managed which showed throughout the property.

Resolution #65 was presented to the Board. The pet policy must now include language allowing South Meadow tenants to make incremental payments of their pet deposits, not to exceed $10.00 a month. The tenants may choose to pay the entire amount or make payments in greater increments than $10.00. A motion was made by Commissioner Miller and seconded by Commissioner Wilbur to approve Resolution #65. The motion was carried by unanimous vote. An updated Pet Policy will be distributed next month.

While reviewing the Personnel Policy it was discovered that there is no section pertaining to a leave of absence due to a death of a family member. Commissioner Wilbur will bring her policy to next month’s meeting for further review and discussion.

City Beat: Additional Stop Signs Sought

The following is from the City of Evansville web site regarding upcoming meetings:

"At 6:00 PM on Monday, May 22, 2006, the Public Works Committee will hold a public hearing regarding Ordinances #2006-12, #2006-13, #2006-14, and #2006-15, which would amend the Municipal Code relative to stop sign locations. These ordinances would authorize the placement of additional stop signs at the following intersections: Fifth Street and West Main Street, Fifth Street and Badger Drive, Higgins Drive and Badger Drive, Sixth Street and Vision Drive, and Brown School Road and J. Lindemann Drive. "

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Nostalgia: 2006::School Beat: Monroe: Open Enrollment loss 71; Gain 450; Some parents choose Virtual because NCLB leaves High Achievers Behind

Monroe Schools recently did an analysis on why students, specifically 71 students of 43 families left, or indicated leaving under open enrollment. Click on the post for the full story in the Monroe Times.

Also interesting was the analysis of the 450 students that indicated an interest in coming to Monroe under the Virtual School option. Some students were high achievers that felt that NCLB had in fact left them behind.

Enjoy.

Evansville Planning Commission: Minutes: re. Smart Growth, Future Development

(Ed.note: The following is a section of the minutes of the Evansville Planning Commission meeting of May 1, 2006 that relates to the Smart Growth Plan and future development.)
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Mr. Schwecke led the discussion regarding the annual review of proposed amendments to the city’s Smart Growth Comprehensive Plan and adopting appropriate requirements. The commissioners discussed whether they should table this resolution until they can merge the city’s plan with the Town of Union’s plan. Mr. Schwecke recommended the Commission add a “Whereas” clause stating, the city is working with the Town of Union to create an agreement. It is anticipated that following the conclusion of that agreement, there will be a city-sponsored amendment to coordinate the two agreements.

Motion by Hammann, seconded by Braunschweig, to approve Plan Commission Resolution 2006-2, adding a “Whereas” clause stating the city will work with the Town of Union to create an agreement to make their plans consistent once the township adopts their plan. It is anticipated that following the conclusion of that agreement, there will be a city-sponsored amendment to the city’s comprehensive plan to make it consistent with the agreement. Motion passed.

Preliminary Development Presentations.

Phil Maas and John Morning presented the idea of annexing Mr. Maas’ land and an amendment to the interim future land use map in the city’s Smart Growth Comprehensive Plan to mark Mr. Maas’ land for development (Mr. Maas’ land already is marked for development in the long-term future land use map in the plan). The Commission was concerned with how this annexation and a new subdivision would fit into the city’s growth goals. Mr. Connors reported that with development of the land that already has been annexed for approved subdivisions or potential future subdivisions, the city would meet its growth goals for the next 10 years. Mr. Connors reported that the Gildner property in the Town of Union already is marked for development in the interim future land use map. The commissioners noted that development of the Maas property is important to the city’s future transportation plan (because 6th Street and 7th Street need to cross his property if they are to intersect with CTH C), but they expressed concern about allowing another subdivision in the near future.

Report of the Evansville Redevelopment Authority

Mr. Connors reported the Redevelopment Authority is waiting to hear from property owners who want to add or remove their properties from Tax Incremental District (TID) No. 5. Only one property owner came forward to request that his parcel be added, and the Redevelopment Authority believes it would be prudent to wait until there are more parcels that need to be added or removed. Roger Berg, 75 Exchange St., reported that it is likely that there will be additional parcels the city will want to consider adding to TID No. 5 within the next six months.

Report of the Evansville Historic Preservation Commission – none.

Report of the Evansville Large-Scale Commercial Development Study Committee
Mr. Schwecke reported on presentation to Evansville Area Chamber of Commerce on April 20th and public listening session held on April 27th. The Committee will meet on May 11th to make changes to the draft recommendations and then present their recommendations to the Plan Commission in June.

Mr. Connors Writes: Re: Sequence of Annexation and Development of Properties



Bill Connors <bill.connors@ci.evansville.wi.gov> wrote:
Dick:
 
In response to your message below ......, you are correct that a new sanitary sewer lift station and a sanitary sewer interceptor would be required to provide sanitary sewer service to the Gildner farm property (and the area between USH 14 and Cemetery Road, north of E. Main St.).  I doubt the city would be willing to pay for this lift station and interceptor--the developer will have to pay for them.  Nevertheless, the Gildner family requested that the Gilder farm property be included on the interim future land use map in the comprehensive plan, and the Smart Growth Planning Committee, Plan Commission, and Common Council all agreed to do so.  Consequently, the Gildner farm property would be considered "next in line" for annexation and subdivision after Capstone Ridge, Grand Orchard Estates, Westfield Meadows, and the potential future subdivision on the Larson Acres land north of Porter Road (which already has been annexed, but not rezoned or subdivided).  Unless the Common Council modifies the interim future land use map, the Maas property would, at best, be in line after the Gildner farm property.
 
Of course, some of this could change after the Town of Union adopts its new comprehensive plan and the township and city work together to make their future land use maps (among other things) consistent with each other.  The goal is to enter into a boundary agreement, and then adjust the future land use maps in the township's and city's comprehensive plans to be consistent with the boundary agreement.
 
Bill Connors
Evansville City Administrator
31 S. Madison St.
P.O. Box 76
Evansville, WI 53536
(608) 882-2263
fax: (608) 882-2282
 
Bill---
 
In the Future Development section of the recently emailed minutes of the Planning Commisison meeting of May 1, in the discussion of the Maas property, there is mention that the Gildner property is in the Interim Future Land Use Map and slated for development.
 
I think it should be appropriate to note that this is noted in the "Union Smart Growth Plan"  for future development and that in prior analyses of development since the land in question would require large infrastructure sewer and pumping investments by the city of Evansville should it be annexed, it has always not been considered for inclusion in the water and sewer of the city since the costs would be prohibitive. I have seen the planning documents on this issue that have labeled the property a class "5" which is the lowest of the ratings of all land surrounding Evansville that are targets for development.
 
I assume this is still the case.  Has something changed?
 
Before I put the minutes of the Planning meeting on the web, I want to be clear on this point.
 
Thanks.
 
Richard Woulfe
Evansville Observer

Plan Commission: Minutes re "Collector" streets

(Ed. note. The following is the text of the recent planning commission May 1 meeting that discussed the "collector" street issue. This has been covered previously in The Observer on Audioblogger."

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Mr. Connors led the discussion regarding amending the Municipal Code relative to vehicular access restrictions in the B-1, B-2, B-3, B-4 and O-1 zoning districts. The packet contained two draft ordinances, one labeled option A and one labeled option B. Currently, the zoning code provides that in order to ensure minimum disruption to residential development, commercial development in these commercial zoning districts must have their vehicular access onto collector or arterial streets. However, the city has not enforced these provisions consistently. For example, the city allowed commercial development along Brown School Road, but Brown School Road is not a collector or arterial street. Option A would repeal these provisions and re-enact them in more noticeable sections for the B-3, B-4, and O-1 districts; B-1 and B-2 would be exempt. Option B would require that when reviewing a change in zoning to any of these commercial zoning districts, the Plan Commission and Common Council must consider whether there will be increased traffic on local roads and as a result adverse impact on existing residential development. Option B allows the city to review each situation on a case-by-case basis. Ald. Hammann and Braunschweig would be sponsors for Option B.

4 Lane Planned by DOT into Evansville

( Ed. note. At the recent Planning Commission meeting in Evansville, during a discussion of the easement of certain land off Hwy 14 near the new strip mall being constructed, there was the following notation in the minutes:)

"Mayor Decker reported that WisDOT envisioned a four-lane highway in this area within the next 20 years. Ald. Hammann requested the City Engineer examine the right-of-way issues required for a divided four-lane highway in this section of HWY 14."

Maybe it is time for the bypass petition movement to begin.

You make the call.

NSA studies Every Phone Call You Have Ever Made

According to an article in USA Today, under the term "Social Network Analysis." the NSA has been reviewing every phone call you have ever made. That should be interesting.

Like what to think when all the kids phone calls are mixed in with the adult calls and an analysis is done of that.

I suppose that once we have the calls figured out, it will be fair game to have a technology that will go over every "thought" you have ever had. Maybe we could all wear sensors on our head, like an i-pod that would double as a thought collector. That would be hip and fashionable.

Dateline Minnetonka, Mn.; Seniors recruited for Audio/ video of Common Council

For all the years that our family has forsaken the land of the frozen, or Minnesota, my mother-in-law has gently reminded me once in a while of the things that have been lost----like large lakes, sailboats, powerboats and yes many of the family outings.

I have been the best Packer fan I can. I have stoutly defended our warmer weather, the slower pace of our fair city, and have even defended our Lake Leota, that is till it was drained.

The ultimate blow came last week. My mother-in-law emailed me an ad from Minnetonka City Hall that recruited senior citizens to be the audio/video tech for taping all city council meetings for $10 per hour, with no training necessary. Yes.

So--with a wry smile, I simply responded. "I love doing the audio for The Evansville Observer so much, I gladly do it for free."

I simply cannot be lured back to those cold winters. I know the weather folks say that this is just in my head. I know better. There is a reason that my in-laws go to Florida each winter. They know too.

USA Today reports of increasing popularity of 50 Year Mortgage

One of the ways to keep your monthly mortgage low, especially if you are in a state like California, is to opt for a 50 year mortgage. Click on the post for the story in USA Today.

I wonder if this will also mean that sellers could opt for a 50 year contract for deed. That would really be interesting.

I can see also the 10 year car loan, with the car at 100,000 miles at the end of three years with 7 years to go in the payments. This may be why the Chinese are throwing away their bicycles for cars, and the Americans are throwing away their cars for bicycles. Now we just need a few more bike trails. Hwy 14 is a pretty rough bike ride.

Stay tuned.

AARP Applauds Gov. Doyle Expansion of Family Care beyond pilot counties

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May 10, 2006 / FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Gail Sumi, AARP Wisconsin State Advocacy Director
Office 608/ 286-6307
AARP Wisconsin Applauds Governor Doyle
and Legislature on Expanding Options for
Aging at Home
Madison –AARP Wisconsin thanks Governor Jim Doyle for expanding access to home and
community based services to all Wisconsinites by signing Senate Bill 653 into law today in Green
Bay. The bill, co-authored by Senator Roessler (Oshkosh), and State Representative Dean Kaufert
(Neenah) and supported by a bipartisan list of legislators, lifts limitations on Wisconsin’s Family
Care program which currently is available in only five pilot counties.
Patricia Finder-Stone AARP Wisconsin State President said “AARP Wisconsin has been working
for expansion of the program for years. It’s not right that whether you are able to remain at home or
you receive care in a nursing home is dependent on whether you live in one of the five pilot
counties.” The counties with the program are Fond du Lac, La Crosse, Portage, Richland and
Milwaukee Counties. In counties not currently served by the program the elderly and people with
disabilities may face a wait of one to two years before they can get the services they need.
Under the expansion more people will have access to home and community based services.
“Intuitively we know and AARP surveys show that people wish to remain in their own homes for as
long as possible. Under this bill aging in place becomes a feasible, more affordable option. It’s a
win for consumers and for taxpayers,” Finder-Stone said. A recent audit of the program showed
that in all but one pilot county, Family Care was on average $452 dollars less per person per month
than traditional nursing home care.
AARP Wisconsin and Wisconsin policy makers recognize that with the rising costs of healthcare
and the aging of the population, a program like this one which offers choice, independence and cost
savings is important.
Patricia Finder-Stone, AARP Wisconsin State President added “AARP has 755,000 members in
Wisconsin, many of whom have elderly family members, or who will benefit themselves from the
expansion of home and community based services. I thank Governor Doyle and the entire
legislature for supporting this vital legislation.”

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

"Fred" has his commentary on the Common Council 4-9-2006

Click on the post for the comments of "Fred" on the issues before the Evansville Common Council last night. Enjoy.

Park Board Agenda--May 15, 2006--6PM

City of Evansville, Wisconsin

Park and Recreation Board Regular Monthly Meeting

Evansville City Hall Council Chambers

May 15, 2006, 6:00 PM

Agenda

1. Call to Order and Roll Call

2. Approval of minutes of April, 2006 meeting

3. Citizen appearances other than listed Agenda items.

4. West-Side Park work for 2006; Engineer’s report and discussion.

5. Lake Leota Park Update

a. installation of Gransee gift equipment

b. Relay-for-Life – update, discussion and possible motion on music after midnite.

c. SOLE report, if any

d. landscape proposal; Karla Sendelbach

d. Discussion of work sessions to improve 2nd St Entrance to Park.

6. . Skate-Park Update

a. Bill Alt on the skate-park equipment purchases and fund-raising

b. Considerations of the current surface and old bleacher addition.

c. Discussion and possible motion to issue purchase order for equipment.

7. . Franklin Park Update;

a. equipment installation schedule

b. landscaping proposal; Karla Sendelbach

8. Countryside Park Update

a, equipment installation schedule

b. update on shelter/bathroom construction through High-school program.

9. Aquatic Report: Rick Hamacher

10. Maintenance and other Improvements Report: Ray Anderson

11. Old Business;

a. General discussion of volunteers for public garden spaces.

b. Request for Budget authority from Finance & Labor Relations Committee

12. New Business:

a. Bicycle Paths re: Public Works Committee and Smart Growth Plan

b. other, including park “ownership” by PRB members.

c. The 4th of July Committee report

13. Motion to Adjourn.

School Beat; Melissa Hammann Speaks on the Wisconsin DPI stats on Evansville

(Ed. note. The following is a portion of the comments made by Melissa Hammann on Monday night at the Evansville School Board.)

"An excellent source of monetary flow data is available at the DPI School Finance Data webpage (www2.dpi.state.wi.us/sfsdw/). This shows comparative cost and revenue data for the 2003-2004 budget year. Then I went to the 2004-2005 spreadsheets (dpi.wi.gov/sfs/cmprvcst.html), and performed the necessary calculations to arrive at the per capita data as summarized in the first webpage. According to the website, the formulas used for the calculations changed between the two fiscal years and may account for some fluctuations. However, several interesting items stood out during my brief survey of the information. Please refer to the attached table for clarity.

First let’s discuss revenue. While our 2004-2005 State Revenue per child exceeded the state average by 16% and our property tax allocation per child was 17.5% lower than the state average; our Federal Revenue was less than half of the state average Federal Revenue. This is a good place to begin a build up of revenue, I think. For fiscal year 2004-2005, revenue from all sources for Evansville is 1.5% lower than the state average, for a total of $10,879 per Full Time Equivalent student in 2004-2005.

For the same fiscal year, on the cost side, we were 3% below the state average Educational costs, 16% lower on Transportation and 26% lower on Food Services costs. However, Evansville’s facility costs per student exceeded the state average by 53%, or in concrete terms, $378.00 per student, for a total of $637,686.00. This would have a big red target on it if it were my personal budget being scrutinized. That was a revelation to me."


The Observer was a little shocked by the "53%" figure for facility costs that Evansville exceeds the state average. However, on reflection, we are at 82% capacity in the EHS and have 522 students. The projection for enrollment dated 12/5/2005 for the school year of 2010-11 is 538 students.

Another way of saying that our costs are high is to say we need to better utilize the facilities we have. This might mean realigning some grades and their location.

In her monthly report, Supr. Carvin noted that a study of enrollment is proposed shortly. This may provide a framework for a discussion of how to better to utilize and plan. With energy costs a premium, excess facility is painful. Stay tuned.

Evansville Common Council Amends municipal code relative to Class "A" Liquor and Fermented Malt Beverage, Or; A short primer on "Class A" vs Class "A"

The Evansville Common Council approved on Tuesday night a modification of the Class "A" liquor license municipal code that limits the number of these licenses. The applicant, All and One, presented the case that they wanted to have the same opportunity to provide beer as the other service stations in town. They were not seeking a hard liquor license, but only beer. They cited their past history of running a business free of tobacco violations and also offered to limit outside signage regarding beer if that would be desired.

The Audioblogger covers the two types of licenses offered in Evansville as well as the presentation. The Council voted to approve the change in municipal code which had limited the number available.

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Evansville Common Council Considers Procedures on Public Input at Council meetings

On Tuesday night, the Evansville Common Council considered adoption of Ordinance #2006-9 that would amend the municipal code relating to rules of procedure for common council meetings. In the current practice, there is an item at the beginning of each meeting titled "Citizen Appearances other than agenda items. " Few citizens appear and speak on this agenda item, and if they choose to, Atty. Mark Kopp explained that the council members really play a listening role since the matters that are brought up are not ready for debate as such since there has been no notice to the public that these matters will be discussed. In the spirit of the "Open Meeting law" council members listen but do not engage in debate.

Then, once in the agenda items, if there is not a scheduled public hearing on the agenda, the public CANNOT speak UNLESS the chair recognizes them to do so. The process of recognizing citizens for questions occurs at the committee level such as Water and Light, or Finance, or the Redevelopment Authority. These are smaller meetings usually, and the questions happen quickly in the agenda items and do not interfere with the flow of the meeting; However, alderman expressed concern that in a larger setting without specific time limits there would in fact be a public hearing about every item on the agenda and the result would be very long, long meetings.

Mayor Decker indicated her support for questions and answers in the agenda item rather than before the agenda began. The Council voted to return the proposed ordinance to the committee level for language revision on how long each person could speak etc. This matter will reappear on the June Council Agenda.

Click on the Audioblogger for the audio of the first 15 minutes of this discussion.


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Dateline Monroe: Monroe Schools hires new Business Manager

Monroe Schools has hired an experienced Business Manager who has managed many successful referendums as well as managed to increase fund balances in times of declining enrollments and rate caps. Click on the post for all the details.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

School Board Beat: Supr. Carvin Report

Ed. note. This Report is from the Evansville School web site. No editing has been done.)

Superintendent’s Report
May 2006
Assessment
We have received our individual Wisconsin Knowledge and Concept Test results. These are being sent
home this week with a brief letter explaining the process. We will not receive any of our district
information regarding our level of performance until the end of June. A preliminary look indicates we
have made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) at all grade levels. However, we do not know if we have
made AYP with all of our subgroups (Special Education, English Language Learners, racial groups). The
state has changed how these numbers will be determined as part of an on-going negotiations process at
the federal level.
This is the first year a state assessment was given to English Language Learners. It is called ACCESS.
We should be getting those results by the end of the month. They have been slightly delayed according to
recent correspondence from DPI.

As you will see in Ms. Havlik’s report, we are completing our Measures of Academic Progress testing in
second graded. This replaces the Stanford as a district assessment. We will share more with you about this
individualized, computer-based assessment in the near future.
Human Resource and Middle School Principal Positions: The application phase for these positions
has closed and we have a good number of applicants. With all of the end of year tasks that need to be
completed, we are hoping we can hire and have a new Human Resource person in place by mid summer.
Meanwhile, Ms. Laughren will attend at least the next two EEAA negotiation sessions and be available by
phone. We have increased Ms. Lohmann to full time until we have an HR replacement.
I met with the middle school staff and they have selected their representatives for the Interview
Committee. I will meet with them next Friday, to show them how to review the applications. As I told the
staff, it appears we will have several strong candidates. I have gotten five personal contacts from
Superintendents advocating for people they recommend. I see the initial round of interviews to be as
directed by the staff as possible. They need to feel confident that they have found two people they can
work with. The board and I will interview the finalists with the interview committee welcome to attend
and observe. We hope to conduct interviews over two days between May 25 and June 2.


Applied Population Research Lab: Enrollment Study
Included is a brochure with information of the cost and elements of an enrollment study. I will have a
couple copies of the sample available on their website of the report they did for Middleton. I would
suggest we put this on the June agenda for board approval to conduct the study. I have a phone call into
them, but have not yet heard back as to their availability. While there are other private vendors who
purport to do these studies. The UW lab has a strong record for doing complete and accurate studies and I
would recommend we work with them.

End of Year Goals:
The topic for next month is progress on our goals for 2005-06. This also means it is time to create our
goals for 2006-07. I would suggest we look at the goals areas after all the reports are made in June and
make sure we leave time at the July meeting for discussion about these particular areas, whether or not
any of them should be dropped, others added, or if you would prefer another format.