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Monday, July 31, 2006

4K: Financial Analysis: Melissa Hammann Speaks

(click on the sudioblogger for the remarks of Melissa Hammann at the July Evansville School Board meeting--she provides the financial analysis of the proposed 4k for Evansville.)

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"Fred" reminds us of Park Board Public Hearing on Aug 21st. Mark the calendars

The five year plan for the Park Board is being updated and "Fred" has the details on the public hearing on August 21st. Mark the calendars. Plan on attending.

Classic Audioblogger: "That Vision Thang"

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Classic Audioblogger: Dateline: Lake Leota---Last Duck Heads South

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"True Love,"; or, Where is " Miracle Max" when we need him?

(Ed. note. Due to the many requests of readers, I have reprinted this post of 7-13-2006. Enjoy. )

Many of you remember the blogger "Miracle Max" who posted for many days here on the Observer site. It sure would be nice to get his advice during this period in our local history---here is the question.

First a little background. In the movie "Princess Bride", after Wesley and the princess get out of the forest and the pit of despair, Wesley is apparently killed and he is dragged to the house of "Miracle Max."

"Miracle Max" is not too happy to come out of retirement to treat Wesley. He performs a preliminary test and asks Wesley...."What do you seek?" Wesley says something. Miracle Max says that Wesley has said "Tru Blave"----that he just wants to be brave which is not a strong enough reason to save him.

The wife of Miracle Max then strongly speaks up and says that Wesley has instead said "True Love." And she insists that this is a noble calling worth saving his life for.

Well. The rest of the movie is pretty clear cut.

Here is my question. Was this just a hearing problem with Miracle Max? or something deeper. I have always wondered.

Recently on our local scene, 95% of the folks in Evansville have said that they want a growth rate of 27% or less. Some say that they cannot hear this. I am the Observer and would give anyone a chance. A benefit of the doubt.

This may just be a hearing problem.

You make the call.

Dateline Rome: Weekend Update: View of the City--fiction

(Ed. note. Due to the many folks who have requested republishing of this famous dateline story from July 16, I have republished it without comment. Enjoy. )

As my readers remember,The Observer is covering the secret conclave being held in the deepest bowels of Rome that will consider the delicate task of reviewing whether after centuries of discussion, the World is still "flat" as was declared in an infallible dictum by high, in fact very high authorities.......or whether it is just "mostly flat." The effect of this nuanced decision could be momentous and shake the faith of even the most devoted brethern. So....listen up..

I have been hiding in the lower catacombs of the Villa Roma, just off the Apian Way. Please keep this confidential since there could be dire consequences. I am just below the vast villa of Nuncio and Pricilla and have been startled by the loud sounds coming from their quarters. I need my sleep, and their noise has been very loud......The fighting that is.

It seems that Nuncio is a traveling salesman type and Pricilla has been home in the heat of the summer. With no air conditioning. For those of you who have been to Rome, you know how hot it gets. Anyway, Pricilla, or more tersly, "Silla" which is "Silli" in Italian, decided during a recent trip of Nuncio, that she needed more "connectivity." She was getting very bored. A local restauranteur caught her eye. Nuncio found out about it.

The Observer heard about this just from the loud noise. I heard Nuncio talking about the vows they had made, the promises, the plan.......I heard Silli talking about the need for "connectivity" and that she wanted to increase population and reduce traffic flow.

Nuncio was totally bewildered. I could tell he was losing the argument because he started talking about religion. He talked about "trust." She talked about the
Song of Solomon. It went on and on. For every quotation about fidelity, she had one from the Song of Solomon. She must have been reading that song a lot.

Finally, he was desperately searching for the Italian word for committment. Or faithfullness. .....

I did not have the heart to listen to the rest of the argument. I knew how the argument would end.

As my dear readers know,.....there is no such word ..... It's just all "amore."

I will be standing by at Villa Roma, waiting to hear the word on whether the world is "flat" or just "mostly flat" and I pledge to let you all know just as soon as possible. It is hot, ....very hot here and it reminds me of the movie "Good Morning Vietnam." Wish me luck. And please keep my location secret.

Classic Audioblogger: I see the Light; Or Out of the Darkness I have arisen Commercial

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Classic Audioblogger: Let's Keep Everything Just the Way it Was

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Agenda: Evansville Planning Commission: August 1, 2006; 6PM

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Regular Meeting

Tuesday, August 1, 2006, 6:00 p.m.

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

AGENDA
Call to order
Roll call
Approval of agenda
Approval of minutes

Motion to waive the reading of the June 29, 2006 minutes and approve them as printed
Citizen appearances other than agenda items listed
Unfinished business
Update on traffic impact analysis of Highway 14, County M and J. Lindemann intersections

Discussion regarding the establishment of a standing committee on Intergovernmental Cooperation, composed of three specified Union Township representatives and three specified City of Evansville representatives
Discussion regarding cost-benefit studies (fiscal impact analysis)

Discussion of draft ordinance amending the city’s zoning code (Chapter 130) relating to completion of a traffic impact analysis for development projects exceeding a specified threshold
Discussion of draft ordinance amending the city’s subdivision and land division regulations (Chapter 110) relating to completion of a traffic impact analysis for development projects exceeding a specified threshold


New business
Presentation by Doug Paulin of Lighting Forensics regarding professional services for preparation of an outdoor lighting ordinance

Preliminary land division, City of Evansville applicant (Application #2006-24)
Initial presentation by applicant
Staff report, if any
Initial discussion by Plan Commission
Public hearing
Final discussion by Plan Commission
Closing comments by applicant
Motion to recommend to the Common Council the approval of the division of the subject property into the lots as shown on the preliminary CSM, based on a finding that the land division is environmentally sound and there are adequate public facilities available to meet the needs of the land division, provided the conditions listed in the staff report (and other conditions as may be imposed by the Commission) are met prior to recording the final CSM with Rock County.
Preliminary land division, Mark Steiner and Davis Pryce applicant (Application #2006-25)

Initial presentation by applicant
Staff report, if any
Initial discussion by Plan Commission
Public hearing
Final discussion by Plan Commission
Closing comments by applicant
Motion to recommend to the Common Council the approval of the division of the subject property into the lots as shown on the preliminary CSM, based on a finding that the land division is environmentally sound and there are adequate public facilities available to meet the needs of the land division, provided the conditions listed in the staff report (and other conditions as may be imposed by the Commission) are met prior to recording the final CSM with Rock County.

Preliminary land division, Rolland and Diane Probst applicant (Application #2006-26)
Initial presentation by applicant
Staff report, if any
Initial discussion by Plan Commission
Public hearing
Final discussion by Plan Commission
Closing comments by applicant

Motion to recommend to the Common Council the approval of the division of the subject property into the lots as shown on the preliminary CSM, based on a finding that the land division is environmentally sound and there are adequate public facilities available to meet the needs of the land division, provided the conditions listed in the staff report (and other conditions as may be imposed by the Commission) are met prior to recording the final CSM with Rock County.

City-initiated comprehensive plan amendment, (Application #2006-27)
Initial presentation
Staff report, if any
Discussion by Plan Commission
Motion to adopt Plan Commission resolution #2006-9 recommending the City Council revise the future transportation map (Note: Consistent with state law, at least four affirmative votes are needed for passage.)
Zoning code text amendment relating to large-format retail stores
Presentation by staff
Initial discussion by Plan Commission
Public hearing
Final discussion by Plan Commission
Motion to recommend to Council the adoption of Ordinance #2006-25 as drafted
Sign code text amendment to provide for the regulation of window signs (Note: This agenda item was on the June 29, 2006 agenda, but the commission postponed the public hearing and action to the August meeting to allow for a redrafting of the ordinance.)
Presentation by staff
Initial discussion by Plan Commission
Public hearing
Final discussion by Plan Commission
Motion to recommend to Council the adoption of Ordinance #2006-16 as redrafted
Discussion relating to amending the city’s zoning code (Chapter 130) to allow the city planner to review and act on minor site plan amendments
Discussion relating to how the current zoning code allows land uses that are not listed in the zoning code (Section 130-301).
Preliminary development presentations
None
Report of the Evansville Redevelopment Authority – none
Report of the Evansville Historic Preservation Commission – none
City planner’s report
Update on Common Council actions relating to Plan Commission recommendations
Enforcement – Tom Nonn, dba Badger Cycle
Number of development applications submitted to date compared to 2005
Motion to adjourn
Mayor Sandra J. Decker, Plan Commission Chair

Sara Tortomasi, Masters in Early Childhood Education, Speaks on 4K for Evansville; On the "Level Playing Field Theory"

( Ed. note. click on the audio icon for the remarks of Sara Tortomasi at the recent July Evansville School Board Meeting that addressed the 4K Proposal. )

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Restoration Corner: Dateline St. Paul--- Grand Ave Bans the Big Box

Long considered the gold standard for restoration and preservation, Grand Ave in
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St. Paul has recently enacted a big box ban. Click on the post for the story.

If you are driving through the Twin Cities, just get off at the Marion Exit and beginning at the Cathedral proceed on Summit Ave about a mile. Grand is one block south and runs parallel. Summit Ave features mansions along the first mile or so.

One item of interest--the street light shown in the picture is a dual-historic light. This is not the way it really was. All the old lights were just one bulb. Modern times require more light. And yes, the streets do have paving bricks. How does the Observer know this?

This is where I grew up. Yes. Amidst paving bricks and historic lights. Make a note of it.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Mercury and You------Breaking News---International Conference Coming to Madison next Weekend--Stay tuned

Click on the post for the opening press release on the important International Conference on mercury that will begin next weekend. Some 69 nations will be represented.

You may not realize why mercury is important to you. Click on the post. The Observer will be covering this event, both the science and the politics. Stay tuned.

"Fred" Has the update on the Skate Park Equipment Installation

Click on the post for the latest from "Fred" on the skate park equipment arrival.

The Observer will have pictures and audio shortly.

"Fred" reminds us of the famous speech of Doug Zweizig--"Planning's Other Half"--What it means for August 8th

Click on the post for the analysis of Fred and the classic speech of Doug Z. on planning for growth for Evansville. Enjoy.

Mark Schnepper Speaks: On need for impact study prior to busting smart growth limit with developer request;

Click on the post for the words of Mark Schnepper why disregarding the Smart Growth Plan by approving the inclusion of the Maas property in territory to be developed next is poor policy.

The vote on this matter will be on August 8th in Common Council.

"Little Boxes" by Melvina Reynolds,1962 sung by Pete Seeger

(This is just a little nostalgia for all you aging baby boomers. There is a section of Berkely where there are identical houses that our family thinks the idea came from for this song. Maybe you have your own idea of where it came from. There is a debate among the locals whether the Observer should sing this on the audio or maybe one of you would like to. If you search on Pete Seegar there is a short sample of the melody. Enjoy.)

Little Boxes

LIttle boxes on the hillside,
Little boxes made of ticky tacky
LIttle boxes on the hillside
Little Boxes all the same,
there's a green one and a pink one
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

And the people in the houses
All went to the university
Where they were put in boxes
And they came out all the same
And there's doctors and lawyers
And business executives,
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
and they all look just the same.

And they all play on the golf course
And drink their martinis dry,
And they all have pretty children
And the children go to school,
And the children go to summer camp
And then to the university
Where they are put in boxes
And they all come out the same.

And the boys go into business
And marry and raise a family
In boxes made of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same
There's a green one and a pink one
And a blue one and a yellow one,
And they're all made out of ticky tacky
And they all look just the same.

Watercooler: Janesville Gazette Op Ed: Pro 4K Kindergarten

Click on the post for the op ed piece in the Janesville Gazette today. In the last sentence, the writer says that both Janesville and Evansville would be wise to implement 4K if such a program could be implemented without further harming their financial situation.

Question for the day? What world is the Janesville Op Ed writer living in? The 4k program is opposed by over 90% of residents in Evansville. The program would be an additional burden on the property tax, a fact that is admitted by Dist. Supr. Heidi Carvin. The target for such a program was vague in the study presented by the district. Further, in remarks by Sara Tortamasi of Evansville, a child development specialist, the "level playing field" notion presented by the proponents is not a valid objective, since there is a natural variation in kindergarten that makes for the very healthy process of growth and excitement of the grade itself.

So--You make the call.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

History: Mayoral Debate Transcript: Evansville Review March 29, 2006; Mayoral Candidate Decker Speaks:

(Ed. note. I have published the public transcript as reported in the Evansville Review on March 29, 2006, page 19. The Observer is grateful for the transcript and audio that was such an effort by Tammy Pomplun for this debate.)

"Question 3: What is your position on rate of residential development and how do you propose to maintain it?"

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Sandy Decker; My understanding was that the number was 35 new homes for each of the two main developers for the city. There have been questions about if that is the absolute numbers each year, whether it can be averaged so that one year you do three times 35 and the next two years not do any. I think that has a very different impact on our school system and the school did come before plan commission a couple of months ago and indicate that our elementary school is at 90 percent capacity now. We need to carefully monitor and channel the rate of residential growth so that our school can keep up. But a new school would just send our property taxes through the roof, so we've got to keep a close eye on residential growth, keep it monitored, keep it even. We do need it. It positively impacts the funding formula for the school. It's a fine line that we walk and it has to be monitored carefully. Thank You. "

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Planning Commission: Town of Union/Evansville Joint Planning Committee--composition- Audioblogger

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Planning Commission: Audio: "Everything has been annexed for the next ten years."

(Ed. note. This audio is poor , but because the discusssion is important to the issue on the agenda for August 8, 2006, I have published it. Please adjust tone and be patient. Thanks.)

Click on the post for the discussion at the recent Planning Commission on the current status of the land that has been annexed---in summary all the land scheduled for the next ten years of development in the Smart Growth Plan has been annexed already.

The question at hand was whether to move the Maas property from the interim land use plan--i.e. ten years ahead, to the present and allow it to be considered for annexation NOW.

You can hear Mr. Berg asking whether this would jeopardize the current developer agreements in place. You can hear the discussion about how the computation is done. Enjoy.

(Nostalgia Corner: Orig post 9/16/2005) Re: Bill Connors speaks---Current residential approved plans consume next 10 year projected Smart Growth Plan

--- billconnors <noreply-comment@blogger.com> wrote:

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The limits are made enforceable by provisions in the
final land divider's agreements. My memorandum to the
Council about the final land divider's agreement for
the Capstone Ridge Subdivision contained the following
text:

"The Common Council also will consider approving a
final land divider̢۪s agreement and a final plat for
this subdivision. If these are approved, construction
will begin immediately north of the current dead end
on N. Water St. in the Countryside Estates
Subdivision. The final land divider̢۪s agreement
provides that the developers may construct streets and
other infrastructure for 37 lots in 2005 and 36 lots
in 2006. Construction of streets for the remaining 64
lots, which are located in the western part of the
subdivision, cannot begin until 2007 at the earliest."

The Council approved this agreement, even though it
would allow infrastructure for the last 64 lots to
constructed all at once in 2007.

I created the spreadsheet I mentioned in my earlier
message after the Council approved the Capstone Ridge
agreement, and it also illustrated this point. The
memo that accompanied the spreadsheet was addressed to
the Plan Commission, not the Common Council, but I may
have distributed copies to the Council as well. It is
my recollection that Ald. Sorson asked about the fact
that the Grand Orchard Estates final land divider's
agreement allows infrastructure for 52 lots to be
constructed in 2005 before the Council voted to
approve the agreement.

I have said repeatedly to the Plan Commission, and I
believe to the Council as well, that if they approve
any more subdivisions in the next 10 years beyond
Capstone Ridge, Grand Orchard Estates, Westfield
Meadows, and one tentatively planned for north of
Westfield Meadows, there is no way they can keep the
population growth rate during the next 10 years to the
growth rate target in the Smart Growth Comprehensive
Plan. It will be up to future Plan Commissions and
Common Councils to decide how important this is if
someone else seeks to start another subdivision within
10 years.

Bill Connors
Evansville City Administrator

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9/15/2005 02:33:46 PM

Do We Care? Is it Important? Classic Audioblogger

Click on the post for the timely questions that the Evansville Common Council will face on August 8, 2006.

Victor Paulson Remembers: Farming at the Piggly Wiggly; Farming 24/7; The '57 Chevy

Click on the post for a step back in time when Victor Paulson worked on the farm where the Piggly Wiggly is now and when it was considered out of town.

Victor also expresses regret that he did not buy one of those '57 Chevy's that he assembled at Fisher Body. Enjoy.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Re: New comment on Observer Poll: Evansville loyal to smokers: Night Owl announces smoke free area coming in 2007

(click on the post for further info on The Night Owl, featuring food as well as liquor entres. )




MrClubman <noreply-comment@blogger.com> wrote:
MrClubman has left a new comment on your post "Observer Poll: Evansville loyal to smokers":

As The owner of The Night Owl Food & Spirits for nearly 25 yrs, I feel it should be left up to the individual business owner. This being said, we will be offering a smoke free dining & bar area in the lower level opening in the fall of 2007. A decision driven by the market, not ideology or government intervention.

Posted by MrClubman to Evansville Observer at 7/27/2006 04:29:40 PM

School Beat: Gillespie announces AP Chemistry offered over 3 terms for 2006-7 School Year

In a letter dated July 24, 2006, Evansville High School Principal Jamie Gillespie writes:

"Dear AP Chemistry Students:

I am pleased to share some good news with you. Since the Evansville Board of Education has increased the teaching staff at the high school, we are once again able to offer AP Chemistry over three terms. Therefore, you will have AP Chemistry on your schedule during terms, 1,2, amd 3 of the 2006-7 school year. ......

Agenda: Traditional Neighborhood Design Committee: Monday, July 31, 2006

Evansville Traditional Neighborhood/Residential Design Advisory Committee

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Monday, August 31, 2006, 6:00 PM

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

AGENDA
Call to order
Introductions
Selection of a committee chair
Approval of agenda
Discussion relating to the committee’s purpose
Discussion relating to traditional neighborhood design
Discussion relating to design of new residential buildings
Set next meeting date
Motion to adjourn
Mayor Sandy Decker, Temporary Chair

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

Automotive Corner: How not to save costs---a warning

Pretty alarming story from New Zealand. Folks have been saving lots of money by registering their vehicles as hearses and not passenger cars. Click on the post. Like $36 per year as opposed to $130. One lady said that since she carried groceries and dead chickens in her car, she was entitled to register her car accordingly.

Please, dear readers, make a note of it. Passengers that are conveyed have to be dead and not---- "mostly dead", and the animals have to be human not of the chicken variety. After all the world is not flat, just mostly flat.

Stay tuned to the Observer. Where we don even have to make up the news. It's just real.

Classic audio-Observer---"What would Elvis Do?" true story

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Classic Audio-Observer--On "Sale", On "Saving," On "The Lone Ranger"

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"Classic Audio Observer--"The Party"--a true story

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Heritage Days---classic Audio-Observer

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Nostalgia: Apr. '06: Classic Audio Evansville Schools: Deb Olsen stands firm; 5% increase in utility expenses for next year; Reliance on Centerpoint

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As stated in the audiopost, the prior year budget was $178,000 and the plan had been for usage of $325,000, a figure that had been adjusted upward because of the spike in energy prices due to Katrina. The actual expenses should come out at $249,000, which is about 75,000 under budget, but still a 40% increase over ACTUAL from the prior year.

In the audiopost, Deb Olsen asserts that the increase budgeted for next year from this year actual is 5%. This despite the fact that this year's weather has been 9.5% below the 30 year norm. She states that the 5% figure was gotten from "Centerpoint" who takes the prior year consumption into consideration. The District is totally relying on Centerpoint and has made no independent determination of what the budget should be.

You make the call.

(Orig. Post 10/27/2006--DeJaVu Corner)Capital Times OpEd Salutes Mayor Dave: Or, Why the Observer Agrees

Madison Mayor Dave C strongly argued that the city should exercise it's option to buy the Overture for 1$ and assume the responsibility of maintenance of the Overture rather than refinance the trust fund that would be responsible for maintenance which had as its assumption a return of 8% from the stock market backed by a city guarantee.

The Mayor was outvoted 15-5. (Click on the post for the Cap Times story) As the Cap Times points out, as a result of his leadership, Madison did get some concessions that will help. Further, light has been shown on how risky the arrangement is.

Lets put this in perspective. What if in your 401K you assumed an 8% return each year with no down years and if you did not get this, the city would guarantee it. HUH? You would think this was crazy. The taxpayers would be set up for the fall.

Looking at slowing home sales, rising interest rates, inverted yield curve etc...what prudent person would guarantee 8% with no downside risk. That was precisely Mayor Dave's point.

Hat's off to Mayor Dave and his courage on this issue. Some day this will be revisited. Stay tuned.

Classic Althouse: On the Perils of Mapquest; On the Nevada Club

Click on the post for the narrative as Prof. Althouse faces the "heat test", the heat of the West and the test of the long drive plus the ultimate test---Maquest.
Enjoy.

Victor Paulson Remembers: Rural Free Delivery---a Revolution for Evansville

(Victor Paulson, 95, is a longtime resident of Evansville and shares his memories of Rural Free Delivery, the "woodshed" and the "three holer." Click on the post for the audio memories of Victor on the days of Rural Free Delivery.)

Two of the most momentous events in American History were the invention of the automobile, and .......Rural Free Delivery. We are still dealing daily with the impact of these developments although it is not always clear to us.

Daniel Boorstein, one of the famous historians of American History, in his book, "The Americans, The Democratic Experience"(1973) describes the transformation of American towns and villages such as Evansville by the impact of RFD, Rural Free Delivery. On page 132, he says:

"This was the least heralded, and in some ways the most important communications revolution in American history. Now for the first time it was normal for every person in the United States to be accesible by cheap public communication. For the rural American (more than half the nation's population by the census of 1910). the change was crucial. Now he was lifted out of the narrow community of those he saw and knew, and put in continual touch with a larger world of persons and events and things read about but unheard and unseen....But at the price of dissolving some of the old face-to-face communities.

RFD led to the combining of post offices and the abolishing of many of the little fourth-class post offices which had given their name and their focus to hundreds of village communities."

Thus, as the Observer sees it, it is not accidental that the boom of architectual development occurred in Evansville from 1910 to 1920 and then when the full impact of RFD and the automobile was felt....it was over. Farmers did not have to come to town to shop at the Grange Mall. Folks did not have to commute to Chicago by rail, they could drive there. In short, the whole world changed. It has not been the same since.

Click on the post for the thoughts of Victor Paulson, 95, on the impact of Rural Free Delivery. Enjoy.

Bill to remedy "Defined Benefit Pension" funding shortfall is in jeopardy in Congress

Click on the post for the latest from the Wisconsin State Journal in the pension reform wars and specifically on the fate of the bill that could help remedy the shortfall in funding for the defined benefit pension plans which are seriously underfunded in America. Enjoy.

"Grumps" alerts us to the new blogger in town; Welcome Brian

Click on the post for the newest blogger in town. We expect to hear a lot from him in the future. Enjoy.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Mailbag: Update: Observer letter to WE Energies: Reply pending: Forcast of percent increase of natual gas prices for next winter

(Ed. note. This letter was written on May 11, 2006. No reply was received. One of my beloved readers stopped me on the street and asked for an update.In the coming years I will keep you posted as to its status. As for now. It's Normal. No response.)

Sir:
 
Recently I called your customer service line and asked what I should plan on the percent increase of natural gas prices for next year.  I was told -------"We don't know."
 
That puzzled me, since on the futures charts for natural gas there are prices marked that as a supplier you could lock in excess purchased gas etc. and make a prediction after the lock what the cost to your current customer base would be.  Why then could you not tell me what your forecast is? I have a hunch that you do have the "lock" but would like to ride profits as far as possible rather than commit to consumers what you plan on charging.  Please clarify.
 
I am in the process of writing a story for The Evansville Observer, a news blog, here in Evansville, Wisconsin. I would like to know for the purpose of informing our fair readers as to what homeowners, schools and cities can expect to pay for natural gas prices over the next year so we all can budget accordingly.  I will wait your response.
 
Thank You,
 
Richard T. Woulfe
Evansville Observer

Housing Corner: Christian Science Monitor: The "Limbo Rock" Question. How low will it go?

Click on the post for an article in The Christian Science Monitor describing the current nationwide housing slowdown.

David Wysse, of Standard and Poors said in the article "It's not going to be a disaster. It's just going to be very bad." That is not too optimistic. Click on the post for the full story.

Classic Audio-Observer--Meeting Notice

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Electric Cars

Click on the post for an op ed piece in the Wisconsin State Journal that is urging Madison and other cities to follow the lead of Reedsburg and legalize the use of electric cars at slow speeds in our cities.

Enjoy.

The Overture Saga: The latest segment

Click on the post for the latest in the Wisconsin State Journal on the Overture Saga. Mayor Dave had very conservative advice that was disregarded by the majority of the Madison Common Council. Now the results are beginning to come in.

Click on the post and enjoy.

World Trade Center--the movie---Marketed as heroism, not terrorism--Marketed to teens

Click on the post for the latest on "World Trade Center," the new movie by Oliver Stone.

The plot storyline is one of heroism, not terrorism, and the major market target is teens.

Enjoy.

Biodiesel Corner: Clinton to welcome biodiesel plant; Evansville still pending; Stay tuned

Click on the post for the story in the Janesville Gazette on the new biodiesel plant for Clinton that will use a different technology that the one slated for Evansville. They too want a soybean crushing plant.

Seems we should have a "Diesel Dealership" here in Evansville that just carries diesel cars that can cater to the emerging market. Yes, we would call it "Dick's Diesel Dealership." That has a nice ring to it.

Historic Preservation: Victor Paulson Remembers: Old Time Music ---1930's

(Victor Paulson, 95, is a longtime resident of Evansville, farmer and painter. He took time to remember and instruct The Evansville Observer on Old Time Music. Thanks, Victor.

Click on the post for the audio. Enjoy.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Editorial: Monroe Times; Monroe Historic Preservation wise to be cautious in expanding power and area of coverage

Click on the post for a recent op ed piece in the Monroe Times. Enjoy.

2006: The Year Audio and Video Explodes on Web

Click on the post for a story in the Wisconsin State Journal about the new video spots on the web that are being created by web users, some with as little as a cell phone with photo capability.

This is part of a developing story, that the Observer is participating in. The new Microsoft competitive product rivaling the IPOD may provide an acceleration to this trend.

Stay tuned.

Gazette Corner: Forum for Rock Co Sheriff discusses treatment of mentally ill

Click on the post for the coverage of the recent forum in the Janesville Gazette. The treatment of the mentally ill that are placed in jail is one element of the debate about the costa and appropriateness of sentencing that is taking place in this campaign.

"Grumps" has the summary of Rock Co.Sheriff Forum

Click on the post for the latest from "Grumps" and the Janesville Gazette from the forum held for the candidates for Rock Co. Sheriff.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Observer Poll: Evansville loyal to smokers

According to the current poll results, residents want smoking in restaurants and bars in Evansville. You can still participate in this poll which is ongoing.

This sentiment contrasts with the statements made by AMF at the recent hearing on the "family entertainment center" that was voted down for the east side. AMF representatives said that the days of the stand alone smokey bar are limited---the more family friendly non smoking venue is the thing of the future.

Click on the post for the audio. Clearly a difference of opinion. Enjoy.

Agenda: PRB August Meeting: August 21, 2006

Evansville City Hall Council Chambers

August 21, 2006, 6:00 PM

Tentative AGENDA

1. Call to Order & Roll Call.

2. Minutes of July 2006 meeting: Motion to Approve.

3. Possible Changes to Agenda: Motion to Approve if necessary.

4. Citizen appearances other than agenda items.

5. Development of a “2006 Park & Outdoor Recreation Plan”

a. Review of the “1999 Park & Outdoor Recreation Plan”, especially Chapter 4: “Goals and Objectives” and Chapter 5: “The Plan”. (This is the most recent comprehensive plan.)

b. Discussion among PRB members and City Planner Tim Schwecke of a process for development of a new 5-year plan.

c. Public Hearing on the Question: “What are the strengths & weaknesses of Evansville’s park facilities and current park programs?”

d. Discussion and possible motion to approve a schedule for completing a new “2006 Park & Outdoor Recreation Plan” by the end of 2006.

6. Chair’s report on actions of Public Works Committee, Finance & Labor Relations Committee, and Common Council on items of interest to PRB

7. Reports and Updates on Current Park Projects.

a. Lake Leota Park

b. Franklin Park

c. Countryside Park

d. West Side Park

8. Aquatic Report: Pool Director Rick Hamacher

9. Park Maintenance and Improvements Report: Park Maintenance Supervisor Ray Anderson.

10. Old Business

a. “Ownership” of parks by PRB Members

b. .Discussion of Community Service Work program and possible motion for PRB to participate.

11. New Business

a. Preliminary Discussion on uses for Seminary Park

12. Motion to Adjourn.

Dateline Normal, Mn.: Family Entertainment Center Comes to Town

(Ed.note. This is one of a long series of fictional sketches of a small town in Northern Minnesota, just south of Garrison, Mn. called Normal, Mn. )

Last Friday night, after a very long drive up Hwy 10 north of the Twin Cities, I came finally to Normal, Mn. It's not on the google Earth map---but then neither is Evansville. It's there. It's real. There is just no documentation.

I noticed immediately that not a soul was moving in town. I wondered what was up. I stopped the car and asked a boy who was throwing rocks along the side of the road: "Where's everybody tonight sonny.?"

"There'all at the new Family Entertainment Center down at the end of town. Down by the marsh." I was amazed. So the Family Entertainment Center had finally come to Normal, after all these years.

Driving east, I noticed the very tall neon sign with the outline of a dancer and the bold neon words, "Normal Family Entertainment". Right next to the large brick building was a smaller building with a sign above that said, " Tippsy Tom's Daycare." Well of course. This was one of them day care places so the kids could play while their parents got loaded. Wow. That's wonderful.

I went in Tippsy Tom's first to see who might be there at 11pm. There in the corner was one of my favorite youngsters, Oliver TwistTop. His dad just loved the convenience of the twist top bottles so much he named his kid after one.


"How to you like this place?" I asked him. "Wow," he exclaimed. "It's really neat." I come here almost every night. Sometimes I am so lucky cause the police drive me home in their squad. It doesn't get any better than that."

As I entered the Family Entertainment Center, I noticed that they had a bar, bowling alley, a massage and nail salon, and even a special cigar bar. Wow. Everything a guy could want. And besides, the beer, bait and ammo shop was right next door.

All those flashing strobe lights were hard on the eyes. The loud music. The smoke. The dancing girls.

It sure is good to be back in good ol' Wisconsin. Where bars are bars and daycare is daycare.

Minutes: Common Council: July 11, 2006

Common Council

Regular Meeting

Tuesday, July 11, 2006, 6:30 PM

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

MINUTES
Mayor Decker called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM. Present were: Mayor Decker and Alderpersons Wyse, Roberts, Hammann, Sornson, Juergens, Braunschweig, and Wessels. Ald. Cothard was excused. Staff present: Mark Kopp, City Attorney; David Wartenweiler, Public Works Director; Scott McElroy, Police Chief; Mary Beaver, EMS Coordinator; Thomas Alisankus, Municipal Judge; David Sauer, City Engineer; Scott George, Water and Light Superintendent; John Rasmussen, Water and Light Line Foreman; and Jim Beilke, Clerk/Treasurer.

Approval of Agenda

Agenda items 6(G)(3), Resolution #2006-8, and 6(G)(12), TID No. 5, were removed from the agenda. The amended agenda was approved.

Approval of Minutes

Motion by Hammann, seconded by Roberts, to waive the reading of the minutes of the regular meeting for June 13, 2006 and approve them as printed. Motion passed.

Citizen appearances - None

Evansville Community Partnership Report - None

SOLE Committee

Kelly Gildner, 8409 N. Hwy 14, reported the Committee is working with Strand Engineering Company regarding the Lake Leota project.

Dean Community Center Advisory Committee (youth program operated by the YMCA of Dane County) - None

Primetimers - None

Senior Nutritional Center and Senior Transportation Program - None

Plan Commission Report

Motion by Hammann, seconded by Braunschweig, to adopt Resolution #2006-27, establishing a Town of Union—City of Evansville Intergovernmental Committee. Because the Smart Growth Committee has dissolved, this resolution would allow the two communities to continue to move forward working on solving intergovernmental issues. Motion passed.

Finance and Labor Relations Committee Report

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Juergens, to approve Water and Light bills and authorize their payments of $373,963.45. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Juergens, to approve the City bills and authorize their payments of $224,565.42. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Juergens, to approve Contract between State Collection Services, Inc. and City of Evansville for collections services. The city will use State Collections Service to collect delinquent personal property tax bills. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Juergens, to adopt Ordinance #2006-17, amending the Municipal Code relative to authorizing an application fee for specified comprehensive plan amendment applications. This ordinance would allow the City to collect reimbursement for staff time and costs associated with amendments. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Juergens, to adopt Resolution #2006-23, amending the City of Evansville’s Fee Schedule. This resolution records the new application fees for a floodplain development and new application fees for an amendment to the interim future land use map or future land use map. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Juergens, to adopt Ordinance #2006-18, amending Municipal Code relative to the effective date of appointments to committees, commissions, and boards. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote. There were discrepancies between the city’s appointments to committees in April and the code regarding starting and ending dates for committee members. This ordinance matches the April appointments to the code. Motion passed.

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Juergens, to adopt Ordinance #2006-19, amending Municipal Code relative to appointments of trustees of the Evansville Fire Protection District. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote. The code did not provide terms for the trustees of the Fire Protection District, and this ordinance provides those terms. Motion passed.

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Juergens, to adopt Resolution #2006-24, making a Preliminary Declaration of the Common Council’s Intent to Levy Special Assessments under Municipal Police Power under § 66.0703, Wis. Stats. The city will install or replace sidewalks on the west side of South 2nd Street from Highland Street to Fair Street and all property fronting on the north side of Fair Street from South 2nd Street to the end of the public street. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Juergens, to approve Resolution #2006-26, supporting Agreements between the City of Evansville and the Wisconsin State Elections Board regarding use of the Statewide Voter Registration System. The State Election Board requires this resolution from all municipalities using their system. Motion passed.

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Juergens, to adopt Resolution #2006-28, amending the Adopted 2006 City Budget to Increase the Appropriations for Water & Light Utility Construction and Equipment Purchases. The adopted 2006 city capital budget inadvertently did not include any appropriations for these projects, and this resolution rectifies the 2006 budget. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Public Safety Committee Report

Motion by Roberts, seconded by Sornson, to approve Class “B” Beer/ “Class B” Liquor applications for Bauer, Brady J., 418 W. Church Street, Evansville WI 53536, d/b/a Bauer Haus, LLC, 155 E Main Street. Ald. Roberts reported that, last month, the Bauer Haus had to satisfy outstanding bills with alcohol vendors, which are now satisfied. The Bauer Haus still has an outstanding personal property tax bill and a street assessment bill from the City of Evansville. Mr. Kopp advised that court cases support the fact that the wording in our current Municipal Code does not allow the City to deny the Bauer Haus’ alcohol licenses because of non-payment of outstanding city bills. If the City were to deny the license and if this denial goes to court, the city would lose. The Council was not happy with wording in our Code and instructed staff to draft an ordinance to amend our current, so that the city could collect future bills of this manner. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
Public Works Committee Report - None

Water & Light Committee

Motion by Hammann, seconded by Sornson, to adopt Resolution #2006-29, authorizing the Evansville City Council to Join Wisconsin Public Power Inc. (WPPI). Mr. George recommended joining the WPPI because the city would save money, which will help attract businesses to the City of Evansville. Additionally, WPPI caters to small utilities better and provides more services than our current provider. Tom Paque from WPPI reported, in addition to savings in power cost, WPPI would provide services for rate cases, court cases, financial planning, conservation programs, business programs, joint purchasing, community involvement, communication, renewable energy, and newsletters. Currently, the city pays for these services. Mr. Kopp noted the title needs to be adjusted to “the City of Evansville.”

Amendment to the motion by Hammann, seconded by Braunschweig, to change the title of the resolution from “the Evansville City Council” to “the City of Evansville.” Amendment passed.

The original motion, as amended, passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Motion by Wessels, seconded by Sornson, to adopt Resolution #2006-30, approving the Long Term Power Supply Contract with Wisconsin Public Power Inc.

Mike Stuart from WPPI noted that Exhibit E contains an error. It referred to the City of Evansville as “non-member,” and it should be “Member.” WPPI will provide a corrected version for the City’s signatures. Mr. Kopp recommended the motion be amended.

Amendment to the motion by Juergens, seconded by Wessels, to change Exhibit E, the Long-Term Power Contract, by replacing every “non-member” word with “Member.” Amendment passed.

The original motion, as amended, passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

Economic Development Committee Report

Wyse reported Mike Robinson and Jeff Pieterick of North Prairie Productions, and Randy Kyle, representing Landmark Services Cooperative, presented information to the Economic Development Committee on negotiations between North Prairie and Landmark relative to the potential site of a biodiesel plant on land owned by Landmark east of CTH "M" and south of the Union Pacific Railroad. The plant would produce biodiesel fuel via a chemical reaction between soybean oil and methanol in the presence of a catalyst. The reaction produces biodiesel fuel, and glycerol as a byproduct.

The energy yield of biodiesel is significantly greater than that of ethanol. Exhaust emissions from biodiesel are considerably less than those from petroleum diesel fuel. Biodiesel can readily be blended with petroleum-based diesel fuel, and can be transported and stored in existing facilities. It can be used in existing diesel engines, at any blend rate, without the need for any modification to the engines.

The plant under consideration would have the capacity to produce 45 million gallons of fuel per year. Anticipated overall investment is approximately $42 million. Expected employment at the plant is 25 persons, with compensation averaging $50,000 per year. Urban services will be necessary for the plant, thus annexation and rezoning would be required. Tax increment financing also would be anticipated, either by enlarging proposed TID #6, or by establishing a new stand-alone district. North Prairie believes it will need to raise $20 million in equity capital.

North Prairie has been impressed with Evansville's long-standing commitment to alternative and renewable energy resources, as well as its excellent business climate. Existing railroad service, and the fit of the proposed plant within Evansville's Smart Growth and Future Land Use plans also are major advantages. Although 5 or 6 other Wisconsin communities are under consideration for location, Evansville is North Prairie's favored location.

Landmark has expressed an interest in constructing a soybean crush facility, which could conveniently supply feedstock to an adjacent biodiesel plant, thereby reducing transportation costs. Of the country's 13 largest soybean-producing states, Wisconsin is the only one without an in-state crush facility. A decision on site and construction of such a plant awaits publication of a feasibility study.

Additionally, Wyse reported Dave Wagner and Greg Johnson of Ehlers & Associates described to the Economic Development Committee an identification of the parcels of property to be included in proposed Tax Increment District #6, lying east of CTH "M" and both south and north of USH 14. The lands to the south of USH 14, consisting of approximately 96 acres owned by D&D Development, have been annexed into the City, but have not yet been rezoned. By statute, a TIF District of this type must be at least 50% industrial. Approximately 41 developed acres will be industrial, and approximately developed 39 acres will be commercial.

The project plan projects a tax increment of $10,331,000, and assumes a declining tax rate over time. Total project costs are just under $4,000,000, of which $250,000 has been reserved for yet-to-be-identified incentives. The Traffic Impact Analysis presently being conducted for the USH 14/J. Lindemann Drive intersection may properly be included as a project cost. A general obligation bond has been identified as the initial source of funding. Final payout and closure of the district is projected by 2018, three years earlier than the statutory limit.

Phasing of construction of utilities will aid the financial outcome. It was noted that bond proceeds need to be expended within three years of receipt.

The project plan provides for approximately $1,000,000 in special assessments to adjacent property owners to recoup a portion of the infrastructure costs. A special assessment mechanism will allow the bonds to retain tax-deductible status, whereas reliance on developer guarantees alone might not. As an incentive to particular development, the City could waive or forgive special assessments.

Evansville Redevelopment Authority Report - None

Parks and Recreation Board Report

Ald. Juergens discussed the financial account relating to "Fees received in lieu of Parkland Dedication." He distributed a “Fees in Lieu of Parkland Dedication” report. Tim Schwecke, City planner, created this report showing that $139, 218.86 was collected as of today. The report estimates that $153,207.00 will be collected from 2007 through 2011. The new law prohibiting parkland fees has stopped this funding for future parks. Ald. Juergens wants to make everyone aware that the $292,245.86 is designated for new parks and the Park Board intends to use it. He reported that Finance Committee questioned the accuracy of the report because it was not matched to the city’s accounting records and instructed staff to generate a more definitive dollar amount for designated Parkland Dedication Fees.

Historic Preservation Commission Report - None

Fire District Report - None

Unfinished Business - None

Communications and Recommendations from the Mayor

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Roberts, to waive the seven-day notice requirement on citizen appointments. Motion passed.

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Juergens, to approve Alderperson Tony Wyse, 112 Grove St, to the Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) Study Committee. Motion passed.

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Juergens, to approve Sharel Surles, 125 Deanna Dr., to the TND Study Committee. Motion passed.

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Roberts, to approve David Olsen, 14241 W. Golf Air Dr., to the Economic Development Committee for an unexpired one-year term. Motion passed.

New Business

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Juergens, to accept the lowest bid for Madison Street Utility Improvements, contingent on the City Engineer’s approval. Mr. Sauer recommended awarding the base bid to G.M.S Excavators, Inc. because the goals of the project were to replace undersized water main (4 inches) in Madison St. and complete all utility upgrades within the Main St./Madison St. intersection. G.M.S. Excavators’ base bid of $412,182.20 is within the budget. If the city chooses to award the entire project, then the overall project bid would run over budget.

Motion by Hammann, seconded by Braunschweig, to amend the motion by accepting G.M.S. Excavators of Edgerton base bid of $412,182.20. Motion passed.

The original motion, as amended, passed unanimously on a roll call vote.
Introduction of New Ordinances

Ald. Juergens read the first reading of Ordinance #2006-20, amending the interim future land use map contained in the City’s Comprehensive Plan in response to development application 2006-15.

Ald. Roberts read the first reading of Ordinance #2006-21, amending the interim future land use map contained in the City’s Comprehensive Plan in response to development application 2006-16.

Ald. Roberts read the first reading of Ordinance #2006-22, amending the interim future land use map and future land use map contained in the City’s Comprehensive Plan in response to development application 2006-21.

Ald. Roberts read the first reading of Ordinance #2006-23, amending the interim future land use map and future land use map contained in the City’s Comprehensive Plan in response to development application 2006-22.

Ald. Roberts read the first reading of Ordinance #2006-24, amending the future land use map contained in the City’s Comprehensive Plan in response to development application 2006-23 First reading of Ordinance #2006-25, amending the Municipal Code relative to large-format retail stores.

Closed Session

Motion by Roberts, seconded by Juergens, to convene into closed session pursuant to Wis. Stat. sec. 19.85(1)(g), conferring with legal counsel regarding strategy to be adopted by the City with respect to potential litigation in which the City may become involved, and will not reconvene in open session. During the closed session, the Council will receive information and advice regarding potential claims by the City, including its municipal electric utility, and against the developer of a residential subdivision. Motion passed unanimously on a roll call vote.

The Common Council reconvened in open session at 9:08 PM.

Adjournment

Motion by Roberts, seconded by Juergens, to adjourn the meeting at 9:09 PM. Motion passed.

Prepared by:

James Beilke

City Clerk/Treasurer

The Minutes are not official until approved by Common Council at the next regular meeting.

Minutes: Park Board: July 17, 2006

Evansville City Hall Council Chambers

July 17, 2006, 6:00 PM

DRAFT Minutes

1. Call to Order @ 6:07 PM & Roll Call: Chair Juergens, and Members Carlsen, Farnsworth, Jacobson, Krueger, & Sendelbach present. Staff members Anderson & Hamacher present. Member Merritt absent.

1a. Request to modify agenda: Item 12b to within Item 3. Approved on voice vote.

2. Minutes of June 2006 meeting. Approved with minor modifications (Dennis, not Doug, Wessels; Lynn Donahue, not Johnson) on voice vote.

3. Citizen appearances other than agenda items:

a. Alderperson Dennis Wessels made a presentation and offered a handout concerning a Dog Park. The presentation included the benefits of a Dog Park, history of the effort to create one for Evansville, space requirements for small, medium and large parks as being 2 acres, 3 acres, 10 acres. Such a park needs to be fenced 5 feet high chainlink. Benches, trash disposal and parking facilities would be nice. Wessels requested that the PRB move a Dog Park up on its list of priorities for future development. He suggested that since the City will no longer be able to accept fees in lieu of parkland development, that a new subdivision be required to donate land for a Dog Park. Resident Ayn Steinlein also supported a new Dog Park.

b. This is Item 12b on the Agenda. Municipal Judge Tom Alisankus made a presentation to the PRB relative to the Community Service Worker program. He noted that it has been in place since 1993, but that the Public Works Department is unwilling to take on such workers. The Police Department and EMS currently do. He asked if the PRB might be able to do so, if volunteer supervisors from PRB might be found. CSW are non-violent first-offenders, mostly age 14-16, who can work off fines at the rate of $10/hr. Alisankus says there is less recidivism from CSW than from offenders who (or whose parents) pay fines. He usually has one or two potential CSW’s per month. The PRB will defer discussion of this possible program until a later meeting. If there is interest then, PRB will consult with DPW to identify possible tasks that their paid staff prefers not to do, but that can be supervised by a PRB member.

4. “Fees in Lieu of Parkland Dedication”. Chair Juergens reported on the current balance and estimated future income for the fund. The current balance is $139,218.60. Estimated future income from development agreements signed in the past but not yet collected are: Westfield Meadows: $47,547 in 2007 and an equal amount in 2011. Estimated future income from Capstone Ridge: $21,132 in 2007 and $36,981 in 1008. The sum of these future estimated fees is $153,207. No fees are expected for 2006, 2009 or 2010. Grand Orchard Estates paid their total fees in 2005. No further fees can be collected from future developer agreements, due to Act 477 signed into law by Governor Doyle several months ago. Juergens reported that this “Act 477 prohibition” may make it difficult to complete the financing of the new West Side Park.

5. West Side Park

a. Bids were received by the City Engineer for grading and seeding of the soccer fields, approximately four acres: R&K Excavating for $48175, and Frank Silha & Sons for $63,034. Although R&K carelessly failed to sign its bid, its representative almost immediately produced a letter affirming that the bid was good. The City Engineer recommends accepting the bid from R&K. The City Attorney also recommends accepting the R&K bid. The budget for grading and seeding was $70,000 including engineering fees, and the engineering fees are estimated to be $10,000-$15,000. Thus the low bid plus the engineering fees come in under budget. Jacobson asked why grading/seeding the entire West-Side Park area (approximately 15 acres) was not put out for bids, although it’s clear from the bids that the budget would not allow for doing a much larger area. Jacobson also objected to grading/seeding soccer fields as opposed to putting in a playground, but that decision had been made by PRB four or five months ago after consultation with representatives of the Soccer Club. Jacobson warned that some residents would be unhappy with this decision.

Farnsworth moved and Krueger seconded that PRB recommend to the Public Works Committee acceptance of the R&K bid, assuming there are no legal problems associated with their initial failure to sign it. The motion passed unanimously on a voice vote.

b. Discussion on Public Works Committee’s suggestions for future work on West Side Park. At the PWC meeting on June 26, after some discussion, this was their proposal for West-Side Park:

2007: purchase new field mower: $60K

2008: Build shelter/bathroom and install playground: $200K

2009: Install ball field and maintenance shed: $475K

2010: Complete Landscaping, parking lot paving, basketball courts, etc.: $500K

c. This plan was discussed by PRB as not meeting the needs of the area residents for a playground soon enough. It is clear that installing a playground will be expensive. Farnsworth moved and Krueger seconded that PRB will recommend to Public Works and to the Finance Committee that a playground and grading/seeding of the remainder of the park be included in the 2007 capital budget, and that purchase of a field mower be deferred. Motion passed 6-0 on a roll-call vote.

6. Leota Park Update:

a. After discussion with Mr. Gransee, Public Works has decided to remove a blown-out and weakened tree near the stone shelter, not the tree closer to the lake.

b. SOLE reported they’re ready to build the information kiosk describing the plans for Lake Leota and requested that the Chair contact Nelson-Young Lumber to authorize SOLE members to purchase materials there.

c. Kendall Wethal has been contacted to supply the remaining plant materials to complete the planting at the 2nd St. Entrance to the park.

7. Skate Park Update.

a. Staff reports that sealing the current surface will cost $4920. No new estimate was obtained on completely redoing the asphalt because DPW Director Wartenweiler thinks it’s a waste of money. It was decided not to seal the current surface, and to carry forward any money left in the 2006 skate park budget to 2007.

b. Bill Alt, representing the Skate Club, is willing to place the equipment on the current surface. He thinks it’s worth waiting to see how the current surface holds up before deciding if a further improvement is necessary. He will call True Ride and ask for prompt delivery of the equipment.

8. Franklin Park Update.

a. Following a pre-meeting gathering at Franklin Park of the PRB members, it was decided to locate the new playground equipment so that no trees along the east side of the park will be cut down. PRB members also looked over the areas where the utility poles are to be moved and removed, the plantings at the Main St. Entrance, and the sidewalk, some sections of which are cracked. Staff will discuss the sidewalk issue with contractors and report to August meeting.

b. Kendall Wethal has been contacted to supply the remaining plant materials to complete the planting at the Main St. entrance to the park.

c. Chair has contacted W&L to authorize moving the poles as soon as cost estimates for cable and phone service moving are received.

d. W&L reports that costs to move cable service are $795 and to move telephone are $1093. They have already reported that pole-moving costs are $2113. Farnsworth moved and Carlsen seconded to authorize all of this activity, at $4001. Passed 5-1, Jacobson in the negative. Chair will request that W&L to contact cable and phone company to authorize the work.

e. There was discussion about carrying forward to 2007 any moneys budgeted for 2006 for Franklin Park, but not yet spent. One suggestion is for a decorative fence, as earlier suggested by Kendall Wethal, similar to, but not as large as, the new one on the Nelson Young property across the street.

8. Countryside Park Update.

a. Staff reports that equipment installation is being delayed by lack of city workers to do the work promptly. Installation by the equipment manufacturer will cost about $3500 for both Countryside and Franklin. After discussion, it was informally decided that this cost was excessive and cannot be covered within the current budget. Installation will take place when city staff has time to do so.

b. A resolution has been drafted by former City Administrator Bill Connors to construct the bath/shelter facility and run utilities to it. It will go to Finance and Council at their August 2006 meetings. The funding source will be “Fees in Lieu of Parkland Dedication”.

c. Fence removal along Water Street side of park will occur as soon as possible, and the removed fabric will be used to fence off the new skate park area from the adjacent tennis court.

9. Aquatic Report: Pool Director Rick Hamacher

a. Sale of family passes rose from 56 in 2005 to 90 in 2006. Single passes from 79 to 130. Daily passes & Walk-ins are down as a result. Lessons are up but not much. In general, there’s good attendence at the pool this year.

b. On full-sun days, it appears that the solar panels raise the pool temperature about 3 degrees. It appears that graffiti and vandalism around the pool are down this year. Things are running smoothly.

10. Park Maintenance and Improvements Report: Park Supervisor Ray Anderson.

Graffitti and vandalism in parks are down. All other items in report already covered.

11. Old Business.

a. Further discussion of 2007 Capital Budget. Krueger moved, Farnsworth seconded this priority list: 1. More solar panels at pool: $10K. 2. Small shelter and “Gateway to Evansville” at Franklin Park: $10K. 3. Playground equipment at West Side Park: $20K. Passed unanimously.

b. Review of interim 2003 5-year plan from Park and Recreation Board to learn what has been done and not done in that plan. (This plan has not been updated since 2003.)





Project listed in 2003 plan: Budget Year Year Actually Completed

Replace shingles on park store 2003 2003

Seal Park Roads 2004 not done

Recondition Tennis Courts 2004 2004

Skate Park Phase 1 2004-5 2006

Replace Pool Boiler 2004-5 2005

Complete Franklin Park 2005 2006

Bleachers (lower Diamond) 2005 2006

Lawn Mower 2005 2005

Skate Park Phase 2 2005-6 not done

Upgrades to Pool and ADA Compliance 2006 2005 (early)

Shelter at Countryside Park 2007 2006-7 (expected)

Car Bridge Access to Madison St. 2007 not done

(This was shot down by State DOT recently.)

Lake Leota Historical Marker 2008 not done

Dog Park ???? not done

West Side Park (grade, seed, landscape) 2005 2006 (expected, partial area)

c. Review of 1999 Comprehensive 5-Year Plan: deferred. Updating this plan is overdue; it should have been done in 2004. Chair Juergens gave “homework” to all PRB members: study this plan and be prepared to discuss it at the August 2006 meeting. The Chair’s intent is to have a new Comprehensive 5-Year Plan in place by December 2006. The State DNR requires a full update every five years in order to stay eligible for matching government funds for park-land acquisition and facility improvements. This item will appear early on the August 2006 agenda for discussion when members are fresh.

12. New Business

a. “ownership” of parks by Park Board Members; this discussion was deferred.

b. CSW discussion was moved to within item 3 earlier.

13. Motion to adjourn by Farnsworth, seconded by Krueger, at 8:13 PM.

Minutes drafted by Fred Juergens, 7/ 24/ 2006. Minutes are not official until approved at a subsequent PRB meeting.

Monday, July 24, 2006

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School Beat: Rising Energy Costs are Forcing School budget changes

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Gazette Corner: Evansville Dentist to Retire, Transfer Practice

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Minutes: Historic Preservation: July 19, 2006

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Minutes

Wednesday July 19, 2006, 7:00 P.M.

2nd Floor, City Hall

Present: Dennis Wessels, Steve Culbertson, John Decker, Rich Modaff, Steve Christens,

Betsy Ahner

Absent: Louise Keely

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by chair Rich Modaff. Motion by Decker, second by Wessels to waive the reading of the June 21, 2006 minutes and approve them as written. Motion carried.

Applications-Appearances
44 W. Main St. – Owner Jan Taylor displayed color photos of the deteriorated wood on her soffit, siding and porches. She described the repair work to be done and showed photos of a porch she would like to use as a model to add more detail to her porch. She asked permission to make the new porch 40 inches wider than the current porch. This will give her room for a sitting area. John Decker praised and thanked Jan for the work she has done in maintaining this signature home in Evansville. Motion by Wessels to approve the application. Second by Christens. Motion carried.

210 Church St. – Owner Rick Way distributed color photos of the current windows and explained the work he wished to do. He will restore two small windows on the outside and inside to their original arched design. Motion by Decker to approve the application. Second by Wessels. Motion carried.

30 Garfield Ave. – This application may be submitted after the fact as a result of the diligence of the city building inspector. Motion by Wessels to approve the application. Second by Culbertson. Motion carried.

120 W. Main St. – a garage project was previously approved for this address with the exception of the roof, pending an opinion from the Wisconsin State Historical Society. Rich has contacted the owners to remind them that the roof was not approved and to ask them to appear before the Commission. A memo from Jim Sewell at the WI Historical Society has been provided to them and we will place them on the August agenda.

Intensive Survey

Tim Heggland reported he is having the time of his life. The project has grown from about 125 buildings to 400 buildings. Also, he has discovered Ruth Ann Montgomery and he has gotten an enormous amount of excellent information from her. He stated, she is the kind of resource one dreams about but rarely finds.

He has taken photos of every building in the district and wants to include much of Ruth Ann’s information in both the report and the WI Historical Society database. The current database has many gaps and some inaccurate information. He is working towards completing the contracted survey work and report in the next three weeks and then will enter the Ruth Ann’s information into the database on his own time.

There were several homes that he didn’t have construction dates for but he is working to find that info. He spent the morning in Janesville researching tax records for the buildings in the two new proposed historic districts. Tim complimented Evansville on its downtown restorations. He said it is usual for a community to have so many restoration projects and buildings in such original condition. Commission members spent several minutes explaining what had encouraged building owners to make this type of investment in their properties. Tim also stated that when he was photographing buildings he was surprised how few people realized their home was in a historic district and what the tax implications were. HPC members discussed the availability of a mailing list of all properties in the historic district. Jan Taylor offered to key them into the computer if addresses could be obtained. This would greatly enhance the ability to communicate with these property owners and perhaps encourage more homeowners to do historic restorations.

It was decided to hold a final Public Information meeting in cooperation with the Evansville Grove Society in September. Tim is available on September 28th and Mayor Decker will contact Joe DeRose on his availability. Ahner stated that the Grove Society will be meeting on Thursday evening and can discuss it then.

John Decker reported that he has found a reference in the state database that the WI Historical society holds an easement on a home on the north end of Railroad Street. The home was moved there when UB&T built its drive through facility.

Bricks on Main Street

John Decker reported Assemblyman Brett Davis has been monitoring the committee making the recommendations on funding Transportation Enhancement applications. He learned that Evansville has been ranked 14th and that the top 25 projects have been recommended for funding. The Secretary of Transportation is expected to make the final decision and announcement in August.

Jeff Farnsworth has learned of a new community development block grant from the Department of Commerce which can be used for infrastructure. They are working on an application to extend the bricks west to First Street and east to the railroad tracks.

Grove Society and Baker Building

Betsy Ahner reported that the underground utilities have been marked in preparation for moving the electrical onto the building. She has inquired about having an architect look at the building and give recommendations on ramp and bathroom design and insulation of the building.

Redevelopment Authority

The Redevelopment Authority did not have any applications to approve at its July meeting but is anticipating receiving applications from the Night Owl and Jan Davis of Century 21. Greg Ardisson has been invited to fill a vacancy on the committee and is considering it.

Easement Draft

John Decker distributed copies of a draft easement that he has prepared. He asked committee members to review it prior to the next meeting. The most attention should be paid to #2 Alterations and #3 Written Consent. This document would only affect new easements, unless homeowners with the older easement choose to sign the new one. Dennis Wessels suggested that the HPC pick up the Filing Fees for the easements. It was the consensus of those present that money should be put into the 2007 budget to do that. Decker explained that he left discussion of the plaque out of the easement because he did not want homeowners to think that removal of the plaque could constitute removal of the easement. After the HPC has reviewed this easement, it should be sent to the city attorney for his review. Mayor Decker suggested that a list of criteria for eligibility be developed.

Other Business

Ahner asked if the HPC would be willing to pay the $30 rental fee for the after hours use of the library for the meeting with Tim Heggland and Joe DeRose. The Grove Society would provide the refreshments. Motion by Wessels that the HPC pay the $30 rental fee for the use of the Eager Free Public Library meeting room. Second by Christens. Motion carried.

Agenda item for August meeting – Budget.

Motion by Decker to adjourn. Second by Wessels. Motion carried.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Friday, July 21, 2006

Monroe forms Stormwater Utility; To save homeowners Taxes

Click on the post for the latest on shifting the burden of stormwater management from all on homeowners to more on business and yes even tax exempt. This may be in Evansville's future?

Monroe Approves "Donor TIF" Financing

Click on the post for the full story in the Monroe Times. Evansville may have to do likewise in the future with regards to TIF #5. Stay tuned to The Evansville Observer.

Remember-----we break the news others only write about.

Guest Editorial Corner: Sheboygan Press hails Gov. Doyle Energy Independence Goals

Click on the post for a recent editorial in the Sheboygan Press that outlines why the effort to make the UW system an incubator for alternative energy development is an excellent one. Enjoy.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

The New; or RSS and the news

Many years ago, when the kids were younger, I would start telling a story, and they would interrupt and say, "Dad, you already told that one." Recently, with the Observer, I am having the same problem in a larger context----everyone I meet has heard the stories before....They just want the new.

And so it is also with the bigger news business. The news business has separated into two distinct parts----the news that is 36 hours old or less, and the news that is older.

The younger generation just wants the "new." 30 and younger does not want to keep constantly going over old stuff. They are busy and just want to be updated.

One of the ways of doing "update" is with what is called "RSS", or Real Simple Syndication. This is one of the techniques that The Evansville Observer will be using shortly so that you can access the "new" audio from meetings and such. ITunes has made it possible for bloggers to access and share podcasts or audio files on the mp3 format.

On a related note, most large newspaper chains, such as Lee Enterprises that run the Wisconsin State Journal etc. have two distinct segments--the paper segment and the web segment. Thus those over 30 and those under 30 are served. That is something that the Observer is well aware of and will take into consideration in the long range plan.

Click on the post to access some of the details of RSS. I have not mastered it yet. They don't write the manuals for the baby boomers set. Anyway....stay tuned.

Common Law

"We the People are the rightful master of both congress and the courts - not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution." Abraham Lincoln


One of the big concepts of history is the transition of England from a land of Kings to the land of common law, where all men had rights to property, and other freedoms, regardless of the priviledge of birth.

Thus, the notion that all men should be treated equally before the law is the first building block of American democracy. Yet, this building block is not to be taken for granted, but must be fought for every step of the way. At the very beginning of American history, women and slaves were not considered citizens, but rather property. That was changed.

In a world of laws, a citizen can come before his government and inquire about the status of the law and be given a uniform response, not a special ordinance legislated because of who he knows or what his pedigree is.

So-----

It was a little stunning the other night when the Evansville Planning Commission discussed uniform processes for evaluation of "impact" on the taxpayer from proposed annexation. The Planning Commission also discussed making a draft of an ordinance that would establish the requirement that a "traffic impact analysis" be done BEFORE and not AFTER a development proposal is approved.

The Planning Commission also began discussion with a lighting ordinance specialist that would establish an ordinance that would regulate light in the city, especially in the commercial and downtown area. This arose out of the Big box ordinance development, which the Observer had the pleasure of sitting in on.

Some see the uniform administration of laws as a threat. Those folks are called Kings. Regular citizens appreciate laws being enforced in a uniform manner.

That's how I see it.

The Emergency Fund---the latest version

Click on the post for an article in Yahoo today by Suze Ormon. A little history here. Suze Orman is the financial planner well known on Tv etc. that was always telling everyone to invest every dime they had into 401K's. Ever since the market has not been doing so well, I have noticed that she has increased her urgent writing for us to save for a rainy day---the only problem is that it used to be 3 months income and now she has moved it to 6-8 months. Click on the post for the full article.

I am not sure what numbers Suze is looking at, and I do have to admit never having trusted a person who had the name "Suze", but,.....the reserves that an average family has are going down not up for many reasons. It is not that the folks can't read. Eight months reserve seems a dream, not a plan. A nice dream though.

Alberici's Deli

 
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LTE Abuse: A problem at UW and state of Wisconsin

One of the problems that has been written about for almost a decade now is the excessive use of LTE's, not as temporaries, but as a means of hiring employees and then denying them benefits such as health care.

The churning of LTE's by moving them to other LTE positions rather than making them permanent employees has been considered by some to be a human rights abuse.

Click on the post for an article--there are many---describing the LTE problems at UW.

Dateline Edgerton: Crosswalk snafu provides warning

In the recent edition of the Edgerton Reporter, there are two big themes. The first is the celebration on the street completion of part of the downtown. The second big story is the cost of $60,000 that the city may have to pick up to replace defective crosswalk paving tile work------

The DOT is the general contractor and the subcontractor says that the plans presented for the crosswalk were not of standard design, and resulted in some unevenness. They disclaim responsibility.

The replacement of the crosswalks is happening as we speak --with a different design---and the discussion of who is going to pay the tap is continuing......

At the recent Economic Development meeting, Mr. Decker indicated that there had been some exploration of "enhanced designs". It sure will be nice to do a little consult with Edgerton on what their exact problem was.

Tara Weiss who was the DOT project manager here in Evansville for the Hwy 14 project is also the project manager for the Edgerton work. Stay tuned.....

Minutes: Finance: July 10, 2006

Finance and Labor Relations Committee

Regular Meeting

Monday, July 10, 2006 5:30 PM

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

MINUTES
Chairperson Cothard called the meeting to order at 5:30 PM. Present were Acting Chairperson Braunschweig, and Ald. Juergens. Ald. Cothard was absent. Staff present: Eric Jepperson, Finance Director, and Jim Beilke, Clerk/Treasurer. Mayor Decker and Ald. Sornson were present in the audience.

Approval of Agenda

The agenda was approved as printed

Approval of Minutes

Motion by Juergens, seconded by Braunschweig, to waive the reading and approve the minutes for the regular meeting on June 12, 2006, as printed. Motion passed.

Citizen appearances other than agenda items listed - None

Water & Light Department Bills

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Juergens, to approve the Water & Light bills in the amount of $373,963.45 and authorize their payment. Motion passed.

City Bills

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Juergens, to approve the City bills in the amount of $224,560.42 and authorize their payment. Motion passed.

Unfinished Business

The committee reviewed the status of insurance/collateral covering city’s deposits.

The Committee reviewed the revised draft of the Employee Handbook. The Committee discussed how the current Employee Handbook was over 10 years old, and the changes that were made to it are not noted. Personnel laws have changed in the last 10 years. They questioned if the next step was give to the draft handbook to department heads for their input or let the city’s personnel attorney review it to make sure the draft handbook complies with current laws.

Motion by Juergens, seconded by Braunschweig, to submit the revised draft of the Employee Handbook to the city’s personnel attorney for his review. Motion passed.

The motion regarding Resolution #2006-8 was left on the table because the construction of the new youth center was not completed.

Motion by Juergens, seconded by Braunschweig, to recommend to Common Council approval of Contract between State Collection Service, Inc. and City of Evansville for collections services. The city will use State Collections Service to collect delinquent personal property tax bills. Motion passed.

Motion by Juergens, seconded by Braunschweig, to extend the employment period of the limited-term employee (LTE). Because the State of Wisconsin requires all municipalities to use the new Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS) computer system, the Committee favors extending the LTE employment period, so that she can set up the new system. Additionally, because of the vacancy of the city administrator position, the Committee favors extending the LTE employment period to help city staff. Motion passed.

The Committee discussed actions needed to recruit a new city administrator. The Committee reviewed different avenues to use when hiring an administrator. Additionally, the Committee discussed the administrator’s duties and responsibilities and decided to review this matter at the next finance meeting. For the next finance meeting, the Committee instructed staff to include in the packets the Finance Committee minutes for February and the city administrator’s job description. Because time is of the essence and the city administrator’s workload and responsibilities are immense, the Committee would be remiss if they did not move forward at this meeting. The Committee decided to have a special finance meeting at a later date with Ald. Cothard present because of his experience in these matters.

Motion by Juergens, seconded by Braunschweig, to have a special Finance meeting as soon as possible with Ald. Cothard present. Motion passed.

New Business

Kevin Krysinski from Johnson Block and Company presented the 2005 Preliminary Audit Report. He reviewed the draft Management Letter and preliminary Financial Statements with the Committee.

Motion by Juergens, seconded by Braunschweig, to recommend to Common Council to adopt Ordinance #2006-17, amending the Municipal Code relative to authorizing an application fee for specified comprehensive plan amendment applications. Because the city has costs associated with amendments to the city’s smart growth comprehensive plan, the Committee favors collecting those costs from the applicant for the amendments. Motion passed.

Motion by Juergens, seconded by Braunschweig, to recommend to Common Council to adopt Resolution #2006-23, amending the City of Evansville’s Fee Schedule. This resolution states the application fees for a floodplain development and application fees for an amendment to the interim future land use map or future land use map. Motion passed.

Mayor Decker led the discussion on Ordinance #2006-18, amending Municipal Code relative to the effective date of appointments to committees, commissions, and boards. There were discrepancies between the city’s appointments to committees in April and the code regarding starting and ending dates for committee members. This ordinance matches the April appointments to the code.

Acting Chairperson Braunschweig opened the public hearing at 6:50 PM. Ald. Sornson and Karen Aikman, 126 Garfield Ave., are in favor of this ordinance. Acting Chairperson Braunschweig closed the public hearing at 6:51 PM.

Motion by Juergens, seconded by Braunschweig, to recommend to Common Council to adopt Ordinance #2006-18, amending Municipal Code relative to the effective date of appointments to committees, commissions, and boards. Motion passed.

Mayor Decker led the discussion on Ordinance #2006-19, amending Municipal Code relative to appointments of trustees of the Evansville Fire Protection District. The code did not provide terms for the trustees of the Fire Protection District, and this ordinance provides those terms.

Acting Chairperson Braunschweig opened the public hearing at 6:53 PM. Ald. Sornson and Karen Aikman, 126 Garfield Ave., are in favor of this ordinance. Acting Chairperson Braunschweig closed the public hearing at 6:54 PM.

Motion by Juergens, seconded by Braunschweig, to recommend to Common Council to adopt Ordinance #2006-19, amending Municipal Code relative to appointments of trustees of the Evansville Fire Protection District. Motion passed.

Motion by Juergens, seconded by Braunschweig, to recommend to Common Council to adopt Resolution #2006-24, making a Preliminary Declaration of the Common Council’s Intent to Levy Special Assessments under Municipal Police Power under § 66.0703, Wis. Stats. The city will install or replace sidewalks on the west side of South 2nd Street from Highland Street to Fair Street and all property fronting on the north side of Fair Street from South 2nd Street to the end of the public street. Motion passed.

Motion by Juergens, seconded by Braunschweig, to recommend to Common Council to adopt Resolution #2006-26, Supporting Agreements between the City of Evansville and the Wisconsin State Elections Board regarding use of the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS). The State Election Board requires this resolution from all municipalities. Motion passed.

Motion by Juergens, seconded by Braunschweig, to recommend to Common Council to adopt Resolution #2006-28, amending the Adopted 2006 City Budget to Increase the Appropriations for Water & Light Utility Construction and Equipment Purchases. The adopted 2006 city capital budget inadvertently did not include any appropriations for these projects, and this resolution rectifies the 2006 budget. Motion passed.

Motion by Juergens, seconded by Braunschweig, to recommend to Common Council to authorize Ehlers & Associates to amend the project plan for TID No. 5 to include $40,000 for marketing to developers and potential tenants of redevelopment projects, including, but not limited to, possibly contributing to the cost of a trade market analysis study. The Committee questioned who would pay for the other part of trade market analysis study. The consensus was the Committee needed more information before they could approve this motion. Motion failed with Juergens and Braunschweig voting against it.

The Committee discussed the City Assessor Services and possible motion for Request for Proposals (RFPs). The city hired the current city assessor in 2001, and it would be financially prudent to solicit RFPs for the 2007 city assessor services.

Motion by Juergens, seconded by Braunschweig, to solicit RFPs for the city assessor services starting in January 2007. Motion passed.

The Committee discussed the mayor attending a seminar by League of Wisconsin Municipalities - 2006 Wisconsin Chief Executives Workshop. The consensus was to allow the mayor to attend the seminar.

Motion by Juergens, seconded by Braunschweig, to authorize the mayor to attend the League of Wisconsin Municipalities - 2006 Wisconsin Chief Executives Workshop and to authorize the city to pay for the seminar costing $214 plus the incidental expenses. Motion passed.

The Committee discussed the financial account relating to "Fees received in lieu of Parkland Dedication." Ald. Juergens distributed a “Fees in Lieu of Parkland Dedication” report. Tim Schwecke, City planner, created this report showing that $139, 218.86 was collected as of today. The report estimates that $153,207.00 will be collect from 2007 through 2011. The new law prohibiting parkland fees has stopped this funding for future parks. Ald. Juergens wants to make everyone is aware that the $292,245.86 is designated for new parks, and the Park Board intends to use it. The Committee questioned the accuracy of the report because it was not matched to the city’s accounting records. The Committee instructed staff to generate a more definitive dollar amount for designated Parkland Dedication Fees and agreed this report is a good starting point for that final answer.

Adjournment.
Motion by Juergens, seconded by Braunschweig, to adjourn at 7:38 PM. Motion passed.

Prepared by:

James Beilke

City Clerk/Treasurer

The Minutes are not official until approved by Finance and Labor Relations Committee at the next regular meeting.

Economic Development: Evansville Expects approval for $400,000 paving brick grant

Last night at the Evansville Economic Development meeting, Mr. John Decker
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announced that it appears that Evansville will be approved for the $400,000 grant they had applied for for the paving bricks on Main Street. The project proposal came in as number 14 and the list was for 25 projects. Good News.

Mr. Decker clarified that the proposal was scaled down to $400,000 because the city had consulted with the agency granting the money and said anything higher was unrealistic given the many applications they had to review and the money available.

So---the project proposal was scaled back to include the brick paving from Madison and Main to Maple Street. If some other money becomes available, there is the possibility to lengthen to Railroad Street.

The city contribution to the project will be about $100,000 and it is in the budget. No surprises.

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