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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Breaking: Union Planning Commission denies application by Randy Shotliff to reclassify ag land to Rural Residential development

The Union Planning Commission has considered the request for rezoning from Randy Shotliff for land at Territorial Rd and M for several months. This was for a phased development that would ultimately be 100 homes. There were several meetings where public input of neighbors was listened to.

Tonight at the Eager Free Public Library on a 4-3 vote, on a motion by Doug Zweisig that cited sections in the land use as well as housing sections of the Smart Growth Plan for Union which was adopted this past year, the Planning Commission voted to reject the rezoning request.

The Observer will have full audio and selected video of this meeting.

Union Planning Commission Meets Thursday, May 31st---development on the table

Click on the post for the complete agenda in the agenda blog.-

Gazette Corner: Evansville Police Commission to hear complaint week of June 11th;

Click on the post for the story in the Janesville Gazette today that includes audio of the 911 call.

Evansville Police Commission-5-30-2007

Evansville Police Commission 5-30-2007; Hears detailed description of hiring process of new officers by Chief Scoll McElroy. Approves hiring one, and moving the others to elegible pool.

Moved into closed session regarding review of evidence of recent car chase incident and determination of whether to hold a hearing on that matter. No information on that closed session is available.



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Police Commission; 5-30-2007--Prt II

Second of two video of Chief Scott McElroy talking about hiring process.



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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Evansville Police Commission I

Chief Scott McElroy explains screening process for new hires for Evansville Police Dept.



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Evansville Police Commission meets: Selects full time candidates; moves to closed session

At the Evansville Police Commission on Wednesday night at 5PM, the commission reviewed the selection process with Chief Scott McElroy (audio and video pending) and after this review selected a full time candidate conditional on final items.

The Commission declined to elaborate on the cause standards that they would use in the investigation of the recent chase incident, but simply said that if after the closed session they determined that a hearing was necessary, they would review the cause standards as well as the necessity for counsel and transcription.

Gavel to gavel audio will be posted on the Observer as well as selected video. Stay tuend to The Evansville Observer. We attend the meetings.

Karate America----Rock Video Version

Karate America Evansville video--rock version---mixed by RKM Studios---features the students and Susan Granger, Head Instructor------



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Scam Alert: The Jury Scam

Click on the post for the warning from the FBI about a jury scam that could compromise your identity.

Monroe Times: School Beat: OPEd. recommends consideratin of the "C" word---Consolidation

click on the post for thoughts from the Monroe Times on the consolidation of Monticello, New Glarus and Belleville school districts.

Gazette Corner: Union to consider wind turbine ordinance

Click on the post for the latest from Gina Duwe of the Janesville Gazette.

Agenda: Evansville Police Commission to meet TODAY---- Wed, May 30, 2007

EVANSVILLE POLICE COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting

and Agenda

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Please take notice that the next meeting of the Evansville Police Commission will take place on May 30, 2007at 5:00 p.m. in the Common Council Chambers, 3rd Floor of the Evansville City Hall, 31 S. Madison Street, Evansville, Wisconsin. The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

Roll call
Approval of minutes of March 12, 2007 meeting
Citizen appearances; other than on the Agenda items listed below


Chief’s report
Discussion/appointment of officer to fill vacant police officer position.
Discussion on creating a new eligibility list and background check process
Discussion of hiring part time officers
Discussion of hiring full time officers


General review of Commission Disciplinary Procedures and “Just Cause” Standards
Consideration of means for recording hearings.

Consideration of engagement of a hearing examiner or other delegation of President’s duties.

Consideration of retention of Counsel for the Commission.

Motion to convene in closed session pursuant to Wis. Stat. sec. 19.85(1)(f) for preliminary consideration of a specific personnel problem or the investigation of charges against a specific person, to wit: Officer Scott Fields which, if discussed in public, would likely have a substantial adverse effect upon the reputation of any person involved in such problem or investigation. Vote by role call.
Adjournment
Walter E. Shannon, Secretary

Public Notice of this meeting given by posting at the Evansville City Hall, Evansville School District Office, Eager Free Public Library, Union Bank and Trust Company, M & I Bank, the Evansville Police Department and by forwarding to the Evansville Review.

China acts to brake Mania in stocks----triples stock trade tax

Click on the post for the latest from the New York Times.

Cap Times: Automakers to fight increased CAFE standards

Click on the post for the latest from the CapTimes. It seems the automakers still do not understand.

NYT: Europe moves toward biofuels

Click on the post for the article in the New York Times today.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Monday, May 28, 2007

Memorial Day 2007, Evansville, Wi

Taps---Memorial Day, Evansville, Wi., 2007



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Brett Davis: Memorial Day: Evansville 2007

Brett Davis; R, 80th District, just a small portion of his remarks at cemetery at Evansville, Wi on Memorial Day 2007



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Evansville Memorial Day--2007

Brett Davis, R, 80th Dist, leads the EHS Marching Band and J.C. McKenna Marching Bands.



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Memorial Day-Evansville--2007

Evansville High School Marching Band plays America The Beautiful



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Mailbag: Reader sends the history of Memorial Day---

MEMORIAL DAY


Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
The ceremonies centered around the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion, once the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Various Washington officials, including Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns.


The crowd attending the first Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery was approximately the same size as those that attend today’s observance, about 5,000 people. Then, as now, small American flags were placed on each grave — a tradition followed at many national cemeteries today. In recent years, the custom has grown in many families to decorate the graves of all departed loved ones.
The origins of special services to honor those who die in war can be found in antiquity. The Athenian leader Pericles offered a tribute to the fallen heroes of the Peloponnesian War over 24 centuries ago that could be applied today to the 1.1 million Americans who have died in the nation’s wars: “Not only are they commemorated by columns and inscriptions, but there dwells also an unwritten memorial of them, graven not on stone but in the hearts of men.”
To ensure the sacrifices of America ’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. The commission’s charter is to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity” by encouraging and coordinating commemorations in the United States of Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance.
The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”

The Nation which forgets its defenders, will itself be forgotten - Patriot Riders

Summa Cum Laude, they will NOT be forgotten.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Monroe Times: School Beat: New Glarus: Group promotes, organizes referendum but avoids open meetings

Click on the post for an OpEd piece in the Monroe Times detailing how a group of citizens has evaded the open meeting laws in organizing referendums in New Glarus.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Wisconsin Taxpayer Alliance: Municipal Taxes rise 3.5%

Click on the post for the full story.

EauClaire: Leader Telegram: Can Covenant Cost be covered by cost savings?

Click on the post from the Leader Telegram.

Gov. Doyle increases 4K Funding by 3 million; Sen Grothmann attacks

Click on the post for the story.

Traditional Design: Hammann Suggests

Mr. Bill Hammann, member of the Evansville Planning Commission, and member of the Traditional Design committee that met last week, made a suggestion with respect to the "points" that have been under discussion for builders of small, medium, and large homes. He suggested a scale of "points", so as not to discourage the low end, but require more of the higher end. He urges focus on the "market" and not the
builders as the key.



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Dr. Lezlie Painovich Presents scholarship

Dr. Painovich presents Stoughton Scholarship on Scholarship night.



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EHS Scholarship Night: Beloit College Scholarship

Supr. Heidi Carvin awards the Beloit Scholarship to Lee Simonson



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Rock Band "Final Motive" schedules "Skool's Out 4 Summr Concert" on June 8th--7-9PM

This rock band consisting of local EHS students, will hold a concert on June 8th as well as appearing at the Relay For Life and other gigs in Evansville. The band consists of Parker Janes, Jake Smith, Markus Huffman and Buck Bellman. The Producer is Ryan K. McNeal. Garret CArlson is on Sound, and John Worthington is on lights.

Click on the post for other details of gigs for Final Motive.

Friday, May 25, 2007

History: "Truthout"---What was the story about the votes in 2004?

Click on the post for a story in "Truthout" that has speculation about the votes of 2004 and how the results may have been "adjusted" or whatever word fits....whatever is the correct word is.....

"Truthout" is speculative yellow journalism, but still.....once in a while I like to share some of it. Enjoy.

CNN: MADD mad about drive up liquor

Click on the post for the report from Atlanta.

The Modest Digital Proposal----A simple proposal to adjust public process to the digital age.

(Ed. note: Although The Observer mostly remains silent and reports, I will occasionally speak..this post is one such rare moment. )


Whereas, the City of Evansville desires to promptly report to its citizens the minutes of all publically held meetings so as to inform, as well as to maintain the good faith of its citizens, and..

Whereas, the City of Evansville currently has a recording system present in city council chambers that serves to record minutes on cassette format for transcription,and,...

Whereas this recording system has an additonal "audio out" port that a small digital recorder could be attached with little effort,....and....little cost...

Whereas the city, in its police operations is well acquainted with the use of digital recorders, and their nominal cost...

Thus The Observer requests and asks for public support for the addition of a digital recorder for the use of common council as well as planning commission meetings so that the audio minutes can be placed on the web site for all citizens to listen. This would in no way interfere with the cassette recorder procedures. The Observer would be willing to seek grant funds for the costs which are thought to be less than $300 initial cost and $100 for yearly site server maintenance.

This modest administrative improvement would bring current administrative process in line with other cities which have on their web sites the choice of audio or video of all common council meetings.

Home Talent Baseball: Memorial Day Game --Here

EVANSVILLE HOME TALENT BASEBALL

Memorial Day Home Game


Monday, May 28 - 1:00 p.m.

Albion at Evansville (HS Field)

DJ Game Announcer by Hoffy’s House of Tunes
Flags Presented by Evansville’s VFW Post 6905

Singing of our National Anthem by

Evansville’s 2006 Idol Winner – Denise Miller


Stop by and enjoy a grilled brat or hotdog, and check out the 2007 team!
Be sure to pick up a 2007 Pocket Schedule at the game or around town.

Thank you to all of our 2007 Sponsors for supporting our team this year.

For a list of our 2007 sponsors go to: http://www.evansville.hometalent.org/sponsors.htm



For a season schedule and results visit our website.

Minutes: Plan Commission: May, 1, 2007 6:00PM

Plan Commission

Regular Meeting

Tuesday, May 1, 2007, 6:00 p.m.

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

MINUTES
Mayor Decker called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were: Mayor Decker, Ald. Braunschweig, Ald. Roberts, Gil Skinner, Dave Sauer, and Jeff Vrstal Maynerd Rauk was absented. Staff present: Dan Wietecha, City Administrator; Tim Schwecke, City Planner; and Jim Beilke, Clerk/Treasurer.

Approval of Agenda

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Roberts, to move agenda item 7A, Evansville Manor, after agenda item 4, Minutes, and strike out the words “and motion to approve” and replace with the word “regarding.” Motion carried.

Approval of Minutes

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Roberts, to waive the reading of the April 2, 2007 minutes and approve them as printed. Motion carried.

Citizen Appearances Other Than Those Agenda Items Listed - None

New Business

Tom List presented the Evansville Manor’s Planned Unit Development (PUD) Concept Plan, which displayed 30 additional new units and a community center.

Unfinished Business

Mr. Schwecke recommended that the Commission move forward with the Gibbs land division on Water Street (Application 2006-7) at the next regular Plan Commission meeting.

Mr. Schwecke reported that staff is still waiting for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and State of Wisconsin to adopt the new flood insurance rate maps for the city.

In regards to the Town Union proposed amendment to its future land use map in response to a proposed residential subdivision, Mr. Wietecha reported the Town of Union is working on an application to amend the City’s land use map before they amend their future land use map.

Mr. Wietecha reported staff will be interviewing consultants later this month to assist the city in developing a Allen Creek Redevelopment Master Plan.

In regards to the update on potential shoreland zoning around Lake Leota, Mr. Schwecke reported work is pending.

New Business

Mr. Schwecke led the discussion regarding draft ordinance for artisan studios in certain non-residential districts. This ordinance would allow artisan shops as a principal use in the B-1, B-2, B-3, B-4 districts and conditional use in O-1 and I-1 districts. He reviewed the ordinance with the Commission, and the Commission instructed staff to present a draft ordinance at the next regular meeting.

Mr. Schwecke led the discussion regarding draft ordinance for fences. He reviewed a sample ordinance with the Commission, who instructed staff to draft an ordinance for the next meeting.

Mr. Schwecke led the discussion regarding draft of design standards – general provisions, and standards for single-family, twin home and duplex buildings. The mayor set up an advisory committee to come up with designed standards, which were presented in the packet. The Commission instructed staff to draft an ordinance.

Mr. Schwecke reported the potential changes to the City’s adopted comprehensive plan will presented in June and voted on in July. Then, potential changes will move to Common Council for a public hearing and voted on in August.

Mr. Schwecke reviewed a potential outline of a unified land development code. He is recommending adopting a unified land development code rather that doing stand-alone regulations. The unified land development code will have one code for all development projects. Our current code had different codes for each development projects, which has cause inconsistencies within our current code. The Commission instructed staff to put this issue on the next agenda.

Mr. Wietecha gave an update on proposed change to the composition of the membership of the Planning Board. He reported Common Council will review the ordinance that replaces the city engineer on the Commission with a citizen appointed by the mayor. The Council will then review the appointment of Bill Hammann to the Commission as that citizen.

Update on administrative review of site plan amendments

Mr. Schwecke reported on his approval for the site plan amendment for Romano Restaurant (Application 2007-5) Fence in required green space between front of building and city sidewalk. Romano’s owner wants to construct a 5-foof high fence in the green space between the front of the building and the public sidewalk. The lower portion of the fence will consist of masonry wall with a wrought iron fence on top. Ordinance #2006-32 authorized the city planner to make certain changes to approved site plans. The Commission reviewed the minor modification and approved it administratively.

Preliminary Development Presentations - None

Report of the Evansville Redevelopment Authority - None

Report of the Evansville Historic Preservation Commission – None

Report of the Traditional Neighborhood Development/Residential Design Study Committee - None

City Planner’s Report

Mr. Schwecke reviewed his report on the updates on Common Council actions and zoning code enforcement.

Adjournment

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded Sauer, to adjourn at 7:59 p.m., carried.

Prepared by:

James A. Beilke

City Clerk/Treasurer

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Monroe Times: Brodhead: Library announces status on fund raising for new Library

Click on the post for an article in the Monroe Times on how Brodhead is coming on raising the 3.8 million dollars for their new library.

Dateline St. Paul: Classic Soucheray: "The Post Necessity Culture Plays itself out on Grand Ave"

Click on the post for a classic analysis by Joe Soucheray of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on the "Post-Necessity Culture on Grand Ave in St. Paul." There is a relevance to our own fair city.

In my college days, I lived a few blocks from Grand, and in those days there were the single green lamps similar to those here in Evansville. Then a decade or so ago, they upscaled Grand Ave with the two lamp lights, more cobbled streets and specialty shops with mixed use. In touring one day, I remarked that my youth sure was elegant and all----to which my brother corrected me that no---everything had been upscaled after I left.

The classic "Grand Ave Gazette" was junked and the "Avenue" paper was formed in four color. Very artsy. Recently, the "Avenue" has announced that it is folding. Other papers are gathering to pick up the pieces.

In several meetings a couple of years ago, the effort to restore our downtown was compared to the Grand Ave area of St. Paul. The article of Joe Soucheray has some instruction on some factors to consider when reviewing such a plan. Enjoy.

Dream Weekend

Observer Dream Weekend in Minn. After a little coffee at the Minnetonka Mud coffee house, a tour of our quarters and a little boat ride to tour the lake real estate market. Thanks again to our hosts.



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Ohio Wesleyan University Trustee Scholarship

EHS: Scholarship Night: Presenter Jamie Gillespie: Ohio Wesleyan University Scholarship--winner Lauren Wells.



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State of Wi Academic Scholarships

EHS: Scholarship Night: Supr. Heidi Carvin presents two State of Wi. Academic Excellence Scholarships



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Beautification: OpEd: Traditional Design: Are we Lake Geneva Yet?

The other night at the Traditional Design meeting there was a humorous moment. When discussing the new design ordinance section dealing with "short term rentals," Mr. Schwecke when asked about how this matter rose to the ordinance level, he responded that " This is not a problem now, but in some resort communities---such as Lake Geneva----- where people come and go it is an issue. When asked further why act now, he said that we had to plan for the future..

One of the members said that the ordinance might be helpful when his mother, or even a mother in law might come and visit. One could say that while it would be great if she could stay forever,....but...alas.......there are strict ordinances prohibiting that.

Then Tony Wyse observed that it seemed a little premature to worry about becoming Lake Geneva.....at least till Lake Leota was filled again. These rare moments of humor are very important in city government, and the Observer appreciated it. However...

This ordinance is not being pondered to help us in the event we become like Lake Geneva. It is pure and simple beautification run amuk. There are hundreds of years of common law of landlord and tenant law that weigh in on these matters. Any person who reviews even a stock rental agreement can see the section that defines who the renter is,....so.....


Traditional landlord and tenant law has dealt with this by describing in the renter seciton who is to be considered a member of the rental approved "residents." Usually, as I recall when I rented, the landlord has a discussion with the tenants on who will be in the apartment. Thus....

This ordinance I suggest is an effort to legislate by "beautification" and "design" what is more effectively dealt with in landlord tenant law.

The ordinance addresses imagined and not real urgent needs of Evansville. It was proposed in a less than straightforward manner. It says we want "diverse woodwork" but when families are in transition, we want to have ordinances that impair their ability to help members of their extended family. This is not a proper role of government. It belongs in common law. It belongs between the landlord and the tenant.

Our wonderful city has big tasks before it as it seeks commercial and industrial growth. We need to focus on what is needed and not what might be needed if we would be Lake Geneva. yo.

That is how I see it. And You?

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Elise Larson wins UW Music Scholarship

Scholarship Awards Night--EHS--2007--Elise Larson wins UW-Madison Clinic Scholarship--She is in New York performing in Carnegie Hall---Congratulations from us all.



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Travel: The Minnetonka Mud----Coffee Cafe---Minnetonka, Mn.

 
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Many folks have written and wondered what the coffee house in Normal, Mn. looks like as in the Tales from Normal. The Minnetonka Mud Coffee House is as close as I have ever seen to an exact replica. It is a little like Possum Lodge with coffee, and without the man's pledge. There is a statue of "Mona" that everyone who comes in has to greet....and sometimes one even has to sing for your coffee....only on special days I am informed.

If you go out Hwy 7 West from Hwy 101 and keep going, you will run right into it. It is off Lake Minnetonka about 3 blocks. The local politicos sit outside in the morning and discuss issues....and local politicians come----in fact they are scheduled and have a huge calendar showing when they are coming.

I brought my own mug, which just happened to be a Caribou Coffee mug. The gal just smiled....then she put a "mud" sticker over the caribou emblem. It was against the rules to drink out of a Caribou mug....and I went with it.

As I was launching into my coffee, the older gentleman rose next to me on one crutch. A buddy asked, "Henry, where is your other crutch?" Henry just replied, "I have been trying to get by on just one."

I thought nothing of the conversation. Just banter among the guys, I thought. The old guy hobbled across the parking lot. Then he stopped at a motorcycle---and put the cane in the backpack and hopped on, started it up and roared off.

So. There it is. Strong Coffee. Independent boating types. Rugged. With Attitude.

Stop by if you are in Mpls. It is worth the trip. OH. By the way. Tell them The Evansville Observer sent you. Remember to hug the statue when you enter.

(I will post video of the visit later today.)

Is US engaging in "blackbox" war against Iran?

Click on the post for speculation from "Truthout."

Retirement Corner: Yahoo: A Gen X or Y view-- Can Robots and AI make up the difference?

Click on the post for one view of retirement from the Gen X or Gen Y view. The article suggests that high tech solutions such as robots, Artificial Intelligence and Smart Homes can be a big help.

The Observer is neutral on this view. When there is a robot that can do physical therapy or make coffee, I may have an opinion. Enjoy.

Design Meeting of 5-22-2007----Discusses Accessability

This section of the Traditional Neighborhood Design meeting fo 5-22-2007 went over the design standards for accessible housing---The members discussed whether the "no-step entrance" as well as the larger bathroom were marketing advantages to builders or increased costs. What percentage was best required.



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Neighborhood Design Meeting--5-22-

Committee members Mason Braunschweig and Bill Hammann review in detail how the proposed creation of uniform design standards with respect to ADDITIONS and REMODELING of current housing stock will NOT pass muster. Such a proposal would negatively affect hundreds of homeowners.



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Minutes: Evansville Common Council: Special Meeting; Thursday, May 10, 2007

Common Council

Special Meeting

Thursday, May 10, 2007, 6:00 p.m.

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

MINUTES
Mayor Decker called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM. Present were: Mayor Decker; Alderpersons; Roberts, Jacobson, Cothard, Sornson, Juergens (arrived at 6:06 p.m.), Braunschweig, and Wessels. Excused: Ald. Wyse. Staff present: Dan Wietecha, City Administrator; Eric Jepperson, Finance Director; and Jim Beilke, Clerk/Treasurer.

Approval of Agenda

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Roberts, to approve the agenda as printed. Motion carried.

Approval of Minutes

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Roberts, to defer approval of the minutes for regular meeting on May 8, 2007, to the next regular meeting on June 12, 2007. Motion carried.

Citizen appearances - None

Unfinished Business

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Roberts, to approve Resolution #2007-22, authorizing the sale of $2,860,000 General Obligation Community Development Bonds. Motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Roberts, to approve Resolution #2007-23, authorizing the issuance and sale of $2,615,000 Water and Electric System Revenue Bonds of the City of Evansville, Rock County, Wisconsin, and providing for the payment of the bonds and other details with respect to the bonds. Motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Juergens, to remove from the table the motion to approve Department Head Contracts. Motion carried.

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Roberts, to approve Department Head Contracts. Motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

Communications from the City Administrator

Mr. Wietecha led the discussion regarding clerk’s resignation. His proposal was to combine the Treasurer position with Finance Director and hire a new Accountant position. The Clerk position would be combined with the Administrator and hire a new part-time clerical employee. Council instructed staff to present a plan without adding new positions and presented it to the Finance and Labor Relations Committee on Thursday, May 17, 2007 at 6:00 p.m.

Adjournment

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Roberts, to adjourn the meeting at 6:47 p.m. Motion carried.

Prepared by:

James Beilke

Great Evansville Duathlon Coming June 2nd---needs volunteers

This duathlon features a 3.1 mile run, a 19 mile bike ride and a 3.1 mile run.

Click on the post to register online.

They do need volunteers---The Volunteer meeting is May 29th from 6-8PM near the upper diamond in Leota Park.

The Event Fees: Through June 1---$20 individual or $60 relay

Day of Race: $60 individual or $100 relay.

Any questions call Ben Kraus at 608-882-3942

Evansville Plan Commission to consider annexation for ? south of Walker Road.

On June 4, 2007, the Evansville Plan Commission will meet and consider a petition by O2 Investments, LLC for an annexation of 0.135 acres from the Town of Union into the city of Evansville.

Stay tuned to the Evansville Observer. We hope to have video coverage of the Plan Commission meeting on June 4th.

Evansville Plan Commission to hear New Bar Proposal on June 4, 2007

At the Regular meeting of the Evansville Plan Commission, June 4,2007---a proposal for a new bar will be considered. The news release reads;

"Notice is hereby given that Roger Berg, on behalf of Julie Meridity and Steve VerKuilen, has submitted a conditional use permit application to establish a tavern at 193 S. Union (Exchange St.)"

There will be a public hearing for all interested parties.

Stay tuned to the Evansville Observer.

High School Scholarship Night Tonight: 7PM. High School

Tonight at Evansville High School, students who have worked very hard for many years, and their supportive parents, will see some concrete results in the form of scholarship awards for their future education. As a long time attendee of this event, I hope tonight to have some results shortly after the awards------and maybe even some classic video.

WSJ: DNR: Wetland Permit Approval Process Improves Greatly

Story in Wisconsin State Journal this morn shows improvement at DNR.

Exciting 4th of July Scheduled in Evansville

(Ed. note: To see the headliner band, "World Class Noise" click on the post and listen to a sample mp3. )


Tuesday, July 3rd, Lake Leota Park
Z104 Pool Party
Beer Tent: 6:00 pm—12:00 am
Local Food Booths

World Class Noise: 8:00 pm to 12:00 am-
Chicago’s Finest Soul Band-no cover charge
Dubbed the “Saviors of soul”, the band plays with
passion and fire bringing contemporary and
classic funk, soul, & Motown tunes.
Evansvi l le’s 4th of July
Celebrat ion

S c h e d u l e o f E v e n t s
July 3rd through July 8th
F o r mo r e i n f o c o n t a c t : T h e 4 t h o f J u l y
c ommi t t e e a t 8 8 2 - 0 5 9 8

Evansville Community Theater Presents
M * A * S * H
June 29th , 30th & July 1st, 5th, 6th, 7th
7:30 pm, Performing Arts Center –EHS
2:00 Matinee on July 1st!
www. ectsagelights.org

Evansville Community Night June 30th, Warner Park,
Madison Mallards. A night to promote our
community; featuring school groups, our Hometown
Talent Baseball team, local organizations, residents
and businesses having good times! For more info: Rebecca
DeMarb, 882-5944
For schedule updates:
www.ci.evansville.wi.gov


Wednesday, July 4th
Aunt Leota’s Fun Run 8:00 AM
Kiddie & Pet Parade 9:45 am
4th of July, 70’s Hit Parade 10:00 am
Lions Chicken BBQ Lunch
Local Food Booths
Games and Activities for Children & the young at
heart.

Rock Climbing Wall—presented by US Army
Talent Tent 12:00 am—4:00 pm
Beer Tent: 11:30 am—11:30 pm
Evansville Youth Center Duck Race-1:00 pm
Garden Tractor Pull-1:00 pm– 5:00 pm
Patriotic Pre-game show with special presentations
by Stefan Koehler and Denise Miller 12:30 pm
Home Talent Baseball 1:00 pm –4:30 pm
Westside Andy & the Mel Ford Band—5:00
pm– 9:00 pm an Evansville tradition-no cover
charge
Fireworks-presented by The Lions Club


Thursday, July 5th, Lake Leota Park
The Evansville Youth Center puts together a
family friendly day at the park including a kickin’
kickball tournament, rockin’ teen bands, food
stand, storytellers, and kids’ games!


Friday, July 6th, Lake Leota Park
Beer Tent 6:00 pm—12:00 am
70’s Reunion Group Welcome
Boogie Men & Band X– 8:00 pm—12:00 am
Two Funky Bands for the Price of One! Playing
Get Down & Boogie Songs of the 70’s and beyond!
$5.00 cover


Saturday, July 7th, Lake Leota Park
Softball Tourney all day!
Local Food Booths
Beer Tent : 12:00 pm –12:00 am
70’s Reunion– (Level 8)
Nightshift Band-8:00 pm –12:00 am
With over 30 years of experience, this group plays
everything from Sly & the Family Stone to
Santana to Shania Twain– featuring the Paulson
Brothers from Evansville ,Lisa B and special guest
star Elvis Presley! No cover!


Sunday, July 8th, Lake Leota Park
Krause Family Singers-Upper Shelter 11:30 am
Softball Tourney-all day
Classic Car Show: 12:00 pm-4:00 pm
Children’s Activities
Free Historic District Trolley Tours : 12:00 pm –
6:00 pm (advance passes available at ECP/COC office, 8 W. Main
Street. )
Beer Tent: 12:00 pm—8:00 pm
Local Food Booths
“Evansville Idol” Karaoke: 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
70’s Hit Parade

Minutes: Tradiitonal Neighborhood Design: April 2007

(Ed.note: These minutes were corrected at last nights meeting. A complete copy of Mr. Brad Fahlgren's letter is being sought by the Observer to place with the minutes.)

Evansville Traditional Neighborhood/Residential Design

Advisory Committee

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

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

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM by acting chairman, Gil Skinner. Present were

Ms. Gwen Walker, Mr. Tim Schwecke, Mayor Sandra Decker, Mr. Tom Petterson and

Ms. Sharel Surles. Also present were Ms. Carolyn N’Uren and Mr. Mason Braunschweig.

Discussion: architectural variety and diversity needed in restrictions

Discussion: Brad Fahlgren’s letter

Discussion: Minimum floor square footage to be incorporated into zoning code. It was noted that developers are willing to go along with this proposal. It was also noted that developers should be required to incorporate variety of color and vertical plans into covenants.

Discussion: Article XI Design Standards document. Included in this discussion were minimum design requirements (Sec.130-1402) and Attachment A – Draft 2.0 Architectural Design/Features and Materials.

The meeting adjourned at 7:30 PM on a Surles-Braunschweig motion.

The next meeting will be May 22, 2007 at 6:00 PM.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Neighborhood Design Committee meets Tuesday, May 22nd-------Review of new municipal "design" code on agenda--Impact on new, additions and remodeling

Click on the post for the complete agenda in the Evansville Observer agenda blog. This meeting will possibly review content of the sections of the new comprehnsive design ordinance that would establish design areas of the city of Evansville, and in addition to new construction, establish codes for construction for remodeling as well as additions on existing property.

In addition, as the Observer understands it, the Historic Preservation codes would be given teeth rather than the current system which provides for a two week delay and then the homeowner can proceed with or without the approval of the historic commission. That would change.

Gazette: Evansville Track Captures Regional--plus the detailed results

click on the post for the details in the Gazette this afternoon.

"The Bulldozer Caper"----How the wetlands won one.

Residents of East Main are speculating currently that the DNR came to Evansville last week and stopped contractors from moving dirt into the wetlands adjacent to the Romano's Restaurante.

Some pundits were scrambling to find something in the proposed Uniform Design Code that could have been a giant enforcement tool to prevent such a brazen violation of wildlife. It was easy to find in the proposed Uniform Code to be discussed tonight at City Hall====section 3.1, 3.2, or 3.3. Here is one of the sections: (page 2 of handout)

"Wetland areas adjacent to Lake Leota or Allen Creek, wetlands within areas having special wildlife and other natural values, and wetlands having an area of five acres or more should not be allocated to any development except limited recreation and should not be drained or filled. "

Some pundits have speculated that the land adjacent to Romano's might not be "special" enough under terms of the proposed uniform code. Maybe there were not enough "natural values."

This type of language is going to be reviewed tonight at the meeting at City Hall at 6:00PM.

What are the "natural values" that will be protected? Will the new code stop bulldozers in their tracks? Stay tuned.

Classic "Grumps"----"Fredo's Revenge"

Truly historic moment---"Grumps", the classic politico blogger from Evansville includes video and humor in combination. To nice effect. A must see.

Gazette Corner: Arrowhead Libraries begin "Convergence" of catalog

Click on the post for the story. Offerings should get 20 times bigger as folks from Evansville can see what is available in all of the Arrowhead participating libraries.

Should Evansville have a more stringent Historic Preservation Ordinance?

The uniform code being drafted by the Residential design subcomittee has inserted the following: in section 6.4


"Consider ameding the historic preseervation ordinance to give the Evansville Historic Preservation Commission (EHPC) the power to prohibit alteration of buidings in the historic district."

The felt so strongly about it, it is repeated verbatim in section 6.9

From this wording, it would apply to residential historic as well as downtown, and under this change, the historic commission would get the VETO power over any residential proposals, whereas right now, they have the power to delay modifications.

Some of these ideas may go to planning commission, so if you have thoughts on this, share it with your alderman.

Blue Devil Track Team Wins Regional: Sectionals is Next ---Thursday Night

The girls track team made history again last night by bringing home the Regional win at Clinton. This is the first regional win in track and field for the girls since it started in 1973. The girls have made us all proud.

Making it to Sectionals:

Alyssa Keister in 4x800, 4x200, 4x100
Erin Heimerl in 4x200, long jump
Megan Cox in 200, 4x100, 4x200 , high jump
Carly Andrew in pole vault
Emily Thornton in 4x800, 800
Carly Hutchins in 4x800
Ainae Soetaert in 4x800, 400
Leah Heimerl in 4x200, 200, long jump
Nikki Hollis in 4x200. 4x100, 100
Karmin Arnold in 4x100
Alicia Kopp in discus, shot put
Kory Klitzman in discus
Boys making it to Sectionals:
David Mills in 110 high hurdles
Adam George in 300 hurdles
Sam Brummond in long jump, triple jump
Ryan Ammerman in 3200.

Great job runners. We're very excited as this is the largest gruop to go on to Sectionals. Best of luck Thursday. The Sectional meet will be in McFarland. Pole vault will start at 3:00 and other field events 4:00 and 4x800 4:15. Come out and cheer on your Evansville Track and Field teams.
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"Mixed Use" or "Mixed Up" Use In All areas of City?

In the Unified Land Development Code (ULDC) distributed at the recent Planning Commission meeting, the following points were in the "Housing Section".

"3.4---Revise the R-2 Zone to remove provisions for smaller lots. Use the R-2 as a district for duplex development. Accordingly, create a new residential zone for smaller lot residential development in accordance with new urbanism design for walkable neighborhoods.

3.5b Promote mixed development throughout the city.

3.5c Update the Planned Unit Develpment Zoning District to accomodate a blend of commercial, multiple and single-family development on a single property. This district would include performance standards, as opposed to strict setback requirements, to provide flexibility for developers interested in smaller properties within and adjacent to the downtown(including second story apartments), infill development in established neighborhoods, and new subdivision projects elsewhere in the City that would be difficult under current zoning requirements. "


This type of code revision runs contrary to all the history of zoning in Evansville, where on the original abstracts were listed the sections for Churches on Church Street and Water on Water street etc. The historic founders had a very clear sense of separating and organizing a city and separated the commerical from the residential---the proposed "Unified Code" would reverse this. It is clearly anti-historic.

It further suggests that current code has not been "flexibile" enough with respect to developers. One could argue the exact opposite----the purpose of the "design" ordinances is supposedly to remedy the uniform boxiness of Countryside and the west side homes, but in retrospect, that boxiness was caused by bending over too much and not too little to the demands of developers. Marshall Erdman presented to the Common Council a development for Countryside that would have had the flexibility and it was rejected because the devolper refused the flexibility of design.

The design committee will meet tonight at City Hall. Stay tuned.

Evansville Clerk/ Treasurer duties split

Following the resignation of Jim Bielke, Clerk Treasurer, the Finance Committe met to consider splitting the duties.




MP3 File

Monday, May 21, 2007

Dateline Normal: "The New Normal "UNIFIED" Municipal Code"----Fiction

Click on the post for the latest from Normal, Mn.

Press Release: American Legion Post gives details of Memorial Day Activities

The Evansville Community Remembers Our Veterans

Evansville will host several activities during Memorial Day weekend to remember our veterans. On Saturday, May 26, 2007 the Evansville Boy Scouts, American Legion Post 35, VFW Post 6905, and area volunteers will honor our veterans at area cemeteries. The placing of the American flag on veterans’ graves will take place at 9:00 AM.

On Memorial Day, May 28th, a parade from Main Street to Maple Hill Cemetery will begin at 10:00 AM. There will be a special cemetery ceremony and presentations by American Legion Post 35, VFW Post 6905, Evansville Community School Bands, and the Boy Scouts. Our district assemblyman, Rep. Brett Davis will be the guest speaker.

The Rally in the Alley at the VFW building after the ceremony will feature food, drink and live music. American Legion Post 35 will host a silent auction during the rally from noon to 2:30 pm. Everyone is welcome as the Evansville community treasures our past, celebrates today, and envisions our future-together. For more information please contact Terry F. Haines, Commander, American Legion Post 35.

Gazette Corner: Traffic Beat: Area Crashes leave one dead, others injured

Area residents were involved in several crashes overnight, leaving one dead and others seriously injured. Click on the post for the story in the Janesville Gazette.

School Beat: Buildings and Grounds Committee to discuss Soccer Lights, Safety Plan, Boilers and more on 5-29-2007, 7am

Click on the post for the agenda in the agenda blog.

Gazette Corner: Are days of volunteer fire departments numbered?

Click on the post for the story today in the Janesville Gazette about Milton.

Evansville Park Board Meets Monday Night

Click on the post for the agenda in the agenda Blog.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Karate America---The Movie--Rock Version

Karate America----the Movie---featuring the students, chief Instructor Susan Granger------with special mixing and editing by RKM Studios, Ryan K. McNeal, and background by Final Motive. Enjoy.




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Minutes: Evansville Common Council, Tuesday, May 8, 2007---+++Plus Mayor Deckers State of City Report

Common Council

Regular Meeting

Tuesday, May 8, 2007, 6:30 p.m.

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

MINUTES
Mayor Decker called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM. Present were: Mayor Decker; Alderpersons; Wyse, Roberts, Jacobson, Cothard, Sornson, Juergens, Braunschweig, and Wessels. Staff present: Dan Wietecha, City Administrator; Mark Kopp, City Attorney; David Wartenweiler, Public Works Superintendent; and Jim Beilke, Clerk/Treasurer.

Approval of Agenda

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Juergens, to approve the agenda as printed. Motion carried.

Approval of Minutes

Motion by Juergens, seconded by Braunschweig, to waive the reading of the minutes of April 10, 2007, regular meeting and April 17, 2007, special meeting and approve them as printed. Motion carried.

Citizen appearances

Tom Calley from Evansville Community Partnership distributed and reviewed the Fourth of July Events Calendar.

Tree City Award from the State of Wisconsin

Jeff Roe, South Central Regional Urban Forestry Coordinator, presented the Tree City USA Award to the City.

SOLE Committee

Mr. Wietecha reported the Committee met with the US Army Corps of Engineers to discuss the restoration of Lake Leota and Allen Creek.

Plan Commission Report - None

Finance and Labor Relations Committee Report

Motion by Cothard, seconded by Braunschweig, to approve Water and Light bills and authorize their payments of $1,007,877.05. Motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

Motion by Cothard, seconded by Braunschweig, to approve the City bills and authorize their payments of $395,312.39. Motion carried unanimously on a roll call vote.

Motion by Cothard, seconded by Roberts, to approve Department Head Contracts. After some discussion, the consensus was to approve the contracts at the Thursday May 10th meeting, so that they would have more time to review the final contracts.

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Wessels, to table the approval of Department Head Contracts. Motion carried.

Public Safety Committee Report - None

Public Works Committee Report

Ald. Braunschweig reported the Committee had community discussion regarding the Westside stormwater drainage. Also, the Committee is working on an amendment to the Smart Growth Transportation Map.

Water & Light Committee - None

Economic Development Committee Report - None

Evansville Redevelopment Authority Report - None

Parks and Recreation Board Report

Ald. Juergens reported the skateboard park will open this weekend with volunteers to supervise it.

Historic Preservation Commission Report

Ald. Wessels reported the Commission is embarking on expanding the plaque program and to encourage more homeowners to protect their historic homes.

Fire District Report

Ald Wessels led the discussion on potential dates for joint City/Towns meeting the week of June 18th regarding the new Fire Hall. After some discussion, the consensus was Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. would work best for Common Council.

Unfinished Business

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Juergens, to adopt Ordinance 2007-5, Amending Chapter 94 of the Municipal Code by Changing the Composition of the Plan Commission. Council also noted the words “seven member” should read as “seven members.” Mr. Wietecha reported this ordinance would replace the city engineer on the Commission with a citizen appointed by the mayor. Motion carried.

Communications and Recommendations from the Mayor

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Juergens, to waive the seven-day notice requirement on mayoral appointments. Motion carried.

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Juergens, to approve the mayoral appointment of Steve Stacy, 108 Water Street, to the Board of Appeals for a three-year term. Motion carried.

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Roberts, to approve the mayoral appointment of Carol Endres, 407 Badger Drive, to the Board of Appeals for a three-year term. Motion carried.

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Juergens, to approve the mayoral appointment of Dave Rossmiller, 413 S. Madison Street, to the Evansville Youth Center Advisory Committee for a three-year term. Motion carried.

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Roberts, to approve the mayoral appointment of Erin Savaske, 320 Cherry Street, to the Evansville Youth Center Advisory Committee for a three-year term. Motion carried.

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Roberts, to approve the mayoral appointment of Rob Savaske, 320 Cherry Street, to the Evansville Youth Center Advisory Committee for a one-year term. Motion carried.

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Juergens, to approve the mayoral appointment of Christe McKittrick, 23 S. First Street, to the Police Commission for a five-year term. Motion carried.

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Juergens, to approve the mayoral appointment of Jim Brooks, 563 S. Sixth Street to the Plan Commission for a three-year term. Motion carried.

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Roberts, to approve the mayoral appointment of Bill Hammann, 250 Eager Court, to the Plan Commission for a three-year term. Motion carried.

Mayor’s “State of the City” Address (The following is the Mayor’s report)

It has been an eventful and busy year for the City of Evansville. I have occasionally stated that Evansville is on the move, and that has literally sometimes been the case.

The Public Works Department moved into their new facility and the Water and Light Department consolidated into one location. Our City Hall underwent a long planned second floor renovation, with City offices moving twice. City Hall staff is to be commended for their fortitude.

City Hall was re-roofed. Infrastructure improvements occurred on Madison Street. The Main Street reconstruction project is underway. County M improvements are commencing shortly. The new bathrooms near Lake Leota were completed and construction has begun on bathrooms at Countryside Park.

Financially, 2006 was a successful year for the City. While the audit is still in process, it appears that all funds came in under budget. The 2007 budget process went smoothly and to date there have not been expenditure surprises.

Budget development for 2008 will be more challenging because of the impact of continuing slowdown of residential growth. Final property tax levy limits in the adopted state budget will determine how difficult will be our task.

During the last twelve months, Evansville has been the recipient of several grants, totaling nearly $1 million, for City projects. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation awarded $398,000 for Main Street enhancements and bike trailways. The State Department of Commerce awarded $125,000 for job creation at North Prairie Productions and the Department of Transportation awarded $125,000 as a Transportation Economic Assistance grant for the biodiesel facility.

The Department of Commerce awarded a Community Development Block Grant for Housing for the Eager Building project in the amount of $300,000. The Housing funds will be loaned to the Eager Building project, which will be repaid to the City over time. Repaid funds will stay in our community to become a revolving loan fund for future housing projects.

The City has additional applications for funding currently under consideration. An application for a Safe Routes to School grant has been submitted. A Community Development Block Grant for Public Facilities has been submitted for additional Main Street funding. A federal appropriation for Lake Leota restoration has been requested by the City, with assistance from the SOLE Committee. Army Corps of Engineers staff was in Evansville last week for a site visit at the lake. The City is supporting North Prairie Productions in their efforts to seek federal assistance for location of a soybean crush facility in Evansville.

In an important decision by the Common Council last summer, the City of Evansville became a member of Wisconsin Public Power Incorporated. One of 48 municipality owners of WPPI, we are already receiving substantial benefits from this relationship. Evansville Water and Light is able to obtain lower electrical rates in the regional energy market through group purchasing, provide additional services to large local customers, and receive better materials pricing because of the economies of scale of the WPPI joint purchasing program.

Economic development has been at the forefront of City activity this year. On June 6, 2006 Landmark Services consultant Randy Kyle visited City Hall to ask for the City’s assistance in responding to North Prairie Productions’ request for proposals for location of a biodiesel facility. On March 26, 2007, Governor Doyle visited Evansville to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony and announce the State grants for the project. In the intervening nine months, countless hours of effort by many individuals resulted in the annexation of the site, establishment of Tax Incremental District #7, various project reviews, permits, approvals and agreements.

I spoke with North Prairie president Mike Robinson last week. He indicated that construction materials for the project have been ordered and project staging is underway. The City is currently working with North Prairie Productions to obtain federal funding for “crush” in Evansville. Development of a renewable energy campus in Evansville is being explored by other possible stakeholders.

The City also approved Tax Incremental District #6, a mixed-use district. The City undertook a traffic impact analysis for the extension of J. Lindemann Drive into the D&D Development property south of Highway 14. In last Saturday’s mail, the City received a draft developer’s agreement from D&D Development for Phase I of construction. Upcoming negotiations will include expedited development of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation-required roundabout at J. Lindemann Drive.

The new business environment in Evansville is encouraging. More than ten new businesses have located here; I am aware of a handful of other business possibilities on the horizon. The City Economic Development Committee, Evansville Chamber of Commerce and the business community are working in partnership to promote and market our community to prospective new businesses. The North Prairie biodiesel facility is an example of the result of this productive partnership.

The downsizing and loss of existing community businesses is sad and unfortunate. The Chamber Reconstruction Task Force was formed a year ago. Businesses identified current construction information, customer parking and reconstruction marketing plans as areas of service to businesses during construction. The Task Force continues to meet regularly and Chamber contacts are available to handle concerns.

The nationwide downturn in the housing sector is having a direct effect on the local economy, as well as slowing down the growth of our tax base. Our Smart Growth Comprehensive Plan on page 133 states “The City needs more commercial and industrial development to permit the City to reduce its relatively high property tax rate without reducing services.” The current intense focus on commercial and industrial development in our community will increase and provide better balance to our tax base.

Other significant events this past year included appointment of Associated Appraisal Consultants as City Assessor. Kathi Kemp-Tejeda was approved as the new Library Director of Eager Free Public Library. Dan Wietecha, following an extensive selection process, was named Evansville’s City Administrator.

The coming year will include the following efforts: establishment of a City of Evansville/Town of Union intergovernmental committee to work for the betterment of our community; completion of the Main Street reconstruction project; continuation of focused economic development activities, including intense effort to bring “crush” to Evansville and enhancement of our image as a “green community”; and development of complete plans and timetables for Lake Leota restoration and repair of Allen Creek walls.

I thank the many individuals, including City Department Heads and staff, Alderpersons, and the many active City committees, as well as dozens of citizen volunteers, who continually work for the betterment of our community. It is my honor and privilege to work beside you.

Communications from the City Administrator

Mr. Wietecha led the discussion on Common Council’s special meeting on May 10, 2007. The special meeting was call because the Notice to Electors needs 30-days notice before Council could act on resolutions approving the bonds sales.

New Business

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Roberts, to approve Resolution #2007-21, Evansville-Union Implementation.

After some discussion on the appointment of members to the committee, motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Cothard, to change the words on the last page from “one city elector” to “one city elector and/or taxpayer.” Motion carried on a roll call vote. Ald. Braunschweig, Cothard, Sornson, Wessels, Wyse, Jacobson, and Roberts voted in favor. Ald. Juergens voted against.

The original motion, as amended, carried.

Introduction of New Ordinances

Ald. Braunschweig read the first reading of Ordinance #2007-4, Annexing territory to the City of Evansville (O2 Investments, LLC). Common Council noted that Ald. Cothard will abstain when Council votes on Ordinance #2007-4.

Adjournment

Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Juergens, to adjourn the meeting at 7:40 p.m. Motion carried.

Prepared by:

James Beilke

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Dateline Normal: "The Trellis Manager"---FICTION

(Ed. note: Due to popular demand, I have republished this classic post. )

Click on the post for the latest from Normal.

Spotlight on Internet Advertising------

The huge dollars paid for acquisition of internet advertising firms heralds the new. Click on the post for the latest.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Nostalgia: Classic Tales From Normal----"Hell Week"----FICTION

Now that we all have made it to the weekend----I have republished the classic tale from Normal, "Hell Week". Click on the post.

Minutes; Historic Preservation, Wed., May 16, 2007

Evansville Historic Preservation Commission

Minutes

Wednesday, May 16, 2007 7:00 P.M.

3rd Floor, City Hall

Present:, Rich Modaff, Steve Christens, Betsy Ahner, Dennis Wessels, John Decker

Absent: Steve Culbertson, Susan Finque

Others present: Mayor Decker

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 PM by chair Rich Modaff. Motion by John Decker, second by Dennis Wessels to waive the reading of the April 18, 2007 minutes and approve them as read. Motion carried.

Public Hearing: A public hearing on the designation of the historic Baker Office Building located at 15 Antes Drive, Evansville, as a Local Landmark was called to order. John Decker, 143 West Main St., Evansville and president of the Evansville Grove Society stepped up to the podium and explained that because the building has been moved it is no longer eligible to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. (The survey of 2006 identified the Baker Manufacturing Complex as being potentially eligible and this building was a part of that complex.) The intended use of the building when it is finished will be as a visitor’s center and offices for the Grove Society and possibly the chamber of commerce.

The Local Landmark designation will protect the building and may help in getting relief from some Americans with Disability Acts requirements and building codes that would require a change to the small entrance area of the building. There were no comments from the public and no objections to the designation were presented. After a brief discussion and question and answer period a motion was made by Dennis Wessels to designate the Historic Baker Office Building as a Local Landmark. Second by Steve Christens. Motion was passed with John Decker abstaining.

Applications

227 West Main Street – Sandy Spanton was present to describe the work to be done. She has a hydro-pool, which is a swim against resistance pool in her backyard. There are a number of children in her neighborhood and she would like to fence the backyard as a safety precaution. The fence will be 4 feet tall and you will be able to see through it. Motion by Decker to approve the application. Second by Christens. Motion carried with Dennis Wessels abstaining.

309 West Main Street – Gallagher property, an application to replace a fence and to replace a garage roof with a metal roof. Commission members reviewed the information provided but had questions about the work that were not answered in the written application. The property owner was not present. Motion by Christens to table the application until more information could be provided. Second by Decker. Motion carried.

24 E. Main Street – ramp at rear entrance for handicap accessibility and an alternate entrance during street re-construction. The building inspector had told the property owner a building permit was not necessary for the work but the application was submitted for the information of the commission. Photos of the project were distributed.

234 West Liberty – Julio Lima was present to ask for permission to repair stairs leading to a second story entrance and to build a deck. His application was not received by the chair and was not included on the posted meeting notice so action could not be taken. Commission members discussed the proposed work with him and established that the stair repairs needed to be done as soon as possible. It was recommended that he talk to the building inspector who could give permission for emergency repairs. This application will be considered at the June meeting. The chair apologized for not being able to move on the application at this meeting.

Administrative
WAHPC Fall Convention – John Decker explained he is impressed with the people in the organization – they spent 3 to 4 hours meeting here and looking at buildings and proposed meeting sites. Locally we need to provide a presentation by the chair about local activities. The Friday afternoon program will be at UB&T with the evening program/reception at the Eager Building. The Saturday program will be held at the Lutheran Church and they would like the lunch catered by Real Coffee. John will do a morning presentation on the Main Street brick project and we will need to provide breakfast and arrange tours for Saturday afternoon. The trolley is owned by Badger Bus and will cost about $500. They would really like a house walk and Karen and Doug Zweizig are willing to host the group at their barn.
Update on Main Street bricks – we are still waiting to hear on the Department of Commerce application.
Grove Society – Betsy reported that John Decker and Steve Culbertson have been leading work groups on the removal of the ceilings. John explained they are severely water damaged and rotted. The good thing is the millwork is in good condition and is being removed and stored so it can be cleaned and put back in place after the insulation and reconstruction of the walls and ceiling.
Redevelopment – Greg wants to start construction on the Night Owl project on June 1. However neither the RDA nor this commission have given him the go ahead. While he doesn’t need the approval of the HPC to be eligible for RDA funds he does need our approval before he can be issued a building permit. His plan has been in flux so much he hasn’t been able to come with a final plan and budget. It was suggested that if the RDA holds a special meeting for this project that we make it a joint meeting.
Easement – John has discovered that the easement cannot be used to protect trees, as Susan had suggested. However, it can be used to protect a significant site and if that has trees on it, they would be protected. Motion by John Decker to approve the easement form we have been discussing including the revisions suggested by the City Attorney. Second by Dennis Wessels. Motion carried unanimously after the following discussion. John has been reviewing the ordinance and it states that only houses in a historic district or local landmarks can be plaqued. Some of the current plaqued homes are not in a historic district but Mayor Deckers research indicates that in 1977 the City Council passed a master plan that identified 147 local landmarks, some of which were not in the historic district. She has not been able to complete her research on this. It was suggested that the ordinance be reviewed and possibly revised. We now have a process in place to designate local landmarks and it includes publishing once in the newspaper, notifying everyone within 200 feet and holding a public hearing.
Plaque program – it was suggested that we need more info on the tax implications of this before we present it to homeowners. We do not want them to have unrealistic expectations of the results of signing an easement for their property. We can publicize that we are reinvigorating the program and it would be nice to make a plaque presentation at the fall WAHPC meeting.
June meeting agenda should include a review of the nomination for the Evansville Standpipe. Steve Christens suggested that people need to be told it is important for them to attend the meeting so we can move forward on their projects and avoid delays in their plans. We also need to watch more closely the plaqued buildings not in the historic district.

Motion by Christens to adjourn. Second by Dennis Wessels. Motion carried.

Minutes: Redevelopment Authority, May 15, 2007

Evansville Redevelopment Authority

Board of Commissioners

Regular Meeting

Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 7:30 pm

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

MINUTES

Call to Order. The meeting was called to order at 7:35 pm by Chair Chris Eager. Present: Chris Eager, Betsy Ahner, Tony Wyse, John Decker, Tom Calley, Barbara Jacobson and Roger Roth. Also present: Executive Director Dan Wietecha, Mayor Sandy Decker, Greg Ardisson and Dick Woulfe.
Declare Quorum. There being a majority of the commissioners present at call to order, a quorum was declared by the chair.
Approve Agenda. The agenda was approved as presented without objection.
Approve Minutes of March 20, 2007 Meeting. The minutes were approved as presented without objection.
Old Business.
Night Owl proposal. Ardisson gave an update of his proposed renovations. He is applying for Historic Tax Credits. The project will be for just the Night Owl building and not include the two buildings to the west. Exterior improvements would include a new roof, new windows and new siding; interior improvements would be limited to the main floor.
The board agreed it is still a worthy project and its willingness to use tax increment financing (TIF) to assist with the renovations. It advised Ardisson to provide as good a construction cost estimate as possible, final construction plans and a completed TIF application. It also noted that Ehlers and Associates may need to run some tax projections for the project. A TIF application form was provided to Ardisson. Ardisson indicated his intention to start construction in early June; the board advised waiting for all the financial approvals but noted its willingness to hold a special meeting to help the project proceed.

Allen Creek Master Plan RFP. Wietecha distributed a memo comparing the two candidates; he also passed around copies of their original proposals. With clarification that the project is to include the entire North Union corridor, RA Smith increased its price from $10,000 to $15,000. Although fairly new to planning projects, RA Smith would bring some real expertise in economic development and market feasibility to help the master plan be implemented. Meanwhile, PDI limited the involvement of some of its more expensive staff and reduced its price from $16,730 to $10,000. PDI has decades worth of experience in planning and would be a real benefit in establishing design standards for the master plan. The board noted that the area is meant to be an extension of the downtown, so the general tone for the design standards is already set. The board confirmed that both candidates would include property owner interviews in their work. Decker made a motion, seconded by Roth, to hire RA Smith. Motion approved unanimously. Wietecha will draft an engagement letter for RA Smith.
New Business.
Main Street Construction Update. Wietecha said that the contractor has lost a few days due to rain and some unexpected work in the intersection of First and Main. West Main should be re-opened for traffic next week with the crew moving on to work its way up Maple Street. He indicated that the application for additional construction funds could have a decision within the next week.
Other Business. None
Adjournment. Wyse moved, seconded by Jacobson, to adjourn the regular April meeting. Motion approved unanimously at 8:40 pm.

Minutes: Economic Development: May 15, 2007

City of Evansville

Economic Development Committee

Regular Meeting

Tuesday, May 15, 2007, 5:30 pm

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

MINUTES

Call to Order. The meeting was called to order at 5:30 pm by Dan Wietecha. Present: Chair Tony Wyse (arrived at 6:00), Roger Berg, James Otterstein (arrived at 5:45), Dave Olsen, Gene Bass (left at 6:30), and Fred Juergens. Also present: Dan Wietecha, Bridgit Larsen, and Mayor Sandy Decker.
Approve Agenda. Berg moved, seconded by Bass, to approve the agenda. Motion passed unanimously.
Approve Minutes of April 19, 2007 Meeting. Olsen moved, seconded by Berg, to approve the minutes. Motion approved unanimously.
Secretary Position. The committee agreed that the full committee should be present before deciding on a new secretary.
Citizen Appearances. Berg commented that future agendas should include reports from the Chamber of Commerce and the City Administrator.
Discussion on City Website. Juergens reviewed the draft policy he had distributed at the April meeting; he also noted that there are certain restrictions the city must abide by in order to have a .gov website. The committee agreed that we should use the .gov regulations rather than re-inventing the wheel. Bass noted the importance of a website for promoting the community; Otterstein suggested the Chamber of Commerce or another entity may be a better fit for hosting a community calendar of events.
Discussion on Young Professionals Meeting. Juergens noted an article he had read about a Young Professionals group in Green County. Otterstein said Young Professionals meetings are informal gatherings for networking. The committee liked the idea of an additional vehicle for communication and the possibility of encouraging young adults to take a greater role in civic involvement. Several possibilities were discussed: teaming up with a neighboring community, tying a meeting into the Chamber’s business after 5 program, or working with the leadership development academy in Janesville.
Update on CDBG Application for Main Street Streetscaping. Decker indicated that the funding is in place for bricks from First to Maple and that we anticipate hearing about additional funding that might enable additional bricks as far as Railroad Street.
Update on Downtown Task Force. Juergens noted that there had been relatively few gripes since the start of construction. Wietecha said that the first bi-weekly newsletter had been distributed the previous week.
Review of Economic Development Strategy RFP’s. Wietecha noted that the Finance Committee wanted the interviews completed and a specific proposal from the Economic Development Committee before authorizing use of tax increment funds for the project. The two interviews have since been completed; in answer to a question, the committee indicated it did not want to accept any additional proposals. Wietecha said one thing that came out of both interviews was that round table discussions and similar meetings can be difficult to schedule in the summer; both consultants recommended using the summer for preparatory work and holding the final summit after Labor Day.
The committee discussed the qualifications of both candidates at length and held two straw polls; both polls were evenly split between the two candidates. The general comments were that MCL Group was strong at producing an action-oriented strategy but the process would limited to the more prominent members of the business community; MCL was also seen as providing little hand holding for the committee. The general comments were that Whalen and Associates would be more inclusive of the broader business community resulting in greater acceptance of the strategy; this was seen as particularly essential since both the Economic Development Committee and Chamber of Commerce have been working at reinventing themselves and seeking credibility as effective organizations. Whalen would also do more of the preparation work and help with implementation afterwards rather than leaving it for the committee to accomplish alone.

Juergens made a motion, seconded by Wyse, to hire MCL Group to conduct the facilitation and development of our economic development strategy. Motion failed 1 to 3. Berg made a motion, seconded by Olsen, to hire Whalen and Associates to conduct the facilitation and development of our economic development strategy. Motion passed 3 to 1. Wietecha will bring the request to the Finance Committee and draft a letter of engagement for Whalen and Associates.

Discussion on Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund (RLF). Otterstein distributed copies of an updated draft policy for the committee to review for the June meeting.
Adjournment. On a motion by Juergens, seconded by Berg, the meeting adjourned at 7:30 pm.

Evansville Five Year Park Plan---a must read

Hot off the press in March 2007 is the new Evansville Five Year Park Plan. It is a must read for all citizens. It is the vision. The funding for items are not a sure thing as I understand it. Citizens need to review the plan and be involved in the future discussions. Click on the post. Read on. Enjoy.

WSJ: The Ethanol Effect---Shoppers feel the pinch of rising corn prices

Click on the post for an article in the Wisconsin State Journal this morn on rising grocery prices. There is debate on the cause and whether corn prices are only high temporarily till the effect of the increased acres planted this spring is felt in the marketplace.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Wisconsin Eye---Legislative Debate on School Funding

Click on the post to access the archive----debate on school funding is on the table.

"Wayne's World"------or;" The Road turns Right There"

This morning was clear and bright, and I stepped out to walk a bit and ran into my neighbor Wayne.

"What do you have for me this morn?" I asked.

Wayne just smiled. Then he spoke:

"What's the difference between Sturgis before the bike rally and Evansville today?

"I give up. What is the answer?", I asked.

"NOTHING"---Wayne replied. Then he went on......

"See that intersection. It turns RIGHT there. It always will. We need to bring the people. Like Sturgis. "

Mailbag: Reflection: On Cleaning and Cleansing

(Ed. note: This is from a regular contributor. I have posted it without editing.)

Yesterday I ended up having family time with a relative, she picked me up for dinner and we started driving. And as we started down the road we asked about each others' days. We start at surface.

"I'm cleaning" she tells me.
"I'm cleansing" I share with her.

And she tells me the details of how she went through all of her containers, but can't let any of them go.

And I tell her the details of how much fiber and thistle I've taken, the wheat and dairy I'm trying not to eat.

We speak, exhaustedly, abstractly, in wide swoops. All through dinner, our conversation flies in circles around these two topics. Finially, on our way home side by side in the dark, she says again how difficult it has been to clean out her home.

I look at her face. Shadow migrates over contour, and somehow I am able to hear her for the first time that evening.

"Well, when you clean you home, it's not just stuff." I say, "It's a metaphore".
"Exactly!" she replies, relieved.

And we have the real conversation. A conversation about fear and release. Letting go of the things that provide a faux sense of safety. Saying no to gifts that are not gifts, security that secures nothing, sustanence that doesn't sustain you.

Posted by JMW at 10:48 PM

New York Times: The Gap

There is a giant demographic gap in America. Click on the post for an interesting article about it.

Deal Struck on Immigration Bill

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Economic Dev Committe discusses summit RFP

Economic Development: Evansville; Discusses and votes to choose RFP from Judy Whalen & Assoc. to facilitate Business summit as recommendation to Common Council.




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Redevelopment Chooses RA Smith

Audio of Redevelopment Meeting of Tuesday; Discussion of RFP, Request for Proposals from RA Smith and PDI, Planning Design Inc. for consultant planning work re development of Allen Creek area. RDA votes to accept RA Smith.




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Finance Corner: Gen X; High Bills; Low Income; Distrust ; Unique?

Click on the post for an article in Yahoo Finance on the profile of the Gen X person today.

Dateline San Francisco: "Visions of the Future"--the day the freeway collapsed

Click on the post for the down home version of what the collapse of the freeway means---courtesy of The SanFrancisco Observer Post. Thanks Julie.

WisconsinEye---live politics from State Capitol

Click on the post to watch. The main menu is www.wiseye.org Currently the debate is over the "Identification" bill on drivers licenses----very heated debate involving immigration etc.....terrorism....click on the post.

School Finance Committee Meets Monday, 5:30PM

Click on the post for the agenda in the agenda blog.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Gazette Corner: Wisconsin Eye begins coverage---www.wiseye.org

Politico alert. Now you can get live political news as it happens. With Wisconsin Eye. ..www.wiseye.org

Mailbag: EHS Ladies Track Team Conference Champs--first time in 34 years. Congrats.

The girls track and field team brought home Evansville's first Conference Championship last night. Girl's track started in 1973 and after 34 years the girls made history. Great job ladies!!!
Coach D

Gazette Corner: Doyle School funding bill out of committee

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Finance Committee Meets Thursday in Special meeting to reorganize city offices

Click on the post for the agenda in the agenda blog.

Kick It

Focus on Business: Karate America--Evansville--Susan Granger, Head Instructor.
Classes available for all ages. Call 882-2444




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The Rules of Concentration----

Spotlight on Business: Karate America--Evansville. Susan Granger, Head Karate Instructor---882-2444-----Classes available for all ages. Call today.




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Mailbag: Track Corner: Coach "D" Writes:

Wanted to let you know how the conference track meet went last night. As of now the Evansville Girls is behind Bigfoot 123 to 127. Because of rain the pole vault had to be canceled until 4:00 tonight. Bigfoot has no girl pole vaulters and Evansville has the 2nd and 3rd best girls in the conference. So tonight should be a very exciting time for the Evansville Girls, as if either or both of the girls score 5 points or more they will bring home the first ever Track and Field Conference win in Evansville history.

It was a very up and down night last night. Our 4x100 team was seeded 2nd, but the baton was dropped and we had first in the 8oo until our runner ran out of gas and fell to the ground with about 100 meters to go. So it comes down to how our vaulters do. 1st place is 10 points, 2nd is 8pts, 3rd is 6pts, so with how well our vaulters have been going I see them easily scoring well over 5 points.

Hope you can come and share in the excitement. The girls track and field team has been working so hard this season and winning conference has been our goal since the spring sports meeting. Come watch the girls make history.

Coach D

Redevelopment: Night Owl Restoration

Presentation by Greg Ardisson of the Night Owl at Redevelopment on Tuesday Night. Will be making request for $100M of TIF assistance. Has scaled back project from 1 million to 400-500M.




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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Classic Observer: "Many Hats"

Classic tale of The Evansville Observer, the wearer of many Hats; the peace and serenity of Evansville midst all the costume changes.




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Gazette Corner: Wis Tourism Grows: Rock Co. Tourism declines

Click on the post for the full tourism story. What was the status of Evansville in the tourism pie? Stay tuned.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Flight of the Bumble Bee--Elise Larson on Oboe

Elise Larson, senior, EHS, performs on Oboe, "Flight of the Bumble Bee. She will be performing at Carnegie Hall next week.




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Percussion Surprise: EHS Spring Concert

May 14, 2007: EHS Spring Concert; Just as Mr. Z was raised his baton, it appears one janitor enters to clean with his broom. Then others join. Watch what happens next.




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Politics: Tech: Hillary Clinton launches text message campaign; Observer takes note.

Click on the post for the latest from the Hillary Clinton campaign---she has launched a text message campaign.

Dateline Minn: 3M agrees to pay 13 Million for one site cleanup...

Click on the post for the latest from the Star and Tribune. This was for just one site. There are others.

Redevelopment Authority Meets Tuesday; Night Owl Proposal on Agenda: RFP Allen Creek

Click on the post for the agenda blog.

Dateline Monroe: Three Candidates listed to replace Supr. Jefson

Click on the post for the details on the three candidates that will be interviewed to replace Supr. Jefson of Monroe.

Monroe Times: Monticello Schools headed for referendum

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School Beat: New Glarus Schools wins HP selective Grant for tech improvements

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Packer Corner: Favre Vents; Wants Trade?

Click on the post for the latest from the sports wire from Ch 27, wkow. It appears Favre has been on a bit of a rant. Stay tuned.

Classic "Grumps"---- On Cerberus and much,much more.

Click on the post for the latest from "Grumps"----he notes that Cerberus, the purchaser of Chrysler, is mythologically the guy that guards the gates of hell. Nice touch in "branding" strategy.

From Wikpedia is the following:

"In Greek mythology, Cerberus or Kerberos (Greek Κέρβερος, Kerberos, "demon of the pit") was the hound of Hades, a monstrous three-headed dog (sometimes said to have 50 or 100 heads) with a snake for a tail; he was also seen with a dragon's tail and serpentine mane.

Cerberus guarded the gate to Hades and ensured that spirits of the dead could enter, but none could exit (additionally no living person was to come into Hades). Among his siblings are; his sister, Chimera and his brother, Hydra. He is the offspring of Echidna and Typhon."

Then "Grumps" goes on to link this all to the "K" car. Yes. It is hard to believe that there was a time when Americans believed seriously that the "K" car was going to bring it out of economic decline.

St. Paul Pioneer Press: Classic Soucheray: "Hot Under the Collar about sweaty Kids"

Classic Soucherary. Click on the post and enjoy.

WSJ: Road Construction Impact---Evansville, Madison, etc.

Click on the post for an article in the Wisconsin State Journal this morn on the impact of construction on local businesses, in Evansville, Madison etc. Owner of the local Village Square restaurant cites the impact as "disasterous" while the owner of Real Coffee says that her lease allows her to close for two months without paying rent, although she is unsure whether she will use this clause.

Click on the post for the full story.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Evansville High Junior Prom Court Pt II

2nd part of 2 of Evansville High School Junior Prom Court, May 12, 2007, plus presentation of Queen and King.




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Evansville Junior Prom Court, I

Evansville Junior Prom Court, Saturday, May 12, 2007. First of Two parts.




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Evansville School Board Meets Monday night; 5:30PM

Click on the post for the full agenda in the agenda blog.

"Freedom to Breathe Act" passes in Minn. Bans smoking in bars, restaurants.

Click on the latest from twincities.com

Gazette: "Make Sure Covenant isn't Empty Promise"

Click on the post for the story in the Janesville Gazette.

OpEd: Nostalgia: November 2006: School Beat: Supr. Heidi Carvin: "Recent fall enrollment increase of 2006-2007 a "fluke."

(Ed.note: I repost this classic audio from November 2006 because in it Supr. Carvin describes the increase in the current enrollment in Evansville School District for the year 2006-7 as a "fluke."

One might add temporary expenses to help handle a "fluke" but not permanent FTE expenses. Hence, I have endorsed the needed 2nd and 3rd grade teacher additions, but have not endorsed adding a part time curriculum director for a cost of $70,000 nor adding a safety coordinator.

I do take the "fluke" comment seriously. Oh. yes. When one is in the middle of a building permit plunge one does not panic and build more capacity, but it is wise and prudent to reallocate current space available. That reallocation is discussed in the comments of Melissa Hammann and is the logical conclusion from her analysis of the space of the district relative to its peers.



Click on the audioblogger to listen in as Supr. Heidi Carvin discusses the enrollment increase of 2006-7 and how she sees the future enrollment for 2007-8 in light of the building permit plunge and general slowdown.

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School Beat: Report on 4 Period Day to be presented at June Evansville School Board Meeting

(Ed. Note: This is taken --without editing----from the Administrator's corner of the Evansville School web site. )

Conduct an evaluation of the High School Block Schedule for its: Impact on student learning, costs over/under a traditional schedule. Present results and recommendation to board
Jamie Gillespie/ Heidi Carvin


Include staff, board and community members. Aim for completion by April 1, 2007.

Timeline to be submitted by HS by October.

It took several months to find a consultant to help with the process, so we are two months behind schedule. We have met with Kathryn Richardson twice. Kathryn is a CESA #5 consultant who did a similar study at Lafollette high school. Staff, student, parent surveys and interviews will be held between now and March. Any recommendations developed through this process would take effect no earlier than the 2008-09 school year. The report on this year’s work should be ready for the June board meeting.

Gazette Corner: Parkview HS editor sparks controversy

Click on the post for the latest from Gina Duwe.

Nostalgia: January 2007: School Beat: Supr. Carvin discusses adding Curriculum Director

(Ed. note: Back in January 2007, it was proposed by Supr.Carvin that due to energy savings that a curriculum director be added. Since then, the plan has been revised to be a part time curriculum director at cost of $70,000. On the energy front----how do you feel regarding the gasoline at $3.19?

One might assume that natural gas prices will be higher also. It is unclear whether the curriculum director is on the add line for Monday night's school board meeting. It is also unclear whether a safety coordinator is on the add list. Neither has been approved by the School Board. In the rush to get the school agenda done Monday night, will anyone say no to further additions? Stay tuned. )



Last night at the Finance Committee meeting, The Observer was shocked to hear that since utility costs had been lower this year, due to El Nino, this saving could be rolled over into a full time curriculum director position. Click on the audio icon to listen in to the conversation.

This would be like a husband noting to his wife that since heating costs were lower, maybe they should have another child. It is a mixing of budget categories that is....well....not the normal practice.

Also....staff had received raises for taking the duties of the curriculum director. There was no mention of them taking cuts once this new curriculum director was hired. I will check the minutes to confirm that this was so.

So, if a curriculum director is hired, in the event of colder weather, will the curriculum director be fired since heating costs would have risen? Is it a matter of the weather.

I am trying to get the pea pod accounting categories all straight. Maybe you see the way.

You make the call.



Supr. Carvin discusses adding back curriculum director now that energy costs are below budget


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Dateline Minnesota: U of M may cut non-resident tuition--offer credits beyond 13 per semester FREE

Click on the post for the full story in the Minneapolis Star.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Dateline Gulf: VP Cheney rattles sabre

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Public Works---Mr. Sauer--re Water

(Ed. note: I have published the video of this meeting so folks could download it if desired. Thanks for your patience. )

Public Works Meeting--4-23-2007--Mr. Sauer, City engineer of Foth Van Dyke reviews two things that may improve matters--the completion of the retention pond, and the improvement of "Southgate Pond" which did not work in optimal fashion during the last water event.




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