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You can quickly browse the topic headings in bold to locate items of interest. Feel free to forward this information along to your neighbors. With direct and effective communication we can continue to build a stronger sense of community; assuring Franklin is a friendly and informed place to live. COMMON COUNCIL MEETING ITEMS - TUESDAY, MARCH 1ST The Process: Council agenda items are due to the Clerk’s office by 9AM the Friday before a Tuesday meeting. Council agendas are posted on the City’s website usually by 5PM that same Friday. With the exception of public hearings, most items have about 4 days notice or about 2 working days. This is not much time so it is important if you have a particular item of interest to check the meeting agendas. Here are a few items on Tuesday’s Council agenda. For the full agenda visit: www.franklinwi.gov. G1. PUBLIC HEARING - Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (CORP) Tuesday very likely will be your last opportunity to comment before the adoption of this Plan. This Park Plan is meant to guide the city on future park facilities needs, improvements, land purchases, playgrounds, and other recreational facilities in the City of Franklin. This process is intended to fulfill the provisions of Section 66.0617 "Impact Fees" of the Wisconsin Statutes. NOTE: See also item G7. G2. Right of way for installation of the RCI Sewerage system The Council is expected to vote on a Resolution for acquisition of easements, including approving the map for the locations, the extension, installation and maintenance for the Ryan Creek Interceptor Sewer Installation. General location: The SW portion of the City from the Intersection of S. 60th St. and W. Ryan Rd, generally following Ryan Creek, to the Intersection of W. Ryan Road and S. 112th St. then west toward W. Ryan Rd to the west City limits. G5. (RCI related) Authorization for a Phase II Environmental Assessment for one property where easements are needed for the Ryan Creek Interceptor serving the southwest portion of the City. A Phase II report consists of collecting soil and/or groundwater samples to determine if significant amounts and concentrations of contaminants exist at the property. It can be costly but provides protection from some unknown liability that may be associated with soil or groundwater contamination. G3. New Development of a senior housing unit This is the last building of a planned development previously approved (prior to my term in office) at Clare Meadows. A Concept Review, which is not required, will be given to the Council. The developer is taking measures to provide the newest information related to this senior living apartment building that would be located between the current Clare Meadows assisted living and the Senior Condos along S. 51st Street (approx. 7712 51st). I have talked to many adjoining neighbors. With a few exceptions, most residents realized the building was previously approved. There was one drainage concern that will be addressed. Many stated Clare Meadows are good neighbors. G7. TIF District Resolution TIF District No. 2 is about to terminate. This agenda item requests Council consideration to appropriate 100% of the Tax Incremental District No. 2 - Tax Revenue toward reducing the tax levy at the time of termination. ONE suggestion has been to not lock it in a 100% but to appropriate a portion toward items that still benefit residents, such as the required match of the collected 1.2M Park Impact Fees. The collected Park Impact Fees have not been able to be matched and portions are set to expire soon. The Park impact Fee match idea would allow the city to build a community type center or other fee allowed items. Citizens are on both sides of this. Simplified points on how a TIF works.
A city designates a land area as a Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) district. The property value is then SET based on the day the TIF is declared. As properties within the TIF district are developed, the value of property taxes, which should increase and that would have been collected by the taxing jurisdictions is retained by the municipality authorizing the TIF to pay off the costs of putting in infrastructure to make it ready for development – roads, sewer system, etc. After the public investment costs are paid off, the municipality releases those incremental taxes to the other taxing jurisdictions. If all goes according to plan, these incremental taxes will be greater than the taxes generated from the district’s original base value. G9. Baptista’s Bakery possible expansion This is a request from the Community Development Authority for consideration of a preliminary resolution for Industrial Development Revenue Bond issuance for Baptista's Bakery, Inc. Learn more about bonds below and item G9 by reading the following Business Journal article posted Friday: http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2011/02/25/baptistas-plans-expansion-infranklin.html?surround=etf&ana=e_article Industrial Revenue Bond (IRB) Program Overview Industrial development revenue bonds are often used by municipal, county and state economic development officials as an inducement to attract businesses and industry. When done properly, it is a potential win-win for both the local government and the business. The local government gets increased tax revenues and the business gets the needed financing to invest in major capital projects such as buildings, warehouses and/or equipment. The Department of Commerce's Industrial Revenue Bond (IRB) Program allows all Wisconsin cities, villages and towns to support industrial development through the sale of bonds. The proceeds from the bond sale are loaned to businesses to finance capital investment projects at, primarily, manufacturing facilities. Even though IRBs are municipal bonds, they are not general obligations of the municipality. The company or business that will use the facilities provides the interest and principal payments on the loan. The local government is in partnership with the business, lending its name, but not its credit, to the bond issue. The facilities and equipment are pledged as collateral for the loan. A letter of credit or bond insurance is often required. EMERGENCY/TORNADO SIREN TESTING - MARCH 2 Please be advised that the new sirens will be tested on Wednesday March 2 during the day. 51ST STREET ROAD CONDITIONS I have received several calls/emails regarding the condition of 51st St. DPW has been doing "cold patch" as a temporary fix. With ice in the bottom of the hole, the material won't stay put and the ‘hot mix”, which holds better, can't be used until the frost is out of the ground. Once it warms up they can dig the hole out making the patch work better but this is only temporary. According to engineering staff, … ‘the 2011-2015 Road Improvement Program shows the reconstruction with a path to occur in 2012. This program will be reviewed by the Board of Public Works and recommended to the Council for implementation. Deterioration on S. 51st has recently escalated. Hot mix patching will be required this summer to extend its life for a year’… The repaving downfall is the 100% taxpayer cost since 51st is a city street versus a county or state road. Funding for 51st is in the budget for our road program; a program that set funds aside for repairs based on a rating. 51st is rated a 3 at this time. NOTE: Return to item G7 for additional TIF release usage. 36TH STREET DRAINAGE CONCERNS Residents, Engineering, Public Works (DPW) and I are aware of the drainage issues along S. 36th Street between Missouri Avenue and Madison Boulevard. A survey indicating several repair choices has been
prepared and will be sent to residents after snowmelt to allow photo examples to be included. I encourage 36th St residents to return their survey so a decision can be made on the preferred alternative. TRAILS COMMITTEE/SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL UPDATE Some of you may have seen me last week at Pleasant View School around dismissal with the principal, city staff, and a consultant who was taking photos. This was part of the Safe Routes to School initiative to observe and seek solutions for safer access. A survey coming from the school is part of this effort. Residents from the Victory Creek area have expressed a strong interest in pedestrian access through the conservancy lands. A neighborhood meeting is planned at the school for interested residents in the coming weeks. When the date is finalized, I will do my best to get the word out. You should also know that previously (with much effort) the Council agreed to take Marquette Ave west to 49th and land negotiations are in process. The master plan for the city includes the extension of Marquette to 51st but there is no funding for that portion. The Safe Routes to School program is geared more on pedestrian safety and walking trails versus roads. NOTE: Return to item G7 for additional TIF release usage. JOB OPENING –Deadline March 9 The City of Franklin is accepting applications for a part-time Library Assistant. The successful applicant will work approximately 15 to 19 hours per week, including day shift, evening shift, and rotating weekends. Rate of pay: $10.53 to $15.93 per hour, no benefits. More information is online at www.frankliwi.gov. Applicants who meet the qualifications will be invited to take a Civil Service Clerical Exam tentatively scheduled for March 16th at 3pm. Best, Kristen -Kristen Wilhelm for Franklin's 3rd District Web: www.kwilhelm.us Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Kristen-Wilhelm-for-Franklins-3rdDistrict/170842129623795 Authorized by Kristen Wilhelm, Delene Hanson, Treasurer
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