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PostSubject: IDC Minutes from 1/28/09 meeting   Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:01 pm

Minutes of the Industrial Development Commission meeting held on Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at city hall pursuant to notice duly given.
1. Meeting called to order at 8:03 a.m. by Chairperson Doeren.
2. Roll call: Dick Doeren, Joe Stiloski, Mike Trepanier, Howard Schaden, Wayne Bostwick and Vernon Panske. Absent: Ken DePouw. Also present: Jack Maas, Advisory Member, Mayor Nerenhausen and Linda Belongia, Administrator as recording secretary.
3. Moved by Stiloski seconded by Trepanier to approve of the agenda as presented.
Motion carried upon verbal voice vote. 6 ayes
4. No correspondence or public input
5. Moved by Stiloski seconded by Trepanier to approve of the minutes from the 12/23/08 meeting as typed and place on file.
Motion carried up verbal voice vote. 6 ayes
6. Chairperson Doeren stated the commission may vote to convene into Closed Session pursuant to notice duly given and as allowed by Wis. Stats. 19.85(1) (e) and (g) for discussion on Revolving Fun Loans # 05-02 and # 08-01.
Moved by Stiloski seconded by Trepanier to convene into Closed Session at 8:03 a.m.
Motion carried upon verbal roll call vote. 6 ayes
Also included in the Closed Session: Mayor Nerenhausen and Jack Maas

Closed Session

7. Moved by Stiloski seconded by Trepanier to reconvene into Open Session at 9:15 a.m.
Motion carried upon verbal voice vote. 6 ayes

8. No action in open session on a., b., or c.

d. Discussion with Cory Vande Wettering from Keller Structures and Dave Herbeck, Commercial Horizons regarding marketing developable property within the City of Oconto. Vande Wettering stated after last meeting he contacted Herbeck and his firm who are well known developers to see what could be done with the property at 235 Cook Avenue; Herbeck stated the he looked at the size of the parcel and the first question is what does the city want to do with this site; and then what would be the best use for the city for this property, who or what types of businesses would develop on this property; spoke frankly with the IDC members stated overall the economy is not very good; stated his company has good contacts, has done work for Best Buy and other big corporations…the economy across the board is not good; taking our site at 235 Cook Ave to many of his contacts he stated the feelings are that Oconto is a smaller community; what will go on this site probably will be grocery stores; C-Stores and restaurants; the Walgreen’s or CVS pharmacies which he contacted have no interest….whoever is going to go there will probably be someone investing locally; Herbeck stated after he has done some extensive checking with his contacts the “word on the street” is Oconto is a difficult place to do business…trying to bring a retailer from the outside such as a Walgreen’s opposition is met by the local businesses; Doeren stated this was his fear that we would be labeled with a black mark; Herbeck referencing the report prepared by Ayres there isn’t a new category of business or retailer that wants to come in….we have developed our Main Street area; competition is good; this site he foresees will be developed mainly as a retail site, maybe a daycare; if there was a pressing need for a new category of business it would be here already; Herbeck stated he’s contacted the Pick n’ Saves and Festivals as well as Shopko for a Shopko Express….stated to the members that even if the property was “free” that isn’t enough to bring developers here; Herbeck stated what’s going to develop here is fast food and C-Stores…with our 10 acre from a retail standpoint don’t know who that would be…not a furniture or electronics store…stated his disagreement with the Ayres report; Herbeck stated its unlikely a hotel/motel even an express….our Ramada’s occupancy numbers are out there for any developer interested in coming in to see; maybe an insurance office building; Herbeck stated the ideas and plans such as suggested in the Ayres report will not happen in a “Madison community” so definitely not in Oconto; Discussion on creating a TID for this area; Herbeck stated keep it as a general multi-use developer funded TID…leave options open for the type of retail/businesses, having CH zoning is good; having the TID created will be a helpful selling tool; using a one page brochure as an advertising tool is all that’s needed, listing what we have, may come to city having to give the property free plus other benefits to get developers to come, include that a TID has been created, which will be something a developer will look for to help with financing options, get this brochure out to developers as an email….that’s what developers will look at; discussion on some council members having concern on how the TID works; using the increment for the infrastructure improvements for a time period….one of their concerns is that during that period loss of that tax collected not shared; Discussion we need to develop the site., etc., with nothing being developed on site we will generate zero tax dollars; Doeren questioned where do we get a list of developers? Goggle; Broker lists; Vande Wettering stated as far as developers go you’re not going to get any company with more connections than Commercial Horizons; Herbeck will comply a list of developers and get it to us; Trepanier questioned what will retailers along Hwy 41 do once the by-pass is open? Herbeck stated coming to this morning’s meeting he was observing the businesses along the current Hwy 41 and had similar thoughts… they are going to be coming to the city to do something to help them once the by pass has opened; Herbeck stated he didn’t like coming with such bleak news; Doeren and the members thanked Herbeck for being frank and honest with his reporting what he found;
Vande Wettering will schedule meeting with Belongia to work on draft brochure and advertising sign to be placed on the property;

e. Table advertising local property till next meeting.
Doeren stated he spoke with Frank Bickel about helping to advertise his property along with other available city property; Mayor stated they contacted him about rezoning some of their property from agriculture to industrial;

f. Mayor stated he contacted Dean Swear about his property South of Oconto…asking price is $70,000; Mayor stated he contacted DNR about this property for a possible ATV Park….Mayor stated he contacted Teri Berth and she will bring this to the ATV Ad Hoc Committee to see if they are interested in pursuing this;

Mayor stated he contacted by letter the property owner next to Swear to see if they would be interested in allowing the city to place one of the welcome signs on their property….no response….Mayor followed up with a phone call….was told they are not interested; Doeren stated he knows the owners and will follow up on this;

g. Update on demolition project; received 3rd pay request from Champion…Mayor stated we have inquired of Ayres how much will the remaining work to be done be…suggests we withhold that amount…as of today we have not heard back from Ayres; Nothing further from Champion after they were notified that the council denied the change orders;

h. Belongia stated the February meeting will have a letter from Carl and Angela Liegeois regarding the reversionary clause on the property that they purchased from the city three years ago coming October 2009;

i. IDC Members asked to review and bring to next meeting any comments or concerns on the restrictive covenant document.

9. Next meeting 2/25/09 at 8:00 a.m. Doeren stated his opinion on why we don’t have businesses or retailers coming to us is we need to seriously look at having someone help sell the city; Maas stated that’s a good idea, but with the budgets as tight as they are, can bring this to Finance at next time;
Mayor informed commission on discussion he has had with Jones Sign; they want to put up a billboard sign on Hwy 41 advertising the City of Oconto…at no costs; Mayor will get more details;

10. Moved by Stiloski seconded by Bostwick to adjourn. M/C
Meeting adjourned at 10:26 a.m.
Minutes submitted by
Linda M. Belongia,
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