Appointments are on agenda

November 21, 2018

Appointments of a new street superintendent and water systems manager are on the agenda of the Watertown Common Council meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the council chambers of the municipal building.

Resolutions appointing Randy Franks to the street department superintendent position and Peter Hartz to the water systems manager position will be acted upon by the council.

Franks took over as interim superintendent after former street Superintendent Rick Schultz retired in July. Hartz filled the water systems manager position after Kevin Freber left the department to take a similar position in Oconomowoc in March.

Franks was hired as the assistant street superintendent in 2015 with 30 years of experience. He spent the first half of those years in the private sector in the sewer and water business and the rest were in the public sector in a supervisory capacity in Jefferson, Grant and Dodge counties.

Hartz was hired as the Watertown assistant wastewater systems manager in September 2017. He received his bachelor’s degree in water resource management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Previously he had been the water and wastewater superintendent for 13 years in communities like Fond du Lac and Johnson Creek. Hartz also worked in the private sector as a watershed coordinator for a farm and account manager for an engineering firm.

The council will hold a public hearing regarding a planned unit development, general development plan and project implementation plan, allowing Rock River Gymnastics to move into a building at 426 S. Montgomery St.

Rock River Gymnastics is moving to this facility, shared with Building Products Inc., after issues with flooding at its original location on Wakoka Street.

The council will vote on two ordinances on their second readings regarding parking restrictions. One ordinance calls for prohibition of parking on North Second Street in the area of Cady Street north to the bridge, and the second one prohibits parking on a section of Hospital Drive.

A resolution on the agenda is for the adoption of 2019 budgets.

The common council will review three change orders for projects in the city.

One change order is $35,000 for a pipe lining project. This change order addresses a pipe lining that failed around South Third Street.

Visu-Sewer, the current lining contractor, requested an extension to complete the contract due to the wet weather from this past summer and fall.

Another change order is for a local road improvement project on West Street. More paving materials were needed than were called for in the contract, requiring an additional $65,587 in costs. The total cost of the project is now $458,705.

The last change order is a seal coating project, which was larger than contracted. The completed work costs more than what was budgeted and the resolution is asking for an additional $10,576.

Other resolutions on the agenda include the purchase of a minivan for the transit system; an application for an operating grant from the Department of Transportation for a shared-ride taxi service; an approval to enter into an option year contract with Passenger Transit, Inc. for shared-ride taxi service; a lease for shared-ride taxi vehicles; to apply for a capital grant to fund fleet purchases for shared-ride taxi service; and an adoption of general fund and debt service fund levies and tax rates.

The council will also review an amendment for the Class A malt and liquor license for Pick ‘n Save, 624 S. Church St. The store allows customers to order groceries that employees would gather and then deliver to the customer’s car in the parking lot. Pick ’n Save is asking to have the sale of alcohol included in these purchases.

The council will view a resolution that would authorize a contract with LifeQuest Services for EMS billing for the Watertown Fire Department.

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