Bonds could lead to 24 new jobs

May 24, 2019

A local business will be in the process of expanding its facility, potentially bringing over two dozen jobs.

The Watertown Common Council approved an initial resolution for the city to provide industrial development bond financing for up to $6 million to Ad-Tech Industries Inc. for its building expansion.

The custom coating and nickel plating business located at 110 S. Votech Drive is looking to construct an approximately 59,840-square-foot addition to its existing 163,200-square-foot facility, according to the preliminary resolution.

Bill Neeman, general manager of Ad-Tech, said the reason for the expansion is to accommodate customer demand and that this could potentially provide 24 new jobs.

“The city is only a conduit for this financing to allow Ad-Tech to obtain more favorable borrowing terms which is a way for the city to help support the expansion project but this is not actual debt of the city nor does this affect the city’s overall debt limitations,” City Clerk Elissa Friedl said.

Alderman Rick Tortomasi thanked Ad-Tech for their perseverance as they went through the city’s boards and commissions.

“I would like to thank Ad-Tech for expanding in the city and adding more jobs probably,” he said. “I know it’s been a long process for you.”

Other business

-- In other business, the council approved an agreement with the state’s Department of Transportation for the plan development and design of Cole Memorial bridge on Main Street.

The agreement would require the city to fund 25 percent for the plan development and design fees, which are estimated at $133,750. This would be funded from the city’s bridges capital reserve account.

The concrete spandrel arch structure was built in 1931 and City Engineer Jaynellen Holloway said it is coming to the end of its lifespan.

-- Two ordinances on their final readings were approved by the council. One ordinance would adopt amendments to the 2009 city of Watertown Comprehensive Plan.

The other ordinance would change zoning for 111 and 211 Hiawatha St. and 907 Oak St. from general business to general industrial. GO Riteway purchased three parcels on Hiawatha and Oak streets for outdoor storage of buses, according to Zoning Administrator Jacob Maas.

-- The council also approved an ordinance on its first reading, which will remove the need for residents to get a permit for a recreational fire.

“All of the restrictions and ordinances in place for recreational fires are still included and will be enforced,” Alderman Tim Raether said.

-- The council approved two ordinances on their first readings for creating the job duties of the new position of a code compliance officer. Dell Zwieg was recently hired into this position.

One ordinance would amend in the city’s municipal code of ordinances by adding the code compliance officer, which would allow a person in this position to issue citations for ordinances that directly relate to their official responsibilities.

The other ordinance modifies a chapter in the city’s code for property maintenance to allow the code compliance officer to initiate a commercial inspection on his own accord, according to the minutes from the Public Safety and Welfare Committee.

-- The council recognized the retirement of Firefighter/EMT Burton Christenson who has served the Watertown Fire Department since 2001.

“It’s been a joy serving the city,” Christenson said.

He received a plaque from Mayor Emily McFarland and Fire Chief Kraig Biefeld gave him his helmet, a tradition the department does when someone retires.

-- The council authorized the submission of a Urban Nonpoint Sources and Storm Water Management Planning grant.

Zoning Administrator Jacob Maas said they want to use the grant to upgrade the illicit discharge ordinance, develop a post-construction stormwater management program and erosion program, and develop a low-impact or a conservation subdivision ordinance.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources cost share for the project would be up to 50 percent of eligible costs and capped at $85,000, according to the resolution.

-- The council also congratulated a number of city employees for their service. They include: Maas of the building, safety and zoning department for five years; Timothy Gordon of the fire department for 15 years; James Acker of the fire department for 15 years; Christopher Karnatz of the police department for 20 years; Ian Keats of the police department for five years; Patrick Reindl of the street department for 30 years; Michael Roehl of the police department for five years; Carl Schuett of the street department for 25 years; and James Simon of the police department for five years.

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