Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, June 19, 2000

Waverly council: let the music play

By Andrea Vargo

A 3-1 vote by the Waverly City Council, Tuesday, will allow the Waverly Lions Club to have music play until 12:30 a.m. during Waverly Daze.

The decision came after several spirited exchanges between Mayor Charles Bush and disc jockey Greg Lammers.

Lammers published an ad and circulated petitions to raise support for his show to be allowed at the city celebration in July.

Bush told Lammers that police reports from the last time he played for Waverly Daze (1995, said Lammers) are the reason he is no longer allowed in Waverly at public functions.

There are no problems with Lammers' show, but there are problems with the people who attend it, Bush said.

"I promise to have the most behaved crowd you ever see," Lammers stated emotionally.

"People won't come to you if there are problems, but to me," Bush retorted.

"The council made a decision to allow music until 10 p.m. (at the May meeting) and not just limit a particular entertainer," Bush said.

He stated that Waverly Daze is a family function, and that 10 p.m. is late enough for events to finish.

Several Lions and other musicians filled the available space and spoke in support of Lammers.

The Lions Club has no official position, but individuals do, said Pat Borrell, Lions Club member.

"It is a little disconcerting that we have the largest crowd here (since I have been mayor), when we have had more important things, (like annexation and other things that impact the taxpayers)," Bush said.

Having allowed about 15 minutes for discussion, Bush attempted to move forward with the agenda.

But Councilman John Hertzog placed a motion on the floor to allow the Lions to have some music other Lammers until 12:30 a.m., and it passed three to one, with Bush voting against the measure.

Public hearings

Annexation of the Tom Ryan property produced the most vocal exchanges during the two public hearings Tuesday.

The final vote for both hearings was tabled until all council members assemble Friday for a special meeting. Councilman Dave Fournier was absent from this meeting.

Councilman Jerry McRaith asked how the property is to be used, who is the developer, and what is the relationship of Buzz Jonason to the project.

Jonason said it really doesn't matter, because the issue is the annexation or disapproval of it.

He said that he is an investor with developer Joe Lemmerman.

Having answered McRaith's same questions at several meetings, Ryan explained again that the council has total control of what happens to that property after it is annexed.

"It is residential property and will be developed as such," Ryan said.

McRaith said he wants to protect existing taxpayers from having to pay for city expansion.

Attorney Jennifer Ford said any city expands, stays stagnant, or decreases.

"The city has to determine its capacity (for sewer and water), fees, and such. That is why we sit here," Bush stated.

It was brought out that the developer pays for sewer and water for the proposed additions. That cost is paid by the new home owner, when the home is purchased.

The city is operating at 50 percent of capacity, planning and zoning commissioner Adrian Duske said.

If all the available space in the city were developed, the city would be beyond capacity, stated a resident. Jim Woitalla of the maintenance department agreed.

At the special Friday council meeting, the Ryan annexation was approved 4-1 with McRaith voting against the measure.

The rhetoric was heated between McRaith and Ryan, as accusations flew.

Ryan accused McRaith of improperly investigating both Ryan and Jonason, using his status as a city councilman without authorization from the council.

Ryan felt it was worth a possible lawsuit.

McRaith felt it was his right to investigate as a councilman, and said he refused to be bullied.

A conflict of interest should keep McRaith from voting on the annexation, said Ryan, since McRaith owns 40 acres in the city that are ripe for development.

McRaith voted against the annexation when the time came.

The hearing for the annexation of the LePage Addition by P&P Enterprises was uneventful, as no one had any input.

At the Friday meeting, the annexation was approved as well as a conditional use permit, allowing homes to be moved onto the lots.

Farmers market

The farmers market is scheduled to run June 24 to Oct. 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m at Railroad Park.

Liability insurance must be supplied by the vendors (from their homeowners policy), and preregistration is required.

The registration fee for the season is $5, and a daily fee of $1 will be charged. The local Girl Scout troop will provide a supervised play area for children.Interested parties can contact Gen Johnson at 763-658-4180.

Fournier submits resignation

Waverly City Councilman Dave Fournier gave his letter of resignation to the council Friday. It becomes effective after the July 11 meeting. The council is looking for interested residents to consider for the vacancy.

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