Sunday, March 25, 2012

Yard Signs!

Let me know if I can put a Jef for Oshkosh sign in your yard!

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Signature Sheets for April 2012

If you are able, please print out some sheets and fill them out over the weekend.  Signatures for the April ballot are due January 3rd.

Here's the link.

Instructions are attached to the sheets.  If you are collecting signatures, please send me an email and let me know.


Monday, December 19, 2011

My questions submitted for the pay study...

Can I have the link between the Job Titles in the budget Document and the Job Titles in the new compensation plan?
-       Old (Budget) Title, New (Compensation Plan) Title

What are the private sector positions used in the Comp study as comparable?  Links from Comp Study Job Titles to Private Sector Job Titles would be good. 

How did you compare those positions without local public comparables?   Civil Engineer, water/utility, parking control, police for example.

I would like a copy of the job description questionnaire, and if possible, a copy of the questionnaires filled out by employees in level G1-5, as well as points assigned.

An overview of the system for scoring.  How are points assigned?  Please break down by category.

Are certificates required or tech education for a position evaluated along with education required?  How?  How are points assigned for this?

Comparables sources: 

Who is included in the Chamber study?  Being voluntary, what is the confidence? Are larger employers included?  How can I get a copy of the most recent study?

What would be the results of making the levels go from the 100% being a midpoint rather than a max?  For example:

Rank    Level%          Test1           Test2           Test3
1       87.5%           90.00%          92.50%          95.00%
2       90.0%           94.00%          96.50%          99.00%
3       92.5%           98.00%          100.50%         103.00%
4       95.0%           102.00%         104.50%         107.00%
5       97.5%           106.00%         108.50%         111.00%
6       100.0%          110.00%         110.00%         110.00%
Max     120.0%          120.00%         120.00%         120.00%

I believe if we establish that the study levels are correct, we should select a framework similar to column test #2 – a good, 3rd year employee will earn the local average, and have room to grow from there as skill and experience continue to increase.

I would be willing to meet with Mr. Carlson and members of the City Administration to go over this information outside of a meeting if everyone feels these questions are taking up too much time in a meeting.



Jef Hall
Oshkosh Common Council
112 E Irving Ave
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Local woman leaves $1.1 million to Oshkosh Public Library

Local woman leaves $1.1 million to Oshkosh Public Library

Dec. 16, 2011 – An Oshkosh woman who was an avid reader throughout her life and made a habit of sharing the books she read has made a $1.1 million bequest to the Oshkosh Public Library.

The Library Board voted on Dec. 15 to establish a memorial trust fund with the bequest from the estate of Marjorie M. Drexler of Oshkosh. Mrs. Drexler died Aug. 16, 2010, at the age of 87.   Mrs. Drexler was the daughter of an Oshkosh teacher who grew up on Bowen Street and later lived on that same street with her husband, Norbert. She was hired as a switchboard operator at
Oshkosh Truck Corporation in the 1940s and worked there for 38 years. A close friend described her as a private person whose primary interests were reading and animals. She bought her books – mostly biographies and romances – and passed them along to friends after she read them. 

“Mrs. Drexler was just an average citizen who obviously saw value in the work that is done at the public library,” said Victoria Vandenberg, assistant director at the Oshkosh Public Library. “We are extremely grateful for her generosity.”

The library has numerous trust funds that have been established over the years with donations from local residents. “Bequests like these, and smaller annual gifts from generous area residents, help to elevate our organization from a good library to an excellent library,” explained Jeff Gilderson-Duwe, library director. “Although the majority of our operations are funded by tax dollars, donations and bequests help the library to better meet the needs of the community with a wide variety of collections, services and creative initiatives.

“And donors like Mrs. Drexler are leaving a legacy that will touch many lives for years to come,” Gilderson-Duwe said.
The Library Board allocates trust fund income for library projects and services annually and will decide at a later date how to use earnings from the Drexler fund. In the past, the board has used trust funds to purchase best-selling books; collect and publish digital photos and community information that preserve Oshkosh history; establish the OurSpace teen area, teen reading collections and programs; and develop outstanding genealogy resources and expert research assistance.

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Oshkosh Snow Shoveling Requirements

Oshkosh Snow Shoveling Requirements

(Oshkosh, WI.) The city of Oshkosh would like to remind residents about the city’s snow removal regulations. Property owners are required to clear sidewalks abutting their property of snow or ice within 24 hours after the end of precipitation. These requirements include the crosswalk area for property owners on a corner lot.

When ice can not be removed, the property owner shall keep the sidewalk sprinkled with a material to accelerate melting and prevent slipping.

Depositing snow from private property onto any public right-of-way, public property, or fire hydrant is also prohibited.

Failure to clear the sidewalk will result in the city completing the work and billing the property owner for the snow or ice removal. The minimum charge for the cost of snow removal is $75. Property owners also face a potential citation for violation of the Municipal Code. This forfeiture is $232 for the first offense.

For more information or to report a violation, please call the Engineering Division of the Department of Public Works at (920) 236-5065.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

City Receives $20,000 from CN

City Receives $20,000 from CN

(Oshkosh, WI.) Today the Canadian National Railroad (CN) presented the city of Oshkosh with $20,000 at a check presentation at City Hall. The funds will be used for the development and installation of informational displays/signs commemorating the history of the rail bridge crossing the Fox River, its role in the economic development of the city, and its influence on the community.

The rail bridge crossing the Fox River was constructed in 1899 and based on its 110-plus years of service has exceeded its useful lifespan and must be replaced. Due to the historic significance of the bridge, CN has entered into an agreement with the US Coast Guard, Fox River Navigational Systems Authority, the Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Parkway, the Friends of the Fox, and the Landmarks Commission to mitigate the loss of this historic/cultural structure by developing
interpretive displays/signs.

The signage will incorporate the two 1899 Date Plaques as well as Builders Plaques into two separate interpretive displays/signs. These interpretive displays/signs will be located on the present and planned riverwalk near the new railroad bridge. One will be located on the north shore and the other will be located on the south shore of the Fox River.

For more information, please contact Principal Planner David Buck at (920) 236-5062 or

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NeighborWorks Oshkosh Awarded $100,000 Grant

NeighborWorks Oshkosh Awarded $100,000 Grant

(Oshkosh, WI.) The city of Oshkosh is proud to announce that NeighborWorks Oshkosh has been awarded a $100,000 expansion grant. The grant is from NeighborWorks America.
The funds will be used to accomplish various objectives including:

• Supporting NeighborWorks America’s goal of expanding services and investments benefiting under-served populations and places
• Reaching under-served populations and places targeted by NeighborWorks America
• Demonstrating the organizational capacity and planning to provide expanded services/programs while minimizing negative impacts on current services and service provisions
• Planning for and leveraging the funding resources necessary to sustain services and programs to the expansion area

The purpose of NeighborWorks Oshkosh is to renew pride, restore confidence, promote reinvestment, and revitalize the NeighborWorks neighborhoods. This happens through the efforts of local residents acting in concert with financial institutions, corporate enterprise and the business community, foundations, and local government.

For more information, please contact Planning Services at (920) 236-5059.

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