Brandon Township Meeting, Monday, May 19, 2008

Brandon Township Meeting Minutes – May 19, 2008 

The regular monthly meeting of the Brandon Township Board was held on Monday, May 19, 2008 at the Brandon Community Center with Don Buse, Paul Lauthen, Michael Cleary, Diane Smith and Adrian Ledermann present.


The meeting was called to order by the chair, Don Buse at 8 p.m.  The pledge of allegiance was recited.


Clerks Report:  The minutes of the April 21, 2008  meeting were addressed.   The minutes were approved with an addition by Cleary (Cleary was authorized to spend up to $200 to seek survey) with a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Cleary, and carried.


Treasurer’s Report:  Beginning balance as of 4/01/08 was $23794.50.   Interest from Revenue on account at Bremer was $3.01.  Other income was $0.  Orders issued totaling $8,400.25, for a total ending balance of $15,397.26.  Investments reported included Tar & Road Fund received $99.79 in interest to total $61,833.52; 12 month CD renewed for one year totals $57,007.16; and 18 month CD renewed for one year totals $162,755.05.  Motion made by Cleary, seconded by Lauthen, to approve report; carried.

 Public Comment:

            Michelle Elmer was present to request one day gambling license for Christiana Lake Turkey support.   Motion by Cleary, seconded by Lauthen, and carried to sign off on license.

            Buse presented sewer update:   Resolutions passed at April meeting were presented to CRLSD board and received.  CRLSD board will have 6 months to act upon it after the May 31, public meeting.   CRLSD board is still working on the MPC permit for the Miltona project.  Ledermann again presented rules and procedures for large number of resident visitors that were present.

            Jamie Saffron presented a petition with 205 parcel owner signatures requesting that they be excluded from the sewer district.  (cf. attached petition).  Jennifer Lanners presented a pro petition information focusing on the cost and the imbalance of cost based on average property value and income level.  John Gilson spoke against the petition and in favor of the overall project moving forward.  Jamie Saffron spoke for the petition and asked what has changed since October 07 that led to bring more properties into the district.  Tom Malvin also spoke in favor of the petition.  Jim Adams spoke in favor of the overall project.   Other speakers followed, with the board attempting to answer people's questions.   Clerk reported that 20 letters of support for the overall project and 2 letters opposed have been received and are on file. Old Business:

            -Sewer situation:   After further discussion among the board, on a motion by Cleary, seconded by Lauthen and carried, the board tabled any further action until after the May 31st public meeting.

            -Chloride billing:  Ledermann reported that a list of Big Chip road residents have been received and that John Gilson who has been collecting for that area will be seeking signatures to sign off so that that road area may have the chloride billed added to their property taxes.

            -Walleye road turn around.   Cleary reported still working on efforts.  Survey has been done, trees on right of way, and dirt needed present some complications.

            -Gravel:  Lauthen will call Okerlund to check on graveling progress.  Ledermann has sent Okerlund directions along with road areas to be chlorided to receive first gravel.

            -Grading Contracts- Ledermann reviewed Leaf Valley and Ida contracts and found these contracts to be ongoing until revised or terminated.

            - Board of Appeal report was presented.

            -Edgefield cemetery upkeep.   Lauthen moved, seconded by Cleary and carried that Jerry Buse be contracted to maintain the cemetery.  Cost to be negotiated.

            -Buse reported that he had to contact Rollie Kronberg to remove trees on Chippewa Heights road.

            -Lauthen and Buse will replace signs that have been damaged.  New signs have been received.

 New Business:

            -Land use permits were reviewed.

            -Assessor's contract for 20008-2010 was tabled.  Ledermann will contact Howard about per parcel price request.

            -Township web site discussed.  Board indicated a need to go ahead.   Ledermann will seek proposals to build a simple web site that will include meeting dates, location, agenda, minutes, board actions, etc.  Several visitors present indicated a willingness to help gather info.

            -Stray dog policy.   Cleary suggested township maybe have a $25.00 fee applied to owners who had their stray dog picked up by township officer.   He has also registered as a dog catcher with the Humane Society.   Discussion indicated that owners are already required to reimburse the Society when they pick up their dog, and that the township is responsible for board and euthanizing when the dog is not picked up.   No further action taken.


Claims:   Claims were presented and viewed by the board.  Claims included: Douglas County Treasurer - $79.50 for ditch benefits; Pro Ag Farmers Coop - $725.20 for bulk oil; West Central Petro - $1,795.20 for diesel; The Record - $44.16 for notices; M-R Sign - $522.05 for road signs; Otter Tail Power - $26.96 for shop electricity; Ostlund's Hardware - $25.22 for misc. parts.   Claims and wages were ordered to be paid with a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Cleary, and carried.

 Meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m.; motion by Cleary, seconded by Lauthen.Adrian Ledermann, clerk.