Brandon Township Meeting, Monday, July 18, 2011

July Monthly Brandon Town Board Meeting  

The regular monthly meeting of the Brandon Township Board was held on Monday, July 18, 2011 at the Brandon Community Center with Paul Lauthen, Michael Cleary, Jennifer Lanners, and Adrian Ledermann present.

The meeting was called to order by Mike Cleary at 7:00 p.m.  The pledge of allegiance was recited.

Clerks Report:  The minutes of the June 20th meeting were addressed.   The minutes were approved on a motion by Lanners, seconded by Lauthen and carried.

Treasurer’s Report:  Beginning balance on 06/01/2011 was $18,159.47.   Interest from Revenue on account at Bremer was $.90.  Transferred in from Money Market account was $85,000.00.    Orders issued were $93,833.61 for a total ending balance of $9,326.76.  Investments reported included Tar & Road Fund received $58.78 in interest and had $85,000.00 transferred to checking, to now total $122,183.24.   Motion made by Lanners, seconded by Lauthen, to approve report; carried. 

Public Comment: Two visitors were present to address agenda items as they came up.

Agenda Approval:  The revised agenda was approved on a motion by Cleary, seconded by Lauthen, and carried.

Old Business: 

a.   Sign update:   Stabnow presented his preliminary report.  Brandon Township has 157 signs, of which 87 are unnecessary.  About 13 signs have already been upgraded.  Stabnow will present a written report and recommendation at the next meeting.  He is still working with others on a standard township sign policy.

b. Road conditions update:  Lauthen reported having to close Long Lake Rd for a day due to water over the road.  Okerlund has done more spot graveling.  Lanners reported some water problems on spur off Chippewa Hts, RD near Trisko property.  Problem has been resolved.  Lanners presented quotes for repair of Chippewa Hts and Wallen Rd.  Lakes Area Paving, Central Specialties, and Casey Construction submitted quotes.  On a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Cleary, and approved,  the quote from Casey Construction was approved, with final details to be negotiated by Lauthen and Casey Construction.

c.   Chloride spread was completed.  Bills have been sent, with $2,862 collected thus far.

      Some dissatisfaction reported with AJ Just applications due to break downs and uneven spread.

d.   Grader analysis is now complete, bills are in. 

e.   Four weed letters have been sent, one party contacted by supervisor.  Control action has been undertaken.

f.  Supervisor replacement notice has been placed on the web site.  No contacts have been received.  Clerk will put notice in local paper.

 New Business:

a. Two land use permits were reviewed.

b. Gopher bounty increase request led to a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Lanners, and approved that the pocket gopher bounty be increased to $1.75 per gopher.

c.  Clerk notes included a report of the census taken in 2010, that there are now 713 residents in Brandon Township, with 483 housing units of which 293 are occupied; vacant or seasonal units total 190.  Casey construction also does dust control spread.  Ziegler Cat request for feedback will be looked at by Lauthen.


Claims and Wages:  Claims and wages requests were presented and viewed by the board.  Claims included:  City of Brandon-$146.65 for water/sewer; Ziegler Cat-$3612.66 for grader maintenance; Douglas County Public Works-$4,500.00 for love lake culvert; Kris Engineering-$2,018.77 for grader edges; Gardonville-$14.95 for internet; Klimek's-$385.00 for tree removal; West Central Petroleum-$1,566.44 for diesel; Ottertail Power-$30.42 for shop electricity; Bill Ness Contruction-$240.00 for shop wall repair; Okerlund Graveling-$2,745.00 for gravel; IRS-$570.52 for 2nd Qt.; PERA-$194.76 for 2nd Qt.  Claims and wages were ordered to be paid on a motion by Lanners, seconded by Cleary and carried.

Next monthly meeting will be on Monday, August 15, 2011, 7p.m. at the Brandon Community Center.   The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m. on a motion by Cleary, seconded by Lanners.Adrian Ledermann, clerk