Brandon Township Meeting, Monday, September 19, 2011

Brandon Township Meeting Minutes September 19, 2011 The regular monthly meeting of the Brandon Township Board was held on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011 at the Brandon Community Center with Paul Lauthen, Michael Cleary, Gene Fynboh, Diane Smith and Adrian Ledermann present. The meeting was called to order by Mike Cleary at 7:00 p.m.  The pledge of allegiance was recited.New supervisor, Gene Fynboh, was administered the oath of office by clerk Ledermann. Clerks Report:  The minutes of the Aug. 15th meeting were addressed.   The minutes were approved on a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Cleary, and carried. Treasurer’s Report:  Beginning balance on 08/01/2011 was $5,683.07.   Interest from Revenue on account at Bremer was $.31.  Other income was $2,150.74.  Orders issued were $760.27 for a total ending balance of $7,073.85.  Investments reported included Tar & Road Fund received $64.16 in interest, to now total $207,301.11.   Motion made by Lauthen, seconded by Cleary, and carried to approve report. Public Comment: One visitor was present to address issues that were brought up. Agenda Approval:  The agenda was approved with no additional items on a motion by Fynboh, seconded by Cleary, and approved. Old Business:  a. Road update:  Chippewa Hts road has had some repair with holes being patched, Cleary will contact Casey; board approves local owner cutting trees on right of way, and must dispose of trees.  Township will dispose of trash found in ditches.b. Road Sign update:  Stabnow presented  resolution for removal of signs on roads.  On a motion by Fynboh, seconded by Cleary and approved, resolution # 9-19-2011 was approved.  (cf. enclosure) Stabnow also presented more information on sign inventory.   Board suggested that sign inventory and sign removal info be brought to the annual township meeting in March.  Douglas County sent a letter about quadrant designation on street signs indicating that it is not needed for any of Brandon Township roads.c. New time sheets for contracted labor done by supervisors were handed out.d. Chloride reimbursements stand at 9 delinquent payments from residents totaling $600.00.    On a motion by Cleary, seconded by Lauthen, a new policy for 2012 will include adding a $5.00 late fee for second billing after 60 days. New Business:a. Two land use permits were reviewed.b. Lucky's Propane capped price agreement of a price per gallon not to exceed $2.08 was approved on a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Cleary, and approved.c. Collapsed archway on Long Lake road was discussed, not further action at this time. d. Clerk notes included info on LTAP workshops; local board of appeal training dates.  New election law info was presented to head election judge, who advised the info be kept by the clerk. Claims and Wages:  Claims and wages requests were presented and viewed by the board.  Claims included:  Ottertail Power-$24.60 for shop electricity; Moe Township-$704.25 for ½ gravel on Pheasant road; City of Brandon-$148.65 for water/sewer; Ziegler Cat-$638.02 for parts, maintenance; MATIT-$1,996.00 for insurance; J.K. Stabnow-$1,200.00 for sign engineering; Michael Cleary-$22.50 for mileage; Paul Lauthen-$65.00 for mileage and trash disposal reimbursement.  Claims and Wages were ordered to be paid on a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Fynboh, and approved. Next month meeting will be on Monday, October 17, 2011, 7p.m. at the Brandon Community Center. The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 on a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Cleary and approved. Adrian Ledermann, clerk  RESOLUTION 9-19-2011 ESTABLISHING A POLICY FOR REMOVAL OF REGULATORY, WARNING AND GUIDE SIGNS   WHEREAS, the Town Board (“Board”) of Brandon Township (“Town”) is the road authority and provides maintenance for approximately forty two ( 42 ) miles of road in the Town;  WHEREAS, MN statute 169.06 subd. 3 states that the Board, as the local road authority, shall place and maintain traffic control devices on roadways in their jurisdiction, to regulate, warn or guide traffic;  WHEREAS, Brandon Township roads are low volume with predominantly local traffic; utilized by increasingly wide agricultural planting and harvesting equipment and our residents desire to preserve the rural character of our Township;   WHEREAS, The Board will use the uniform regulations set forth in the current Minnesota Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MNMUTCD) initially issued May 2005;  WHEREAS, The Board has adopted an inventory of all signs and the Township Engineer has recommended which signs should be maintained; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that regulatory, warning and guide signs for the roads of the Town not designated to be maintained, be removed at the discretion of the Town.  Approved by:                                                 _J.K. Stabnow_____________________Township EngineerAdopted this _19th__ day of ____September______, 2011__.  BY THE TOWN BOARD                                                        ATTEST: _Michael Cleary_____________                                _Adrian Ledermann__________ Town Board Chair                                                                   Town Clerk