Brandon Township Meeting, Monday, April 21, 2008

Brandon Township Meeting Minutes – April 21,2008 

The regular monthly meeting of the Brandon Township Board was held on Monday, April 21, 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 March meeting were addressed.   The minutes were approved as read with a motion by Cleary, seconded by Lauthen, and carried.  Buse added a note that the public hearing of the CRLSD has been rescheduled for May 31.


Treasurer’s Report:  Beginning balance as March 1, 2008 was $16,381.25.   Interest from Revenue on account at Bremer was $2.76.  Other income was $13,038.05.  Orders issued totaling $5,627.56, for a total ending balance of $23,794.50.  Investments reported included Tar & Road Fund received $123.64 in interest to total $61,733.73; 12 month CD renewed for one year received $2,898.53 in interest and now totals $57,007.16; and 12 month CD renewed for one year totals $162,755.05.  Motion made by Lauthen, seconded by Cleary, to approve report; carried.

 Public Comment:  A large crowd of visitors regarding the sewer issue were present.  (cf. enclosed sheets)   Buse introduced Dan Folsom from WSN engineering who passed out info sheets and went through the information about the CRLSD project.   A question and answer period followed.   Ledermann handed out meeting rules and procedures and spoke briefly about the format to assist in the sharing of info and comments with a large crowd present.   A time of info seeking question and answer period followed.   A brief recess than followed at which time both pro and con positions were asked to name 3 spokes persons to present their comments.    Tom Saffel from Whiskey Lake, Wally Tischer from Devils Lake and Brad Bulger from Whiskey presented the con side.   Will Betterman from Big Chip, Jim Adams from Big Chip and Bob Reynolds from Devils Lake present the pro side.  Tischer, Saffel and Bulger also provided follow up comments as did Betterman, Adams and Harry Davis.   A show of hands indicated a majority present did not support the inclusion of some of the properties. Old Business:

a.  Sewer:  After discussion the board passed a resolution to be forwarded to the CLRSD Board on a motion by Cleary, seconded by Lauthen, and carried.  (cf attached copy of resolution)   A second resolution was presented to request reconsideration for the Kamp Kappy property on a motion by Cleary, seconded by Lauthen and carried.  (cf attached copy of resolution)


b. Chloride billing info indicated that only property owners who signed a petition on a given road may have their bill added on to their property tax bill.  Ledermann will explore further.

c.  Runestone park addition:   On a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Cleary, and carried, Ledermann will forward a resolution giving the go ahead for Douglas County to use 25% of its funding from Brandon Township to help in the purchase of additional land for Runestone County Park.  (cf attached resolution) 

d.  Ledermann was appointed  to the Regional Planning Agency, and on a motion by  Cleary, seconded by Lauthen, Buse was reappointed to the CRLSD Board for the term of one year to expire March 31, 2009.   Salaries were set for clerk at $500 per quarter and for treasurer at $ 425 per quarter on a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Cleary, and carried.


e.  Walleye road turn around:   Cleary will seek survey info and price in order to build.


f.  Brandon Township road review was done on April 19 by Lauthen, Cleary, Buse, and Ledermann

 New Business:

a.  Gravel quotes from Wagner and Okerlund were reviewed.  On a motion by Cleary, seconded by Lauthen, the Okerlund quote was accepted.   Lauthen and Ledermann will forward the necessary information.


b.  Grading contracts with Garfield, Ida and Leaf Valley will be reviewed.   County rate of $88.00 per hour for summer grading will be charged on a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Cleary and passed.


c.  Contracts for township officers for snow plowing by Lauthen, and mowing by Cleary were signed.


d.  Land use permits.   Two permits were reviewed.


Claims:   Claims were presented and viewed by the board.  Claims included: Douglas County Public Works - $75.25 for salt/sand; The Record - $35.35 for notices; Jim Howard - $6,456.25 for assessor fees; Ziegler Cat - $186.68 for filters; MN Ass. Of Townships - $40.00 for short course registration; Ottertail Power - $ 42.36 for shop electricity.   PERA- $158.90 for 1st Qt.;  and IRS - $303.65 for 1st Qt.  Claims and wages were ordered to be paid with a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Cleary, and carried.

 Meeting adjourned at 11.29 p.m.; motion by Cleary, seconded by Lauthen .Adrian Ledermann, clerk.