Brandon Township Meeting, Monday, March 19, 2012

Brandon Township Meeting Minutes

Monday, March 19, 2012


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


Clerks Report:  The minutes of the February 21, 2012, meeting  were addressed.   The minutes were approved on a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Cleary, and carried.


Treasurer’s Report:  Beginning balance on 01/02/2012 was $7,438.18.   Interest from Revenue on account at Bremer was $.19.  Other income was $21,578.47.  Orders issued were $330.90 for a total ending balance of $28,685.94.  Investments reported included Tar & Road Fund received $15.69 in interest, to now total $197.455.60.   Motion made by Lauthen, seconded by Fynboh, and carried, to approve report. 


Public Comment:  Three visitors were present to address issues on the agenda..


Agenda Approval:  The agenda was approved with additional items, on a motion by Cleary seconded by Lauthen and approved.


Old Business: 

  1. Annual meeting followup:  No additional comments
  2. Road Review:  Some discussion on tree and vegetation removal.  Supervisors will mark trees and area on annual road review date.   A suggestion that board also watch for new construction and check to see if permits have been filed.  Road review date was set for April 10, 9 a.m.
  3. Township road sign policy implementation:  Stabnow was present seeking any input from annual meeting.  A question of whether street signs were to be removed was answered as, “No they will not.”   New larger street sign policy may have at least until 2018 for compliance.  Stabnow will be present at the annual county township meeting to add further info.  No further decision as to when board will begin implementation of new policy.
  4. New computer has been purchased and after assistance with Computer Specialists is working well.  Old computer has been provided to treasurer

New Business:

  1. Land Use Permits: One new permit was received. Croonquist reported on the new Douglas County Comprehensive plan.  The plan divides the rural county into three zones for further development:  rural residential will require a minimum of 10 areas; Ag limited will require a minimum of 20 acres; Ag core will require a minimum of 40 acres per lot.   Croonquist suggested that Land and Resources may provide a copy of the plan to the township if asked.  Cleary asked whether Brandon Township needed to bring forth an ordinance requiring sewer inspections and proper notification to the township before building permits were granted. Saffel reported that the county has a new computer system that will improve the basic information regarding inspections, assist in a more consistent testing and improve the sharing of information with the townships.  Board will raise these issues at the county meeting on March 21.
  2. Precinct polling place reestablished.   On a motion by Fynboh, seconded by  Cleary, and carried, resolution 03-19-2012,establishes the entire Brandon Township as a precinct and the Brandon City Hall as the polling place.
  3. Gravel quote requests will be published by the clerk.
  4. Minnesota Benefit Association Group Life policy will be renewed at the bronze level.
  5. Milbrandt Rd vacation.  A petition with 8 signatures was received requesting the vacation of Milbrandt road.  On a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Fynboh, the petition was accepted, the landowners will be notified and the April monthly meeting was set up as the date for a public hearing.
  6. Clerk notes included info from Central Applicators, County Volvo truck available for purchase, and the death of MAT CTAS lead person Dave Kazek.


Claims and Wages:  Claims and wages requests were presented and viewed by the board.  Claims included: Computer Specialists- $614.95 for computer; Otter Tail Power-$27.74 for shop electricity; The Record-$4.50 for legal notice; Lucky’s Propane-$499.50 for propane; Douglas County Aud/Treas-$79.50 for ditch benefits; Diane Smith-$31.99 for office supplies; Michael Cleary-$30.00 for mileage; Gene Fynboh-$12.00 for mileage; Adrian Ledermann -$23.19 for mileage and office supplies; and Minnesota Benefit Association -$405.00 for group life insurance. Claims and wages were ordered paid on a motion by Fynboh, seconded by Lauthen, and carried.


The meeting was adjourned at 7.42  p.m.,


Adrian Ledermann, clerk


Future Meetings:

*Douglas County Annual Meeting will by on March 21, at Douglas County Public Works,           beginning at 8:30 a.m. (no weed meeting this year)

*MAT township short course will be on March 29 at Arrowwood in Alexandria.

*Board of Appeal Meeting will be on Tuesday, April 10,1 p.m. at the community center

*Annual Township road inspection will be on Tuesday, April 10,  9a.m.

*April monthly meeting will be on Monday, April 16, 7 p.m.




Precinct Boundaries

Resolution #  03-19-2012

WHEREAS, the legislature of the State of Minnesota has been redistricted; and

WHEREAS, Minnesota Statute section 204B.14,  subd. 3 (d) requires that precinct boundaries must be reestablished within 60 days of when the legislature has been redistricted or at least 19 weeks before the state primary election, whichever comes first;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Town Board of the Township of Brandon, County of Douglas, State of Minnesota hereby established the boundaries of the voting precincts and polling places as follows:

Precinct:  Brandon Township, (entire township)

Polling Place:  Brandon City Hall, Brandon, MN

Adopted by the Brandon Township Board this 19th day of March, 2012

____Michael Cleary__________                     ______Adrian Ledermann__________

(chair: Brandon Township Board)                              attest: (clerk: Brandon Township