Brandon Township Meeting, Monday, October 15, 2012

Brandon Township Meeting Minutes

October 15, 2012

The August monthly meeting was held on October 15, 2012 at the Brandon Community Center with Mike Cleary, Gene Fynboh, Paul Lauthen, Diane Smith and Adrian Ledermann present. The meeting was called to order by Cleary at 7:00 p.m. The pledge of allegiance was recited.

Clerks Report: The minutes of the September 17, 2012, meeting were addressed. The reading of the minutes were waved and then approved on a motion by Fynboh, seconded by Lauthen, and carried.

Treasurer’s Report: Beginning balance on 09/01/2012 was $26,623.57. Interest from Revenue on account at Bremer was $.24. Other income was $308.00 from Brandon residents for chloride, $6.00 for filing fees, and $965.78 for Taxes from Douglas County, for a total of $1,279.78. Orders issued were $17,801.60 for a total ending balance of $10,101.99. Investments reported included Tar & Road Fund received $7.58 in interest, to now total $197,525.20. On a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Fynboh and carried, the treasurer’s report was approved.

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

Agenda Approval: The agenda was approved with one addition about the disbandment of the Lakes Area Planning Commission on a motion by Fynboh, seconded by Lauthen, and carried.

Old Business:

a. Road report: Croonquist has done some grading of the wash boards. The culvert has been replaced on Wolf Creek Road.

b. Sign post replacement and removal. No further action.

c. Shorewood Ln Right-of-way concerns have been responded to.

d. Big Chip Rd request. Cleary and Ledermann visited. Fynboh will check into cutting down stand pipe and getting grate or tile guard over it. Maybe have Croonquist redefine road crown surface next spring to allow more water to drain to the east.

e. Fynboh, Cleary and Ledermann attended the district 9 meeting in Leaf Valley. New state director was present; some discussion on voter ID amendment and township lobbying efforts. Many local candidates introduced themselves.

f. Brandon City water meter. No meter will be placed at the township shed as there is no heat there. Township will be charged a minimum $3.00 monthly fee.

New Business:

a. Two land use permits were reviewed.

b. Public accuracy test has been scheduled for October 29 at 5 pm.

c. Election notices have been published by the clerk. Head judge Smith will schedule judges for the day.

d. AAEDC breakfast. Cleary, Fynboh and Ledermann plan to attend.

e. Township road T-89 vacate. Pat Botner was in attendance and presented a petition to vacate the road that has long been plowed over and not maintained by Brandon Township. The board accepted the petition and set November 19 as the date for a public hearing to vacate that road. Clerk Ledermann will send a letter to landowners affected by the road vacation.

f. Wolf Creek culvert: Keith Albertsen was in attendance to seek moderation of the drainage from the pond on his land. Lauthen will check into the pricing of an elbow and its placing to keep the water flow at the top of the culvert. He will keep Albertsen informed.

g. Lakes Area Planning Commission disbandment: A meeting has been scheduled for December 5 to discuss/decide on this issue. Brandon Town Board sees no need to continue the commission.

h. Clerk notes. State Auditors questions have been answered as some computer communication at the state office did not record Brandon's annual audit. Helpful polling place tips of the week were shared. LTAP training schedule was shared.

Claims and Wages: Claims and wages requests were presented and viewed by the board. Claims included: Otter Tail Power-$27.65 for shop electricity; Leuthner Law Office-$163.34 for legal fees; IRS-$491.93 for 3rd Qt.; PERA-$137.00 for 3rd Qt; Paul Lauthen-$525 for mower tractor rental. On a motion by Fynbow, seconded by Cleary, and carried, the bills were approved to be paid.

Date and place of next meetings:

October 25, 7 am. AAEDC breakfast

October 29; 5 pm public accuracy test at Brandon City Hall

Monthly meeting: November 19, 7 pm. Brandon Community Center

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm on a motion by Fnyboh, seconded by Cleary, and carried.

Adrian Ledermann, clerk