Brandon Township Meeting, Monday, June 16, 2014


Brandon Township Meeting Minutes

June 16, 2014


The June monthly meeting was held on June 16, 2014 at the Brandon Community Center with Paul Lauthen, Mike Cleary, Gaylin Croonquist, Gene Fynboh and Adrian Ledermann present. The meeting was called to order by Fynboh at 7:00 p.m. The pledge of allegiance was recited.


Clerks Report: The minutes of the May 19th meeting were addressed. The reading of the minutes were waved and then approved on a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Fynboh, and carried.


Treasurer’s Report: Beginning balance on 05/01/2014 was $51,285.68. Receipts were $5.45 Orders issued were $13,315.42, for a total ending balance of $37,975.71. Investments reported included Tar & Road Fund received $5.03 in interest, to now total $197,628.51. The treasurer brought forth some investment proposals. The proposal to purchase two CDs, one of $50,000 for one year at .20% interest and one of $50,000 for two years at .25% interest was approved on a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Fynboh and approved. The treasurer's report was then approved on a motion by Croonquist, seconded by Lauthen and approved.


Public Comment: No visitors were present


Agenda Approval: The agenda was approved with one addition about township history on a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Croonquist and carried.


Old Business:

a. Road report: Roads are being graveled and graded. Chloride has been applied, although one Long Lake section was too water logged. A resident request led the board to request the clerk to find a supplier for that section. Brandon Fire Department were very helpful to clean out the culvert on Hagedorn Rd. Trees on Walleye Rd need trimming; Cleary was delegated to contact Klimek's to do the trimming. Trees on Tanglewood Rd also need trimming with some added ditching to be done. Hedeen Rd will need some gravel in the future and Big Chip Rd has an old culvert lodged in the road right of way. New signs are being stalled on Edgefield Rd and Hunt Lake Rd.

b. MAT summer course at Fergus Falls will be attended by Fynboh, Cleary, and Ledermann. MAT membership cards are available for all town officers at the clerk's office.

c. Chloride billing will commence this week. Next year, clerk will use gallons used as the best way to calculate costs.


New Business:

a. Updated election preparation info, including training dates, potential election judges and new regulations was shared by the clerk.

b. Building permits: two permits were reviewed.

c. Sewer permit and land use hearing on Jared Lund property was reviewed.

d. Douglas County Assessor's letter about door to door visitation in Brandon Township was read.

e. Meetings/workshops: On a motion by Croonquist, seconded by Lauthen, and approved, the policy of per diems was set as follows: Attendance at all meetings will be reimbursed at the rate of one per diem per half day ( ½ day equals 4 hours or less). Day long meetings will be reimbursed at two per diems.

f.. Clerk notes: MAT news about elections and town officer negligence; population estimate and Alex Senior Center info was shared.


Claims and Wages: Claims included: Etc. Signs and Apparel-$53.50 for signs; City of Brandon-$59.05 for water/sewer; Ottertail Power-$26.56 for shop electricity; M-R Sign-$26.56 for signs; Okerlund Graveling-$10,230.00 for gravel; Adrian Ledermann-$387.35 for internet, office supplies and mileage; Paul Lauthen-$40.00 for mileage; Gene Fynboh-$12.50 for mileage; and Michael Cleary-$15.00 for mileage. Wages and salaries totaled $4,730.00 for road grading and town officer salaries. Claims and wages were approved on a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Croonquist, and carried.



The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 pm on a motion by Lauthen; seconded by Fynboh .


Date and place of next meetings:

June 19, 7 pm, Clerk election training at Public Works-

June 23, MAT Summer Short Course in Fergus Falls

June 30, July 8, and July 16, election judge training at Alex Public Works

July 21, 7 pm, Monthly meeting at Brandon Community Center


Adrian Ledermann, clerk