Brandon Township Meeting, Monday, December 15, 2014
Brandon Township Meeting Minutes
December 15, 2014
The December monthly meeting was held on December 15, 2014 at the Brandon Community Center with Gene Fynboh, Mike Cleary, Gaylin Croonquist, Kerby Lund and Adrian Ledermann present. The meeting was called to order by Fynboh at 7:00 p.m. The pledge of allegiance was recited. A brief time of silence was held in memory of deceased long time supervisor, Paul Lauthen and in honor of all the good work he has done.
Clerks Report: The minutes of the November 17th meeting were addressed. The reading of the minutes were waved and approved on a motion by Fynboh, seconded by Croonquist, and carried.
Treasurer’s Report: Beginning balance on 11/01/2014 was $4,631.11. Receipts were $85.00 chloride reimburse, $1,353.70 State Ag credit, and $.04 in interest. Orders issued were $28,692.38. Investments reported included Tar & Road Fund received $3.39 in interest, to now total $237,649.34 which includes two CDs. The treasurer's report was then approved on a motion by Fynboh, seconded by Croonquist and approved.
Public Comment: No visitors present.
Agenda Approval: The agenda was approved on a motion by Croonquist, seconded by Fynboh and carried.
a. A note from the Paul Lauthen family thanking the members of the board for the flowers was read. All the Lauthen township information has been delivered to the board.
b. Appointment of supervisor: Kerby Lund was present upon being invited to consider appointment to the supervisor A position. After an informative interview, on a motion by Croonquist, seconded by Fynboh, and carried with aye votes from Croonquist, Fynboh, and Ledermann, Kerby Lund was appointed to the position of Supervisor A for the term to expire after the next general election on November of 2016. Lund took the oath of office immediately.
a. The computer backup by Carbonite Cloud has been installed and is working on both the clerk and treasurer computers.
b. The new CTAS 8 accounting program has been fully installed on both computers.
c. Road report: Croonquist and Lund will coordinate snow plowing with Blackie Bitzan. Lund will check with the local resident about a sand barrel on Nursery Lane hill.
d. MATIT audit will be completed by treasurer Cleary.
a. building permit: one permit was reviewed.
b. Appointment of clerk: Since the elected position of clerk has been changed to the appointment option and the elected clerk term has been concluded, Brandon Township clerk needed to be appointed. On a motion by Croonquist, seconded by Lund and approved with aye votes from Croonquist, Fynboh, and Lund, Adrian Ledermann was appointed as clerk beginning January 5, 2015. Ledermann took the oath of office.
c. Resolution 12-15-2014 authorizing supervisors to purchase needed supplies in an emergency was approved on a motion by Croonquist, seconded by Lund and carried.
d. Resolution 12-15-2014 B, authorizing contracts with interested township officer Lund was approved on a motion by Croonquist, seconded by Fynboh and carried.
Resolution 12-15-2014 C authorizing contracts with interested township officer Croonquist, was approved on a motion by Lund, seconded by Fynboh, and carried
Resolution 12-15-2014 D authorizing contracts with interested township officer Fynboh was approved on a motion by Lund, seconded by Croonquist, and carried.
Resolution 12-15-20104 E authorizing contracts with interested township clerk Ledermann was approved on a motion by Lund, seconded by Croonquist, and carried.
e. On a motion by Croonquist, seconded by Lund, and carried, the hiring of Ben Bitzan to do snowplowing for the season was approved.
f. On a motion by Croonquist, seconded by Lund, support was given to the Longbeards for a raffle in the township.
g. The special assessment list for 2014 for chloride on Big Chip roads was reviewed.
h. Road paving policies were briefly viewed, along with a report by Ledermann from conversation with engineer Stabnow. Ledermann will seek a written report from Stabnow for the January meeting.
i. Clerk notes included the Martin Squires attorney notes about the ongoing NSP vs Grundstrom case, Klimek Tree Trimmers liability certificate, and new county officials list.
Claims and Wages: Claims included: Millerville Coop Creamery-$35.75 for grader repair; West Central Petroleum-$1,895.00 for diesel; BetterWare Computers-$125.00 for computer data update; PERA-$139.00 for 4th Qt.; IRS-$509.02 for 4th Qt.; Minnesota Revenue-$100.00 for 4th Qt.; Lakes Area Humane-$91.00 for kennel fee; MATIT-$1,112.00 for workers comp; Otter Tail Power-$37.79 for shop electricity; City of Brandon-$59.05 for water/sewer; Douglas County Assc. of Townships-$668.00 for dues; Bremer Bank-$54,963.29 for loan repayment; Adrian Ledermann-$377.22 for mileage and office; Luckys Propane-$856.48 for propane; Michael Cleary-$395.72 for mileage and office; and wages-$2,597.50. Claims and wages were approved on a motion by Croonquist, seconded by Lund, and carried with aye votes from Fynboh, Croonquist and Lund.
Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 8:41 pm on a motion by Lund; seconded Croonquist and carried..
Date and place of next meetings:
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, 7 pm, monthly meeting Brandon Community Center
Wed. Jan. 21, 2 pm, solar power meeting at Brandon History Center
Mon. Feb. 9 Lobby Day on the Hill
Wed. March 18, Douglas County Township Meeting
Fri. March 29, MAT short course at Arrowwood
Adrian Ledermann, clerk