Brandon Township Meeting, Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Brandon Township –2007 Annual Meeting  MinutesMarch 13 , 2007The annual town meeting of the Brandon Township was held Tuesday, March 13, 2007 in the Brandon Auditorium.  The meeting was called to order at 8:00 P.M. by Adrian Ledermann, clerk.The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Don Buse moved that Paul Lauthen by elected moderator for the meeting, seconded by Jerome Ledermann, carried.Clerks Report: The Minutes of the 2006 meeting were addressed  The minutes stood approved  with one correction indicating that 2004 minutes were actually 2005 minutes, with motion by John Ledermann, seconded by Shaun Carlson,  and carried.Treasurers Report: Diane Smith passed out copies of the 2006 treasurer’s report indicating a Beginning Balance of $ 38,592.56 as of 01/01/2006.   Receipts for 2006 were $109,670.60. to total $148,263.16.  Disbursements totaled $92,226.01.  Transfers of $20,000.00 along with $2,251.02 interest to Tar and Road Improvement fund,    Interest of $10,096.68 to CD and bank charges of $3.60 leaving an ending checkbook balance on 12/31/2006 of $23,685.85.   Tar & Road improvement account now stands at $63,472.20; 12 mo CD at $51,750.00; and 18 mo CD at $154,489.84.  After a short discussion, a motion was made by Paul Roers, seconded by Lester Betterman to approve report.   Carried. Proposed Budget: Board of Audit proposed a budget for 2008 that included General Fund -$20,000.00, Road and Bridge fund - $ 40,000.00 and Fire and Responders fund -  $16,946.00.  Rick Korkowski and Shaun Carlson gave a report for the fire department.  Forty Eight total calls that included 2100 hours by department volunteers were made.  About 12 fire calls were made in Brandon Township.  The department does not bill for free way #94 calls to the township, but bills vehicle insurance.    Brandon fire department is still looking for a dry hydrant location on the east side of Big Chip lake.   With no further discussion, a motion was made by Lester Betterman, seconded by Jerome Ledermann to approve proposed budget.  Carried. Old Business: 1.   Gaylin Croonquist and Don Buse reported on update of CLRSD Sewer project.  Phase II, Big Chip area is now being considered for a decentralized system.   A request was again made by George Bedore and Greg Lanners to exclude west Sara Rd from the district as all owners in that area have adequate mound systems and do not need a larger system.  Town Board will take request under advisement, may have advisory committee appointed in September of 2006 take a look at request before making a decision on the Sara Rd exclusion petition.2.  The Gopher bounty was set at $ 1.50 for pocket gophers and $.25 for striped gophers on a motion by Jerome Ledermann, seconded by John Ledermann, carried.New Business: Legal notices, posting and announcements will again be posted at Bremer Bank and the Post Office at Brandon; with The Record being the official newspaper for legal notices, on a motion by Jerome Ledermann, seconded by George Bedore, carried.2.  Adrian Ledermann led the discussion on a proposal to move the township elections to the time of the general elections in November.  The proposal will be brought up at the Douglas County Township association meeting on March 21, and can be presented to the township electorate at next year’s March elections on a resolution by the town board.3.  The time and place for next year’s election and annual meeting was set as follows by a motion by Shaun Carlson, seconded by Gaylin Croonquist and carried.  Elections will be held from 5 – 8 p.m. on the second Tuesday of March, 2008, with the annual town meeting to follow at the Brandon Auditorium.4.  Other comments included questions about chloride application and price, and a request for upgrading the grading on road by Paul Roers. Meeting adjourned at   9:15 by Paul Lauthen.Adrian Ledermann, clerk Coffee and cookies were served after the meeting by Diane SmithElection results were announced with Paul Lauthen elected as supervisor, Diane Smith as treasurer.   No write in votes were tabulated.