Brandon Township Meeting, Saturday, September 17, 2016
Brandon Township Big Chip Area Special Hearing Minutes
September 17, 2016
The Special Hearing for residents included in the Big Chip Area paving feasibility study was held on September 17, 2016, at the Brandon Community Center with Gene Fynboh, Mike Cleary, Kerby Lund and Adrian Ledermann present. Thirty-one residents and engineer were present. The meeting was called to order by Fynboh 10:00 a.m. The pledge of allegiance was recited.
1. Fynboh introduced the town board
2. Clerk Ledermann reviewed the printed public hearing rules and invited questions. No questions.
3. Clerk Ledermann reviewed the printed due process for the Big Chip Area paving project noting the policy update in 2015, the 50% plus one signatures received by June 19, 2015, the setting by the board of the feasibility study in June of 2016, that was completed on August 11, 2016, and on August 15 2016 the board set the date for the hearing for September 17, 2016.
4. Clerk Ledermann affirmed the posting, publishing and mailing dates for the hearing.
5. Treasurer Cleary began presenting the feasibility study. Fynboh invited preliminary questions about the study until engineer Stabnow arrived. Stabnow presented further info on the feasibility study which led to more questions. Concerns raised included: some road improvement needs on Big Chip road; south extension of Big Chip road which was not included in the study; what is a buildable lot and possible inclusion or exclusion of some lots; whether to include mailboxes; water run off; driveway run off; speed limits; and increased value of property if abutting paved road.
6. Clerk Ledermann reported receiving 3 phone calls and 5 e-mails with 3 responses supporting the paving, 3 opposed, and two unsure.
7. Questions and comments from the floor included comments about maintaining rural gravel beauty; rain problems both with gravel and with paving; increase in value of lots; economic costs to residents; and increased traffic and speed. Eight people mentioned being in favor of the project, three mentioned opposition, and three mentioned undecided.
8. The Brandon Board indicated that road concerns (rain, drainage, washouts, etc.) whether the roads are paved or not will be addressed and not part of any assessment. The Board will make a decision within 6 months one whether to take the next step and seek bids. A few additions not presently in the study will need to be added to the estimated cost of the study. Treasurer Cleary mentioned that the Sara Road paving project came under estimated costs mainly due to the price of oil and that the Big Chip Road cost estimate includes some inflation figures.
9. Chair Fynboh thanked all for coming and adjourned the Special Hearing at 11:30 am.
Adrian Ledermann, clerk, Brandon Township.