Brandon Township Meeting, Monday, April 16, 2007

Brandon Township Meeting Minutes –April 16, 2007 

The regular monthly meeting of the Brandon Township Board was held on Monday, April 16, 2007 at the Brandon Community Center with Gaylin Croonquist, Don Buse, Paul Lauthen, Diane Smith and Adrian Ledermann present.


The meeting was called to order by the chair, Gaylin Croonquist at 8 p.m.  The pledge of allegiance was recited.


Clerks Report:  The minutes of the meeting were addressed.   The minutes were approved with a correction on Minnesota Benefit claim ($ 405.00 not $ 450.00) on a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Buse, and carried.


Treasurer’s Report:  Beginning balance on March 1, 2007 was $35,381.48.   Interest from Revenue on account at Bremer was $ 9.46.  Other income was $ 314.90.  Orders issued totaling $ 4,033.65, for a total ending balance of $ 31,672.19.  Investments reported included Tar & Road Fund received $ 244.71 in interest to total $ 64,209.81; 12 month CD received $ 2,354.63 interest, renewed for one year now totals $ 54,104.63; and 18 month CD totals $ 154,489.84.  Motion made by Buse, seconded by Lauthen, to approve report; carried.

 Public Comment: Six visitors were present.  Discussion centered on progress of Sewer project and request from Sara Road residents seeking resolution for removal of Sara Road area to be forwarded to  Central Lakes Sewer District Board. (cf. visitor sign in.)  Consensus was that little new information was now available.   Brandon Township Board will need to appoint a member to the Central Lakes Board for another term.  Bedore requested a written statement from Central Lakes Board of their policy regarding addition or removal of areas from Central District. Old Business:            a.  Request to remove Sara Road from sewer district was tabled.

            b.  Carr’s tree service still to be contacted.  Lauthen will contact

            c.  Road edge repair – Croonquist to contact Alan Just.

            d.  Board of review report.  Four requests for change were heard.  No changed were made.

            e.  Spring short course was attended by supervisors and clerk.  Excellent info was reported.

            f.  12 month CD was renewed at Bremer by Smith; interest rate to be 5.35%.

            g.  Supervisors completed road inspection and gravel needs on April 14.  Gravel quote from Okerlund graveling at $ 6.00 per yard was accepted with a motion from Buse, seconded by Lauthen, and carried.  Lauthen will contact Okerlund with needs info.

            h.  Information on storm shelters at trailer camps was discussed.   Ledermann to send Wally Tischer information that was received at County township association meeting.

  New Business:            a.  Per Diems, wages, and mileage reimbursements were reviewed and compared to report from other county townships.  The following rates were set:  mileage @ $ .45 per mile; per diems @ $ 50.00 per meeting; hourly wages @ $ 13.00 per hour; hired wages @ $ 17.00 per hour; clerks wages @ $ 425.00 per quarter; and treasurer’s wages @ $ 375.00 per quarter.  Motion to approve rates made by Lauthen, seconded by Buse; carried.  Motion by Buse, seconded by Lauthen, carried to keep election wages @ $10.00 per hour.

            b.  A resolution contracting for road grading and mowing was signed hiring Croonquist to grade and Lauthen to mow for a term of one year beginning April 1, 2007 at the rate of $ 17.00 per hour moved by Buse, seconded by Lauthen, carried.

            c.  Chloride requests will again be received.  Policy of Brandon Township will be to cover one half of the first 300 feet per landowner.  Motion by Buse, seconded by Lauthen, carried, to approve policy.   Clerk will facilitate requests and billing.

            d.  Other information included:

                        - Brandon Township may see wind power farm in the future.

-\Jason Murray of Alexandria Area Development will be invited to future meeting.

                        -County comprehensive plan chair will be invited to future meeting.

-Supervisors will check potential central sewer district board member candidates to represent Brandon Township.

- Information on meeting procedures from Spring short course was reviewed. Townships are encouraged to have meeting policy in writing. Ledermann will begin document preparation.


Claims:   Claims were presented and viewed by the board.  Jim Howard - $6,318.75 for assessing; Ottertail Power - $ 25.18 for shop electricity; The Record - $ 41.58 for publishing public notices; West Central Petroleum - $ 1,217.30 for diesel; Douglas County Treasurer - $ 79.09 for ditch benefits; Douglas County Public Works - $ 93.56 for salt/sand; IRS - $320.52 for fica; PERA - $ 168.80 for retirement benefits.  Claims and wages were ordered to be paid with a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Buse, and carried.

 Meeting adjourned at 9:50 p.m.; motion by Lauthen, seconded by Buse, carried.Adrian Ledermann, clerk.