Brandon Township Meeting, Monday, May 21, 2007

Brandon Township Meeting Minutes –May 21, 2007 

The regular monthly meeting of the Brandon Township Board was held on Monday, May 21, 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 April 16th meeting were addressed.   The minutes were approved as written with a motion by Buse, seconded by Lauthen , and carried.


Treasurer’s Report:  Beginning balance on April 4, 2007 was $31,672.19.   Interest from Revenue on account at Bremer was $ 8.34.  Other income was $ 760.00.  Orders issued totaling $9,289.86, for a total ending balance of $ 23,150.67.  Investments reported included Tar & Road Fund received $ 249.63 in interest to total $ 64,459.44; 12 month CD renewed for one year totals $ 54,104.63; and 18 month CD renewed for one year totals $ 154,489.84.  Motion made by Lauthen, seconded by Buse, to approve report; carried.


Public Comment: Chelle Elmer requested approval for gambling permit for NWTC banquet on July 20th.  Motion by Lauthen, seconded by Buse, and carried, was made to approve and sign request application.

            Jason Murray, David Kjos, and Corliss Stark from Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission were present to describe township relationship to AEDC and the benefits that AEDC brings to the townships.  Information packets were provided for the board.  Board will consider resolution to support AEDC and possibly move to also financially support AEDC after presentation at next March Annual Meeting.

            Ric Korkowski from the Brandon Fire Department was present to describe ISO insurance rating and the need for better rural water supply.   A portable pump with a floating intake was recommended as an alternative to lake or dry hydrants.  A motion by Buse, seconded by Lauthen, and carried, stated that Brandon Township would appropriate $ 3,000.00 toward the purchase of the pump for the fire department provided that Moe Township would apply the $ 1,500.00 they approved for a hydrant toward the pump purchase.  Old Business:

            a.  Lauthen will contract with Carr’s tree service for spraying.  Approved with a motion by Buse, seconded by Lauthen, and carried.

            b.  Croonquist reported that most road edges have been disced, and most tar cracks have been filled, although Just ran out of tar due to amount needed.

            c.  Lauthen reported that maps for gravel have been given to Okerlund and that he has begun to gravel designated areas.

            d.  Buse was appointed as a representative to the Central Lakes Sewer District Board.   Ray Wood  was thanked for four years of service to the CLSDB.

            e.  Due to added time required on the Sewer Board, Buse requested release from Representing Brandon Township on the Regional Planning Commission.  Ledermann was appointed to that position on a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Croonquist and carried.   Smith is willing to sub at meetings.

            f.  Ledermann presented meeting policy information for examination by the board.

            g.  Buse will contact chair of County Comprehensive Plan to attend a future meeting.

 New Business:

            a.  One Land use permit was reviewed.  The request on rezoning to commercial of 110 acres to the County Zoning board by Thronson was not acted upon due to lack of presence by Thronson, and lack of information about request.   Buse will plan to accompany Croonquist to zoning meeting.

            b. 2007 Chloride requests were presented by Ledermann.   Motion by Buse, seconded by Lauthen and carried, will permit clerk to provide a 2% reduction to whomever does the collecting for a large or entire section of a township road.

            c.  Approval was given for a tile under Long Lake Road as requested by Craig Haseman, with motion by Buse, seconded by Lauthen and carried.  Buse will deliver approval.

            d.  Tanglewood road problem with culvert cemented shut was discussed.  Croonquist and Buse have worked on it and will knock out rest of cement when the water goes down.


Claims:   Claims were presented and viewed by the board.  Douglas County Public works – $ 120.00 for steam culvert; Otter Tail Power - $47.94 for shop electricity.

Claims and wages were ordered to be paid with a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Buse, and carried.

 Meeting adjourned at 10:00 p.m.; motion by Lauthen, seconded by  Buse.Adrian Ledermann, clerk.