Brandon Township Meeting, Monday, June 18, 2007

Brandon Township Meeting Minutes –June 18, 2007 

The regular monthly meeting of the Brandon Township Board was held on Monday, June 18, 2007, at the Brandon Community Center with Gaylin Croonquist, Don Buse, Paul Lauthen, 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 May 21st meeting were addressed.   The minutes were approved as read with a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Buse, and carried.


Treasurer’s Report:  Beginning balance on May 21, 2007 was $23,150.67.   Interest from Revenue on account at Bremer was $ 5.49.  Other income was $ 106.00.  Orders issued totaled $ 1,172.70, for a total ending balance of $ 22,089.46.  Investments reported included Tar & Road Fund received $ 247.28  in interest to total $ 64,706.72; 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 Buse, seconded by Lauthen, to approve report; carried.


Public Comment:  Dennis Lund was present requesting that Brandon Township take over Little Chip road.  Board members will contact Robley to set up inspection with Lund.   Adrian will check with Regional Planning about policy on black topping of potential township takeover of roads that abut a blacktopped road.

            Jerry Buse, new contractor for mowing Edgefield Cemetery was present to set contract price and provide necessary vender information.

            Jim Adams was present to share information about central sewer development. 

Old Business: 

            a.  Carr’s tree service has done some spraying; not complete due to wind.

            b.  Road edges have all been disced.   Dissatisfaction expressed about job.

            c.  Graveling has been done.  Tigen Road needs a culvert and spot graveling.

                 Okerlund has done good job of spreading gravel.

            d.  Board Meeting policy was again presented and adopted with a motion by Buse, seconded by Lauthen, and passed. 

            e.  Chloride billing has been completed, checks are coming in.   Comments of a good job were common, with one miscommunication resulting in spraying wrong area.

            f. Sewer update:  Buse has met with Brandon and Garfield mayors who have shown an interest in a common pond system.  Three alternatives were given.  1- build a common pond system; 2-connect to CRLSD at Miltona; 3- connect to ALSD at Lake Ida.  Long discussion with Jim Adams providing much information followed.  Brandon Township expressed agreement and support to keep working on the combined effort exploring the 3 alternatives and directed Buse to contact CRLSD attorney, Morrey Grover, about reworking the 8-21-2006 resolution on Brandon Township parcels.  Ledermann will supply Buse with copy of that resolution and a copy of the Tanglewood Road petition to be included.

New Business:

            a.  Two land use permits were reviewed.

            b.  Membership cards were distributed to board members.

            c.  Edgefield cemetery mowing contract with Jerry Buse was set.   Contract includes $ 175.00 for the first time mowing this year due to long grass, and $ 125.00 per time mowing.  Motion to approve contract made by Lauthen, seconded by Buse, carried.

            d.  Ledermann reported that bill to delay use of Automark for township elections in March was not passed.  March 08 township elections will require use of Automark useable ballots.

            e.   Summer short course info was provided;  includes July 24 date at Fergus Falls. 

Claims:   Claims were presented and viewed by the board.  Claims included:  Ottertail Power - $ 35.08 for shop electricity; City of Brandon - $ 127.65 for water and sewer; The Record - $ 11.34 for publish notices; West Central Petroleum - $ 1,222.59 for diesel; Adrian Ledermann – $ 64.00 for mileage, short course and office supplies Jerry Buse - $ 175.00 for Edgefield mowing;  Paul Lauthen - $ 58.40 for mileage and short course reimburse;  Don Buse - $ 93.15 for mileage; Gaylin Croonquist - $ 68.75 for mileage and short course.  


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

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