Brandon Township Meeting, Monday, November 20, 2017

November, 2017 MEETING MINUTES


The November monthly meeting was held on November 20, 2017, at the Brandon Community Center with Supervisor Gene Fynboh, Supervisor Kerby Lund, Supervisor Dennis Lund, Treasurer Kathy Zimmerman and Clerk Mike Cleary present.  With a quorum present, the meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm. The pledge of allegiance was recited by all.


Approval of Minutes: Reading of the minutes of the October 16, 2017 meeting was waved and the minutes were approved on a motion by K. Lund and a second by D. Lund.  Motion carried unanimously.


Treasurer’s Report: Beginning cash and investment balance on 10/1/17 was $639,377.36. October, 2017 receipts and disbursements were $1,334.20 and $351,507.38, respectively, resulting in an ending balance of $289,204.18 at 10/30/17. The treasurer's report was approved on a motion by D. Lund and a second by K. Lund.  Motion carried unanimously.


Visitors Questions and Concerns:  There was 3 visitors present.  One resident had a concern over the amount of traffic on Burlington Road between County Rd 5 and County Rd 82 as it is used as a shortcut by many heavily loaded farm trucks.  After much discussion, the supervisors agreed that this section of road would be inspected next spring and a plan would be formulated to improve the road.


Approval of Agenda:  The agenda was approved as presented on a motion by Fynboh and a second by K. Lund.  Motion carried unanimously.


Road and Equipment Issues:


a.     Equipment and road updates were given and discussed.  Progress has been made on the garage remodeling project with heating and electrical work expected to be completed in the next few weeks.  Trucks will be DOT inspected next week.


  New Business:


a.    There were four new building permits to review. 


b.   Donation request from Brandon Historical Society for improvements to the Brandon Auditorium was approved for $1,000 on a motion by K. Lund with a second by D. Lund.  Motion carried unanimously.


c.    Discussion was held on whether the township could make donations to the Alexandria Senior Center and to the Douglas County Historical Society.  Clerk will research these requests and report back to the supervisors at the December meeting.


d.   It was noted that the township gopher bounty may need to be increased before the next trapping season to be more in line with neighboring townships.


e.   Discussion was held regarding the feasibility cost estimate prepared by township engineer, Jeff Stabnow, to pave Wolf Creek Road and adjoining roads leading to the properties on the north side of Stowe Lake.  Clerk will request a detailed parcel map from Douglas County Public Works for review by the supervisors at the December, 2017 meeting to determine preliminary assessments.  No action will be taken until a petition has been received indicating the level of interest from the property owners to proceed. 


Correspondence and Clerk Notes:  Clerk read an email from Bob Hollenbeck expressing his support of the proposed 2018 paving project for Tangelwood Road.  Discussion was held regarding expanding the turnaround at the end of this road.


Claims and Wages: Claims totaling $70,212.35 were reviewed and approved on a motion by K. Lund and seconded by D. Lund.  Motion carried unanimously. The full list of claims is available for public inspection in the Township Clerk’s office.


Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 pm on a motion by K. Lund and seconded by D. Lund.  Motion carried unanimously.


Date and place of next meeting:  December 18, 2017 –  7:00 pm – Brandon Community Center





Mike Cleary, Clerk                                                   Gene Fynboh, Chair