Brandon Township Meeting, Monday, July 16, 2018



The July monthly meeting was held on July 16, 2018, at the Brandon Community Center with Supervisors Gene Fynboh, Kerby Lund and Dennis Lund present together with Treasurer Kathy Zimmerman and Clerk Mike Cleary.  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 June 18, 2018 meeting was waved and the minutes were approved on a motion by D. Lund and a second by K. Lund.  Motion carried unanimously.


Treasurer’s Report: Beginning cash and investment balance on 6/1/18 was $338,108.21.     June, 2018 receipts and disbursements were $142,551.49 and $58412.08, respectively, resulting in an ending balance of $422,247.62 at 6/30/18.  The treasurer's report was approved on a motion by K. Lund and a second by Fynboh.  Motion carried unanimously.


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


Wolf Creek Rd Area Paving Petition:  Seven residents from the Wolf Creek Rd Area were present to present a petition for paving Wolf Creek, Svend and Severson roads in 2019.  The petition will be audited by the clerk and results presented to the supervisors at the August, 2018 meeting.  Discussion was held regarding repair of the frost boils on Wolf Creek.  Later in the meeting, a motion was made by D. Lund with a second by K. Lund to hire Chuck Olson Excavating at a cost not to exceed $10,000.  Motion carried unanimously.  The residents expressed concern that traffic at the intersection of Wolf Creek Rd and Svend Drive may become a problem once these roads are paved and the traffic cannot see each other due to absence of dust clouds.  They requested that a 3-way stop sign be placed at this intersection to at least slow down the traffic on Wolf Creek Rd.  A motion was made by K. Lund with a second by D. Lund to install a 3-way stop sign at this intersection.  Motion carried unanimously.


Road and Equipment Issues:


a.     There were no equipment issues.  Frost boil repairs on Long Lake, Halvorson and Tanglewood roads have been completed.  Dennis completed weed spraying on all township roads.  Chloride was applied to all but Tanglewood. The supplier is having trouble getting chloride out of Duluth and may not return to Brandon this season.  A number of traffic and street signs were installed and it was noted that at least one was stolen shortly after installation.  Township will look into using security bolts in the future.




New Business:


a.    There were three new building permits and two wetland easements to review. 


b.   Discussion was held regarding whether the township paving policy needed to be amended to include the sharing of future costs for major repairs and overlays.  It was noted that the current policy states that “At the end of the useful life of the pavement of any road, it is anticipated that this same procedure will be used to replace the pavement.”  This was interpreted by the supervisors to include cost sharing on the same basis as when the road was initially paved and that further clarification was not needed at this time.


Claims and Wages: Claims totaling $51,974.40 were reviewed and approved on a motion by Fynboh and seconded by D. Lund.  Motion carried unanimously. The full list of claims is available for public inspection in the Township Clerk’s office. The motion also approved the transfer of $60,000 from the checking account to the money market account.


Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 pm on a motion by Fynboh and seconded by K. Lund.  Motion carried unanimously. 


Date and place of next meeting:  7:00 pm on Monday, August 20, 2018 at the Brandon Community Center





Mike Cleary, Clerk                                                   Kerby Lund, Vice Chair