Brandon Township Meeting, Monday, December 17, 2018

Public Hearing Minutes - December 17, 2018 (Unofficial)


A public Hearing for the property owners included in the Tanglewood Road Area Paving Project was held on December 17, 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 6:30 pm. The pledge of allegiance was recited by all.


Supervisor Fynboh introduced the Township Officers and Township Engineer, Jeff Stabnow.  He stated that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss the proposed paving of Tanglewood Road in 2019.  He also stated that the supervisors would not be deciding to proceed or not at this meeting but would consider input from those in attendance.


Cleary stated that all adjoining property owners had been mailed a notice of the meeting and that notice was also posted to the Township web site and at the Brandon Bremer Bank and published in the West Douglas County Record on November 29, 2018 and December 6, 2018.


Cleary then reviewed the timeline of the project from acceptance of the petition to pave in May, 2017 up to this meeting.


The Township Engineer’s cost estimate/feasibility study of December 16, 2018 was presented and compared with the previous estimate/study of February 20, 2018 noting that the only change was an increase in the estimated cost of bituminous mix.


Cleary reviewed the calculation of estimated assessments based on the engineer’s estimate of $199,330 for the entire project which would result in an assessment of $$5,595 per full buildable parcel.  The township intends to bid this project in conjunction with the larger Wolf Creek Road Area Paving Project to obtain the lowest cost possible.  It was noted that the cost of all improvements made to the road during the past two years are not included in the project cost as they have been paid for by the township.


Cleary stated that the Township would be issuing bonds for this project and that property owners would have the option of paying part or all of their assessment in late 2019 or making payments on their real estate taxes over 10 years at an estimated interest rate of 5 to 7 percent.


Cleary addressed a letter received from Bruce and Carol Hertzog who were not present at the meeting.  The letter requested copies of the 429 report and steps taken to fulfill those requirements.  The Township’s response is referenced in the agenda for this meeting and in these minutes.  They also requested proof that their property value will increase by $5,000.  Cleary stated that 429 does not require the Township to furnish such proof.


The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 pm on a motion by D. Lund and a second by K. Lund.  Motion carried unanimously.