Brandon Township Meeting, Monday, August 18, 2008

Brandon Township Meeting Minutes – August 18, 2008 

The regular monthly meeting of the Brandon Township Board was held on Monday, August 15, 2008 at the Brandon Auditorium with Don Buse, Paul Lauthen, Michael Cleary, Diane Smith and Adrian Ledermann present.


The meeting was called to order by the chair, Don Buse at 8 p.m.  The pledge of allegiance was recited.


Clerks Report:  The minutes of the July 21, 2008 meeting were addressed.   The minutes were approved with 3 corrections, (18 month CD was renewed for three months, and typos: "Sewer not Sew and crowd not crowed"), with a motion by Cleary, seconded by Lauthen, and carried.


Treasurer’s Report:  Beginning balance 07/01/08 was $4.444.50.   Interest from Revenue on account at Bremer was $4.59.  Other income was $43,742.91.  Orders issued totaling $13,840.63, for a total ending balance of $34,351.37.  Investments reported included Tar & Road Fund received $82.29 in interest to total $52,099.42; 12 month CD renewed for one year totals $57,438.23; and CD renewed for 3 months totals $162,755.05.  Motion made by Lauthen, seconded by Cleary, to approve report; carried.


Sewer Project info:  Buse reported that the Brandon Township has been voted out of the central project at a special meeting on Monday (Aug 18, 08) afternoon but that CLRSD was keeping the Brandon area in the district and is willing to work with Brandon area on further developments.  Cleary commented that this was an opportunity for the Brandon area to move forward as to whatever works best for this area such as take out Big Chip back lots, maybe include all of Big Chip area such as Kimberly Point, take a different look at Kamp Kappy, address areas that need help now first.   Cleary then introduced the special committee who gave their reports. John Gilson, Jen Lanners, Wally Tischer and Will Bettermann reported.  (cf attached notes.)  Cleary also reported that the committee had contacted Miller Engineering and hired that firm for some preliminary studies of a decentralized system.

  Public Comment:  The clerk and board reported on letters and e-mails received. (Ledermann 4 requests to speak plus 4 pro, 6 con sewer; Cleary 41 for, 21 con; Lauthen and Buse many letters and e-mails.)  Karen Otto, Richard Mohagen, Gene Fynboh then spoke in favor of the project for the Brandon area.  Michelle Saffel introduced Lynnae Lina who presented a petition to the board seeking a special meeting for the board to vote out of the central district or hold a binding referendum of affected property owners.  Further discussion, question and comments followed. Old Business:

a.   Sewer situation:  Board directed clerk to seek legal response from state, CLRSD and local township attorney regarding the petition presented.   No further action taken at this time.

b.   Assessor's contract with Marv Jensen was signed

c. Web site:  Brandon Township web site is up and running.  Agenda and minutes will be placed under one icon, only approved minutes will be posted, policies and resolutions site will also be set up.   Clerk will keep web site updated.

d.   Weed inspection:   Landowners have been responding to letters.

e.   Election Judge:   Judges are hired.  Smith will schedule for Sept 9 primary.   Judge training will be completed this week.

f.   Lakes Area Planning report:   Most Douglas County Townships previously contracted with Jim Howard have now contracted with county assessor for assessing.   County will follow up on any weed inspections that have not been responded to.

g.   Water under Whiskey Lake drive near Wagner property will be looked at again.

 New Business:

a.   Four land use permits were reviewed.

b.   Notice of coming changes with Country Insurance was announced.

c.   Notice of District 9 Township meeting was announced.

d.   Notice from Brandon City regarding auditorium use and clean up was addressed. 

e.   Request that roads with chloride be left ungraded during summer was addressed.

f.   Request for rock removal on Limb Road right of way was addressed.


Claims:   Claims were presented and viewed by the board. Claims included:  G.A. Miller Engineering, Inc.- $1,972.30 for research for sewer; Kronberg Tree Service - $1,719.98 for tree trimming; Bobs Adium - $151.10 for mower fuel; Alden Just - $1,049.30 for chloride; Ottertail Power - $38.83 for shop electricity; and Gerald Buse - $750.00 for Edgefield upkeep. 


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

 Meeting adjourned at 10:30 on a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Cleary.Adrian Ledermann, clerk.