Brandon Township Meeting, Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Brandon Township Meeting Minutes - Jan. 20, 2009 

The regular monthly meeting of the Brandon Township Board was held on Monday, Jan. 20, 2009 at the Brandon Community Center 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 7 p.m.  The pledge of allegiance was recited.


Clerks Report:  The minutes of the Dec. 15th meeting were addressed.   The minutes were approved with a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Cleary, and carried.


Treasurer’s Report:  Beginning balance 12/01/08 was $7,036.90.   Interest from Revenue on account at Bremer was $1.49.  Other income was $36,256.68.  Orders issued totaling $20,348.55, for a total ending balance of $22,946.52.  Investments reported included Tar & Road Fund received $66.36 in interest to total $52,481.95; CD #141683 which matured 12/22/08  and received $432.83 in interest now totals $58,302.49; and CD #141685 which matures 03/22/09, totals $170,915.10.  Motion made by Cleary, seconded by Lauthen, to approve report; carried.


Sewer Project Information:  Buse reported that the Miltona Board voted to opt out of CLRSD and that the Echo reported that Leaf Valley has also voted to opt out.   A public meeting to discuss the comprehensive plan will be held on Jan. 31 at 9 a.m. at the Leaf Valley Town Hall.  Cleary reported that Peter Miller is expecting to provide the CLRSD board with a report of the Phase II Wenck Study by the middle of February.  Cleary moved a new resolution for the withdrawal of Brandon Township from the CLRSD.  Lauthen seconded the motion.  Buse opened the meeting for public comment


 Public Comment:  The gathering of 18 visitors asked further questions about the resolution including whether the 4th paragraph about MN state law should be included and whether Brandon should not be assessed at the rate of the Phase I and III areas because no engineering or land leases or purchases have been made in Brandon Township.   A suggestion was made that a member of each township board along with a member of the public from each township be appointed to continue to work with the county to work with continuing inspection, compliance and potential needs.


Board Discussion and Action: After further clarification and suggestions by the board including the info that it will be up to the townships to decide how to assess for any expenses the phase II area has incurred; that it will be necessary to get a better understanding of the connect between working systems and compliance systems; and that it will be important to connect with County Land and Resource Management (Dave Rush), Buse called for a vote on the new resolution.  The resolution was approved with yes votes from Lauthen and Cleary and a no vote from Buse.  The clerk will forward the Dec. 15 resolution along with this newly stated resolution # 1-20-2009 to the CLRSD office and to Jerry Haggenmiller, CLRSD board chair.  (Resolution attached below)


Old Business:

a. Ledermann reported that an unofficial meeting of township reps and Dave Rush was held regarding septic system inspection indicating that the county now has inspectors available.   Extravagant costs for animal control and road snow plowing were also mentioned.

b. Smith has completed and sent in the Worker's Comp audits.

c. Year end reports are being worked on by the treasurer and clerk and will be ready by the Feb. meeting

d. Jennifer Lanners and Don Buse have filed for supervisor and Diane Smith has filed for treasurer for the March elections.  Ballot samples were made available and absentee requests forms were passed out.  Ledermann was appointed head judge, Cleary and Lauthen were also appointed election judges for the March township elections.

e. Road additions have been forwarded to the county.

f. Smith reported that the Dec. 22, 08 maturing CD has been renewed at Bremer Bank for 10 months at a rate of 3.75 %.  Insurance coverage for township accounts is complete for up to $550,000.


New Business: a. No land uses were received.  Cleary reported that 2008 saw 25 permits issued (5 new homes and the rest for garages, additions etc.) for a total worth of $1.4 million.

b. The revised Nov. election resolution regarding the terms of office should the March vote go for Nov. elections was passed out and will be available at the elections.

c. A 2009 budget sheet was passed out to be worked on for the Feb. meeting.

d. The 2008 noxious weed report was completed and will be forwarded by the clerk.

e. The weed meeting and Douglas Co. annual township meeting will be held on March 18 at the Public Works Center.

f. AEDC will hold its annual meeting at Alex Tech on Jan. 26 at 5 p.m.

g. Day on the hill for townships will be Feb. 10, with 8 bus seats available for Douglas Co.

h. Brandon Township will request 12,000 gallons of calcium chloride from the county for 2009.

i. Shared road maintenance for Pheasant Lane was clarified with Moe township doing grading and plowing for 2009, Jan.1 to Dec. 31 and all odd numbered years thereafter and Brandon Township doing mowing and plowing for 2010, Jan 1-Dec.31 and all even numbered years thereafter.

j. Lauthen reported that a new heater had to be installed in the shop.  The work has been completed by Anderson Excavating.


Claims:   Claims were presented and viewed by the board.  Claims included:  West Central Petroleum - $648.00 for diesel; Douglas Co. Auditor/Treasurer - $128.94 for TNT notices; Douglas Co. Assn of Townships - $597.44 for dues; Lucky's - $790.05 for propane; The  Record - $4.25 for notices; Gerald Buse - $250.00 for Edgefield maintenance; Otter Tail Power - $106.62 for shop electricity; PERA - $154.52 for 4th Qt.; IRS - $555.90 for 4th Qt.; and Anderson Excavating - $1500.00 for shop heater.

 Next meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m. at Brandon Community Center. Meeting adjourned at 8:28 p.m..; motion by Lauthen, seconded by Cleary.Adrian Ledermann, clerk.