Brandon Township Meeting, Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Brandon Township Meeting Minutes - Feb. 17, 2009 

The regular monthly meeting of the Brandon Township Board was held on Monday, Feb. 17, 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 7:05 p.m.  The pledge of allegiance was recited.


Clerks Report:  The minutes of the Jan. 20th meeting were addressed.   The minutes were approved after some clarifications as to time of meeting, and road agreement with Moe Township were addressed, with a motion by Cleary, seconded by Lauthen, and carried.


Treasurer’s Report:  Beginning balance 01/01/09 was $22,946.52.   Interest from Revenue on account at Bremer was $1.18.  Other income was $1,304.93.  Orders issued totaled $6,337.06, for a total ending balance of $17,915.57.  Investments reported included Tar & Road Fund received $49.71 in interest to total $52,531.66; CD #141683 which matured totals $58,302.49; and CD #141685 which matures 03/22/09, totals $170,915.10.  Motion made by Lauthen, seconded by Cleary to approve report; carried.


Sewer Project Information:  Buse reported that the CRLSD Board now has engaged attorney John Kolb to begin legal process to wind down district.   Only Carlos township is still in the district.  Cleary presented a letter from Brandon Township attorney, Bill Leuthner regarding Brandon legal representation.  Lauthen moved, Buse seconded that Leuthner be hired to represent Brandon Township in the proceedings with Cleary being the contact person.  Motion carried.   Peter Miller of Wenck Associates needs two more weeks to prepare report on phase II for CRLSD board.   Report may be available for Brandon Township annual meeting on March 10.


 Public Comment:  The gathering of 22 visitors asked further questions about cost to Brandon Township and how assessments might be made, about inclusion of certain farm lands, and whether Brandon should benefit from a pro rata deduction since no work has been done in Brandon Township.

            Tom Slack presented a request for Brandon Township to accept an easement road to land locked property.  


Board Discussion and Action: No further action on the Sewer issue was taken by Brandon Township other than to leave open the agenda of the annual meeting in March for further information and suggestions.   On a motion by Cleary, seconded by Lauthen, and carried, Brandon Township will accept the Slack road easement for a potential township easement road or cart path.


Old Business:

a. Lakes Area Planning report indicated area townships wide CRLSD concerns and how assessments may be made.   No meeting is scheduled for March until after elections and new members are appointed.

b.  Smith and Ledermann have completed and sent year end reports to the state auditor.

c.  March 10 elections info and meeting agenda were reviewed.   25 absentee ballots have been sent out, 12 have been returned so far.   Clerk will print 300 ballots. 2010 proposed budget will be finalized after the Board of Audit meeting on March 6.

d. Lauthen and Ledermann reported on the AEDC Annual meeting


New Business: a. No land use permits were received. 

b. Noxious Weed and Annual Meeting will be held March 18 at Public Works in Alex.

c. MAT Spring Short Course will be on March 26 at the Holiday Inn in Alex.

d. Carr's Tree Service has completed some work on Hunt Lake Rd, shared new price lists, and provided their insurance liability form.

e.  Board of Appeal date for Brandon Township is April 7, 1 p.m. in the Community Center.

f.  Other info shared was the Douglas Co. land use report, the Park Dedication Fund report; the Habitat meeting in Brandon invite, and info from J. K. Stabnow Engineering.


Claims:   Claims were presented and viewed by the board.  Claims included:  Post Office - $90.00 for stamps; Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission - $2,500 for contribution;  Otter Tail Power - $81.48 for shop electricity;  Computer Specialists - $72.15 for printer; Adrian Ledermann - $67.37 for office supplies; and West Central Petroleum - $621.32 for diesel.   Claims and wages were ordered to be paid on a motion by Cleary, seconded by Lauthen, and carried.

 Next meeting will be Monday March 16, 7 p.m. at Brandon Community Center. Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m..; motion by Cleary, seconded by Lauthen.Adrian Ledermann, clerk.