Brandon Township Meeting, Monday, June 15, 2009

Brandon Township Meeting Minutes - June 15, 2009 

The regular monthly meeting of the Brandon Township Board was held on Monday, May 18, 2009 at the Brandon Community Center with Paul Lauthen, Michael Cleary, Jennifer Lanners, Diane Smith and Adrian Ledermann present.


The meeting was called to order by Paul Lauthen at 7:00 p.m.  The pledge of allegiance was recited.


Clerks Report:  The minutes of the May18 meeting were addressed.   The minutes were approved as written with a motion by Cleary, seconded by Lanners, and carried.


Treasurer’s Report:  Beginning balance 05/01/09 was $13,278.27.   Interest from Revenue on account at Bremer was $.70.  Other income was $20,000.00 from transfer from tar and road fund.  Orders issued totaled $22,568.57, for a total ending balance of $10,710.40.  Investments reported included Tar & Road Fund received $39.99 in interest with $20,000.00 transferred out to total $32,720.75; CD #141683 totals $58,302.49; and CD #141685 which matures 09/21/09, totals $173,669.64.  Motion made by Cleary, seconded by Lanners, to approve report; carried.


Public Comment:  The gathering of 13 visitors included a request by Paul Strom for annexation of that portion of Brandon Township occupied by Chippewa Lutheran Church to the city of Brandon. Other visitors offered comments after the CLRSD report and the information about funding proposals to cover the cost of winding down the central district.


Old Business:

a.  CLRSD report:  Cleary's report on the June 4 meeting of the CLRSD board included: a, the audit has been delivered, b. easements have been assigned to Leaf Valley and Moe, c. the permit has been turned back to the state of Minnesota, d. Attorney Haseman's input has led to the board to hold a special meeting on June 18 to adopt a new resolution  of intent to dissolve and to again send letters to all parcels within the district.  (The decision was based on the fact that the original resolution to dissolve occurred before the legislation was official and therefore may have become liable to law suits.)  The townships will be notified when all is in place.  Every effort will be made to finish the winding down this year, although some delay is expected due to the need to redo the resolution.

b. Graveling of roads, almost completed.  Utopia rd is now done.  Lauthen will check with Okerlund as to progress.  Tanglewood Rd needs some repair; tiling on the edge was suggested.  Lauthen to get quotes from several contractors about the work

c. Chloride application is still not done due to chloride shortage,  county does not have date when chloride will be obtained.

d. Road signs; Three street signs and 8 traffic control signs have been installed.  Four more signs need to be ordered.

e. Weed and brush control:  Lauthen has contacted Carr's Tree Service.  They will do the work.  Board is aware of new state rules in effect on Aug. 1, 2009.

f. Assessor's Contract;   On a motion by Cleary, seconded by Lanners, and carried.  Marv Jensen was hired and the contract signed for 2009-2010.

g.  Brandon Township has $454.51 credit at Douglas County Public Works due to overcharge

h. Question of whether to purchase Extended Disability Insurance was tabled. 


New Business:  a. one building permit was reviewed.

b. Payment options regarding CLRSD allocation were reviewed.  (cf. attached document).  Board will inform all landowners of situation by way of a letter, followed by info on the township web site. 

c. Board of Appeal training info was distributed.  Lanners and Lauthen may attend.

d.  2008 Census Estimates of 640 persons, and 286 households was left as is.

e  MAT membership cards were distributed.

f, MATIT insurance coverage letter indicated updating still in progress, but township will remain insured until new billing.

g.  Clerk's notes indicated that Okerlund certificate of Insurance was received.

7.  Claims and Wages:  Claims were presented and viewed by the board.  Claims included: Lakes Area Humane - $12.78 for dog impound; The Record - $4.25 for public notices; Etc. Signs - $182.12 for signs; Adrian Ledermann - $300.00 for office rent/DSL; Linus Korkowski - $46.25 for gophers; City of Brandon - $133.65 for water/sewer; Otter Tail Power - $34.22 for ship electricity; Jim Thompson - $35.00 for gophers; Okerlund Graveling - $10,179.00 for gravel; Paul Lauthen - $145.00 for mileage and short course reimburse; Jennifer Lanners - $15.00 for mileage; Adrian Ledermann - $75.00 for mileage. Claims and wages were ordered to be paid on a motion by Cleary, seconded by Lanners, and carried.

 Adjournment:   The meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m. on a motion by Lanners, seconded by Cleary and carried. Adrian Ledermann, clerk.