Brandon Township Meeting, Monday, August 17, 2009

Brandon Township Meeting Minutes - August 17, 2009 The regular monthly meeting of the Brandon Township Board was held on Monday, August 17, 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 July 20 meeting were addressed.   The minutes were approved as read with a motion by Lanners, seconded by Cleary, and carried. Treasurer’s Report:  Beginning balance 07/01/09 was $48,921.71.   Interest from Revenue on account at Bremer was $1.68.  Other income was $3,642.62 (Douglas County-$757.68 and Brandon residents for Chloride-$2,232 & $653).  Orders issued were $20,826.99 and $20,000.00 was transferred to Tar and Road, for a total ending balance of $11,739.02.  Investments reported included Tar & Road Fund received $20,000.00 in transfer and $32.75 in interest to total $52,783.44; 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  8 visitors included: 1) a concern about the grading and traffic on  Burlington Road raised by Paul Roers. 2) Information from Douglas County Assessor's office by Bruce Whittemore; 3 )Bill Leuthner, township attorney brought a prepared resolution  and responded to questions about the CRLSD funding.  Other visitors offered comments after the CLRSD report and the information about funding proposals to cover the cost of winding down the central district indicating their conviction that the costs be distributed over the entire township.  Old Business: a.  Assessor's contract:   After discussion by the board and information from Bruce Whittemore, Brandon Township entered into a  4 year contract with Douglas County to do the assessing on a motion by Cleary, seconded by Lanners and carried.   On a motion by Lanners, seconded by Cleary, and carried, the board voted to terminate the contract with Marv Jensen on the basis that he no longer was able to fulfill the license requirements.b. CLRSD report:  Cleary reported that the Board is continuing the winding down process; that easements were given back to the townships but rejected by the townships so were then released by the CLRSD board to clear up the owner's titles. c. CLRSD funding debt.: After  discussion by the board on the proposed resolution 08-17-2009 for distributing the costs to fund the CLRSD debt, further input by Leuthner, and a recommendation by Lanners that the board reconsider extending the proposed assessment to the entire township, the board voted to accept the resolution as presented on a vote of yes by Cleary and Lauthen, and a no vote by Lanners.   (cf. attached resolution)  Leuthner will assist the clerk in expediting the resolution and the follow up with the county treasurer.   Leuthner will also gather further info about potential suppliers of the bond so that Brandon Township can put the bonds in place after the September meeting.d. Love Lake drainage.  No action taken as the township will await any county action.e. Road and sign maintenance update:  All signs have now been installed.  Some of the lost signs have been found by Evansville Township.  Okerlund graveling has completed the graveling.  Kronberg is clearing trees and brush on Shorewood Lane, Kimberly Pt and Big Chip Rd at the rate of $100 per hour for labor and machines.   No further discussion on a township comprehensive road plan.    New Businessa.  Three building permits were reviewed.b. US Census report for nonsheltered resident count will be completed by the clerk as Brandon Township has no such residents. Claims and Wages:  Claims were presented and viewed by the board.  Claims included: Luckys Propane- $230.00 for propane; Kennedy & Graven- $975.41 for bonding fees; Evansville Machine- $46.39 for truck repair; West Central Petro- $1,125.60 for diesel; Bobs Adium- $83.77 for mower gas; Leuthner Law- $3,199.60 for legal fees; and Otter Tail Power- $40.21 for shop electricity.  Claims and wages were ordered 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 Cleary, seconded by Lanners. Adrian Ledermann, clerk.