Brandon Township Meeting, Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Brandon Township –2009 Annual Meeting Minutes, March 17 , 2009The annual town meeting of the Brandon Township was held Tuesday, March 17, 2009 in the Brandon Auditorium.  The meeting was called to order at 8:00 P.M. by Adrian Ledermann, clerk.The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.  Mary Walters moved, Bob Walters seconded that Jen Lanners be elected moderator for the meeting.   With no other person nominated, Lanners was voted in to moderate the meeting.   The proposed agenda was adopted on a motion by Beattie, seconded by Mary Walter, and carried.Clerks Report: The Minutes of the 2008 meeting were addressed.  The minutes stood approved as printed, with a motion by Cleary, seconded by Amy Barfnecht, and carried.Treasurers Report: Diane Smith passed out copies of the 2008 treasurer’s report indicating a Beginning Balance of $ 13,460.70 as of 01/01/2008.   Receipts for 2008 were $119,290.42 with $10,000.00 transferred in from MM Tar and Road Fund to total $142,751.12.  Disbursements totaled $106,249.12.  Transfers of $1,197.12 interest to Tar and Road Improvement fund, and interest of $4,197.86 and $8,160.05 to CD's were reported.  Ending checkbook balance on 12/31/2008 was $22,946.52. Tar & Road improvement account now stands at $52,481.95; CD #141683 at $58,302.49; and CD #141685 at $170,915.10.  After a short discussion, a motion was made by Glenn Matejka, seconded by Will Bettermann to approve report.   Motion carried. Proposed Budget:   The Board of Audit presented a proposed a budget for 2010 that included General Fund -$25,000.00, Road and Bridge fund - $65,000.00 and Fire and Responders fund -  $24,000.00.  Guest Speakers included:            Corliss Stark from Alexandria Area Economic Development informed the gathering of the work in economic development in Douglas County.          Peter Miller from Wenck Associates shared the Wastewater Alternatives Analysis for the Phase II part of the CLRSD.   Miller also gave suggestions for the best alternative and responded to questions.  Copies of the report are available.          Bill Leuthner, Brandon Township attorney, responded to legal questions about the shutting down of the Central Lakes Region Sewer District, and the how costs may be assessed with the responsibility for decisions falling upon the township board.  Leuthner also informed the gathering that a Brandon Township partial district has already been legally formed as one option should further management be needed.          Scott Schaefer and Shaun Carlson from the Brandon Fire Department provided information on the work of the Brandon Fire Department for 2008 and their budget requests for 2010.Election Results: After a brief recess and the board of canvass certified the election results, clerk Ledermann announced that 191 votes were cast.   Buse received 43 votes and Lanners 148 for the position of supervisor.  Smith received 178 votes for the position of treasurer, Schaffran received 2 write in votes, Sullivan and Saffle each received 1 write in vote.  The question of moving the township elections to November passed with 177 yes votes to 14 no votes.New Business:            The proposed 2010 budget levy was moved by Bob Beattie, seconded by Shelander and Gulbranson, and carried.          Cleary moved, seconded by Amy Barfknecht, to have Brandon Township support the Alexandria Area Development Association with $2,500.              The annual meeting time for March 2010 was voted to be changed to 7 p.m. as the elections will be moved to November on a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Dana Barfknecht, and carried.          Adjournment:  The 2009 annual meeting of Brandon Township was adjourned at 10:02 p.m. with a motion by Hermanson, seconded by Beatties, and carried.  Adrian Ledermann, clerk