Brandon Township Meeting, Monday, June 16, 2008

Brandon Township Meeting Minutes –June 16, 2008 

The regular monthly meeting of the Brandon Township Board was held on Monday, June 16, 2008 at the Brandon Auditoriium 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 8 p.m.  The pledge of allegiance was recited.


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


Treasurer’s Report:  Beginning balance as of 05/01/08 was $15,397.26.   Interest from Revenue on account at Bremer was $1.81.  Other income was $0.  Orders issued totaling $3,971.87, for a total ending balance of $11,427.20.  Investments reported included Tar & Road Fund received $94.48 in interest to total $61,928.00; 12 month CD renewed for one year totals $57,007.16; and 18 month CD renewed for one year totals $162,755.05.  Motion made by Cleary, seconded by Lauthen, to approve report; carried.

 Public Comment:

            Dennis Lund was present to request permission to haul fill across Fort Chippewa Rd.  He is willing to fix any damage incurred.   Permission was granted by the board.

            Buse reported on CRLSD board meeting.  Central board has taken no further action since public meeting, while waiting on further Brandon actions; Kamp Kappy resolution forwarded by Brandon township has not been acted upon; new farm bill will lower interest rates for bonds; archeological study for Lobster Lake area has been complete.   Cleary reported that he had certified 214 petition signers requesting opting out of central district finding 26 duplicate signatures and 10 signatures outside of project area leaving 178 signatures out of 367 total from properties affected.

            Ledermann reported having received 12 letters supporting central project and 4 letters opposing central project.

            A period of questions, suggestions, complaints, by many residents followed.   Ledermann summarized the issues raised as follows:

            a.  Cost is major factor; equitable or not??

            b.  Are mound systems an option?  Effective?  Efficient?  Lifetime?

            c.  Whiskey Lake is an environmental Lake, with large lots, proper set backs

            d.  If not central project; what is plan B?  Need to develop plan B

            e.  County inspection of present sewers-How will it affect central plan or no plan?

            f.  Can cost be spread out to entire county, township, cities, since lakes affect all?

            g.  What about safety of central system when spills, etc. are much greater?

            h.  What will be future growth of Brandon area, will sewer issues affect growth?

            i.  Present central design system leaves many questions, eg. PCA permit, pond location.

            j.  Which areas should be included, excluded in a scaled down version?

            k.  Water quality issues, what contributes to lake pollution? sewer? Lot and field Run off? 

            l.  How address hardship concerns?

            ( Ledermann addition:  What is cost/ penalty to withdraw from central district)

Old Business:            a.  Sewer issues:  Cleary stated he is not ready to withdraw from CRLSD but is willing to form a task force to re-examine phase II and how CRLSD board might work with Brandon Township.  Buse stated that  the "all for one" approach lowers costs considerably for Brandon area; much time/money has already been invested; 3 obstacles remain: land purchase for pond, PCA permit, and bids have not been let or received.  Lauthen stated he cannot see the Brandon Board becoming involved in sewer business, not ready to pull out from CRLSD, willing to try Cleary's plan of a task force to re-examine.

            A motion to form task force to look at alternatives and present them to CRLSD to see how central board may work with township, was made by Cleary, seconded by Lauthen and carried.  People present nominated Wally Tischer from Devils, Dana Barfknect from Whiskey, John Gilson from East Chippewa, Will Bettermann from South Chippewa, and Jen Lanners from West Chippewa to serve on task force.  All accepted.  Cleary will convene task force in near future.

RESESS for 10 minutes

            b. Walleye Rd. turn around.  Cleary reported dirt has been spread, will be usable by fall

            c.  Gravel:  Lauthen reported Okerlund has completed major graveling.

            d.  Assessor's contract: Ledermann reported that Howard will not be available.  Buse will contact Johnson and Albertsen for potential new assessor.

            e.  Web Site:  On a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Cleary, Gardonville offer to give free web site host and Carlson to design web site ASAP for not more than $500  was accepted.   Carried.

            f.  Chloride (dust control) has been completed.  Lauthen provided figures,  Ledermann will now do billing

            g.  Ledermann reported Lakes Area Planning inviting new members to planning agency.  He has extended an invitation to Brandon City.

 New Business:

            a.  Land Use permits were reviewed.

            b. Board of Appeal training will be Monday, July 21,  Cleary will attend. Ledermann???

            c.  Big Chip Rd Resolution was presented to clear up legal definition. Motion by Lauthen, seconded by Cleary, carried to draw up resolution.  Cf. attached resolution

            d.  Public Road meeting will by held Wed. June 25 at 7 PM at Public Works Center

            e.  Whiskey Lake Dr. Culvert placement request by Wagners will be examined.

            f.  Weed Control on Whiskey lake properties will be looked at.

            g.  Road ditch spraying for brush;  Lauthen and Buse will seek quotes and action

            h.  Kimberly Pt road sign needs different placement.  Buse will do.


Claims:   Claims were presented and viewed by the board. Claims included:  The Record- $13.91 for notices; City of Brandon - $127.65 for utilities; Otter Tail Power - $20.18 for shop electricity; Okerlund Graveling - $13,273.00 for gravel; Lauthen - $120.56 for mileage and reimburse; Cleary - $71.50 for mileage/reimburse; Buse - $45.00 for mileage; and Ledermann - $107.72 for mileage/reimburse.

            Smith will transfer $10,000 from Tar and Road fund to checking to cover bills.

            Claims and wages were ordered to be paid with a motion by Lauthen, seconded by Cleary, and carried.


Meeting adjourned at 10.34 PM; motion by Cleary, seconded by Lauthen .Adrian Ledermann, clerk.