Brandon Township Meeting, Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Brandon Township Annual Meeting Minutes (unofficial)  March 8, 2011 The annual town meeting of Brandon Township was held on Tuesday, March 8, at the Brandon Community Center with 13 people in attendance. The meeting was called to order by Adrian Ledermann, clerk, at 7:00 p.m.  The pledge of allegiance was recited. Mike Cleary was nominated, and approved to moderate the meeting.On a motion by Jen Lanners, seconded by Paul Lauthen, and carried, the agenda was changed to allow the speakers present to be first, and then approved. Guest Speakers:  Beyond the Yellow Ribbon supporters, Joseph Sariganes and Adam Kedrowski informed the gathering of the need for support of military families and veterans.            Corliss Stark representing the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission gave a brief report on activities of 2010, and responded to questions. Clerks Report:  The minutes of the March 9, 2010 annual meeting were read and approved on a motion by Dana Barfnecht, seconded by Gaylin Croonquist, and carried. 

Treasurer’s Report:  Diane Smith made copies available of the 2010 treasurer's report. Smith read through the summary report indicating a beginning balance as of 01/01/2010 of $14,267.80.  Receipts for 2010 were $140,637.15.  Other receipts included $1,778.17 from CLRSD closing, $105,104.75 from sewer levy for total receipts of $247,800.02.  Disbursements totaled $240,800.02, less interest received on MM account  of $1,014.22 and less interest received on CD's of $1,321.64 leaving a balance of $18,651.99 in the check book.  Present investments include: Tar and Road Improvement fund of $206,732.51 as all CD's have now been folded into this money market account.  Cleary stated that the debt service levy was not keeping up to the scheduled payments needed at this time due to delinquent taxes, but that such money would be available at a later date.  The treasurer's report was approved on a motion by Don Buse, seconded by Paul Lauthen and carried.


Proposed Budget Levy:  The Board of Audit presented a proposed budget levy for 2012 that included: General Fund- $25,000; Road and Bridge Fund- $65,000; Fire and Responders Fund- $24,000; CLRSD debt service-$35,423; and CLRSD debt service (district only)-$80,000.   Upon being informed that the Road and Bridge levy must equal .04835 % of the total township market value, after discussion, on a motion by Buse, seconded by Cleary, and carried, the amounts were changed to General Fund-$18,000; Road and Bridge Fund- $72,000; Fire and Responders- $24,000; CLRSD debt service-township wide-$35,423; and CLRSD debt service-sewer district only-$80,000.  On a motion by Jen Lanners, seconded by Don Buse, and carried, the proposed levy was adopted.


Guest Speaker:  Jamie Schaffran, representing the Brandon Fire Department was now present, and informed the group of the need to purchase new pagers and that the department has purchased a new/used truck.  Schaffran also responded to several questions including that the department has used the new portable pump and has designated water supply areas that will be identified with signs.


Old Business:  Ledermann gave a brief report on the results of the first November election for Brandon Township.  313 ballots were cast for supervisor, Lauthen receiving 297; 308 ballots were cast for clerk, Ledermann receiving 299; 360 ballots were cast for the supervisor term resolution with 135 yes and 225 no votes.  Thus, supervisor's terms of office will be for four years as will the clerk's and treasurer's.  Terms will expire on December 31 of even numbered years.  The term of office for Cleary and Lanners will expire on December 31, 2012.   Ledermann noted the large number of votes compared to the March election totals.


New Business: 1. Jen Lanners informed the group about the process to get township road signs into compliance with the DOT, including reflectivity, placement of signs, and correct sign posts.   Brandon Township needs to have a plan in place by January, 2012 and have completed the process by January, 2015.  Township officers will be given more information at the county and district township meetings.  It may be prudent to hire an engineer to help put the plan in place.

2.  On a motion by Ledermann, seconded by Cleary, and carried, Brandon Township will again use the Bremer Bank, Brandon Post Office, The Record and the township web site for the posting of public notices.

3. Ledermann addressed the six year term for supervisor question, suggesting it would be helpful to have six year terms so that a majority of supervisors would not be up for elections at any one time.  A resolution to put the six year term on the ballot on November 2012 can be made at the town meeting or by the supervisors prior to the 2012 election.  Ledermann suggested that a better job of informing the public about such a resolution would be needed.

4. Ledermann addressed the issue of appointing rather than electing the clerk and treasurer.  A resolution to do so could be put on the ballot for November 2012.  Advantages to appointing the clerk and treasure include that the positions now require more complex computer skills, the appointed person need not be living in the township, and for the clerk, the question of election officer while running for election would not be compromised.

5.  On a motion by Dana Barfnecht, seconded by Jaime Schaffran, and carried, Brandon Township will again support the Alexandria Area Economic Development Commission with a contribution of $2,475.00.

6. On a motion by Croonquist, seconded by Jen Lanners, and carried, Brandon Community room will be the place for the March 2012 annual meeting, beginning at 7 p.m.

7.  Unofficial minutes of township meetings will be posted on the web site of all township meetings.  Trail conditions for cross country skiing at the local Big Chip Ski and Hike Club trail will be posted on the township web site.


There being no further business, on a motion by Jen Lanners, seconded by Jamie Schraffan, the meeting was adjourned at 8:09 p.m.


Adrian Ledermann, Clerk