Brandon Township Meeting, Monday, March 21, 2011

Brandon Township Meeting Minutes (Unofficial)   March 21, 2011 The regular monthly meeting of the Brandon Township Board was held on Monday, March 21, 2011 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 Mike Cleary at 7:00 p.m.  The pledge of allegiance was recited. Clerks Report:  The minutes of the Feb. 22nd meeting were addressed.   The minutes were approved with one spelling correction on a motion by Lanners, seconded by Lauthen and carried. Treasurer’s Report:  Beginning balance on 021/01/2011 was $18,048.67.   Interest from Revenue on account at Bremer was $.72.  Other income was $19,914.69.  Orders issued were $2,820.98 for a total ending balance of $35,143.10.  Investments reported included Tar & Road Fund received $78.48 in interest to now total $206,898.78.   Motion made by Lanners, seconded by Cleary, to approve report; carried.   Public Comment: Jason Hintermeister and Shannon Thompson from Thompson Sign Company were present to describe what they could do for Brandon Township for new sign requirements. Visitor Michelle Saffel was also present. Agenda Approval:  The revised agenda was approved with no additional items. Old Business:  a. Road sign update: No further action until after the short course. b. Long Lake Rd culvert needed to be steamed out.  Lehn U turn south will be closed until road firms up.c. Insurance on grader has been updated.   New windshield will be installed after warm up.d. Slack road take over by township will be delayed until inspected by county road engineer in spring.e. County township meeting was reported on by Ledermann.   Main business items were the county comprehensive plan review; weed policy changes; discussion on November township elections; and election of directors-Dan New and Ron Klimek..New Business:a. Two land use permits were reviewed.b. All township officers have received the Bruce Whittmore letter on assessments for the township.c. Gravel quote requests will be publicized on our web site and in the record.  One quote from Okerlund has already been received.d. Per diems, wages, etc. were set as follows: Per diems: $60.00; hourly wages: $15.00; Machine operator hourly-$20.00.  No changes were made for Election judge-$12.00; Head election judge-$13.50; Clerk-$500 quarterly; Treasurer-$425.00 quarterly; and mileage-$.50/mile.  New schedule to begin April 1, 2011, was approved on a motion by Lanners, seconded by Lauthen and approved.e.  A resolution authorizing a contract with interested officer, Paul Lauthen, for road maintenance under MN Stat. 471.88 subd. 5 was approved on a motion by Lanners, seconded by Cleary and approved with Lauthen abstaining.  f. Clerk notes included a thank you letter about good snow plowing and suggestions for mail posts on township roads(Cleary will research).  Info on LTAP, AAEDC directory and an insurance certificate for Stabnow was shared. a.  Claims and Wages:  Claims and wages requests were presented and viewed by the board.  Claims included:  Adrian Ledermann-$25.00 for mileage; City of Brandon-$148.65 for water/sewer; Douglas County Public Works-$197.87 for salt/sand; Lakes Area Humane-$144.78 for kennel fee; Luckys Propane-$540.60 for propane; Minnesota Association of Townships-$150.00 for short course; Minnesota Benefit Association-$405.00 for group life insurance; Otter Tail Power-$44.28 for shop electricity; Paul Lauthen-$14.00 for mileage and $17.37 for parts reimbursement; The Record-$9.00 for legal notice; Viking Garage Door-$239.89 for door repair.  Claims and Wages were order paid on a motion by Lanners seconded by Cleary, and approved. Next month meeting will be on Monday, April 18, 2011, 7p.m. at the Brandon Community Center.Board of Appeal Meeting will be Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 1 p.m. at the Brandon Community Center. The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.Adrian Ledermann, clerk