SEWER & WATER UTILITY
Minutes of a Monthly Meeting
Monday, October 8, 2012
Trustees of the Village of Brandon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin met in the Village of Brandon Board Room on Monday, October 8, 2012.
President Steve Tetzlaff called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. and presided. Interim Clerk Laper recorded the minutes of the meeting.
The following trustees were present: Carole DeCramer, Annette Henker, Diane Horvath, Kurt Krohn, David Tarr and Michael Walgenbach.
The following were present in the audience: Public Works Director, Vance Henning; Police Chief, Tom Dornbrook; and Clayton Jahns, representing the Brandon Sno-Cubs.
On a motion by Trustees DeCramer/Tarr, unanimously carried on a roll call vote, the Board approved the October, 2012 payments as attached.
On a motion by Trustees DeCramer/Henker, unanimously passed on a voice vote, the Board approved the minutes of the September 10, 2012 utility meeting.
President Tetzlaff reported the Department of Transportation is still seeking the Board’s decision on sewer/water infrastructure upgrades prior to their 2019 State Highway Project. There was discussion on the cost of such upgrades and the option to eliminate aprons outside of the business district. The Board determined the need to prioritize the infrastructure project along with other long term goals that include water tower maintenance, upgrades to well #2, and connecting well #2 to the filtering plant. Trustee Walgenbach recommended consulting with financial advisors, Westra Tillema.
Trustee Walgenbach presented a handout indicating the effects of a potential 10% sewer rate increase and the 3.2% water increase effective October 15, 2012. The sewer increase is needed to cover an annual revenue shortfall of approximately $50,000. On a motion by Trustees Krohn/Tarr, unanimously passed on a roll call vote, the Board approved a 10% sewer rate increase effective January 1, 2013.
Trustee Walgenbach reported that a credit will be issued to 3 commercial utility customers due to incorrect 2” sewer meter charges.
Building Inspector, Jon Dobbratz sent an email detailing concerns regarding the proposed subdivision plans of the Reflections of Nature property. Those concerns include street frontage, street dedication, variance, and rezoning. Trustee Walgenbach will draft a letter to the potential buyers relaying the concerns.
No other business came before the Board. The Board adjourned at 8:45 pm on a motion by Trustees Tarr/Krohn and unanimously passed on a voice vote.