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Apr 08, 2013


Monthly Board Meeting Minutes

Monday, April 8, 2013


Trustees of the Village of Brandon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin met in the Village of Brandon Board Room on Monday, April 8, 2013 at 7:18 pm.   


President Steve Tetzlaff called the meeting to order and presided.  Village Clerk Corinne Vande Zande recorded the minutes of the meeting.


The following trustees were present: Diane Horvath, Annette Henker, Carole DeCramer, Dave Tarr and Michael Walgenbach.  Kurt Krohn – absent.


The following were present in the audience:  Library Director Christy Ross; Public Works Director Vance Henning; Police Chief Tom Dornbrook (7:20 p.m.).


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all those present.


On a motion by Trustees DeCramer/Horvath, unanimously carried on a roll call vote, the Board approved the April 2013 payments as attached.


On a motion by Trustees Henker/Walgenbach, unanimously passed on a voice vote, the Board approved the minutes of the March 11, 2013 monthly meeting with the addition of adding “certified” to survey in the United Methodist Church item.


Trustee Henker would like the Clerk to remind the Emergency Government Committee to meet with the Fairwater committee in October before the budget is done.


Village Updates:

Library Director, Christina Ross, gave her monthly report and reported on the following items:  1) Six volunteers will come in weekly to help sort through the Library’s collection and get ready for the summer reading program.  2) Volunteers from Laconia High School will help clean out the room upstairs.  3) St Brendan’s Church closed out the last of their CD and donated $925.18 to the Library.  The money will go towards the Lego Club.  4) The Village of Rosendale would like to coordinate activities with the summer reading program. 5) Plans are underway for a Village employee appreciation event.  Tentative date in May.  6) Public Works Director Vance Henning shimmed the railing out front and it looks brand new. 


Police Chief, Tom Dornbrook, gave his monthly report and reported on the following items: 1) There has been some trouble with a group of kids hanging out in the park and stacking picnic tables. 2) Because reception with Verizon is poor, a representative from US Cellular will be coming this week to test their air card and smart phones.  3) Work on the US Cellular tower is going to start in early spring.

Trustee Horvath reported on Emergency Government news.  The Fire Department bowling tournament was a great success.  At the last Fire Department meeting there was discussion regarding next year’s budget and possible replacement and consolidation of their trucks.


Trustee DeCramer reported the next Parks & Recreation committee meeting will be May 7, 2013.


Trustee Tarr reported on personnel news.  He is looking into possible training options.


Trustee Henker reported the seniors will be meeting at the Emanuel Lutheran Church every Wednesday beginning April 17, 2013 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.   Their goal is to be self sustaining but are in need of donations.


Old Business:

Henning talked with Don Neitzel of Kunkel Engineering regarding MEG (Municipal Environmental Group).  Neitzel advised the Village to decline a donation to the group.


Trustee Krohn (absent) was to report his findings after talking with the representative from General Code.  This item will be tabled until May meeting.


New Business:

On a motion by Trustees Tarr/Horvath, unanimously carried on a voice vote, the Board approved setting the bulk pick up date as Monday, May 6, 2013 (Date changed to May 8, 2013).


Trustee DeCramer reported the Parks & Recreation Committee recommends increasing the park shelter rental to $15 for residents and $30 for non-residents.  The Depot park with the kitchen was recommended to stay the same at $35.00 for both residents and non-residents.  Also, because of previous issues with renters not cleaning up and the Public Works spending many hours – some of which are overtime – cleaning up, the committee recommends adding a deposit for every rental.  The deposit fees recommended would be $50.00 for individuals and $100.00 for an organization.  On a motion by President Tetzlaff/Trustee Tarr, unanimously carried on a roll call vote, the Board approved setting the park rental fees to $15.00 for residents and $30.00 for non-residents, the depot park with the kitchen will be $35.00, and any rental or shelter outside of the brat stop will need a $50.00 deposit for an individual and $100.00 deposit for an organization.


The Parks & Recreation committee is recommending updating the rules for dogs in the park to include not allowing dogs in the following areas: swimming area, within 20’ of the Veteran’s Memorial, playground area, restroom area, beach/swimming area, and the nature trail.  Dogs would be allowed in the north and west ends of the pond.  Trustee Walgenbach suggested putting signs up in the areas where dogs would not be allowed.  Chief Dornbrook suggested a dog park.  There is fencing on three sides of property owned by Brian Davis of Davis Manufacturing.  The Parks & Recreation committee will research this and see if Brian Davis would be interested in a dog park.  Trustee Tarr suggested putting up mailboxes in that area with grocery bags to encourage dog owners to pick up after their dogs.


There is evidence people are hitting golf balls in the park even though it is prohibited by Village ordinance.  Windows have been broken, there is potential damage to the Veteran’s Memorial, and Henning reported balls hit by lawn mowers can cause serious injury.  The Board directed Chief Dornbrook to enforce no golfing in the park.


The Parks & Recreation committee recommends the Fire Department be represented on the Parks & Recreation committee as they hold the rights to the concession stand by the ball diamonds.  President Tetzlaff will speak to the Fire Chief about this and report back.


No other business came before the Board.  On a motion by Tarr/Henker, unanimously passed on a voice vote, the Board adjourned at 8:51 p.m.

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