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Jul 14, 2014


Monthly Board Meeting Minutes

Monday, July 14, 2014


Trustees of the Villageof Brandon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsinmet in the Village of Brandon Board Room on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 7:08 p.m.   


President, Steve Tetzlaff called the meeting to order and presided.  Deputy Clerk, Sherry Laper recorded the minutes of the meeting.


The following trustees were present: Carole DeCramer, Diane Horvath, Kurt Krohn, Angie Smit, Dave Tarr and Mike Walgenbach.


The following were present in the audience: Dept. of Public Works Director, Vance Henning; Candidate for State Assembly District 42, George Ferriter and his spouse;  Library Director, Christy Ross;  Police Chief, Tom Dornbrook (arrived - 8:45 p.m.).


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all those present.


The July 2014 payments (as attached) were approved by the Board on a motion by Trustees Krohn/Tarr and unanimously passed on a roll call vote.


The financial reports as of July 14, 2014 were approved by the Board on a motion by Trustees Walgenbach/DeCramer and unanimously passed on a roll call vote.  Walgenbach inquired about the water tax equivalent recorded on the financials (due from sewer/water to utility).  Laper will research and report back to the Board.


The minutes of the June 9, 2014 monthly meeting were approved by the Board on a motion by Trustees Smit/Horvath and unanimously passed on a voice vote.


Village Updates:

President Tetzlaff reported a survey was mailed with recent utility bills seeking volunteers willing to serve on various committees and boards when there are vacancies.


Library Board Director, Christy Ross, reported on participation and activity of the Library programs. 


Trustee Horvath reported on behalf of the Fire Department the generator is not working.  Trustee Walgenbach will check with the donor of the generator before the Fire Department attempts to sell it. 


Trustee Smit reported she has spoken with a possible candidate to fill the Emergency Government Director position.  The candidate must be appointed by the President and confirmed by the Board.  It was noted the position involves training. 


DPW Director, Henning requested the Cemetery Committee meet in the near future.  He also reported that 2 benches and an information center have been added to the Veteran’s Memorial site. 



Discussion of an ordinance regulating multi-family and commercial dumpsters tabled until Chief Dornbrook was in attendance. 


Trustee DeCramer noted she plans to check with surrounding communities regarding their policies on annual contracts or bids for the services of assessor, auditor and attorney.



Discussion of existing burning ordinances verses the DNR model burning ordinance.  It was noted an extension has been granted to complete the ordinance re-codification and the Board’s need to continue with the process. 


President Tetzlaff reported that additional Village flags have been purchased and suggested they be presented to previous Board members along with a plaque to acknowledge their service.  A motion by Tarr/Horvath and unanimous approval on a roll call vote to proceed with recognizing past Trustees from the point it was previously discontinued. 


Board reviewed proposal received from Novation Group Consulting for a Verizon Wireless communication tower placement in the VillagePark.  Discussion held regarding pros and cons to the proposal.  A motion by Tetzlaff/Smit and unanimous approval on a voice vote to proceed by meeting with Novation Group Consulting to discuss project and concerns. 


Chief Dornbrook arrived and reported on the following items:  1) Click-It or Ticket program.

2) Hwy. TC and Hwy. 49 detours and signage. 3) Park camera issues.  4) Training requirements completed in June.  5) Illegal drug activity.  6) Ordinance violation regarding long grass.

7) Ordinances relating to the Police Department will be reviewed prior to the August meeting. 

A discussion also surfaced regarding north and south alleys in the Main Streetarea and who is responsible for maintenance such as snow removal and blacktop.  Topic will be re-tabled at August meeting. 


The “Agreement and General Release of Claims” document prepared by Attorney Wurtz was presented.  Discussion ensued as board members identified concerns with the document.  President Tetzlaff will speak with Attorney Wurtz regarding minor changes in wording and the addition of a parcel number to identify Newtonproperty. 


No other business came before the Board.  The Board adjourned at 10:00 pm on a motion by DeCramer/Tarr, unanimously passed on a voice vote.

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