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May 12, 2014


Monthly Board Meeting Minutes

Monday, May 12, 2014


Trustees of the Villageof Brandon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsinmet in the Village of Brandon Board Room on Monday, May 12, 2014 at 7:13 p.m.   


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


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


The following were present in the audience:  Department of Public Works Director, Vance Henning; State Rep Keith Ripp (left 9:06 p.m.); Library Board President, Kevin DeCramer; Andrew & Shirley Wahl (left 8:15 p.m.); Police Chief, Tom Dornbrook (arrive - 7:45 p.m., left – 9:28 p.m.); and Library Director, Christy Ross (7:15 p.m.).


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all those present.


On a motion by Trustees Krohn/Horvath, unanimously carried on a roll call vote, the Board approved the May 2014 payments as attached.


On a motion by Trustees Tarr/Krohn, unanimously passed on a voice vote, the Board approved the Villageof Brandonfinancials as of May 12, 2014.


On a motion by Trustees DeCramer/Krohn, unanimously passed on a voice vote, the Board approved the minutes from the April 14, 2014 monthly meeting and the April 23, 2014 special meeting.


Village Updates:

President Tetzlaff reported he spoke with the Lieutenant Governor’s office to suggest municipalities be able to buy into the state health plan.


Trustee DeCramer stated there was no need for the Parks & Rec Committee meeting to meet.  DeCramer reported that Little League President, Tony Walters suggested a diamond chalker be purchased.


Trustee Horvath reported the Fire Department is having a meeting on Thursday, May 15, 2014.


Library Board Director, Christy Ross, reported on the following items: Volunteer Day; potential future services; 3-D printer; wine tasting event in June.


Police Chief, Tom Dornbrook, reported that part-time officer Stephanie Verbeten has resigned as she has received a full-time position elsewhere.  He also reported there was vandalism done to the Veteran’s Memorial on April 25, 2014. The park security camera footage will be used to assist in solving the case.



State Representative Keith Ripp noted the congressional session is complete and reported on 2015 bills.


Old Business:

Clerk Vande Zande reported a representative from the Rock River Coalition was unable to attend the meeting.  An informational email was distributed.  Tetzlaff requested Vande Zande inquire about cleaning debris out of the Rock River.  Table until next month.


Clerk Vande Zande reported she met with Attorney Wurtz and began to review the editorial and legal analysis from General Code.  The Board will receive a final copy upon completion.


Police Chief Dornbrook reported he spoke with Advanced Disposal regarding dumpster sizes.  Dornbrook suggested multi-family dumpster requirements as follows:  enclosure, specific location and size requirements.  Trustee DeCramer would like this run by Attorney Wurtz.


New Business:

Andrew and Shirley Wahl came before the Board regarding the water situation on their Lockin Stproperty which has two storage sheds.  The following points were stated by the Wahl’s:  property has periodic flooding; in the 1980’s Wahl’s extended the storm sewer to the back of the property; approximately 30 years ago discussion was held between Wahl’s and the Village Board regarding a potential culvert and pumping station but there is no written documentation to support this; a snow berm seemed to help with water issues this spring as it did not flood.   The following points were stated by the Board and Henning:   property is approximately 12 feet below the tracks and area properties are 8 feet below indicating a culvert may not help the water situation.  It was suggested the Wahl’s work with their neighbor to find a solution and any action should comply with Village Ordinances.  Tetzlaff noted the Village is trying to clean out the Rock River– if allowed by the DNR – and this may improve the situation.


The 2014-2015 committees were determined and approved on a motion by President Tetzlaff/Trustee Walgenbach, unanimously passed on a voice vote.


On a motion by Trustees Smit/Tarr, unanimously passed by a voice vote, the Board approved Richard Roeming as a Zoning Board of Appeals alternate. We are still in need of a member to replace Smit. 


Tetzlaff reported the Brandon Community Food Pantry agreement is up for renewal next month and Denise Belmer will be present to answer any questions.  The Board toured the Food Pantry areas to make sure everything is going as agreed and also reviewed the previous agreement.  Everything appeared as agreed upon.


Tetzlaff reported the Clerk will attend the Clerk’s Institute in July.  The Clerk reported approximate costs and noted a scholarship has been awarded to cover some costs.  On a motion by DeCramer/Tarr, unanimously carried on a roll call vote, the Board approved the Clerk attending the Clerk’s and Treasurer’s Institute July 13-18, 2014.


Trustee DeCramer discussed having an annual bid for the services of Village Assessor, Auditor and Attorney.  Village ordinances will be reviewed to determine if there should be a bidding process for these 3 services.  Item to be discussed at a future meeting.


9:28 pm:  Motion by Tetzlaff/Tarr, unanimously carried on roll call (7-ayes, 0-nays), to move to closed session per Wisconsin State Statute 19.85(1)(g) Conferring with legal counsel for the governmental body who is rendering oral or written advice concerning strategy to be adopted by the body with respect to litigation in which it is or is likely to become involved.  Re: water problems on N. Center Stand review of closed session minutes from April 23, 2014.


10:21 pm:  Motion made in closed session by DeCramer/Tarr, unanimously carried on roll call (7-ayes, 0-nayes) to adjourn.

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