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Nov 10, 2014


Monthly Board Meeting Minutes

Monday, November 10, 2014


Trustees of the Villageof Brandon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsinmet in the Village of Brandon Board Room on Monday, November 10, 2014 at 7:16 p.m.   


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


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


The following were present in the audience: Dept. of Public Works Director, Vance Henning; Police Chief, Tom Dornbrook; Alex Novak of Novation Group Consulting; Library Director, Christy Ross; and Kevin DeCramer.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all those present.


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


The financial reports as of November 10, 2014 were approved by the Board on a motion by Trustees Tarr/DeCramer and unanimously passed on a roll call vote. 


The minutes of the October 13, 2014 monthly meeting were approved by the Board on a motion by Trustees DeCramer/Smit and unanimously passed on a voice vote.


Village Updates:

Trustee Horvath reported on the recent Emergency Government Committee meeting.  Another meeting has been scheduled for November 17, 2014.


Trustee Krohn reported he has been working on the 2015 budget with the Clerk.  A preliminary budget was handed out for the Trustees to review. 


Trustee DeCramer reported she was contacted by a member of the Historical Society about a replacing a tree in the Cemetery.  DeCramer was informed the tree replacement was already approved at a past meeting. 


Chief Dornbrook reported on the following items: photographs of the van involved in the Veteran’s Memorial vandalism have been shared with other law enforcement agencies; he has received a drug drop off box; General Code will have the code book rough draft ready in early December; information on Waupun’s noxious weed ordinance; issue with garbage & recycling blowing into DepotPark.


Library Director, Christy Ross, gave her monthly report.






Alex Novak, from Novation Group Consulting, gave his presentation on the tower SBA is proposing to build on Village owned property and answered Trustee questions.  The tower will be able to accommodate 5-6 carriers, with Verizon a guaranteed tenant at this point.  With each co-location the Village will receive an additional monthly rent.  Motion by Trustees DeCramer/Tarr, passed on a voice vote, to hold a closed session to confer with legal counsel.


Dornbrook reported on the deteriorating property located on Main Street.  There is also a residential property on Washington Streetthat needs attention.  Motion by Trustees Tetzlaff/Walgenbach, unanimously carried on a roll call vote, to have the building inspector make contact with the property owners and act appropriately.  Abstain – DeCramer.


Tetzlaff reported the Villageof Brandon is requesting a 3% increase in the contract with the Village of Fairwater for joint Police protection. 



Henning reported the 2004 Ford takes a quart of oil a week and the transmission slips in the morning when cold.  There was discussion on the cost of repairs and what the truck is worth.  Henning noted that right now orders are 4-5 months out.  Henning was directed to check on a price through another business and report back at the future special meeting.


There was discussion on whether surplus budget monies should be placed in a CD at the end of the year if a department were to save money. 


On a motion by Trustees Tarr/Horvath, unanimously carried on a roll call vote, the Board approved the purchase of 2 additional code books at a reduced price.


On a motion by Trustees DeCramer/Walgenbach, unanimously carried on a roll call vote, the Board adopted Resolution 2014-03 Resolution authorizing the transfer of $52,000.00 from the Village of Brandon Sewer Infrastructure Fund for repayment of past capital infrastructure projects to the Village of Brandon general fund and Resolution 2014-04 Resolution establishing the annual allocation from the Sewer Infrastructure Fund for repayment to the Village of Brandon general fund for past capital infrastructure projects.


Clerk Vande Zande was excused from the meeting at 9:30 p.m. while the Board moved to closed session.  Trustee DeCramer recording the minutes for the remainder of the meeting.


9:29 p.m.  Motion by Tarr/Horvath to adjourn to closed session per Wisconsin State Statute 19.85 (1)(c) Consideration of employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee subject to the jurisdiction or authority of governing employee who is being considered. Re: employee benefits.  Roll call vote – 7-ayes, 0-nays. 


11:06 p.m.  Motion by Tarr/Horvath, unanimously carried on roll call (7-ayes, 0-nays), to reconvene to open session to discuss findings of closed session.


Motion by Tetzlaff/Tarr to approve a 3% wage increase for the full-time employees. All part-time employees will receive a 1% wage increase.  In addition, the following change to the health insurance benefit will be implemented:  Full-time employees, who currently have spouse/dependent coverage, will now be required to pay 10% of that portion of the health insurance premium; 100% of the employee portion of the premium will be paid by the Village.  The effective date for the wage increases and the health insurance premium employee contribution is January 1, 2015.  Roll call:  DeCramer – nay, Walgenbach – aye, Horvath – aye, Tetzlaff – aye, Smit – nay, Krohn – aye, Tarr - aye.  Motion carried on a 5:2 vote.


11:13 p.m.  Motion by Tarr/Walgenbach, unanimously carried, to adjourn.

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