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Oct 13, 2014


Monthly Board Meeting Minutes

Monday, October 13, 2014


Trustees of the Village of Brandon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin met in the Village of Brandon Board Room on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 7:15 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; Dick Rogers of RJR & Assoc; Clayton Jahns, Damien Lonnee and Kevin DeCramer.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all those present.


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


The financial reports as of October 13, 2014 were approved by the Board on a motion by Trustees Walgenbach/Krohn and unanimously passed on a voice vote. 


The minutes of the September 8, 2014 monthly meeting and September 8, 2014 closed session minutes, were approved by the Board on a motion by Trustees DeCramer/Tetzlaff and unanimously passed on a voice vote.


Village Updates:

President Tetzlaff reported he presented Pam Sauer and Rick Peterson with a certificate of appreciation as well as a village flag.


Trustee Horvath reported the fire department held the annual meeting.  The new fire truck will be ordered by the end of November in order to receive in 2015.  Tetzlaff noted the fire department proposed a new budget which includes the purchase of oxygen tanks.


Trustee Walgenbach reported he will meet with Vance to discuss Department of Public Works needs and will follow up with a Public Works Committee.


Trustee DeCramer reported there was a Parks & Rec committee meeting.  Several projects for 2015 were discussed.  Those projects include: cemetery map; park rules sign; cemetery arch; crosses in cemetery; arch bridge; volleyball bleachers; tiling; pond treatment; railroad culvert.  The committee will meet next in March 2015.


Trustee Smit reported the Library Director has been ill.  Last month the Library Director held the first 3D printer workshop amongst the Winnefox Libraries.  The Library Board plans to meet at the end of the month to discuss the budget.


Trustee Krohn reported he and the Clerk met to review the 2015 budget.  Health insurance has increased substantially from last year.  Other health insurance estimates will be sought.  The fire department is planning to purchase a new fire truck and the Village will be responsible for a portion of it.  There is some money set-aside; however a loan will be needed for the remainder.


Chief Dornbrook reported he had a conversation with the Village Attorney regarding mowing in the subdivision.  The Board directed Dornbrook to continue to file tickets.  Dornbrook also reported the vandalism at the Veteran’s Memorial is being investigated. 






Dick Rogers from RJR & Associates was present to discuss US Cellular’s plans to place a cell tower at the sewer treatment plan site.  An old cable building and dead trees will need to be removed.  If approved, the tower will be slated for a 2015 build.  On a motion by Trustees Tarr/Horvath, unanimously approved on a voice vote, the Board approved sending the US Cellular proposal to the Village Attorney for review.


Clerk Vande Zande reported Alex Novak of Novation Group will be attending the November meeting regarding the proposal of a Verizon cell tower.  He hopes to hold the conditional use hearing as well at variance hearing on the same night.



The Board discussed several items that need attention in our current code of ordinances which includes: 1) Adding DPW Director to Parks Committee and removing the Clerk.  2) Personnel Committee to handle Code of Ethics Board issues.  3) Impeding snow removal tickets to be higher than normal parking ticket.  4) Adopting Ripon’s adult entertainment ordinance.  5) Remove health officer.  6) Barking dogs and dog bites.  7) Dumpsters for apartments.  6) Agenda procedures.


Dick Rogers from RJR Associates was present to talk about US Cellular’s need for a tower in the area.  The County tower already located in the Village failed their engineering test.  Rogerswas given the Village Building Inspectors contact information.


President Tetzlaff presented a Village flag and certificate of appreciation to past Board member Kevin DeCramer and thanked him for his dedicated service. 


Clayton Jahns of the Brandon Sno Cubs snowmobile club was present to ask permission to use the same routes in the Village as used last year.  The permission requested was approved by Resolution 2014-01 on a motion by Trustees Tarr/Smit, unanimously passed on a roll call vote.

Damian Lonnee of Pillar & Vine was present to discuss his plans to hold an event in the VillageParkin August of 2015.  He has discussed his plans with Henning, Dornbrook & Vande Zande.  Before he proceeds he inquired if the Board has any objections to his plans.  No objections were given at this time.


On a motion by Trustees DeCramer/Krohn, unanimously carried on a roll call vote, the Board approved the 2015 assessor contract with Bowmar Appraisal.


Dornbrook reported of a complaint regarding employees of a local business using parking stalls meant for patrons of another local business.  Dornbrook will look into a 2 hour parking time limit.  The Board directed Dornbrook to talk to the business owner and ask that their employees leave those spaces open.


Dornbrook discussed the enforcement of winter parking regulations.  The Board directed Dornbrook to enforce the parking restrictions beginning on the posted date of November 1st.


On a motion by Trustees Tarr/DeCramer, unanimously passed on a roll call vote, the Board approved the hiring of Greg Deike as a part-time Police Officer.


On a motion by Trustees Smit/DeCramer, unanimously passed on a roll call vote, the Board appointed Gary Henker as the Emergency Management Director.  There was discussion on a job description of duties as well as a backup director.  Emergency Government Committee will be meeting.


The Board discussed the memo written by Village Treasurer, Sherry Laper.  Motion by Trustees DeCramer/Smit to reimburse Village residents for fees and interest failed on a roll call vote. Aye – 2, Nay – 5.


On a motion by Trustees Walgenbach/Horvath, unanimously carried on a roll call vote, the Board approved the donation of $100 to the Ripon K9 dog fund.


The Emergency Government Committee met with the Villageof Fairwaterregarding the joint agreement for police protection.  The committee asked for a 3% increase in the hourly rate.  Item tabled until next month.


On a motion by Trustees DeCramer/Tarr, unanimously passed on a roll call vote, the Board approved Resolution 2014-02.


The Board discussed the request to use the Board room.  It was suggested the requester check with the new restaurant if they had space available or rent one of the park shelters.


Building maintenance item tabled until more information can be obtained.


On a motion by Trustees Walgenbach/Tarr, unanimously carried on a roll call vote, the Board approved the modification agreement with the Bank of Oakfield.


No other business came before the Board.  The Board adjourned at 11:09 pm on a motion by Tarr/DeCramer, unanimously passed on a voice vote.


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