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Sep 08, 2014


Monthly Board Meeting Minutes

Monday, September 8, 2014


Trustees of the Villageof Brandon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsinmet in the Village of Brandon Board Room on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 7:09 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; Alex Zabel, Damien Lonnee and Kevin DeCramer.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all those present.


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


The financial reports as of September 8, 2014 were approved by the Board on a motion by Trustees Krohn/Tarr and unanimously passed on a roll call vote. 


The minutes of the August 11, 2014 monthly meeting were approved by the Board on a motion by Trustees Smit/Tarr and unanimously passed on a voice vote.


Village Updates:

President Tetzlaff reported he was contacted by a member of the community who was upset there was notVillageBoard representation at the Post Office meeting.


Trustee Horvath reported Mark Horvath is the new Fire Chief.


Trustee DeCramer reported she plans to schedule a Parks & Rec Committee meeting. 


Trustee Walgenbach reported he will schedule a Public Works Committee meeting soon.


Trustee Krohn reported he will be working on the budget with the Clerk in the near future.


Trustee Smit reported the Library is still interested in the Catholic Church and the Village is the first in line for that purchase.



Alex Zabel was present to comment on the mowing in the subdivision and the citations he received.  He would like to be placed on next months agenda.


Damian Lonnee from Pillar & Vine was present to inform the Board of potential projects to include: coffee kiosk, youth center and event in the VillageParkin August 2015.



Henning reported that Novation Group (representing Verizon) toured potential cell tower sites on village property.  The results were favorable and a survey will be done soon.


President Tetzlaff reported the Clerk spoke with Attorney Wurtz regarding maintenance on the alleys.  Item to be looked into further by the Public Works Committee.


A Police Committee will be formed using 3 citizens to go in effect with passage of new ordinance book.  Ordinance regarding this committee will be sent in to General Code with codification materials.



The Board discussed several things needing 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.


Pamela Sauer and Rick Petersonwere not present to accept a Village flag and certificate of appreciation.  President Tetzlaff plans to deliver them.


On a motion by Trustees Smit/Walgenbach, unanimously passed on a voice vote, the Board set Halloween trick-or-treat to October 31, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


President Tetzlaff reported he talked to Floyd Smit and Gary Henker regarding the Emergency Management position.  Smit is not interested at this time.  Henker is interested but would like to know more about any possible training that is needed.


Chief Dornbrook reported on the following items:  1) Lawn mowing in the subdivision. This has been an ongoing violation.  The Board asked to have the Village Attorney attend next months meeting as this topic will be an item on the agenda.  2) Ordinances updates. 3) Time spent in Fairwater.  4) Krohn inquired about the posted status of Woodward & North Streets as a citizen inquired about changing it to a Class B hwy.


9:17 pm:  Motion by DeCramer/Tarr, unanimously carried on roll call (7-ayes, 0-nays), to move to closed session per Wisconsin State Statute 19.85(1)(c) Considering employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee over which the governmental body has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility.  Re: part-time Police Officers.


9:32 pm:  Motion made in closed session by Tetzlaff/DeCramer, unanimously carried on roll call (7-ayes, 0-nayes) to adjourn.

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