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Aug 08, 2016


Monthly Board Meeting Minutes

Monday, August 8, 2016


Trustees of the Village of Brandon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin met in the Village of Brandon Board Room on Monday, August 8, 2016 at 7:09 p.m.   


President David Tarr called the meeting to order and presided.  Clerk Corinne Vande Zande recorded the minutes of the meeting.


The following trustees were present:  Shaun Hiemstra, Kurt Krohn, Angie Smit, Gwen Shoffner, Richard Vollbrecht and Mike Walgenbach.


The following were present in the audience: Police Chief, Tom Dornbrook; Village Attorney, Lud Wurtz; Library Director, Christy Ross; Robert & Desiree Frank, Keith Jorgensen, Cody Farrell and Damian Lonnee.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all those present.


Clerk Vande Zande reported the closed sessions will not be needed as there are no updates.  Motion by Tarr/Shoffner, unanimously passed on a roll call vote, to amend the agenda to remove the closed sessions.


The August 2016 payments (as attached) were approved by the Board on a motion by Trustees Krohn/Smit and unanimously passed on a roll call vote.


The financial reports as of August 8, 2016 were approved by the Board on a motion by Trustees Walgenbach/Vollbrecht and unanimously passed on a roll call vote. 


The minutes of the July 11, 2016 monthly meeting were approved by the Board on a motion by Trustees Walgenbach/Shoffner and unanimously passed on a voice vote.


Police Chief, Tom Dornbrook, gave his monthly report.


Library Director, Christy Ross, gave her monthly report.


Old Business (Agenda item #1):  No new information to report.  Item tabled.


Old Business (Agenda item #2):  The Board discussed further a Village resident’s request to consider allowing chickens in the Village.  Robert Frank gave a brief synopsis of his chicken research in other communities so that newly appointed Trustee Hiemstra could be brought up to speed.  Attorney Wurtz would like the Franks to share their research with the Board and the Clerk to get each Board member copies of the petition that was circulated.  The Clerk gave each Board member as well as the Franks a copy of the sample chicken ordinance provided by Attorney Wurtz.  Wurtz suggested that Board members review the petition as well as the research done by Frank’s and vote on the item next month.  Item tabled.


Old Business (Agenda item #3):  Property maintenance ordinances/expectations were in the most recent newsletter as well as a request for community volunteers.  Clerk Vande Zande reported she had one resident express interest in joining the ad hoc Property Maintenance committee.  Attorney Wurtz cautioned against creating a committee to review maintenance concerns.  He suggested hiring a code enforcement officer to handle these issues.


New Business (Agenda item #2):  Damian Lonnee reported the Brandon Family Fun Fest was successful.  He received phone calls from residents that were excited to see fireworks in the Village again.  He would like to reserve the last week in July next year so that he can start booking bands.  Next year he would also like to have a band on Friday night.  Motion by Vollbrecht/Walgenbach, unanimously passed on a roll call vote, the Board approved the reservation of the park for the last weekend in July for the Brandon Family Fun Fest.  Approval is good for 2017 and 2018.


New Business (Agenda item #1):  Chief Dornbrook updated the Board on recent events with the Westhagen’s and reported he has been assisting with obtaining quotes from various contractors.  Motion by Tarr/Walgenbach, unanimously passed on a roll call vote, to support the actions Chief Dornbrook has initiated and entered into verbal agreements on.


New Business (Agenda item #3):  Chief Dornbrook reported he is close to running out of parking tickets and would like the Board to consider increasing the ticket amount before he has more printed.  Item tabled.


Trustee Vollbrecht reported he and President Tarr recently attended an Emergency Management meeting at Fond du LacCounty.  The County Emergency Management Director, Jim McNabb, informed them we may qualify for special funds, but the funds are only available on a first come first serve basis.


No other business came before the Board.  On a motion by Shoffner/Smit, unanimously passed on a voice vote, the Board adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

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