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Jul 11, 2016


Monthly Board Meeting Minutes

Monday, July 11, 2016


Trustees of the Village of Brandon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin met in the Village of Brandon Board Room on Monday, July 11, 2016 at 7:07 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:  Angie Smit, Gwen Shoffner, Richard Vollbrecht and Mike Walgenbach.


The following were present in the audience: Public Works Director, Vance Henning; Police Chief, Tom Dornbrook; Library Board President, Kevin DeCramer; Library Director, Christy Ross; Robert & Desiree Frank, Rick Peterson, Jackie Kok, Keith Jorgensen and Cody Farrell.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all those present.


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


The financial reports as of July 11, 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 June 13, 2016 monthly meeting were approved by the Board on a motion by Trustees Smit/Shoffner and unanimously passed on a voice vote.


Police Chief, Tom Dornbrook, gave his 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.  Vande Zande reported that Attorney Wurtz advises the Board to determine if they will explore the issue or deny.  If the Board chooses to move forward, a draft ordinance could be reviewed at next month’s meeting.  Several Village residents were in attendance to speak in support of allowing chickens.  With budgets being tight Trustees were concerned on the cost of creating and adopting a new ordinance.  No motions were made.


New Business (Agenda item #2):  President Tarr was unable to find residents interested in joining the ad hoc Property Maintenance committee.  Both Trustee Shoffner and Public Works Director Henning expressed interest in joining the committee.  Walgenbach suggested having property maintenance ordinances/expectations in next months newsletter to give residents a heads up that there are properties that are becoming an issue and the Village is looking for compliance.  Motion by Vollbrecht/Walgenbach, unanimously passed on a voice vote, to include ordinances relating to property maintenance in next month’s newsletter and ask for community volunteers to join the committee.


Library Director, Christy Ross, gave her monthly report.


Public Works Director, Vance Henning, reported the tower will be pulled down for painting in September and will be down for a minimum of 22 days.


Trustee Smit thanked Henning for coming out on a Holidayweekend to help with a sewer lateral issue at her house.


Clerk Vande Zande reported the general fund will borrow funds need for the sewer jetter.  The utility fund will reimburse the general fund the village.


New Business (Agenda item #1):  Motion by Smit/Shoffner, unanimously passed on a roll call vote, the Board approved Jesse Tipton working limited part-time hours.


8:29 p.m. Motion by Smit/Vollbrecht to adjourn to closed session per Wisconsin State Statute 19.85 (1)(e) Deliberating or negotiating the purchasing of public properties, the investing of public funds, or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require closed session.  Re:  Library expansion.  Roll call vote – 5-ayes, 0-nays. 


8:29 p.m. Motion by Tarr/Vollbrecht to adjourn 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: Compensation Claim.  Roll call vote – 5 ayes, 0-nays.


9:04 p.m.  Motion by Smit/Shoffner, unanimously carried on roll call (5-ayes, 0-nays) to adjourn.

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