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Jun 13, 2016


Monthly Board Meeting Minutes

Monday, June 13, 2016


Trustees of the Villageof Brandon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsinmet in the Village of Brandon Board Room on Monday, June 13, 2016 at 7:25 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:  Kurt Krohn, Angie Smit, Gwen Shoffner, Richard Vollbrechtand 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; Village Attorney, Lud Wurtz; Richard Rogers, Richard Roeming, Ken & Shirley Margers, Paul & Kelly Huhndorf, Denise Belmer, Jim & Grace Otto, Craig Bresser, Robert Frank, Ray Brandl, Stacy Zacharias and Damian Lonnee.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all those present.


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


The financial reports as of June 13, 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 May 9, 2016 monthly meeting were approved by the Board on a motion by Trustees Shoffner/Smit and unanimously passed on a voice vote.


Public Hearing:

Applicant:Ray Brandl & Stacy Zacharias

General legal description:102 E Bowen St, Parcels #V01-15-14-36-06-090-00 & V01-15-14-99-FA-280-00

Request:  Request for a change in the zoning ordinance from Public/Quasi Public to Single Family Residential


a.  Public Hearing called to order at 7:30 p.m.


Attorney Wurtz reported the intention of Brandl and Zacharias is to convert the church to a single family residence.


 Public Comment


1.  Shirley Margers, 232 S Commercial St, - Asked what the intentions were for the property.  Right now she and her husband mow much of the yard.  Did not specify whether she was in favor or opposed to the request.

a.  Brandl explained his intentions are to keep the back yard vacant and they do not intend to section off or sell lots.

2.  Richard Roeming, 307 S Center St., - Asked what their intentions are with the church structure – converting to a house? Did not specify whether he was in favor or opposed to the request.

a.  Brandl explained everything is there to make a house – kitchen, bathrooms, etc.  There is no plan to alter any rooms and plans to leave the stained glass windows.


President Tarr closed the public hearing.


b.  Board Discussion & Possible Action


On a motion by Trustees Smit/Walgenbach, unanimously passed on a roll call vote, the Board approved the request of Brandl & Zacharias to rezone the property to single family residential subject to the applicant closing on the property.


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


Old Business (Agenda item #2):  Attorney Wurtz reported after reviewing the statute provided by Mr. Rogers’ superior, it appears we are not able to limit the height of the cell tower below 200’.  To limit between 200’ and 250’ we would need a compelling reason to do so.  Motion by Walgenbach/Shoffner, passed on a roll call vote, to approve the conditional use request by Richard Rogers to construct a telecommunications tower on property owned by Craig & Roseanne Bresser.  Krohn – abstain


New Business (Agenda item #1):  On a motion by Smit/Vollbrecht, unanimously passed on a voice vote, the Board renewed the annual food pantry agreement.  Belmer to provide the Clerk with a new map.


New Business (Agenda item #2):  Last month, a Village resident came to the Board asking they consider allowing chickens in the Village.  Attorney Wurtz informed the Board, the decision needs to be made if the Board wants to look into this further, or do they want to deny entirely.  Motion by Vollbrecht/Shoffner, passed on a voice vote, to table item for further discussion.


New Business (Agenda item #3):  Damian Lonnee was present to update the Board on the Brandon Family Fun Fest activities.  As was done last year, he would like a flyer in with the utility bills informing residents of the activities planned.  This year, he would like to do fireworks.  He has talked to the fire chief and requested he have men there.  Motion by Vollbrecht/Shoffner, unanimously carried on a roll call vote, to approve fireworks at the Brandon Family Fun Fest subject to attendance of fire dept, insurance, and proper licensing all submitted to the Village Clerk.  Motion by Smit/Vollbrecht, unanimously carried on a roll call vote, to approve the Brandon Family Fun Fest being held at the CommunityParkon July 30, 2016.


New Business (Agenda items #4-9):  Motion by Smit/Shoffner, passed on a voice vote, to approve all Class “A”, Class “B”, Tobacco, Operator licenses subject to proper payment and fees.


New Business (Agenda item #10):  There was discussion on the current trustee vacancy.  President Tarr has been in contact with Shaun Hiemstra who has expressed his interest in filling the position.  Clerk Vande Zande reported she was contacted by Jane Newton who is interested in this position as well.  On a motion by Walgenbach/Smit, unanimously carried on a roll call vote, the Board approved the President’s recommendation to fill the Trustee vacancy with Shaun Hiemstra.  Hiemstra’s term to run until the 3rdMonday in April of 2017.


New Business (Agenda item #11):  Motion by Vollbrecht/Smit, unanimously carried on a roll call vote, to accept SBA’s request to extend option period.


New Business (Agenda item #12):  Dornbrook reported he has not seen any improvement on the Washington Streetproperty.  The extension to June 30, 2016 is coming up quickly and Dornbrook would like Board direction.  President Tarr noted there are a lot of properties in the Village that need attention and we should address these as well.  There was discussion about creating an ad hoc committee to address properties that need attention.  Motion by Vollbrecht/Walgenbach, unanimously carried on a roll call vote, to approve the creation of an ad hoc committee for issues relating to property maintenance and the approval of Dornbrook sending Westhagen a letter notifying him of the upcoming deadline.


Library Director, Christy Ross, gave her monthly report.


Police Chief, Tom Dornbrook, gave his monthly report.


President Tarr reported the Emergency Government Committee met on June 6, 2016 to discuss emergency response after the tornado.  He thanked the Public Works Department for going above and beyond for cleanup.  Things discussed at the committee meeting were applying for state assistance to recoup clean up costs, deciding on an emergency command post, and radios for the Emergency Management Director.


8:45 p.m. Motion by Tarr/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 – 6-ayes, 0-nays. 


8:45 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 – 6 ayes, 0-nays.


9:30 p.m.  Motion by Krohn/Smit, unanimously carried on roll call (6-ayes, 0-nays) to adjourn.

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