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Nov 14, 2016


Monthly Board Meeting Minutes

Monday, November 14, 2016


Trustees of the Village of Brandon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin met in the Village of Brandon Board Room on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7:15 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 (7:19 p.m.), Kurt Krohn, Angie Smit, Richard Vollbrecht and Mike Walgenbach.


The following were present in the audience: Director of Public Works, Vance Henning; Police Chief, Tom Dornbrook; Library Director, Christy Ross; Fire Chief, Mark Horvath; Village Attorney, Lud Wurtz; Melvin Gunnink, Craig Bresser, Rosanne Bresser, Mike Lauritzen and Luke Lauritzen.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all those present.


The agenda for November 14, 2016 was approved on a motion by Walgenbach/Krohn and unanimously passed on a voice vote.


The November 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 November 14, 2016 were approved by the Board on a motion by Trustees Walgenbach/Smit and unanimously passed on a roll call vote. 


The minutes of the October 10, 2016 monthly meeting were approved by the Board on a motion by Trustees Tarr/Vollbrecht and unanimously passed on a voice vote.


Library Director Christy Ross gave her monthly report.


Old Business (Agenda item #1):  Letter from Fond du Lac County Highway Dept item tabled due to no new information available.


Old Business (Agenda item #2): On a motion by Trustees Vollbrecht/Smit, unanimously passed on a roll call vote, the Board approved taking the conditional use request by L&L Propane off the table.  Walgenbach questioned if this use would fit better in the Manufacturing Transition District (MT).  Attorney Wurtz explained this is not an allowed or conditional use in the MT District.  This is allowed in the B-2 Hwy Commercial District with a conditional use.  Two members of the audience requested to speak on this matter.  President Tarr allowed each 5 minutes.

Public Comment:

  1. Craig Bresser, W11248 Cty Rd T.
    1. The County Hwy Dept is within viewing distance from the parcel.  The County parcel has the same zoning classification, a 10,000 gallon fuel barrel and a salt shed.  Also in sight are the well drillers, a cell tower, and a stock yard.
    2. The driveway to the parcel will be located on County Road TC.  Trucks going to this parcel will not be driving on Village streets.
    3. The Fire Chief has done research and reported to the Board, the Lauritzen’s have provided information to the Board and have already noted they would add an additional tree line.
  2. Melvin Gunnink, N5173 Metovale Rd.
    1. As a contiguous owner, and speaking for the other property owners as well as the assisted living, there is a natural gas line running above ground near the property which is a possible danger, but does not want to create another possible danger in the same area.
    2. This conditional use would affect him as a property owner.  Will be more difficult to market his property with a propane tank on a contiguous parcel.  He is a real estate broker and this will adversely affect his property value.
    3. This property will not have any buildings on the property that will generate taxes for the Village of Brandon– will only generate personal property taxes.  Does not believe this was the intention of the TIF district.
    4. He owns two duplexes across the road from this parcel and doesn’t want this as a liability for him.


President Tarr asked the Laurizen’s what would happen in the event of a catastrophic valve failure?  Mike Lauritzen explained that there would never be the issue of contaminating the ground water as propane evaporates immediately.  Motion by Smit/Krohn to approve the conditional use request by L & L Propane with screening aesthetically acceptable to the building inspector and a windsock as requested by the Fire Chief.  Motion failed with Aye votes from Krohn, Smit, Tarr and Nay votes from Hiemstra, Vollbrecht, Walgenbach.  Motion by Krohn/Tarr, unanimously passed on a roll call vote, to table the L & L Propane conditional use permit request until the full board is able to attend.


New Business (Agenda item #3):  Trustee Vollbrecht reported the Village employee health insurance renewal rate went up 25%.  Nolan Insurance provided additional options to keep the cost down.  The Personal Committee recently met and approved two options for Village employees: stay on the current plan and pay ½ increase in addition to current contribution or go on new plan and contribute $50/month instead of the current $150/month.  The committee also decided on a 3% raise for full time employees.  Employees were also offered a dental plan with the cost fully paid by the employee.  Motion to accept the Personnel Committees recommended 2017 employee compensation package by Trustees Tarr/Smit, unanimously passed on a roll call vote.


Old Business (Agenda item #3):  Trustee Krohn reported he and the Village Clerk have been working on the 2017 budget and the Finance Committee met prior to the Utility meeting to discuss the budget in greater detail.  In order to keep the expenditure restraint payment, the budget increase can not exceed 1.1%.  Things looked at in the budget were set aside accounts.  Would like to plan on replacing trucks and the squad every 10 years, with the DPW trucks on a 5 year rotation and 7 years for lawn mower replacement.  Walgenbach would like to look in to a possible retainer with Attorney Wurtz.  Motion by Trustees Tarr/Walgenbach, unanimously passed on a roll call vote, to move forward with the draft budget as presented.  Clerk to publish for public hearing date of November 30, 2016.


Police Chief, Tom Dornbrook, gave his monthly report which included: increase in 2016 revenue generated by the Police Dept; several drunk drivers this month; new seatbelt grant.


New Business (Agenda item #2):  Dornbrook has received several complaints from citizens regarding the parking on Main Streetby Lockin Street.  When at the stop sign going south, drivers are unable to see traffic coming from the West.  This is due to the small hill and the cars that park all the way to the corner.  Dornbrook would like to see no parking from the corner 90 feet to the east.  Motion by Smit/Hiemstra, unanimously passed on a roll call vote, to present resolution to designate no parking for 90 feet to next months meeting.


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 – 6-ayes, 0-nays. 


8:55 p.m.  Motion made in closed session by Smit/Vollbrecht, unanimously carried on roll call (6-ayes, 0-nays) to adjourn.

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