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Aug 14, 2017


Monthly Board Meeting Minutes

Monday, August 14, 2017


Trustees of the Village of Brandon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin met in the Village of Brandon Board Room on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 7:32 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, Rick Peterson, Gwen Shoffner, Richard Vollbrecht and Mike Walgenbach.


The following were present in the audience:  Police Chief Tom Dornbrook, Library Director Christy Ross, John Klosterman, Alex Zabel, Scott Vossekuil, Darold Strook, Charlene Strook, Milan Vande Zande and Mike Nolan.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all those present.


The agenda for August 14, 2017 was approved on a motion by Krohn/Shoffner and unanimously passed on a voice vote.


The August 2017 payments (as attached) were approved by the Board on a motion by Trustees Krohn/Vollbrecht and unanimously passed on a roll call vote.


The financial reports as of August 14, 2017 were approved by the Board on a motion by Trustees Krohn/Shoffner and unanimously passed on a roll call vote. 


The minutes of the July 10, 2017 monthly meeting were approved by the Board on a motion by Trustees Tarr/Vollbrecht and unanimously passed on a voice vote.


New Business (Agenda item #1): President Tarr presented Darold and Charlene Strook with a certificate of appreciation for their many years of dedication to running the Brandon Senior meetings.


New Business (Agenda item #2): Trustee Walgenbach reported the gravel terrace between the driveways at 115 N State St washes into the storm sewer when it rains.  This item was recently discussed at a public works meeting.  Motion by Walgenbach/Vollbrecht, unanimously passed on a roll call vote, to approve the property owners request to blacktop the terrace between the driveways at the property owner’s expense.


New Business (Agenda item #3):  Scott Vossekuil was in attendance to discuss with the Board an issue Director of Public Works Vance Henning recently brought to his attention.  The past 15 years, Vossekuil has entered farmland, owned by Alex Zabel and located near PT Tire, by placing gravel in front of the curb.  Alex Zabel stated that PT Tire petitioned for curb & gutter but he was not notified of the project.  Zabel also noted Henning first placed the gravel in front of the curb but it was never backfilled.  There was discussion on alternative entrances.  The consensus of the Board was to enter at the end of the street by PT Tire.  On a motion by Tarr/Vollbrecht, unanimously passed on a roll call vote, the Board directed Vossekuil to work with Henning to come to a conclusion on how to enter the field at the end of the street without disturbing the curb.


New Business (Agenda item #4):  Mike Nolan of Nolan Insurance Agency was present to present to the Board a quote from EMC Insurance Company as a comparison to our current carrier Continental Western.  There would be approximately $3,186 in annual savings by switching to EMC Insurance Company, however, the deductibles with EMC are higher in some areas and EMC is a “claims made” company where Continental Western is an “occurrence” company. Nolan is not sure if the savings is worth the higher deductibles.  Motion by Vollbrecht/Peterson, unanimously carried on a roll call vote, to retain our current insurance carrier – Continental Western Group.


New Business (Agenda item #5):  Milan Vande Zande was present to give the Board an explanation on the proposed resolution for a street vacation.  Motion by Walgenbach/Shoffner, unanimously passed on a roll call vote, to accept and proceed with the proposed resolution to vacate a portion of Lockin Street.


New Business (Agenda item #6):  The Board reviewed the proposed chicken ordinance prepared by Attorney Wurtz.  Motion by Vollbrecht/Walgenbach, unanimously passed on a roll call vote, to approve the proposed chicken ordinance received by Attorney Wurtz with the following changes/additions: Add – permit only issued to the property owner.  Change set backs in section (D)(5)(a)(ii) and (D)(5)(a)(iii) from 25 feet to 50 feet and also from 5 feet to 30 feet.


New Business (Agenda item #7):  Motion by Tarr/Shoffner, passed on a voice vote, to accept Officer Gregory Deike’s resignation with the Brandon-Fairwater Police Department.


New Business (Agenda item #8):  Librarian Christy Ross reported the Library would like to paint and carpet the “2ndStory” of the Library and install new lights before the new school year begins.  The Library will pay for the upgrades with their funds.  Motion by Tarr/Vollbrecht, passed on a voice vote, to support the Library’s updates.


New Business (Agenda item #9):  The Operator License for term of 8/15/17 – 6/30/19 for Tiffany A Becker %Mel’s Bar & Grill was approved on a motion by Shoffner/Walgenbach and unanimously passed on a voice vote.


Librarian, Christy Ross, gave her monthly report which included: Brandon Fun Fest pie fundraiser, Library “Friends Meeting”, and upcoming fundraisers.


Chief Dornbrook gave his monthly report which included: Grants, property maintenance at local businesses and at apartment complexes.  Dornbrook also reported he met with President Tarr and Trustee Vollbrecht to advise them of a job opportunity offered to him.  Dornbrook has decided to accept employment with the Campbellsport Police Department.  Dornbrook would like to meet with the personnel committee to put together an exit plan.  His last day of employment with the Village of Brandon will be October 14, 2017.


Old Business (Agenda item #1):  Clerk Vande Zande emailed information on drones (requested at last month’s meeting) to all Board members prior to the meeting.  Dornbrook reported he has a message into Attorney Claire Silverman with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities regarding drone ordinances.  At the very least, he recommends adopting the state statute 942.10 regarding drones.  Once he hears back from Silverman he will report back to the Board.  Motion by Vollbrecht/Shoffner, unanimously passed on a roll call vote, to adopt state statute 942.10 on drones.


Old Business (Agenda item #2):  Walgenbach reported there has been discussion about adding another pole in the park, near the playground so the camera that is obstructed can be moved.  Accu-com, the company which installed the cameras, will be consulted.  It was suggested a light be placed on the newly installed pole.


President Tarr shared with the Board a thank-you card from the Laconia Post Prom committee for the Village’s contribution.


No other business came before the Board.  Motion by Vollbrecht/Krohn, unanimously passed on a voice vote, the Board adjourned at 8:52 p.m.

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