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Feb 13, 2017


Monthly Board Meeting Minutes

Monday, February 13, 2017


Trustees of the Village of Brandon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin met in the Village of Brandon Board Room on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 7:05 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, Angie Smit and Richard Vollbrecht.


The following were present in the audience:  Police Chief, Tom Dornbrook; Library Director, Christy Ross; Desiree Frank and Robert Frank.


The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all those present.


The agenda for February 13, 2017 was approved on a motion by Smit/Vollbrecht and unanimously passed on a voice vote.


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


The financial reports as of February 13, 2017 were approved by the Board on a motion by Trustees Smit/Hiemstra and unanimously passed on a roll call vote. 


The minutes of the January 9, 2017 monthly meeting were approved by the Board on a motion by Trustees Smit/Tarr and unanimously passed on a voice vote.


Library Director Christy Ross gave her monthly report which included: new after school program, donation from Town of Metomen, fundraising and library circulation.


Old Business (Agenda item #1):  There were no updates regarding the Village’s request for the County to re-route County Road T.


New Business (Agenda item #1):  Motion by Trustees Tarr/Vollbrecht, unanimously passed on a roll call vote, to continue the practice of a $100 donation to the Laconia Post-Prom committee.


New Business (Agenda item #2):  President Tarr reported he has received several complaints of sidewalks not being cleared property and the sidewalk ordinance not being enforced.  When Chief Dornbrook arrived he passed around photos of Village trouble spots.  Dornbrook asked the Board how they would like to handle sidewalks – do they want a ticket right away or would they like him to give a warning first.  The consensus of the Board seemed to be a warning first.


New Business (Agenda item #3):  The Frank’s were told the chicken ordinance would be revisited after the first of the year.  Robert and Desiree Frank were in the audience and spoke to the Board about how they are still very interested in the possibility of having chickens.  They have seen many other communities chicken ordinances and believe there are many good examples for the Village of Brandonthat are not as lengthily as Attorney Wurtz’s sample.  Board members commented on things they’d like to see in an ordinance.  Wurtz’s sample seems to work for them with a few changes and additions.  Before the Board spends any more time and money on addressing these changes and additions they would like to have another vote on the possibility of having a chicken ordinance.  Item tabled until next month.


New Business (Agenda item #4):  Trustee Hiemstra reported the Village of Oakfield recently implemented a sex offender ordinance and the Town of Eldorado has been a target for sex offender placement recently.  He is aware there are some sex offenders living in our community that have ties here.  Chief Dornbrook passed out information on the different types of sex offenders and explained each one.  Dornbrook explained the issue with having an ordinance is that it drives the offenders “underground” and we will not know they are here.  His suggestion to the Board, if they choose to move forward with a sex offender ordinance, look into an ordinance that states “980” offenders need to be released to the community where they previously resided.  Item tabled.


Police Chief, Tom Dornbrook, reported there have been some issues with Lakeside Municipal Court.  Town of Ripon is looking at possibly starting their own court and Dornbrook would like to possibly join.


Motion by Vollbrecht/Smit to adjourn to closed session per Wisconsin State Statute 19.85 (1)(c) Compensation and evaluation.  Consideration of employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee subject to the jurisdiction or authority of governing body.  Re:  Employee compensation data: health insurance payment and retirement benefits.  Roll call vote – 4-ayes, 0-nays. 


(Clerk Vande Zande was excused after roll call was taken)


9:05 p.m.  Motion made in closed session by Hiemstra/Vollbrecht unanimously carried on roll call (4-ayes, 0-nays) to adjourn.



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