VILLAGE OF BRANDON
Monthly Board Meeting Minutes
Monday, July 10, 2017
Trustees of the Village of Brandon, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin met in the Village of Brandon Board Room on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 7:04 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, Rick Peterson, Gwen Shoffner, Richard Vollbrecht and Mike Walgenbach.
The following were present in the audience: Police Chief Tom Dornbrook, Director of Public Works Vance Henning, Library Director Christy Ross, Michelle Clark, Denise Belmer, Gary Klawitter, Desiree Frank and Robert Frank.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all those present.
The agenda for July 10, 2017 was approved on a motion by Shoffner/Walgenbach and unanimously passed on a voice vote.
The July 2017 payments (as attached) were approved by the Board on a motion by Trustees Walgenbach/Shoffner and unanimously passed on a roll call vote.
The financial reports as of July 10, 2017 were approved by the Board on a motion by Trustees Walgenbach/Tarr and unanimously passed on a roll call vote.
The minutes of the June 12, 2017 monthly meeting were approved by the Board on a motion by Trustees Tarr/Shoffner and unanimously passed on a voice vote.
Old Business (Agenda item #1): Trustee Walgenbach reported the Public Works Committee recently met to discuss the request made by Ben Geisthardt to blacktop his driveway as his expense. Upon viewing the site the Public Works Committee is proposing to asphalt the terrace of Geisthardt’s as well as the property directly to the north which is owned by Margaret Goecks and eventually widening the park entrance and possibly adding a sidewalk. Henning received an estimate to asphalt both properties (130 & 140 N West St) at a cost of $3000. Because of the safety concerns the committee is proposing that the Village pay 100% of the cost. Motion by Walgenbach/Hiemstra to asphalt the terraces at 130 N West Stand 140 N West St. Motion passed on a roll call vote.
Old Business (Agenda item #2): Robert Frank spoke regarding his conditional use request to keep one movable frame hive box (bees). He commented honeybees are less likely to sting than a wasp. He was unaware a neighbor has a bee allergy and then asked that his conditional use request be rescinded. Desiree Frank requested their conditional use request stay on the agenda if the neighbor didn’t oppose. Motion by Vollbrecht/Hiemstra to approve the Frank’s conditional use permit request to keep one movable frame hive box. Motion passed 4-2 on a roll call vote. No votes from Tarr and Walgenbach.
New Business (Agenda item #1): Denise Belmer reported there are 30-50 families every month that use the Food Pantry. They are currently only using a small corner of the second story of Village Hall as well as the garage except where Chief Dornbrook parks the squad. On a motion by Tarr/Vollbrecht, unanimously passed on a roll call vote, the Board renewed the annual food pantry agreement.
New Business (Agenda item #2): Gary Klawitter was present to discuss village ordinance 358-2 Parks& Recreation: Operation of remote or radio-controlled airborne toys or devices prohibited. Klawitter stated that drones are regulated by the FAA. He also reported the FAA should be contacted when changes are made to the drone portion of the Village’s ordinance. Chief Dornbrook commented, although he cannot control drone regulations, he wants the portions of the ordinance to remain intact that control operation of remote controlled cars/boats on streets, parks, and the Village pond. Dornbrook recommended the League of WI be contacted for legal advice on the matter.
New Business (Agenda item #3): With the new composition of the Village Board, Robert Frank asked that they revisit the possibility of allowing chickens and take a vote. On a motion by Walgenbach/Shoffner, unanimously passed on a roll call vote, the Board approved going forward with an ordinance to allow chickens in the Village. Ordinance to be drafted and brought back to the Board for final approval.
New Business (Agenda item #4): On a motion by Hiemstra/Tarr, passed on a voice vote, the Board approved the Temporary Class B picnic license for Brandon Lion’s Club to serve fermented malt beverages and wine at Brandon Family Fun Fest on July 29, 2017.
New Business (Agenda item #5): The Operator License for term of 7/11/17 – 6/30/19 for Kayla M Meyer was approved on a motion Tarr/Shoffner and unanimously passed on a voice vote.
New Business (Agenda item #6): Michelle Clark co-owner of The Corner Bar was present to ask the Boards permission to exceed the noise level limit of 75 dB on Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 10:00 pm to 12:00 am. The intention is to give people a place to go for entertainment after the Brandon Fun Fest to prevent last years problem of people in the streets and on sidewalks with drinks. Clark has gone door to door and talked with neighbors to see if anyone would have concerns with the bar having a DJ in the beer garden and she found no concerns. Chief Dornbrook would like to give this a try but explained if there were complaints he would have to shut it down. On a motion by Hiemstra/Peterson, passed on a voice vote, the Board approved the request of The Corner Bar to exceed the noise level limit of 75dB in the beer garden on Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 10:00 pm to 12:00 am.
New Business (Agenda item #7): Dornbrook reported the lights in the Police Department are flickering and are in need of an update. On a motion by Tarr/Vollbrecht, unanimously passed on a roll call vote, the Board approved upgrading the lights in the Police Department.
New Business (Agenda item #8): On a motion by Tarr/Vollbrecht, unanimously passed on a roll call vote, the Board approved SBA Towers request to extend the option period.
New Business (Agenda item #9): Trustee Walgenbach reported the Public Works Committee has met several times to address the complaints received on the condition of Village sidewalks. The Committee looked at updating the sidewalk ordinance to make it more affordable for homeowners to replace damaged sidewalks and also make the ordinance less complicated. Henning suggested $2000 of the annual street budget be designated towards a sidewalk fund. Clerk Vande Zande provided a copy of the proposed draft ordinance that would repeal and replace Ordinance 404-5: Construction and Repair of Sidewalks. Trustee Walgenbach recommended paragraph (B)(1) from the original ordinance, regarding sidewalks in new sub-divisions, be included in the draft being presented for approval. There was a motion by Walgenbach/Hiemstra, to repeal and replace Ordinance 404-5 with the draft ordinance as presented, to include paragraph (B)(1) from original ordinance. Motion unanimously passed on a roll call vote.
New Business (Agenda item #10): Chief Dornbrook reported the owner at 530 W Main Street passed away a year ago February and now the house is going up for Sheriff’s sale on August 15th. The maintenance company that is taking care of the house has not mowed the lawn often; in fact the Public Works Department has mowed it several times. Dornbrook suggested the Board hire a landscaper to maintain the outside appearance of the property as it is located on Main Street and assess the charges to the tax roll. Motion by Tarr/Vollbrecht, passed on a voice vote, to table item until the September meeting.
New Business (Agenda item #11): Dornbrook suggested the Board look into moving one of the cameras in the park. There is a tree that is obstructing the view. Motion by Tarr/Shoffner, unanimously passed on a roll call vote, to explore options to move the park camera to capture the playground equipment without moving a tree.
Librarian, Christy Ross, gave her monthly report.
Chief Dornbrook gave his monthly report which included: hydraulic fluid spill, property maintenance at local business and water tower.
Motion by Hiemstra/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: Village Park. Roll call vote – 6-ayes, 0-nays.
8:50 p.m. Motion made in closed session by Hiemstra/Shoffner, unanimously carried on roll call (6-ayes, 0-nays) to adjourn.