The regular meeting of the Board of the Town of Arland was called to order by Chairman, Maynard Hoff.  All board members were present.  Clerk Fall presented the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion to approve by Robert Nelson, second by Brad Wolf.  Motion carried.  Treasurer, Jodene Nelson presented the financial update.  Motion to accept by Brad Wolf, second by Maynard Hoff.  Motion carried.  Current balance in the general fund is $194,812.63.  We have two CDs at the Sterling Bank totaling $500,399.10.  They are in 6 month terms, with maturity on each at end of June, 2017.

Motion was made by Maynard Hoff, second by Brad Wolf to approve Jodene Nelson and Pamela Fall as financial representatives for the Town of Arland and authorize them to conduct business at the Sterling Bank on behalf of the Town of Arland.  Motion carried.

Phil Hoff gave the highway maintenance and equipment update.  Discussion was given to snow removal and ongoing road work.   He briefly discussed potential maintenance needed on the grader.  Board reviewed quotes that Phil had presented for a new skid steer.  Discussion followed.  No decision was made.  Continued review and discussion will take place at future meetings.

Superior Silica Sands representative Sharon Masek gave a review of current mining operations and projections for the year.

No public comment was given.

Board discussed the need for improving the notice board on the north side of the hall.  Phil will look into a better lock on the board.

Next meeting is scheduled for February 9, 2017 at 7:30 PM.

Clerk presented the contract with Barron County Sheriff’s Dept for the Joint Powers Agreement for the 911 system.  Motion was made and seconded for Maynard to sign.  Clerk will attest and return to county.  Motion carried.

Bills were presented for payment.  Motion to approve all for payment by Robert Nelson, second by Brad Wolf.  Motion carried.

Motion was made by Robert Nelson, second by Brad Wolf to go into closed session pursuant to Section 19.85 (1) (c) of the WI Stats for the purpose of considering employment,promotion, compensation or performance date.  Roll call vote: Maynard Hoff-yes, Robert Nelson-yes, Brad Wolf-yes.

Motion was made to return to open session by Brad Wolf, second by Robert Nelson.  Motion carried.

Motion by Brad Wolf, to approve the 2017 employment contract for Philip hoff as agreed upon, motion second by Robert Nelson.  Roll call vote:  Brad Wolf -yes, Robert Nelson-yes, Maynard Hoff-abstained.  Motion carried.

Motion to adjourn by Wolf, second by Hoff.  Motion carried.

Pamela Y Fall, Clerk