The regular meeting of the Town of Arland was called to order by Chairman Maynard Hoff at 8 PM on August 8, 2011.  All board members were present, along with Jason Bruder-town patrolman, Lee Fochs-building inspector, and several residents.  Minutes of the July meeting were presented by Clerk Fall.  Motion to approve by Degerman/Hoff.  Motion carried.  Treasurer Jodene Nelson gave a financial update.  Motion to accept by Degerman/Hoff.  Motion carried. 

Lee Fochs clarified the requirements for obtaining a building permit.  Residents may contact him and he will complete the inspection (if required), -or- refer them to the town clerk for a regular permit as needed.

Discussion on purchase of prepaid fuel.  Motion to approve $2,500 purchase of fuel by Nelson/Degerman.  Motion carried.  Board discussed and agreed that the radio license is not a legitimate fee.  No action taken.

Jason discussed highway maintenance on-going serious issues that resulted from the storms in July.  Many of these problems have been submitted to the County Highway Commissioner for assistance in requesting aid.  Jason discussed areas he was able to repair and culvert/bridge repair that the county had to assist with.  Discussion to continue as more information is available.  No action taken.

Board also discussed the project on 10th Ave. & 8th St.  Todd Huset, from the Barron County Highway Department, gave some background on the project.  Jason will continue to maintain these two roads.  Recommendation was to wait until spring, 2012 to do the sand lift, and then do the two miles as a complete project.  Board will continue to discuss the project and needed maintenance at future meetings.  No action taken.

Maynard discussed the current sand mining issues.  Due to concerns from residents, he has requested that the town get a legal opinion from an attorney concerning conflict of interest as it pertains to board members and sand mining in the Town of Arland.  A private consultation will be held with attorney Terry Dunst, of the Bakke Norman law firm, to authorize Mr. Dunst to prepare a legal opinion for the town.  This opinion should be available at the next regular meeting.  Board concurred.  No action taken.

Public comment:  Katy Goin, from 704 11-1/2 Ave., asked about ordinances and expressed her concerns regarding the plans for water testing.

It was noted that a Pro Core representative would like to come to a future town meeting.  This may be on a future agenda.

Jason Bruder’s annual review will be held at the next meeting.  Board may consider going into closed session to discuss.

Next meeting is scheduled for September 8th. 

Bills were presented and reviewed.  Motion to pay by Nelson/Degerman.  Motion carried.

Motion to adjourn by Degerman/Hoff.  Motion carried.

Pamela Y. Fall, Clerk

(Minutes subject to approval)

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