The annual financial audit of the treasurer and clerk records was conducted by the Board.  Records were found in order and were signed by all board members.

The regular meeting of the Board of the Town of Arland was called to order by Chairman Maynard Hoff at 8 PM on Monday, March 12, 2012.  All board members were present along with Patrol Operator Jason Bruder and several residents.

Minutes of the February meeting were read by Clerk Fall.  Motion by Nelson/Degerman to approve.  Motion carried.  Treasurer Nelson presented a financial update.  Motion and second to approve.  Motion carried.

Superior Silica Sands CEO Rick Shearer, along with Jim Walker, Sharon Masek, and Jeremy Harelstad were present to give a background of their operation and tentative plans for developing sand mining in the Arland Township.  Questions from residents were addressed.  Other background on the company can be found on the web at sssand.com.

Jason gave an update on road signs.  He also discussed needed highway repairs.  Motion by Nelson/Degerman to authorize Jason to rent a hot pot from Barron County for maintenance.  Motion carried.  Board continued the discussion on purchasing a washer.  Motion by Nelosn/Hoff to spend up to $1,800 (plus fees) for this purchase.  Motion carried.

Discussion on the proposed ordinance presented by the subcommittee at the February meeting.  Consensus by the Board that legal advice was needed to go forward with the sand mining ordinance.  Motion by Hoff/Degerman to meet with our attorney to consider the recommended ordinance.  Motion carried.

Public comment:  Chuck Richards asked about a potential cap on spending for any legal advice.  Vickie Bown, Danny Bown and Kaye Curtin questioned if the attorney we were planning on working with had good sand mining background.

Matt Torgerson presented a draft agreement on road maintenamce for sand mining.  He suggested the town could create a maintenance account, which would accept a per/ton contribution from the sand company.  This proposal will be considered and discussed at a future meeting.

Board noted that the road bans were on as of March 12, 2012 and would follow the requirements set by Barron County.

Bills were reviewed.  Motion to approve for payment by Degerman/Nelson.  Motion carried.

Jason requested that the board do a drive-around to check maintenance needed on the town’s roads.

Next meeting was set for Tuesday, April 10, 2012 — regular meeting at 8 PM, with the annual meeting to follow at 8:30 PM.

Discussion on the options for improving acoustics in the building.  More information at following meeting.

Clerk Fall noted recent information regarding photo ID requirements on the upcomong election.  Voters are still encouraged to bring a photo ID on election day.

Motion to adjourn by Nelson/Degerman.  Motion carried.

Pamela Y. Fall, Clerk

(Minutes subject to approval)

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