The regular meeting of the Board of the Town of Arland was called to order by Chairman Maynard Hoff on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at 8 PM.  All board members were present, as well as patrol operator Jason Bruder and several residents.  Clerk Fall presented the minutes of two previous meetings:  April 10, 2012 – motion by Nelson/Degerman to approve.  Motion carried.  May 07, 2012 – motion by Hoff/Nelson to approve.  Motion carried.  Treasurer Jodene Nelson gave a financial update.  She reported that a certificate of deposit was due at the Sterling Bank – she will redeem this and deposit into the general checking account.  Motion to accept report by Degerman/Hoff.  Motion carried.

Jason gave an update on highway maintenance.  He has been clearing more brush on 10th Avenue in preparation for the work Barron County Highway will be doing later this summer.  Jason and Todd Huset did a drive around to assess the work needed and discuss plans for the project.  He discussed the ongoing work with culverts on 8th Street in the Dority Creek area.  Jason suggested that the board would need to consider how to handle moving mail boxes during the project on 10th Avenue and 8th Street.  He will get more information from the county highway department for next month’s meeting.

Superior Silica Sands made a presentation.  Jim Walker and several other associates were present to discuss their current operation and plans for opening the drying plant in Clinton Township and mining in Arland.  Mr. Walker gave an update on the rail reconstruction from Ladysmith to Poskin and potentailly Almena.  He also offered an update on the drying plant and rezoning currently in progress at the county.  They hope to begin building by mid June.  They are testing sites on the Larson and Scribner properties.  They hope to have a job fair in August to hire for their operation.  SSS personnel will continue to attend future Town of Arland meetings to update residents.

Road agreements:  Maynard discussed the two road agreements that have been proposed by EOG Resources (Degerman property) and Midwest Frac (Middendorp property).  Both proposals have been reviewed by the Town of Arland attorney.  All concerns have been addressed and agreed upon between parties.  The Midwest Frac proposal was presented and addressed by Matt Torgerson…discussion followed.  Motion by Hoff/Degerman to approve the proposed road agreement.  Motion carried.  Bond will be provided by Midwest Frac-Matt Torgerson.

Jim Behling, attorney for EOG Resources along with Tim Stauffer were present to discuss the road agreement proposed for their project on the Degerman property.  (Dale Degerman, Town of Arland Supervisor, removed himself from the board table and all discussion).  This proposal was reviewed by the Town of Arland attorney as well.  All concerns have been addressed and agreed upon between parties.  Bond will be provided by EOG Resources also.  Discussion followed.  Motion by Nelson/Hoff to approve the proposed road agreement.  Motion carried.

Ordinance update:  Chairman Hoff discussed the work that has been done with the ordinance.  Board members met with Terry Dunst, Town of Arland attorney, on Monday, May 7th to review the proposed ordinance.  There were concerns that they addressed.  Mr. Dunst will make the recommended changes and prepare the ordinace for review at the next regular meeting.

Public comment —

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

Board of Review has been set for Monday, June 11th.  Open book is at 5:00 PM and Board of Review at 7:00 PM.

Next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 8 PM.

Motion to adjourn by Hoff/Nelson.  Motion carried.

Pamela Y. Fall, Clerk

(Minutes subject to approval)

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