The regular meeting of the Board of the Town of Arland was called to order by Chairman Maynard Hoff at 8:00 PM on Monday, October 14, 2013. All board members were present.
Clerk Fall presented minutes from previous meetings: September 09, September 17, and September 23. Motion to approve all by Robert Nelson, second by Maynard Hoff. Motion carried. Treasurer Jodene Nelson presented the financial update. Motion to accept by Nelson, second by Brad Wolf. Motion carried.
Superior Silica Sands update was given by Sharon Masek. She reported that they will be completing the licensing for the new site on the Lundequam and Picknell properties. She also discussed the developer’s agreement, road plan and reclamation plan that they will be presenting to the county. Sharon also discussed the current work being done at the FLS mine site and Hwy. 8 drying plant. All is going well and ahead of schedule. The plan is to shut down excavating by November 21st. SSS continues to make royalty payments for this mine and have offered the same agreement for royalty at the LP plant in 2014.
Matt Torgerson discussed the current work being done at the Midwest Frac Sand site. His crew also plans to work until the end of November. They are anticipating reseeding and other erosion control (fencing) to be completed. He reported that they plan to remove the Middendorp home at some point, and will continue to work on rebuilding 8th Avenue.
The LP Road Agreement was presented by Superior Silica Sands, which had been previously reviewed by the Town of Arland Board. Maynard reported that town attorney Terry Dunst had reviewed the agreement, with no changes recommended. Discussion followed, with a motion to approve by Nelson, second by Hoff. Motion carried.
Maynard presented a letter from AT&T on updates that they plan to make on their tower. No action was taken.
Jason discussed need for replacement tires on the grader. Discussion followed, with a recommendation that Jason communicate with Maynard, with board authorization, on a purchase of new tires. Jason is continuing with town signage. He will also be working with Monroe on setting up the new truck. This should be ready by the end of October or early November. Discussion on replacing the culvert by Rischettes on 11th Street, with a motion by Nelson, second by Hoff to approve replacement. Motion carried.
Tree removal was discussed. Board has been seeking opinions from neighboring townships on work that they have contracted. It was deemed important to determine which roads need work and to get bids to move forward. No action taken.
Maynard reported that Town of Arland would be eligible for TRIP funds again in 2014. Application would be due by November 1st. Discussion followed, with a motion to go forward with the application for one mile on 10th Avenue by Wolf, second by Hoff. Motion carried. Maynard will complete the application request through the Barron County Highway Dept.
The employment contract for Jason Bruder was discussed. No action was taken as both Bruder and the Board need to consider insurance options. A recommendation may be brought to the next meeting for consideration. Clerk was asked to discuss with an accounting firm on how this benefit should be paid. Jason will set up a meeting with an insurance agent to get quotes.
November budget hearing was set for Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 8:30 PM immediately following the regular meeting at 7:30 PM.
Bills were reviewed for payment. Motion to approve by Hoff, second by Wolf. Motion carried.
Motion to adjourn by Nelson, second by Hoff. Motion carried.
Pamela Y. Fall, Clerk (Minutes subject to approval)