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Special Town Board Meeting September 8, 2011


Of September 8, 2011
Chairperson Lu Peet called the Special Town Board Meeting to order at 5:05PM. Roll call was taken and all were present.   Clerk-Treasurer Brustad verified the meeting was posted as required. The agenda for the meeting is as follows:
1)          Discussion & approval of purchase for park equipment in 2011
2)          Discussion of backhoe/loader purchase in 2011
3)          Discussion of hiring of a seasonal highway department employee
for work this fall
4)          Budget review for 2012 budget
Donna Porter presented three items the parks committee wanted to purchase this year instead of putting a walking trail in at the town park. They still wanted to do that but will wait until next year. These items were 30% off, and shipping would be the same whether they purchased one or all three. The first is a pup-tent which is made of hard plastic and has a rock climbing wall on the sides. The second item was a small jumping animal the little kids could ride on. The third was a 6 foot park table. Total anticipated amount for the 3 items with shipping was $3815.00. They had a little over that left in the budget. There was a suggestion to get the larger table instead of the 6 foot one, as the price wasn’t that much more.
Motion (Webb/Meinke) to approve the purchase of park equipment as stated up to $4,000.00.  Roll call vote taken and all responded yes. Motion carried.
Bob Lang said he would like to purchase a backhoe/loader and it might be better to do so now as the after October 1st the tier 4 motors with emission controls come out and would be approximately $25,000.00 more. The price would come in at around $100,000.00 he thought. He would trade the old John Deere Loader. He will come back with a firm price after he looks at the new John Deeres in two weeks. The board set a meeting for Tuesday, the 27th of September as their second budget meeting and this will be put on the agenda for approval then. 
Motion (McGee/Porter) to allow Bo to research the purchase of a backhoe/loader. Motion carried.
Bob explained to the board that by doing a lot of work on roads themselves they could save a lot of money, but he wanted to purchase a larger dump truck for hauling, possibly a used one to begin with. Eventually he would like larger dump trucks so they could be used for hauling gravel in the summer and could be used for snow plowing in the winter. The board asked Bob to come back with a recommendation for equipment purchases during the next 5 years. 
Lang also asked for approval to hire a seasonal employee for brushing and mowing of the right of ways. The monies would come from the capital outlay account, around $8,000.00 or so. This should be put on the September 20th agenda for the board to make the determination and to approve the new employee if they approve the request.
Budget review included only a few items, the highway budget was taken down for review. The next budget meeting will be on the 27th of September, at 5:00PM. A closed session will start at 5:00 with the budget discussions to follow. 
Motion (Porter/Meinke) to adjourn the meeting of September 8, 2011. Motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 7:15PM. 
Respectfully Submitted,
Elaine Brustad
Dated this 12th Day of September, 2011

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