The Annual Meeting in the Town of Farming, County of Stearns, State of Minnesota was held in the Farming Community Center on the 13th day of March, 2018. It was called to order by Clerk Judy Bruemmerat 8:30 pm. The flag pledge was said.
Judy Bruemmer asked for nominations from the floor for moderator. Math Schmitz made a motion to nominate Victor Kotten, Ken Hamann seconded. Victor Kotten accepted the nomination. All in favor, motion carried. No other nominations for moderator were made. Dale Lange made a motion to close nominations, Jason Willenbring seconded. All in favor, motion carried. Victor Kotten was declared the moderator.
The minutes of the 2017 Annual Meeting were read by Clerk Judy Bruemmer. Neil Franz made a motion to accept the minutes as read, Dale Lange seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
The Treasurer’s Report was reviewed. Discussion was held. Brenna Linn made a motion to accept the report as printed, Ron Backes seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
Ken Hamann made a motion to continue with Trappers Pub and Grub, Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Farming Community Center and the Township Website as posting places, John Blenker seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
Duane Klaphake made a motion to have the Albany Enterprise as the official newspaper for publishing legal notices, Ron Backes seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
The results of the Annual Election Board of Canvass were reported as follows: For Supervisor – Jason Willenbring received 46 votes, John Blenker received 6 votes, and Neil Franz received 32 votes. Jason Willenbring was declared winner of the Supervisor position. For Clerk – Judy Bruemmer received 82 votes, there was one write-in and one blank vote. Judy Bruemmer was declared the winner of the Clerk position. A total of 84 ballots were cast in the Annual Election.
Math Schmitz made a motion to destroy the 2016 Annual Election ballots, Ken Hamann seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
The next item on the agenda was the General Fund Levy. Discussion was held. One item for discussion was the possibility of losing the Community Center as the Board Room rental. It was decided to table the discussion until the next Annual Meeting and to have the Board present a report on the Community Center Building maintenance at that meeting. Ron Backes made a motion to set the Levy for the General Fund at $85,500, Neil Franz seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
The Road and Bridge Levy was presented. Discussion was held. Ron Backes made a motion to set the Levy at $125,000 as proposed, Neil Franz seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
The Tarring Fund Levy came up for discussion. After considerable discussion concerning tarring costs and maintenance, Ron Backes made a motion to set the Tarring Levy at $100,000, John Zimmerman seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
Dale Lange made a motion for the Board to decide which roads to dustcoat and residents who wanted additional dustcoating to pay half of the cost, Brenna Linn seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
New Business: Duane Klaphake, the Zoning Administrator, announced that there was a vacancy on the Town Zoning Board. Anyone interested in serving on the Zoning Board should contact him.
A plaque honoring Vernon Willenbring for his 30 years of dedicated service as a Township Supervisor was presented at the meeting. Vernon Willenbring gave a short speech thanking everyone.
Thirty-one residents were present at the Annual Meeting.
At 9:46 pm Ken Hamann made a motion to adjourn the meeting, Neil Franz seconded. All in favor, motion carried.
Coffee, milk and cookies from Stearns Bank were served after the meeting.
Minutes taken by Judy Bruemmer, Farming Township Clerk