Linwood Township learns its centennial date has long passed

Plans for a celebration this September are dropped

Alice Pickering
Linwood Reporter

Linwood Township was to begin planning and preparation for a centennial celebration to take place in conjunction with Linwood Family Fun Day this year.

A nucleus of the planning committee had used as a reference date, a listing of supervisors who have served the township since 1912. However, the reference point was incorrect.

A check with the Anoka County Historical Society revealed a much earlier date. Todd S. Mahon, executive director of the ACHS, forwarded an excerpt from the History of the Upper Mississippi Valley which documents Linwood as “formerly a part of Bethel and Columbus, but was separately organized by the County Commissioners, on the 5th of September, 1871.”

So while the township missed its centennial, it has nine years to prepare for its sesquicentennial.

The Linwood Town Board was updated on the new information at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 27.

FEMA Update

Supervisor Phil Osterhus and Kevin Tramm, building inspector, attended a recent FEMA meeting. Part of the presentation had to do with designations for flood plains and requirements for insurance.

Osterhus reported on Dec. 27 that the federal government is re-zoning areas as flood plains, which could require landowners to purchase flood insurance. The rules from Washington D.C. say that home sites must be 25 feet above the lakeshore to be outside a flood plain.

Osterhus said this is being done primarily by maps, with minimal consultation with local officials. Some areas can be excluded. He said it is likely local officials can override some of the decisions based on knowledge of local conditions.

He estimated implementation of the new rules in about six or seven years. As information becomes available it will be publicized.

Crown Castle

Town Attorney Gerald Randall has reviewed the proposed lease agreement of Crown Castle, the company which owns the communication tower in Broadbent Park.

Crown Castle purchased the tower from Quest. It leases space to communications companies. The lease agreement is nearing expiration and the company proposes extension of the lease.

Supervisors voted to table a decision about the four consecutive five-year renewal terms on the lease until they have had time to read the document. There are other conditions which they wish to clarify before taking action.  The vote to table was unanimous.

The board will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 10, before the board meeting, to discuss the agreement.

Other Items

At the last Linwood Town Board meeting, officials had authorized up to $4000 for a new dishwasher in the Linwood Senior Center. It turns out this amount would not be enough to replace the machine to the same specifications.

The goal was to choose a contractor who would know what equipment to order and would be able to install it.  Kramer Electric was contacted to give an estimate for a new commercial grade dishwasher similar to the older unit, plus charges for installation.

Supervisors learned on Dec. 27 that a new unit installed would cost nearly $10,000. They changed their decision and opted for repair of the existing dishwasher, and approved up to $1400 to make the repairs. The vote was unanimous.

Planning is underway for a skating party at the township’s pleasure rink. The event is set 2-5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 21 weather and rink conditions permitting.

Dates to Note

Dates which may be of interest to residents include township budget workshop meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 11 and Jan. 25 at the town hall. Town board meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, in January the dates are the 10th and the 24th.

The township’s annual meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 13 in the Linwood Senior Center. This is the meeting where supervisors explain the 2013 Township Budget and residents vote on the 2013 property tax levy.

An initial planning meeting for Linwood Family Fun Day is scheduled for 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9.