Linwood Township road projects see progress

Alice Pickering
Linwood Reporter

Information from Town Engineer Craig Jochum on July 10 detailed Linwood Township’s road work progress.

The town board learned that Sunrise Road (CR-75), between Ryan Lake Drive and Fawn Lake Drive, is to be milled and paved with new asphalt. Work began in early July and will take between three and five weeks to complete.

Road overlays are planned for 201st Place and 202nd Lane, west of Viking Blvd. This work began in early July.

For both projects, access to property will be maintained, but may be limited for short periods. As part of the work concrete is to be replaced at the end of driveways. Written notice will be sent to residents nearer the date of the concrete work. Concrete will need seven days to cure. Knife River Corporation is the contractor for both projects.

Road improvements on 227th Lane are being slowed until the board and a property owner come to an agreement about a mature white oak in the right-of-way. Supervisors voted unanimously to leave the tree.

Insurance Update

Supervisor Mike Halliday reviewed the township’s insurance coverage with Chris Sauro, Countryside agent from Wyoming. He reported only minor changes will be made in coverage for buildings and equipment.

Adjustments are needed in the value of coverage for the fire hall. They will be made in premium payments over the next six years.

Security System

A security system with cameras was discussed at a recent board meeting and most supervisors favor a system to record activities at Four Season Park, behind the town hall.

The park has been the target of vandals, with damage to the warming house and other buildings. The board unanimously approved purchase of four cameras.

Supervisor Bob Millerbernd wants the cameras installed permanently. Maintenance employees are to be consulted about camera placement.

Fire Report

Newly elected and appointed Linwood Fire Department officers were approved by the Linwood Town Board.

The officers are: Darryl Ballman, chief; Jim Stockinger, first assistant chief; Steve Erickson, captain-11; Mike Raml, captain-12; and Denny Young, secretary. Officers serve three-year terms.

Appointed officers are: Cary Shepard, second assistant chief; Mike Christian, captain-13; Jeff Willcox, lieutenant-23; Tom Bever, captain-14; and Shawn McLane, lieutenant-24.  Appointments are for one-year terms starting July 11.

Ballman told supervisors that the fire department truck committee has looked at a Pierce Fire Engine. The group recommended putting out a bid packet. According to Ballman, the department is applying for a special contract, the terms of which allow it to choose any company. He estimates cost savings of five to six percent.

Engine 1 was one of the units in the Forest Lake 4th of July parade. It will also appear in parades in East Bethel and Stacy.

Mutual aid agreements are one way departments can supports neighboring departments. Linwood is waiting for an agreement from Oxford Township in Isanti County.

Park Update

In the interest of conservation of water and electricity, Steve Anderson asked if someone checks the timers on the irrigation systems in the parks, or if they could be manually controlled when there is rain.

Supervisor Mike Budde explained that the township pumps irrigation water from its own wells. The township has sandy soil and the fields in some new developments are getting established. Halliday said it costs about $75,000 to get a turf field established for soccer or softball.

It is most cost effective to keep the fields watered than to keep replanting. Anderson asked to attend a park board meeting.

Jamie Shurbon who is spearheading the carp barrier project for the Sunrise River Watershed Management Organization in Linwood is working to find a designer for the barriers at specific sites.  Millerbernd estimated construction should begin this month.

The Anoka Conservation District is preparing permits, so the floating bogs in the Sunrise River between Typo Lake and Martin Lake can be removed.

Township Notes

The Primary Election is scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 14, a town board meeting night. On Tuesday, July 24, town board members will consider rescheduling or canceling the meeting.

A garage sale at the Linwood Senior Center on Thursday and Friday, July 27-28 will raise funds for the Linwood Family Fun Day.

Other Business

In other business, the board:

•Learned 15 building permits were issued for June, most for roofing.

•Approved the appointments of Deb Parker and Stacy Wienke to the Senior Advisory Board.

•Unanimously approved payment of the July 10  bills, in the amount of $33,724.78.

•Approved the June financial information to be placed on file.

•Approved the June petty cash report.

•Approved minutes of the June 12 board meeting.