Linwood OK’s 2013 police contract

Total cost of $205,892 is below budget estimates

Alice Pickering
Linwood Reporter

Linwood Township has inked a contract for police protection for 2013.

The Linwood Town Board on Tuesday, July 24 approved the police contract with the Anoka County Sheriff’s Department.

Linwood will pay $205,892 for police service next year. The new contract amount is below the $220,000 the township had budgeted for the 2013 contract.

Linwood Election

In Linwood Township this fall, three seats on the town board are up for election.

Seat B is currently held by Philip Osterhus.  Supervisor Seat C is held by Mike Parker and Seat E is held by Mike Budde.

The position of town clerk is also up for election. The position is currently held by Judy Hanna.

This position is a paid part-time position of up to 20 hours a week.  Minimum starting wage is $15 an hour.

All offices are four-year terms. Filing date for the general election began on July 31 and ends at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Candidates may file for office at the Linwood Town Hall.

Other Topics

Attorney Mike Haag reported on data collection practices. These documents will be ready for board approval in August.

Haag also reported that the trial for the owner of the nuisance property on 226th Ave. was canceled. The building inspector found the property had been cleaned up and was in compliance.

As recommended by the Linwood Planning and Zoning Commission, Linwood Town Board supervisors on July 24 approved a variance for Earl Kimsey to build a detached garage closer to the road setback than township ordinance allows.

The exception is a better fit for the lot than his original plan, officials determined. The town board vote was 5-0.

The town board also approved up to $2,000 for the purchase of wood chips for Playful Shadows Park. The park needs to be brought up to required ADA standards.

A requirement is that the chips must be larger, chunkier and cleaner than those that come directly from a wood chipper. Supervisor Mike Budde said the wood chips in the park are about seven or eight years old.

It may be possible to purchase the wood chips under a state bid contract. Supervisor Mike Parker’s motion was to make payment from the general fund. Approval was unanimous.

Other Business

In other business, the town board:

• Authorized up to two committee members to attend the annual Minnesota Association of Cemeteries Conference on September 26-28.

•Approved a donation of $50 as a door prize for the Annual Conference of the Minnesota Association of Townships scheduled Nov. 15-17.

•Rescheduled the start time for the Aug. 14 town board meeting to 8:15 p.m., after the Primary Election polls close.

•Approved payment of the July 24 bills, in the amount of $16,040.68.

•Reluctantly accepted a letter of resignation of Vern Poff from the Linwood Senior Advisory Board. His service on the board was recognized. A letter will be sent to Poff, thanking him for his service.

  • Steve Anderson

    Citizens, especially any possible canddidates for Town Clerk, would likely be interesed in knowing not only the beginning Town Clerk wage ($15) but also the top clerk wage and what the current Town Clerk is receiving.

    Also, Linwood Township has been required (since the year 2000) to comply with the Minnesota Data Practices Act. The issue was brought to the town board’s attention in the fall of 2010 and now (in 2012) it appears that citizens will have access to public data. After the past two years of hard work by the Town Board, the Town Clerk, and the town attorney(s) (in bringing the Data Practices Act to the citizens) I hope that theTown Board will promote and explain the Data Practices processes and procedures on the township website and in the next issue of township newsletter.

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