$1.5 million tax levy set in Town of Linwood

Board continues review of 227th Lane project

Alice Pickering
Linwood Reporter

The 2013 Linwood Township property tax levy was adopted by the town board and certified to the Anoka County Auditor on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

Residents approved the $1.5 million levy at the Annual Meeting in March. The general levy totals $1,472,000 with the balance the township’s share of the Sunrise River Watershed District budget for 2013. Approval was by a vote of 4-0.

Road Work

Dirtworks, Inc. is completing the work on 227th Lane. Road and bridge committee minutes of August 7 show residents were unhappy with the incomplete project. Drainage is improved, but the road has not been completed.

Don Anderson and Bob Beckman had completed part of the work, but stopped after orders to finish the north side came from Supervisor Phil Osterhus, liaison to the Committee. Whether or not to leave a large oak in the right-of-way had to be decided.

Osterhus said that for projects less than $50,000, the township can use quotes.  Beckman is chair of the road and bridge committee and has successfully completed street work in the past for the township, Osterhus said.

Beckman has submitted quotes along with other companies. Osterhus said often using township employees for some projects has saved the township money.

Engineer Craig Jochum of Hakanson-Anderson, wrote specifications for the work. On August 14, Beckman asked for three days to read the specifications and contract before deciding to resume the job. According to Osterhus there were five pages to the specifications and a 15-page contract.

According to Osterhus, Beckman did not want to abide by the terms and wanted flexibility.

Frank Kvidera is road foreman for the township. He has worked over 40 years as a surveyor. He said 227th Lane is an example of the some of the roads and streets in the township which were once paths through the woods. They evolved into deeply rutted roads which also served as storm water drainage for the neighborhoods. The township is seeking to raise these roads and create ditches for surface water.

Decisions about the roads are usually the result of three-way discussion between Osterhus, Kvidera, and the contractor, in this case Anderson and Beckman.

Osterhus said the township tries to interject common sense into the decision. Many of the houses in the West Martin Lake area were built long ago. Because the lots are small, originally for lake-front cabins, sometimes septic systems, or drain fields may encroach into the road right-of-way on these older lots.

The road surface is 24 feet, but the right-of-way 66 feet. The conflict appears to be that Beckman wanted to completely clear the entire 66 feet. This would place the road surface within five or six feet of some houses.

Dirtworks, Inc. now has the contract and will complete the work as per the contract for $19,800.

Other Topics

Bob Millerbernd reported on the quote from McCullough & Sons Well Drilling to increase the diameter of the well in Broadbent Park from four inches to six inches.  The base bid is $6,825.  This includes $28 per foot for up to 200 feet, for steel-cased well. It also includes permitting fees, water test, pull and re-install the pump, and sealing the old four inch well. The well was drilled in 1988.

The board directed Millerbernd to get at least one more quote for the project within three days. The capital fund will cover costs.

A revised easement on property owned by Tim Sether on 217th Ave. was approved by the board. This is part of the Collova Development east of Sunrise Road.  Sethers and Larsons (property owners) have exchanged enough land that the cut into the Sether property does not need to be as large as anticipated.

The Linwood Planning and Zoning Committee recommended approval of the revised easement. Supervisor Mike Halliday did not attend the meeting, and Osterhus arrived after business related to the P&Z.

A sign permit was approved for Kramer Mechanical, Inc., 7860 Fawn Lake Drive NE. The language of the permit will place the sign 15 feet off the road right-of-way.  P&Z recommended approval of the permit. The vote was 3-0.

Supervisors approved a property line correction for Rick Kramer, 5640 Fawn Lake Drive NE. This involved only a change of the line on the plat map which had been incorrectly recorded.

A request from Ed Hulsman to extend 220th Ave. so that he can make a property split was denied by the board. The recommendation to deny the variance came from P&Z.  The suggestion to Hulsman was to re-plat his land or be more creative with the split so that extending 220th Ave. would not be necessary to meet ordinance requirements for road frontage. The vote was 3-0.

Carp Barriers

Millerbernd reported that engineering is 98 percent completed for the carp barriers on Typo and Martin Lakes. Application has been made for the permits to install the barriers.

However, Jamie Schurbon, water resource specialist with the Anoka Conservation District and chair of the Sunrise River Watershed Management Organization, told SRWMO members that funding is $54,000 short of what is needed to complete the project.

The project has most of the funds designated.  Schurbon believes two funding sources are Minnesota Legacy funds and the DNR.

SRWMO wants to move ahead with the project, rather than postpone for a small shortfall, Millerbernd said. It would mean at least a year’s delay in getting the carp barriers installed.

Data from the Linwood Cemetery Records have been entered onto a CD. The pages of the original records are also being scanned so images can be stored on a CD.  Once this is completed the books will be turned over to the Anoka County Historical Society as exhibitions and possibly for historical research.

Vickie Lindahl has volunteered to scan the pages and work on the project. Judy Hanna estimates that the project will be completed in October.

Other Business

In other business, the board:

•Declared Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week in Linwood Township in commemoration of the 225th anniversary of the drafting of the United States Constitution.

•Acknowledged a letter of verification from North Anoka County Emergency Food Shelf for receipt of a refrigerator and freezer which were relocated from the Linwood Senior Center to NACE in East Bethel.

•Approved the Aug. 28 bills in the amount of $19,694.55.

•Approved minutes of the Aug. 14 board meeting.

•Announced a meeting at East Bethel Senior Center about a predatory offender notification, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11.

•Learned that exercise classes for older adults have expanded to two sessions at 8:45 and 10 a.m. Monday and Wednesday at the Linwood Senior Center.

•Learned from the Building Report that most of the 15 permits issued in July were for additions/renovations, roofing, and siding. One permit was for a new home.