Linwood secretary to retire Nov. 30

Alice Pickering
Linwood Reporter

Linwood Township supervisors reluctantly accepted a letter of resignation from Pam Palmer, secretary for the township, at last Tuesday’s meeting. Palmer, who has worked for the township for 14 years, announced her retirement effective Nov. 30.

Mike Parker, chairman, authorized posting notice for the position. Interviews may involve representatives from Columbus, East Bethel, and Wyoming.

In other items, the board authorized payment for completed street projects, including the final payment of $9,949 to Rum River Contracting for the 2011 Street Maintenance Project. Tim Eggerichs, Project Engineer for Hakanson Anderson, made the recommendation. Also at his recommendation, a payment in the amount of $15,474.50 to Knife River Corporation for the 2012 Street Maintenance Program was approved.

Supervisor Phil Osterhus reported he has approached the public works department in Wyoming to maintain Hornsby Street and a short section of 205th Avenue on the east side of the township. The Wyoming City Council must act on the request.

The board authorized total payment to McCullough & Son’s Well Drilling for work completed in Broadbent Park, in the amount of $6555. Supervisor Bob Millerbernd told the board about his discussion with McCullough concerning the pitless unit which was installed as a necessary piece of equipment for operation of the well, but not included in the original quote for the work.

Millerbernd said he “was not happy the way he (McCullough) did the bid.” But, the equipment was required. The final price is $200 less than the original bid. Approval was unanimous.

Supervisors approved the 2014-2018 Assessment Contracts with Anoka County. The township is charged by unit rates determined by the type of structure and/or land use. Chairman Parker summarized the fee schedule. The rate for assessment of private homes is $12.50 per unit; unimproved lots, $4.50; improved and unimproved commercial property, $80; and trailer parks, $80. The board approved the contract by a vote of 5-0. Action authorizes Parker to sign legal papers on behalf of the township.

Supervisors approved a $50 donation from the township’s General Fund to be added to the contributions from the Senior Advisory Board, Helping Hand, and the Golden Club for the sponsored Halloween Party, Oct. 31.

In other business, the board unanimously approved the appointment of Laura Hermann to the Linwood Senior Advisory Board and approved the township’s 2012 auditing contract with HLB Tautges-Redpath. The amount of $23,500 is the same as in 2011.