Plan for carp barrier hits snag

Linwood board learns of high bid amount


Newly elected Linwood supervisors Carol Searing and Ed Kramer take the oath of office at the Jan. 8 town board meeting. (Photo submitted)
Newly elected Linwood supervisors Carol Searing and Ed Kramer take the oath of office at the Jan. 8 town board meeting. (Photo submitted)

Alice Pickering
Linwood Reporter

A plan to install carp barriers along the Sunrise River between Typo Lake and Martin Lake has hit a snag.

The joint project of Linwood Township and the Sunrise River Watershed Management Organization called for two barriers to be installed this season.

However, Linwood Supervisor Bob Millerbernd brought some tough news to the town board’s Jan. 9 meeting. The project is on hold because of surprisingly high costs.

Five bidders showed up for the December pre-bid meeting and tour of the sites for the barriers. However, there was only one bid for the work and it was $160,000 higher that the estimated cost of the project.

Contacted later, Millerbernd said plans are to advertise for bids for the project once again, looking to get better results. County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah is also is working to get more funding for the project.

Fire Truck Update

On behalf of the Fire Department, Chief Darryl Ballman made the request for an additional $50,000 from the capital fund to increase the down payment on the fire truck. The truck committee had presented information at the last board meeting.

The proposed contract is with Pierce for a Perce Saber Pumper at a cost of $450,000. The requested increase is to make a $120,000 down payment.

In December, the board and department had agreed to use HGAC purchasing program to take advantage of volume purchase. Ballman explained that the Pierce unit is the “best fit for us [now].”

It appears that the options available through HGAC did not exactly meet what the department was seeking in a truck, and the Pierce model was a better fit.

Steve Reedy, Rosenbauer representative, had asked that Rosenbauer be allowed to submit a bid. Supervisors were concerned because they also understood that the purchasing program was to be utilized for the purchase.

Attorney Mike Haag will review the contract. Firemen, representatives from Rosenbauer and Pierce companies were asked to attend the Jan. 22 board meeting. Further discussion is anticipated on that date. A final decision on the truck purchase was tabled until Haag reviews the contract and everyone is present to answer questions.

Ballman reported that there are two firefighters going through Instructors Class in Andover. Six officers will be attending the FITOAM Conference in St. Cloud, Jan. 25-27.


Newly-elected supervisors were sworn in by Clerk Judy Hanna to open the Linwood Town Board meeting on Jan. 8. Ed Kramer and Carol Searing begin their first four-year terms on the board. Phil Osterhus begins his second term in 2013. Mike Parker was sworn in as township deputy clerk.

The town board will continue meeting at 6 p.m., the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. The Forest Lake Times was designated the township’s official newspaper. First State Bank of Wyoming continues as the official township depository.

Three posting places were designated for township announcements. These are the town hall, Dolphy’s Automotive, and the Country Store.

Linwood will retain Mike Haag as township attorney. David Mol, HLB Tautges Redpath, Ltd. will be the township auditor for 2013. Craig Jochum, Hakanson Anderson, will continue as township engineer for the upcoming year. Kevin Tramm is the contracted building inspector, health authority, tree inspector, and weed inspector.  Frank Kvidera is the road foreman.

Ed Kramer begins his supervisor term with liaison responsibilities with the Road and Bridge Committee, Planning and Zoning Commission, and the Fire Department (alternate). Kramer will also assist Tramm as tree and weed inspector.

Mike Halliday was elected vice chair of the town board. He will also be liaison with Building Maintenance Committee, the Park and Recreation Committee, and with the township insurance agent. He and Searing will share responsibilities as liaisons with the Senior Center and Senior Transportation.

Millerbernd has served as liaison with the Linwood Family Fun Day Planning Committee and Sunrise River Water Management Organization in the past and will continue in those roles. He will also be liaison with the Planning Task Force, Road and Bridge Committee, and the Linwood Community and School Forest Committee.

Osterhus was elected as board chair. He also has liaison positions with the Fire Department, Anoka County Deputy, Road and Bridge Committee, and will continue as liaison for the Personnel Committee.

Searing will be liaison to the Linwood Cemetery Committee. She will also serve on the Personnel Committee and Senior Center and Senior Transportation.

Recycling Day responsibilities, one Saturday a month, will be coordinated and shared by Kramer, Millerbernd, and Osterhus.

Other Business

Attorney Mike Haag reported about the status of a house which recently burned down on Lyons Street.  To date, there has been no probate petition yet filed.  Haag suggested that Linwood Township file a demand for notice. This means that the township will be notified when there is a scheduled probate hearing, and the move would protect the township interests in the event there are liens on the property. Supervisors were unanimously in agreement.

The board scheduled three budget planning meetings in anticipation of the township’s annual meeting.  The first was held Jan. 16. The others are scheduled for Jan. 30 and Feb. 6.

In other business, the board:

• Unanimously approved a Park Board request for up to $825 for a new set of hockey goals and nets.

• Learned that the first clue for the 5th Annual Linwood Community and School Forest Medallion Hunt is to be posted on the town hall front door on Feb. 18.

• Authorized $250 from recycling funds to order trees and shrubs to be distributed during annual Recycling Day April 2013.

• Learned that the first fund-raiser for Linwood Family Fun Day is a garage sale scheduled for Feb. 15-17 at the Linwood Senior Center.

• Learned that the Flea Market on the north end of Broadbent Park is scheduled to begin Saturday, May 4.