Linwood awards bid for gravel work

Fire Department juggling engines


Alice Pickering
Linwood Reporter

The Road and Bridge Committee report from the Sept. 10 Linwood Town Board meeting details plans to put gravel on roads in the Martin Lake area.

Of three bids, the board voted 5-0 to accept one from Bjorklund to supply 4,200 tons of Class 5 gravel. The quote of $13.90 a ton includes loading, hauling, grading and packing.

Road and Bridge Chair Bob Beckman will identify roads that need additional preparation before gravel is spread.

Fire Department update

Fire Chief Darryl Ballman reported two Linwood firefighters are beginning their EMT classes at the Anoka County Training Academy. A celebration for Ken Minske, former chief, was held Aug. 18 at Hidden Haven.

Engine 2 is back to the station after repairs on its body and a new paint job. Engine 5 is out of service indefinitely. Engine 1 is filling the gap. Carry Shepherd is committee chair for research on Engine 5.

At the next Fire Department membership meeting, members will discuss having retirement benefits going into Public Employees Retirement Association. Recommendation for action will be announced at the Sept. 24 meeting.

At Linwood Family Fun Day, the Firemen’s Dance and booya sale were successful.

Attorney’s update

Linwood Township Attorney Mike Haag reported the site of the burned-out house on Lyons Street is being cleared. Cars on the property have been removed and materials that cannot be recycled will be removed as trash. When the property is sold, the township will be reimbursed for its expenses from the sale proceeds.

With regard to street work in the Lyons Den Development, Haag recommended the township complete the shoulders on the road and sue the contractor to recover the cost.

Haag also reported that the appeal by Julie Zuercher about her dog has been rescheduled at her request to the Town Board meeting on Sept. 24.  Earlier in the year, Zuercher’s dog was declared potentially dangerous.

Road extension

Also scheduled for Sept. 24 is a decision by the board about paving an extension of Typo Creek Drive. The recommendation from the Road and Bridge Committee is that 35 percent of the residents support a feasibility study for the blacktop project. It would require the agreement of 66 percent of residents to begin the project.

If approved, all affected property owners would be assessed the same amount. The township would be responsible for bringing the road up to Class 5 standard before the paving.

Other business

In other business, the board learned:

– The cremains accidentally buried in the wrong plot in Linwood Cemetery are scheduled to be moved by Sept. 21.

– A new fee schedule for Building Permits will take effect Oct. 1. They are based on valuation. Copies are available at Town Hall. For more information, call 651-462-2812.

– The Minnesota Association of Township’s Educational Conference and Annual Meeting are scheduled for Nov. 21-23 in Morton. Legal seminars were Sept. 7 and 12, and will be Oct. 5.

– The building report included 25 permits issued in August. Among the total were two for new homes.

  • S. Anderson

    RE: “Road and Bridge Chair Bob Beckman will identify roads that need additional preparation before gravel is spread”.

    Road improvements in the west Martin Lake area are long over due. Therefore if the proposed projects are in this area appreciation and thanks should go out to Mr. Beckman and others who have taken the initiative for the proposed road improvements.
    I urge Mr. Beckman to identify “all” dirt roads as needing “additional preparation”. In the past gravel (class V) has been spread on some roads with no preparation at all. Proper preparation will be cost effective by helping eliminate drainage problems, avoiding the need for more “gravel”, and will help prepare a roadway for future hard pavement – I do however wonder if “gravel” means Class V material or something more or less in quality.

    Construction plans using the proper Design Standards need to be drawn up before construction begins on the referenced projects. The plans should show roadway alignments, typical sections, existing grades, finished grades, R/W limits, property lines, obstructions, and any proposed drainage or water treatment areas – The township does not need problems like those encountered on previous projects where no plans or written contracts were used.

    The road plans along with a construction schedule should be presented to the people at a town board meeting prior to construction so that affected property owners can review the plans and see how the new roadway will affect them. Questions and concerns can then be addressed before construction begins – This will eliminate delays and unnecessary costs.

    Detailed WRITTEN CONTRACTS need to be used – and the Road Foreman (or a knowledgeable Project Manager) should monitor and inspect construction to ensure that the work is completed on time, according to design, and the terms of the contract. Contractor payments should be made in increments as the project progresses, with final payment being made when all terms of agreements have been met – There should be no need for legal costs from having to take a contractor to court for not completing a project as agreed upon.

    Better roads increase property values in the community and people get a tangible return on their tax dollars. It’s too bad however that property owners need to be assessed property taxes for bituminous type pavement while money is spent annually on less needed or unnecessary products and services.