Linwood board updated on fire department, senior coordinator

Alice Pickering
Linwood Reporter

In February, the Linwood Town Board authorized the Fire Department to purchase a heart defibrillator and a device that improves the effectiveness of CPR.

Fire Chief Darryl Ballman was pleased to report at the Oct. 8 Town Board meeting that both pieces of equipment were used twice recently. Lives were saved both times.

In other department news, two Linwood firefighters are training as emergency medical technicians, and Fire Prevention Day was well received at Linwood Elementary during the week of Sept. 30.

Ballman alerted residents to check on conditions before building campfires. There are no burning bans yet, but residents need to be careful until there is enough moisture to decrease the fire danger. For larger fires, residents need a permit.

Grass rig No. 3 is to be modified into a medical vehicle, so it will be out of service for about four weeks.

Senior Advisory Board

Judy Hanna submitted a written letter of resignation from her position as senior coordinator.

At meetings on Sept. 30 and Oct. 7, the Senior Advisory Board worked on the job description of the coordinator position with input from Hanna. Supervisor Carol Searing reported that the Senior Advisory Board wants to have information ready to advertise for the position. The plan is for interviews to be completed and a proposal to hire made by Nov. 19. It is anticipated that the new coordinator will be learning on the job with Hanna for about a month.

The Senior Center has been steadily busy with rentals and scouting activities, according to Hanna. On Oct. 25, a garage sale at the center will raise funds for Linwood Family Fun Day.

Building permit fees

Township Attorney Mike Haag presented an updated fee schedule for building permits. The new rates are based on valuation.

The building permit fees are fixed-rate charges with a $5 surcharge collected for the state. Any application that requires a public hearing has an associated fee.

The board unanimously approved the fee schedule and authorized summary publication. Fees become effective as soon as they are published.

Other business

In other business, the board learned:

– Mediators from Anoka County will attend a closed session of the Senior Advisory Board from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24.

– Three truck loads of material were dropped off at the most recent recycling Saturday. Also collected were about 40 bikes.

– Work continues on Boettcher Park. Trusses are being raised for the park pavilion.