Linwood to arrange for Lyons Den completion

Town board met Nov. 11


Alice Pickering
Linwood Reporter

Repeated attempts to have Sherco Development complete road work in the Lyons Den development in Linwood have failed. Based on inspections by engineer Craig Jochum and the opinion of attorney Mike Haag, Linwood Township will arrange to have the work completed and the costs charged to the developer.

A moratorium on issuance of building permits in the development took effect in June. It will continue until the township recovers the costs for the work. The exact cost was not available.

Parks update

Most of the work in Boettcher Park is completed, according to Supervisor Mike Halliday. Signs are to be ordered to provide directions to the parks.

New hockey nets were ordered last year and are ready for the season. Grass needs to be mowed in the rinks before Halliday and Bob Millerbernd make preparations for making ice.

A right-of-way payment from Great River Energy must be issued to the township and then deposited into the Parks Development fund to cover the cost of the recently built pavilion near Linwood Elementary.

Senior board update

Carol Searing reported that 25 applications have been received for the senior coordinator position and the Senior Advisory Board began reading applications. Plans were to hold interviews and have a recommendation for the board by the meeting on Nov. 26.

Two people have written the Senior Advisory Board, volunteering to serve on the committee. Searing said the organization’s bylaws allow five to 15 members, so there are open positions. The SAB will review the applications and present a recommendation.

A closed mediation session was scheduled after the SAB meeting Nov. 18.

Fire Department update

Fire Chief Darryl Ballman reported that alterations on the Grass 3 truck will be completed around Dec. 1. Rescue 5 has been sold to a local resident who will remove the logos. Old Engine 2 is up for sale, but there have been no bites. Ballman proposed donating the unit to Anoka County Fire Training Academy.

Ballman said that a new computer-assisted dispatch system for public safety services will be implemented in Anoka County. Set up involves computers and the dispatch software. It can be connected with other alarm systems, computer-assisted dispatch systems from other agencies, records management systems, and local, county, state and federal criminal databases. The system is estimated to cost $6.2 million. Funds will come from different agencies.

Ballman said the department personnel and township staff are completing the proposed 2014 budget.

The department is considering the addition of up to four firefighters. Currently there are nine applicants for the positions.

Recognition Night for the Linwood Fire Department is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. The community is invited.

The 2014 calendar is at the printer’s for final formatting. Approval was to take place at the Nov. 26 meeting.

Holiday event

Kids are invited to have “Breakfast with Santa” from 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. The Linwood Fire Department Auxiliary arranged the visit at the Linwood Senior Center, 22817 Typo Creek Drive NE. Tickets for are $3 at the door, with no charge for children 10 and younger.

Visitors can have their pictures taken with Santa. There will be holiday crafts for kids. Holiday treats will be available at the bake sale.

Other business

In other business, the board:

– Learned from Millerbernd there are no new developments related to financing for carp barriers.

– Learned of a scam affecting some Midcontinent bills. Customers are alerted to carefully check bills and should call 800-888-1300 if they suspect fraudulent activity.

– Authorized office staff to begin direct deposit for township employees and board members.