Linwood hires website manager

Town Board hears Fire Department updates at May 13 meeting

Alice Pickering
Linwood Reporter

Linwood Township’s website will soon have a new look. Kelly Kramer was hired by the Town Board May 13 to manage the website and update its information.

Kramer’s resume includes experience with the necessary programs for the job, which also includes maintaining content for the local cable channel.

Initially the position is for about 30 hours a month. Once Kramer becomes familiar with the website, it is likely to take less time. The new hire estimated that the duties will take five to eight hours a week.

The board approved the hire for $17 an hour. Supervisor Ed Kramer abstained from the vote, while Phil Osterhus was absent.

Fire Department update

The board approved the purchase of seven new self-contained breathing apparatus tanks for the Fire Department. The new tanks are replacing old ones in the rotation.

Interviews for the department’s new captain administrative position will be held beginning the week of May 26, according to Fire Chief Darryl Ballman.

Ballman said the department is supporting a grant application for $300,000 that former School Board member Joe Grafft is helping the high school pursue. Local law enforcement and fire departments will benefit from training opportunities if the application is successful.

Also, the Fire Department wants to combine its parking lot paving project with the township’s projects so as to use the same contractor.

Burning permits are restricted, Ballman said, but supervised recreational fires are permitted,

Other business

In other business, the Town Board:

– Learned work will begin on the first carp barrier in Linwood Township after June 15, according to Supervisor Bob Millerbernd. The date is set by the DNR for after fish spawning. The site is at the southern end of Typo Lake.

– Learned attorney Mike Haag is following up on a repeat complaint about a nuisance property on West Fawn Road Northeast. Township ordinances have been amended to make the nature of the complaint a misdemeanor.

– Approved an amendment to update Township Ordinance 150 relating to variances. It pertains to language and is in keeping with state statutes.

– Passed a resolution accepting 13 donations to the township. Eight were to the Fire Department. One for $450 was designated as a memorial; the other seven totaled $270. Two donations totaling $73.03 were for Linwood Family Fun Day expenses. The final three totaled $164.38 to the Senior Center.

– Learned the Road and Bridge Committee was to conduct its annual road review May 17. Knife River Corporation has been authorized to begin road work projects in the township.