Linwood approves putting clerk question on ballot

Town Board also accepts Senior Center Committee members

Alice Pickering
Linwood Reporter

One of the questions Linwood voters will decide in the November general election is whether the position of town clerk will become a hired position or continue as an elected position. This has been a discussion topic at several meetings, including the annual meeting in March.

Supervisors on Tuesday, May 27, unanimously passed a resolution approving the addition of the ballot question.

Information from the resolution says the board “initiated the process to have this ballot question, as outlined in Minnesota Statutes Section 367.31, Subdivision 3, placed on the 2014 fall election ballots.”

Attorney Mike Haag brought the information to the board so that residents can become familiar with the language that will appear on the ballot.

The ballot question reads, “Shall option B, providing for the appointment of the clerk by the town board, be adopted for the government of the town?”

A “yes” vote supports hiring the clerk. A “no” supports continuing to elect the clerk.

Judy Hanna is the current town clerk. The outcome of the vote will not affect her position unless she retires before her term ends in 2016.

Supervisor Seats A and D – held by Michael Halliday and Robert Millerbernd – are up for election at the November election. A township treasurer will also be elected. Vikki Erickson is the current treasurer.

All are four-year terms. Candidates may file for office beginning July 29 though 4:30 p.m. Aug. 12.

Senior Center
Halliday announced that the paperwork that dissolves the Linwood Senior Advisory Board has been sent to appropriate officials.

In its place a Senior Center Committee has been organized. A partial list of members of the newly formed group was submitted at the board meeting and approved by supervisors. Those announced at the board meeting are Janice Erickson, Judy Hanna, Cathy Hereau, Steve Junker, Nancy Olson, Mel Pfaffendorf and Eileen Reinke.

On a related note, board members unanimously approved the professional services agreement with Mediation Services for Anoka County, which met with the now-dissolved board. A contribution of $1,000 to Mediation Services was included in the 2014 budget.

Other business
The board tabled a decision about providing keys to probationary employees until the Human Resources Committee clarifies the policy.

A variance request to build a third accessory building (boat house) was granted to Paul and Corinne Nygren. It was approved, with conditions that size not exceed 250 square feet and that no livable space is provided.

Linwood Covenant Church will host the Crazy Sock Run, a 5K race to benefit youth in Scammon Bay, Alaska. The $25 fee includes a T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded for the craziest socks. The event will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 14, at the church, 6565 Viking Blvd. NE, Wyoming. For more information, call 651-462-3780 or email [email protected]