Road work means detours in Linwood

Motorists traveling through Linwood Township need to be aware that culverts are now being replaced along Fawn Lake Road (County Road 76). Work is expected to continue through Friday, July 11.

A detour route has been designated south along Typo Creek Drive, east on Viking Boulevard (CR-22), north on Sunrise Road (CR-76) and along Ryan Lake Drive (CR-77).

At its regular meeting last week, the Linwood Town Board accepted the quote from Dresel for class 5 gravel at $13 a ton. Phil Osterhus, Town Board chair, made the recommendation, indicating a new manager for that part of the business. The quote includes delivery, spreading and compacting the gravel.

Supervisors scheduled the annual road review for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30. Bob Beckman, Linwood Road and Bridge Committee chair, said this will help determine which streets are to get gravel.

By unanimous vote, ASTECH Corp. was awarded the 2104 street sealing project. The company bid was low at $1.64 per pound for asphalt (27,439 pounds). The township has budgeted $45,000 for this 2014 street work.

Insurance update

Chris Sauro, Country Financial Insurance of Wyoming, reviewed insurance policies for Linwood Township.

Input came from Mike Budde, Supervisor Michael Halliday, and Fire Chief Darryl Ballman in respective areas of knowledge. Sauro said he had “good help” from the township, including detailed inventories of tools and Fire Department spreadsheets for every vehicle.

Sauro informed the board there will be a slight increase of $730 in premiums, pushing the township’s allocation to $24,770.

Town election

Supervisor seats A and D will be up for election in November.

These seats are currently held by Robert Millerbernd and Halliday, respectively.

The position of township treasurer is also to be elected in November. Vicki Erickson currently holds this office.

All are four-year terms. Candidates may file for office beginning Tuesday, July 29. The filing period remains open through 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12. For more information, contact the Linwood Town Hall at 651-462-2812.

Township election judges completed training on June 26 on how to use the digital system for processing absentee ballots. The main feature is recognizing who has cast a ballot but not how they voted. Sealed envelopes with the ballots are forwarded to Anoka County.

Absentee voting from the August primary election remains open through Aug. 11. For the November general election, the absentee voting dates are Sept. 19 through Nov. 3. More information is available on the township website,

There will also be new voting equipment at the polls in 2014. The equipment will scan and tabulate votes at the precinct.

Recycling Awards

Linwood Township’s recycling program has received two awards from Anoka County.

The first was for the greatest increase in recycling. Township residents increased their recycling by 27 tons more than 2012. The new figure is a 43 percent increase.

The second was for the most improved drop-off center.  Supervisor Ed Kramer is hands-on director of this effort.