Baldwin News Briefs: Fire Department seeks ice rescue sled

The following news items are from the Jan. 17 meeting of the Baldwin Town board. They were compiled by Editor Jeff Hage.

The Baldwin fire department received the blessing of the town board to raise funds for an ice rescue sled.

Capt. Robin Fischer has been soliciting funds for the apparatus, which could help save lives when the department is called upon for ice rescues, Chief Mike Rademacher said. A sled is estimated to cost $3,400. Fischer has commitments in hand for $1,300. The fire department sought board support as the department prepares to continue fund-raising efforts.


Town receives grant

“We’ve got it,” Jay Swanson proclaimed in reference to a grant from the Initiative Foundation to continue the Baldwin Volunteer Corps.

The township has been awarded a $10,000 grant for the 2012 calendar year. The board voted to accept the grant monies and authorized Swanson to sign and return grant acceptance documents to the foundation.


Fee schedule approved

The town board adopted a new schedule of fees charged for services at the town hall. Some of the fees include: $1 for notary services, $15 for DVD copies, $10 for electronic data, 25¢ for a standard photo copy, $1.50 to have up to three copies of a document mailed and 25¢ for each additional copy after three, a $40 NSF check fee, $500 for a road right of way permit, $150 for a driveway permit, $150 for a canine pick-up by the animal control officer, and $150 for a cat pick-up by the animal control officer.


In other township news…

■ The annual township clean-up day will be Saturday, May 19 from 8 a.m. to noon at the town hall.

■ The board approved the maintenance building as the location of the March 13 annual meeting.

■ The board of equalization will meet on Wednesday, April 25 at 3 p.m.

■ The board was notified that Sherburne County would like to store pea rock for a 120th Street road project in a nearby cul-de-sac. The board does not oppose the storage request but would like a written agreement in place prior to any pea rock storage.

■ The board accepted the resignation of Elaine Philippi as chairperson of the Baldwin Volunteer Corps. Philippi will remain a member of the committee.

■ The Baldwin Fire Department is looking at offering its firefighters memberships to Gold’s Gym in Zimmerman as part of a department-wide fitness program.