Annexation agreement goes back to the drawing board

It’s back to the drawing board with the Baldwin Township/city of Princeton annexation agreement.

At it’s October 16 meeting, the board discussed, at length, the proposed agreement with the city of Princeton regarding annexation. The consensus of the board was that the document was not at all what a joint committee of township and city officials had agreed to at a meeting earlier this year.

“There has to be some common ground,” Supervisor Tom Rush said. “It can’t be lopsided.”

The discussion centered around three main points that the township board wants to have in an agreement with Princeton that were not in the agreement on the table: First, the city of Princeton would not force annexation on any property owner in Baldwin Township. Second, Baldwin would not prevent a property owner from annexing to the city of Princeton. And third, annexed property needs to be contiguous.

“This [document] is completely different from the last document,” Supervisor Randy Atwood said. “They had it drawn up to meet their criteria. I want to work from our document.”

In the end, the board decided to have the sub-committee (Chairman Jay Swanson and Rush) work on a three-position statement to send to their attorney.


Audit reports should be ready for annual


Richard Harris, township resident, asked the board to have the 2012 audited reports available for residents to review before the annual meeting in March 2013. He would also like to see other documents, such as the cash balances statement and the debt services schedule. The board was agreeable and said they would have them available, if possible. This was prompted by a motion adopted by residents at the 2012 Baldwin Township annual meeting.


Fire department news

The Fire Relief Association report was given by Jim Oliver. The balance of the special fund is currently $344,000. The retirement benefit level is $1,800 per year of service. There was some discussion as to whether that was enough money to ensure that the funds would be there when they are needed. Oliver also reported that the dance was a success and that it would be an annual event.


In other township news…

n Resident George Hanson reiterated, during the citizen’s forum, the need for road repairs on 100th Street. “We are going to try to do what we can,” Supervisor Jay Swanson said.

n Board members may be attending the Minnesota Association of Township meeting in November.

n The board decided to replace a mower that was stolen earlier this year. They will analyze needs and figure out what will meet the needs for the township. Purchase is planned for the spring.

n Supervisor Larry Handshoe was appointed to complete the 2012 township road certification.

n The board approved the purchase of three loads of crushed granite for Young Park boardwalks.

n The board officially thanked the Girl Scouts and high school Fun fest volunteers. The board also thanked Jim Skogquist for the donation of rock for Young Park.