Baldwin News Briefs: April 16, 2013 meeting

The following news items are from the April 16 meeting of the Baldwin Township Board.

Cleanup day
Saturday, May 18, will be the annual cleanup day for Baldwin Township. Acceptable items may be brought to the township office between 8 a.m. and noon. Acceptable items include tires, appliances, mattresses, scrap metal, televisions and electronic equipment. Fees will be charged for most items. The following items will not be accepted: hazardous waste, wood, fence material, glass, plastics, building material, paper, sheetrock, paint, household garbage and general junk. For a complete listing of acceptable and unacceptable items and for a price list, visit the township website at Details are also posted at the town hall.
The Princeton High School boys hockey Blue Line Club will be helping at the Baldwin cleanup day.
Funds raised by the hockey club will be used for pucks, practice jerseys, equipment and other costs that are not covered by the high school program.

Supervisor goals for 2013
The Baldwin Township supervisors set their goals for 2013. Each of the five supervisors listed establishing a comprehensive plan and a capital asset plan for the township as a goal for 2013.
Supervisor Kimberly Good said she would like to see increased efficiency in the township. Chairman Jay Swanson agreed, saying he would like to establish positions in the township based on Supervisor Tom Rush’s efficiency document.
“We are moving forward. We need to know what the staffing needs are,” he said. “Everything and everybody is on the table.”
Supervisor Larry Handshoe said his goal was for improved communication between township staff and the township board.
Rush would like to aggressively develop Young Park. Swanson added that he would like to see the boardwalks installed this spring.

Lawn tractor financing
The Baldwin Town Board entered into a certificate of indebtedness of $40,000 for a lawn tractor. The tractor and attachments will cost $37,424. Supervisor Tom Rush voted against the certificate of indebtedness.

Fire department
The Fire Department Relief Association treasurer, Jim Oliver, gave a quarterly report. An audit is being completed in preparation for an April 30 deadline. The money is being invested and managed by professionals, he said.
It was noted that someone from the community called to ask for personal information about the members, specifically birth dates and years of service with the fire department. Oliver reiterated that this information is personal and not public, and it will not be disclosed.

Road report
The Baldwin road report was presented by  Handshoe. He reported six plow events and two sanding events for the month. The question now is when should they take the sanders off the equipment? Not quite yet.
The board also decided to hang on to the seasonal snowplow drivers because more snow is expected.

Crack-sealing bid awarded
The Baldwin Township crack-sealing bid was awarded to Aztec Construction Company, pending the township engineer’s approval. Aztec’s bid came in just under $18,000, while the other bidder was $10,000 more. The board was comfortable awarding the bid to Aztec, since they have done a lot of work for the township in the past.

Revised agenda
The board approved revising the agenda to not include the community meetings the board members decided not to attend anymore. The meetings that will no longer be on the agenda are Princeton Planning Commission, Princeton Area Visionary Committee, the airport board and the 4R board. The board estimates that by not attending these meetings they will save the township’s general fund $3,000 annually.

Change of payday
There was some frustration over the paychecks not being ready for a Monday payday. Swanson, who signs the paychecks, said that in all the years he has been signing the checks, he could count on one hand the number of times he did not make it into the office to sign the checks on Monday. The payday has now been changed to Tuesday, so as to eliminate any expectations of a paycheck on Monday. The pay week, however, will remain the same.

Orderly annexation update
Swanson reported that the committee hadn’t met in months. Board members are, however, still working on a document that would be agreeable to both Baldwin Township and the city of Princeton.

Baldwin Planning Commission
Richard Harris was appointed to a three-year term on the Baldwin Planning Commission.