Baldwin news briefs

The following news items are from the May 21 meeting of the Baldwin Township Board. They were compiled by writer Audrey Misiura.

Road report
Supervisor Larry Handshoe reported three plowing sessions for April. Plows have since been removed from the equipment. The township has done some graveling at the corners and has some patching to do.
There is a sink hole on 100th Street that needs to be repaired, Supervisor Jay Swanson said.

Grant money for 142nd Street
Township Engineer Jon Bogart said that after further research, a permeable bituminous pavement on 142nd Street is not practical or feasible at this time. The upkeep on permeable pavement is a significant commitment and the life expectancy is not that great. There are more cost-effective solutions out there, Bogart said.

Shoreland workshop for elected officials
Rick Dahlman, Sherburne County Water Advisory committee member, informed the board of a training program by the University of Minnesota Extension office about water quality. The training event will be held Oct. 24, and is open to township board members and key staff.
The goal of the program is to increase awareness of water-quality issues, local ordinances and state and federal regulations.
At the May 6 meeting, Baldwin supervisors disapproved a request for a donation to support the shoreland workshop. Dahlman pointed out that the $100 is a registration fee for the workshop, not a contribution.

Wholesale Auto interim use permit
Township supervisors approved an interim use permit for Pat Fitzpatrick of Wholesale Auto Inc. of Princeton. The business will sell vehicles, boats and farm implements as well as perform automobile repair.

Planning commission resignations
The board accepted two resignations from the Planning Commission. Eleanor “Elly” Rittenour and Terry Carlile both submitted resignations from the commission.

Cell tower agreement
The township received less than half the rent payment due from TC Assets, LLC in May for a cellphone tower located behind the township fire hall. The next step, according to the township attorney, is to give notice that the lease is being terminated and hope that the tenants become more cooperative. If not, he said, legal action may be initiated.

Trailer purchase
The board approved the purchase of a new trailer from Absolute Trailer Sales in Inver Grove Heights.
The trailer is 6 feet and 10 inches by 16 feet and has a ramp gate with assist. Both township mowers will fit on this trailer, and $2,500 was approved for this purchase.