Baldwin Township briefs: July 1, 2013 meeting

Below are summaries of news that occurred during the July 1, 2013 meeting of the Baldwin Township Board. They were compiled by Audrey Misiura.

Boardwalk installation delayed
The installation of the boardwalks in Young Park has been delayed because of the wet soil conditions on the trail.
“If we had a million volunteers, they can’t walk on water and they can’t drill through mud. We need a Plan B.,” said Baldwin Township board chairman Jay Swanson.
Township Engineer Jon Bogart is tasked with finding a solution to the problem and to figure out a way to install the boardwalks.

Young Park is not a dog park
Young Park is very much a people park, not a dog park, Supervisor Tom Rush said. All dogs must be on a leash and be cleaned up after, he said. Some confusion may have arised after Young Park hosted a dog event and signs declared that Young Park had gone to the dogs.

Park vandalism
Young Park has seen some vandalism lately. The porta-potty was tipped over and some plants from the rain garden were strewn about. The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office has increased patrols in the area.

Mosquito relief at the park
The town board approved applying an ecosystem-safe mosquito spray for the trails at Young Park.

Baldwin Funfest slated for September 21
The board approved $2,000 from the Initiative Foundation Grant to cover expenses for the Baldwin FunFest to be held at Young Park on September 21. Vendors are needed for the event. Call the Township office at 763-389-8931 for more information.

Sheriff’s report
Officer Wilson from the Sherburne County Sheriff’s office reported 197 calls for service in Baldwin Township for June.
“With the kids out of school, we have seen an increase in suspicious activity,” he said.
There has also been an increase in thefts from automobiles and damage to cars left unattended, he said.
Again, the public is reminded to remove from sight all valuables and to lock parked vehicles.
There have been increased patrols on county road 38 east of highway 169 because of reports of excess speeding. Also, the county continues to monitor for violations of the weight restrictions placed on township roads.

Baldwin Fire report
Chief Mike Rademacher reported a total of 12 calls for service for the month of June.  This had been one of the slower months and has been a welcome relief for the department, Rademacher said.

Wholesale Auto relocating to Baldwin Township
Pat Fitzpatrick, owner of Wholesale Auto in Princeton, requested clarification from the town board that he would be allowed to provide auto body repair services if he met all county and state regulations.
The supervisors responded that as long as he is meeting all the regulations, the township has no problem with him doing auto body.
Wholesale Auto is proposing to relocate from Princeton to Baldwin Township. The proposed site was previously an auto dealership (Trent’s). The business will include mechanical repair and auto body prep work for trade-in vehicles for sale. The business includes four full-time employees and will operate Monday – Friday from 9-7 and Saturday from 9-5.

142nd Street improvements
The Township approved using a Soil and Water Conservation District grant for improvements to 142nd Street. The grant will cover 75 percent of the project and the Township’s share of the cost is estimated to be $11,000.