Baldwin’s crack-sealing contractor penalized

A St. Cloud-based seal coating firm is being penalized by Baldwin Township for failing to complete a crack-sealing project in a timely manner.

The township is withholding $3,600 from Astech Corporation because the firm did not complete a 2013 crack-sealing project by a completion date specified in a contract it signed with Baldwin Township.

According to township officials, Astech finished the project 52 days behind schedule. According to the contract, there was a daily fee for non-completion. Under terms of the contract, that amounted to $3,600.

Township Engineer Jon Bogart was directed by the Township Board to deduct $3,600 from the billed amount of $17,800.

When asked about possible repercussions, Bogart said that for $3,600, he didn’t think Astech would get their attorney involved.

“I am sure they will be upset. They might not bid for us again. But, they did sign a contract,” Bogart said.

Bogart does not expect any problems with the quality of the work performed by Astech. The problem was with the timing and communication, he said.


Young Park boardwalk – back to Plan A

The Township Board has directed Bogart to draw up plans for the installation of the boardwalks in Young Park.

Materials have already been purchased and Bogart will get quotes for the installation labor.

The township would like to see the boardwalks installed before FunFest on Sept. 21.

“That will be tough,” Bogart said, because he still needs to draw up the plans.


Baldwin Cemetery rules updated

The board has changed cemetery rules to state that no casket or urn will be interred in the cemetery unless enclosed in a concrete vault or box.

Lester Kriesel made the request, stating that in practice, this is what is required, but it wasn’t specifically spelled out in the rules.

Concrete vaults prevent sinking of the head stone and also make it easier to locate a grave site, Kriesel said.

The board approved this change in the cemetery policy and will take a closer look at the cemetery guidelines and update them if needed.


Resident input needed for comprehensive plan

Baldwin residents can expect to receive in their mail a comprehensive plan survey. The public’s voice is needed and encouraged as the Baldwin Planning Commission seeks to finalize a comprehensive plan for the township.

For questions or to give input, residents can call the township office at 763-389-8931.