Baldwin News Briefs: April 7 and 15 meetings

The following business was conducted by the Baldwin Township Board of Supervisors. The news items were compiled by Audrey Misiura.


Sheriff’s report

Officer Wilson from the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office reported 183 calls for service in March. Of those calls, 64 were traffic stops and 18 were medical calls.  There was a break-in at a storage unit in the business district. The department is investigating and has increased patrol in the area.

Fire department report

Fire Chief Mike Rademacher reported 24 calls for service during the month of March. Those calls included 19 medical calls, one personal injury, one mutual aid and two gas alarms.

The Township Board unanimously approved former firefighter Jim Oliver returning to the department.

Elk Lake Estates road conditions

During open forum for citizens, resident David Schuldt expressed concern about the road conditions in Elk Lake Estates. “I am frustrated with the situation and I feel that the people in the neighborhood have waited long enough for a solution,” Schuldt said.

“I am well aware of how you feel,” Board Chairman Jay Swanson said. “Rest assured we haven’t shoved it into a drawer and hope it goes away.”

Township Engineer Jon Bogart said there were a couple of issues to resolve before solving the Elk Lake Estates road condition problem. One is that the township may be able to obtain a tax-forfeited property. The other issue is obtaining easements from the property owners. Bogart said he would continue to look for grant money for this project.

Road grading

The board approved a road grading agreement with Livonia Township. Livonia will provide road grading services for Baldwin at a rate of $125 per hour. Supervisor Larry Handshoe said that the township will not be saving a lot of money, but he hopes to get better quality and get the grading done the way it needs to be done.

Young Park signage

The board approved plans presented by Eagle Scout Nick Swanz for signage at Young Park. A sign will be constructed from low-maintenance materials. The project will include landscaping around the sign and will be completed this summer.

Goals for the township

The township supervisors set goals for themselves at their April 7 meeting. The goals include working toward a township comprehensive plan and capital asset plan, improving efficiency and communication within the township, and working with the Business Retention and Expansion program.