Baldwin takes no action on EDA participation

Sherburne County Commissioner Rachel Leonard talked with Baldwin Township Board about the Sherburne County Economic Development Authority at the regular township meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

The intent of the Sherburne County EDA, according to the resolution documents, is to complement the services provided in cities and townships by collaborating and coordinating with local partners and expanding and enhancing existing services as appropriate. The EDA supports the development of the county, contributes to the growth and diversification of the tax base, increases employment opportunities and is in the best interest of the health, safety, prosperity and general welfare of the citizens of Sherburne County, according to the county.

“The best I can tell you is that you might as well join the rest,” Leonard said. “You are not gaining anything by staying away.”

Supervisor Jay Swanson expressed his suspicion of the Sherburne County EDA.

“I see Met Council written all over it,” he said.

In the end, the Baldwin Township Board decided to not do anything, to let the item fall off the agenda and to not think about it again until or unless the county brings it back up.

In other township news, the board approved up to $2,000 for picnic tables and grills for Young Park.