125 1/2 Street in 2015 Baldwin Township road plan

Baldwin Township Board members approved a three-year road improvement plan on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Integral to the plan is the repair and upgrade of 125th 1/2 Street in the Baldwin business district over the next three years. Repairs will improve access to several businesses.

LeRoy Anderson, owner of Affordable Storage on 125th 1/2 Street, spoke in favor of the plan.

“We pay plenty of taxes; now it is our turn. This is a good plan, something to move the township forward,” Anderson said.

Supervisor Tom Rush said he would like the township to stick with the existing comprehensive plan, which listed 100th, 120th and 136th streets as priorities.

“There are other roads, main arteries in the township, that need repairs and upgrades,” he said.

“If road repairs in the business district help with economic development and expansion, everyone in this town wins,” Board Chairman Jay Swanson said.

The three-year road plan was approved on a 3-2 vote, with Supervisors Larry Handshoe and Rush opposed.

Township to purchase plow truck 

The board approved up to $100,000 for the purchase of a used tandem snow plow truck. Also approved were repairs to two existing trucks.

Change of legal counsel 

The board decided to change legal counsel for an ongoing cell tower lease breach of contract issue.

The proposed settlement is not a good plan for Baldwin because it puts the township on the hook for unreasonable legal fees, Swanson said.

“This law firm (Robert Vose of Kennedy and Graven Chartered) is a loser for Baldwin Township,” Supervisor Jeff Holm said.

The board decided to terminate its relationship with Attorney Robert Vose and instead turn the issue over to Attorney Mike Couri of Couri & Ruppe. 

Sherburne County Water Resources 

Terry Vandereyk from the Sherburne County Water Resources committee attended the meeting to personally invite Baldwin Township Board members to a workshop in October. The workshop will be presented by NEMO (Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials) and will seek to explain the state-mandated water quality control measures. “We would like decision-makers to attend this meeting,” Vandereyk said. “There are cost increases associated with the new rules and standards, and this workshop will explain the costs and the benefits to the township.” The workshop is presented through a partnership between the University of Minnesota Extension Services and Sherburne County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Sheriff’s report 

Sheriff Deputy Wilson reported that Baldwin Township has seen an increase in thefts from automobiles. The public is again reminded to remove valuables from sight and to lock vehicles.