​Linwood Town Board Supervisor

​This is not an official Linwood Township Website, nor is it meant to be.  This is just my attempt to keep my campaign promise to update citizens on issues.
These are my opinions and perspectives.  I will not post anything that is contrary to the Minnesota State Auditor's letter!​​
Please visit the Linwood Township website for more and updated information.
www.linwoodtownship.org ​​
cjsearing@aol.com
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Town Board Meeting, August 25, 2015

Attorney
Sunrise River Watershed Management Organization
Joint Powers Agreement - Motion by Bob Millerbernd and seconded by Mike Halliday to table any decision regarding the Joint Powers Agreement until after the Sunrise Watershed Management Organization meets in November. Motion Carried
Sheriff’s Contract - Mike Haag has review the Sheriff’s contract. Motion by Carol Searing and seconded by Ed Kramer to approved the Sheriff’s contract for 2016. Motion Carried

Fire Department
Interviews were held for the Linwood Lieutenant and Fire Marshall positions. These are 3 year positions.
- Lieutenant 23 - Mike Zacher
- Lieutenant 24 - Dan Ragen
- Fire Marshall - Scott Smith
Motion by Carol Searing and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to approve the two Lieutenants and the Fire Marshall appointments. Motion Carried.
12 Firefighters along with 36 family and friends walked in the “Stomp Out Suicide” walk this past Saturday.
There are more roofing problems at the fire station. Chief Shepard is working on a fix. The building is now 14 years old and it’s time to budget for a new roof.
Fire Department parking lot cracks were filled this past Saturday and the lot looks great,
Linwood Fire Department Honor Guard was asked to be a participant in the 911 memorial at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Friday September 11th.
The Fire Department is gearing up for Linwood Family Day Booya and Fire Department Dance.
Bob Millerbernd has developed a plan to bring the Senior Center and Town Hall into fire code compliance.

Planning and Zoning
Letter of interest was received from Tom Sausen to be a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission. Motion by Bob Millerbernd and seconded by Carol Searing to approve the appointment of Tom Sausen to the Planning and Zoning Commission. Motion Carried
Driveway permits - A Motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Bob to accept the driveway procedure and application form with corrections. Motion carried. For additional information regarding driveways contact Mike Jungbauer.
Graduated penalties - Motion by Carol Searing and seconded by Ed Kramer to approve the graduated ordinance violation schedule. Motion Carried. This is a graduated fine-based schedule when someone refuses to correct an ordinance violation.
Accessory Buildings - Clarifications were made to the Accessory building ordinance. Motion by Ed Kramer and seconded by Carol Searing to approved these changes. Motion Carried.

Recording Secretary
Motion by Ed Kramer and seconded by Carol Searing to hire Julie Trombley as the new recording secretary for the Town Board meetings. Motion Carried.

Senior Center
A study has been completed providing a preliminary assessment of the market potential for senior housing in Linwood Township. For additional information talk to Ed Kramer or Mike Jungbauer. More information to follow in future Town Board Meetings.

Road and Bridge
227th Place project - A motion by Ed Kramer and seconded by Mike Halliday to accept the quote from Kamke Contracting for $54,588 reconstructing 227th Place to solve the water and drainage issues. Motion Carried by a 3 to 2 vote.
205th Avenue discussion on how to keep this road to minimum standards. The DNR has expressed some interest in taking 205th Avenue. Ed Kramer will continue talks with the DNR.
Motion made by Ed Kramer and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to hire Busy Bee Tree Removal to take down 2 trees on Martin Lake Road. Motion Carried. Motion Carried by a 4 to 1 vote.

Parks
Motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to accept Peter Braido’s resignation from the Park Board. Motion Carried. A big thank you to Peter for his years of serving on the Park Board.
Crack filling - Need to add parking lots, basketball courts and tennis courts to the crack filling projects.
There will be a working meeting on September 28th, 5:00PM at Martin Lake Shores on the west side of Martin Lake to access, trim, cut and begin to again make Martin Lake Shores a more inviting place to use for picnics and swimming. Volunteers are needed.

Family Fun Day
Volunteers are needed for Linwood Family Fun Day.
Locked in a second food vendor for Family Fun Day.
See the Linwood township website for further details and schedule of events. ​​ www.linwoodtownship.org

Building Study
Next Meeting will be September 17. Work is being done on preliminary plans and pricing options for the Town Hall building. Hopefully there will be final plan options and prices by the October 22nd meeting. The public is always welcome

Technology
Motion made by Mike Halliday and seconded by Ed Kramer to renew the technology contracts with Crabtree Laserfiche and QuickFields licenses for $1,613.00, Trend Micro Worry security services for $226.50, Symantec System Recovery maintenance contract for $29.99 and SonicWall security services for $340.00. Motion Carried
Mike Jungbauer updated the Town Board on the new permit software and equipment. The software has been loaded as of last Friday. The GIS program from Anoka County is being loaded into the software. This system has the ability to track septic system requirements, code compliance, building department information all in one software package. The Township paid the up front cost for this software, but the Township received an $11,000 grant this year to pay for the operation of the software, and hopefully, that grant will get renewed next year.
Motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to approve a 3 year contract with Midcontinent for phone and internet service. Motion Carried.
Our website provider has partnered with PACE Payment Systems to allow municipalities to accept credit card payments. The Town Board agreed to explore this possibility further.

Employee Health Insurance FSA & HSA
Mike Halliday met with the 4 fulltime employees to discuss options with a Health Savings Account (HSA). and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA). The Township has locked into a contract with the Public Employee Insurance Program until January 2017.

Employee Handbook
Motion by Carol Searing and seconded by Mike Halliday to approve the new policies for the employee handbook with corrections. Motion Carried.

Town Board Minutes
Motion by Mike Holliday and seconded by Ed Kramer to approve the August 11, 2015 Town Board meeting minutes as written. Motion Carried.

Approval of Bills
Motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Carol Searing to approve payment of the August 11, 2015 bills in the amount of $17,888.92, and to approve the Fire Department August 11th payroll in the amount of $19,379.98 and regular payroll for August 14th in the amount of $13,848.40. Motion Carried The Fire Department payroll is paid quarterly.

Town Board Meeting, August 11, 2015 

Sheriff
Commander Paul Sommer presented the 2016 budget to the Town Board. At the 2015 Annual Meeting the citizens approved up to $225,000. The actual cost will be $222,814 for a 1.68 deputy positions per week. No further action was needed. 

Attorney
RESOLUTION 2015 – 17
Motion by Ed Kramer and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to approve an increase in the benefit level of the voluntary statewide lump-sum Volunteer Firefighter Retirement Plan administered by PERA under the term provided in the PERA cost analysis at the $2500 benefit level per year of service. Approved by roll call vote. For more information see full resolution.

Planning and Zoning
Application 2015-07 variance request for Tom Green was changed from 2400 square feet to 2464 square feet. 44 feet wide by 60 feet long will work better and have a more attractive look than a 40' by 60' which would be long and narrow or 48' by 50' which would look like a cube. 
I was asked to post a notice on the Linwood website​ regarding the vacancy on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Letters of interest are to be sent to Mike Jungbauer.


Fire Department
July Runs
Total 20
Medical 12
Fire 8

Motion by Ed Kramer and seconded by Carol Searing to approve the selection of Captain 13 - Mike Christian (equipment), Captain 14 - Andy Luedtke (administrative), and Captain 15 - Brian Meyer (medical training). Motion Carried.
Lieutenant interviews are scheduled for August 12, 2015.
Change in the law. The Minnesota Fire Service recognizes the critical importance of providing health insurance benefits to survivor families in the case of line of duty deaths of non-career firefighters. Current law provides health insurance benefits only for career firefighters who die in the line of duty, but not for a volunteer/paid on-call families. Beginning in January 2016 benefits will be provided for all survivor families.
Captain Luedtke presented a proposal to change the internet service from Frontier to Midcontinent. After much discussion regarding the poor service at Town Hall and the fire Station a motion was made by Mike Halliday and seconded by Ed Kramer to switch to Midcontinent internet service. Motion Carried. Motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to switch the phone service from Frontier to Midcontinent.  Motion carried.

Srwmo​​
Bob Millerbernd reported that Columbus wants to reduce their share of the administrative cost for the Sunrise Water Shed because they have less than the 25% of the area in the SRWMO. The Town Board want to push for either financial responsibility or representation based on percent of the area.​

Road and Bridge
227th place bids. Motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Ed Kramer to table this discussion until the August 25, 2015 Town Board meeting.

​Building Study Committee
Motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to pick Joe Dolphy or Marty Anderson to ask easy questions for the contractor so the whole committee doesn't need to meet every time there is a question.

Recycling
Motion by Ed Kramer and seconded by Mike Halliday to spend up to $2,200 to purchase compostable supplies for Linwood Family Fun Day. Motion Carried
Motion by Mike Halliday and Bob Millerbernd to spend up to $1,700 to purchase waste/recycling containers for the parks. Motion Carried.
Money will come out of the funds that are given to Linwood Township from Anoka County for the recycling program. 


Linwood Family Fun Day
Motion made by Bob Millerbernd and seconded by Mike Halliday to approve a contract between Northern Lighter Pyrotechnic, Inc. (NLP) and Linwood Township to provide fireworks for Linwood Family Fun Day. Motion Carried.
Motion by Carol Searing and seconded by Mike Halliday to approve the Linwood Family Fun Day committee to purchase new signs for up to $1,000.  Motion carried. Motion by Bob Millerbernd and seconded by Mike Halliday, to spend up to $2,500 for jumpies,  Motion Carried. This money will come out of the funds that were approved by the citizens at the annual meeting in 2015.


Town Board Minutes
Motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Ed Kramer to approve the July 28th special Town Board meeting minutes. Motion Carried.
Motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Ed Kramer to approve the July 28th Town Board minutes. Motion Carried.


Payment of the bills
Motion was by Mike Halliday and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to pay the August 11, 2015 bills in the amount of $17,571.91, Motion Carried.
Motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to approve the payroll for July 31, 2015 in the amount of $16,757.56 Motion Carried 


Employee Handbook
Supervisor Searing handed out new draft policies to the Town Board for their review. Will discuss at the next Town Board Meeting on August 25, 2015.

Employee Insurance
A group application and individual applications have been made to Public Employees Insurance Program (PEIP) for health insurance for the full-time employees. After much discussion the Town Board has decided to move forward with the 125 FSA cafeteria plan. Decisions were made on parameters of the plans. Eligible employees will get the health insurance the first of the month after 60 days, roll over of $500.00 to next year. Motion by Carol Searing and seconded by Ed Kramer to appoint Mike Halliday to create a flexible savings account policy and set up the plan. Motion Carried. Motion by Carol Searing and seconded by Mike Halliday to contribute $450.00 per month toward each full-time employee's health insurance premium, and if the premium is less than $450 per, the difference will be paid into the employee's pre-tax FSA or HSA. Motion Carried. 
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Fire Marshall 
Bob Millerbernd reported that Scott Smith, the Fire Marshall, has expressed frustration because his directives regarding numerous fire code violations in and around the Town Hall have fallen on deaf ears for the past few years. Bob volunteered to develop a plan to bring the building(s) into compliance.
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​​Town Board, July 28, 2015

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Attorney
RESOLUTION 2015 – 16 ​                                                                                                                              
​ Motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Ed Kramer to request MN/DOT to conduct a speed study on 237th  Avenue NE and Ryan Lake Drive NE from Typo Creek Drive to County Road 75. Approved.  
​ Developer’s update:                                                                                                                    ​​
​ Motion made by Carol Searing and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to write off the $13, 615.42 owed by Rolling Oak Meadows. Motion Carried. Voluntary Foreclosure in 2010, there is no way for the Township to collect $13,615.42 owed.
Motion by Carol Searing and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to write off the $2,958.38 owed by Evans Estates. Foreclosure, no way to collect the $2,958.38 owed.
These debts will be removed from the Township’s books.
Data Collections Practices, Policies, and Public Access Procedures have been reviewed and updated for 2015.
SRWMO JPA Amendment
Motion by Bob Millerbernd and seconded by Mike Halliday to table this discussion until the August 25, 2015 Town Board Meeting.

Planning and Zoning
Application 2015-07 from Tom Green requesting a variance from Township road setback, building size, and non-adjoining lot requirements. The property is located at XXXX 228th Ave NE. Motion by Carol Searing and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to approve application 2015-07 to allow for a 2400 sq. foot garage, and have a conduit of deeds that ties his two properties together. Tom Green is to work with Mike Jungbauer on the setbacks. ​
​ Application 2015-08 from Lance Lauderdale requesting a variance from Township front and rear yard setback requirements. The property is located at XXXX 227th Place NE. Motion by Ed Kramer and seconded by Mike Halliday to deny application 2015-08 because the small lot was not large enough for a standard septic system or an alternate site. Two lots appear to be needed to meet code for a minimum house size, setbacks, septic and garage. Denied.
​ Application 2015-09 from Walter and Nancy Olson requesting a variance from Township road setback requirements. The property is located at 23118 E. Martin Lake Drive. Motion by Carol Searing and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to approve application 2015-09 using option 2, building the east wall at an angle to match the property line and within a couple of feet of the septic tanks to the north. Approved. Release of $500.00 Escrow on Hulsman addition. Motion by Ed Kramer and seconded by Mike Halliday return the $500.00 escrow amount to Ed Hulsman. Motion Carried.

Fire Department
​​ July Runs: Total 16
​ Medical 10
​ Fire 6
Interviews were held for the Linwood Chief III position. Cary Shepard will continue his role as Chief III.
​ Interviews for the Captian positions will be held Wednesday evening, 7/29/15.
​ The Fire station roof has a leak and the Firemen will be fixing that on their work night.
​ Thanks for all that you do for Linwood Township.

Parks                                                                                
Committee Meetings for September and October will be onsite working committees. Interest citizens can meet at the Town Hall at 6:00 PM.
​ September Meeting – Wind Swept Prairie (School Forest) to install signage.
​ October Meeting – Cleanup of Martin Lake Shores.
​ Park directional signs are being installed throughout the Township.

Road and Bridge
​​ A motion by Ed Kramer and seconded by Mike Halliday to accept the bid from Preferred Seal Coating bid of $1,800 to crack seal the Fire Department parking lot.
​ Welder – Motion by Bob Millerbernd and seconded by Mike Halliday to table the discussion on buying a welder, mask and gloves for the maintenance Department until August 25, 2015 Town Board Meeting.
​ HRA Funds in the amount up to $20,000 for 227th place.

Building Study Committee
A motion by Ed Kramer and seconded by Mike Halliday to approve a contract agreement between Linwood Township and Structural Buildings, Inc. Motion Carried. This is for a design plan for a remodeled Town Hall.

Employee Health Insurance
A special Meeting was held to learn about PEIP option, (Public Employee Insurance Program) for our employees and to hear from the employees. A motion by Ed Kramer and seconded by Mike Halliday to move forward with the PEIP option including the 125 cafeteria premium only plan. The Township will also look into a full cafeteria plan and a Health Savings Plan.

Approval of the Town Board Minutes
Motion by Carol Searing and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to approve corrections to the approved June 9, 2015 Town Board Meeting minutes. Motion carried.
Motion made by Mike Halliday and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to approve the July 14, 2015 Town Board Meeting minutes.
​ Motion carried. Motion by Ed Kramer and seconded by Bob Millerbernd for approve July 22, 2015 Special Town Board Meeting minutes. Motion carried.

Payment of Bills
Motion was made by Ed Kramer and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to pay July 28,
2015 bills in the amount of $10,273.55. Motion Carried. Motion by Bob Millerbernd and seconded by
Ed Kramer to pay payroll for July, 2015 in the amount of $15,535.70    Motion Carried
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​​​Special Town Board Meeting, July 28, 2015 5:00 PM​
Notice is hereby given that the Town Board Supervisors of Linwood Township will hold a special meeting, July 28, 2015 starting at 5:00 PM at Linwood Town Hall for discussion with the Township Employees regarding the IRS Notice 2013-54, effective July 1, 2015.  Linwood Township can no longer provide health insurance benefits for its employees as they have been ​doing. Discussion will be held on other legal options to provide this benefit to its employees.

​​Special Town Board Meeting, July 22, 2015
The purpose of the meeting was to collect information and to identify options for complying with IRS Notice 2013-54. Gene Schmidt was present to discuss health insurance benefit requirements and options. He explained how a Group Health Plan works in conjunction with a Section 125 (Cafeteria) Plan in conjunction with a Health Savings Account (HSA).  The four major Minnesota group carriers for small companies are Blue Cross, Medica, Health Partners and Preferred One.  He stated that according to Minnesota law we do not have to offer a health insurance plan, but if we do, we must pay at least 50 percent of the premiums for full time employees, and 75 percent of eligible employees must participate in the plan. We also looked at PEIP, Public Employee Insurance Program.  It was decided to hold another public meeting with our full-time employees and a representative from PEIP to review the options.​
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Town Board Meeting July 14, 2015
​​Attorney
Resolution 2015-13 Chronic Disease Self-Management Programs
for senior service providers to train instructors to conduct classes that would teach practical skills to adult residents and their caregivers for managing their chronic health conditions such as hypertension, arthritis, heart disease, stroke, lung disease, and diabetes. Motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to accept Resolution 2015-13. Roll call vote. All Ayes. Motion Carried.

Resolution 2015-14 Accepting Donations, Second Quarter 2015
Donations in the amount of $2,388.19 are accepted and shall be used in accordance with noted terms or conditions either alone or in cooperation with others, as allowed by law. Motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Ed Kramer to accept the 2nd quarter donations. Roll call vote. All Ayes. Motion Carried.

Resolution 2015-15 Rural Residential District
(237th between Mackenzie St. N.E. and Thames St. N.E.) Minn. Stat. ' 169.01, subd. 69(a). The Town Board has determined, as a result of on-site inspections, the following road segment qualifies as a rural residential district. Town roads within a rural residential district have a 35 m.p.h. speed limit as established by the legislature without the need for a speed study by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Linwood Township will request a speed study for the portion of 237th/Ryan Lake Road east of Thames.

Motion by Ed Kramer and seconded by Carol Searing to direct Mike Haag to finish the easement work for Melby/Regal. Clean up the title. Motion Carried.

Monthly Pay
Motion by Ed Kramer and seconded by Mike Halliday to pay Judy Hanna, Clerk, and Tom Searing, Minute Taker,  monthly. 4 Ayes, 1 Abstention.
Motion Carried.


Fire Department
July Runs to Date:
Total 16
Medial 9
Fire 7
Oxford Township (nothing to report) still working with Stacy Lent/Oxford Boards.
Forest Lake mutual aide (nothing to report). Chief Ballman will follow up with Chief Newman.
Linwood Fire Department is still in need of donations to finish the old fire truck. Great pictures on the Fire Department website. www.linwoodtownship.org under Fire Department.
Fire Department Officer Interviews will start the week of July 15th for the following positions Assistant Chief 11, Captain 13, Captain 14, Captain 15, Fire Marshall, Lieutenant 23, and Lieutenant 24.

Senior Center
Ed Kramer is looking for a way for the bread delivery to be available to Township residents on weekends without leaving the Senior Center door open. He is hoping to put a cabinet outside to protect the bread product from the rodents and the weather but available to the Township residents.

Motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to spend up to $1,100 for Senior Center furnishings. Motion Carried

Road and Bridge
Crack Sealing contract
Hakanson Anderson recommended that the 2015 Crack Sealing Project be awarded to ASTECH Corporation. They were the lowest bidder. Motion by Ed Kramer and seconded by Carol Searing to use ASTECH Corporation for our crack sealing. 4 Ayes, 1 Nay. Mike Halliday thought we shouldn`t hire ASTECH because he felt they did a lousy job last year. Motion Carried.
Permission for wildflowers in Right of Way
A resident asked permission to put wild flowers in right of way just outside of the tree line. Motion by Ed Kramer and seconded by Mike Halliday to grant permission. Motion Carried. Township will ask that a sign be put up not to mow. Linwood Township will not be liable if something happens to flowers.

Newsletter in color
Anoka County has given Linwood Township permission to have a colored newsletter that will paid for out of the recycling budget. We are required to send out recycling information to our residents several times a year.

Employee Health Insurance
IRS notice 2013-54. Effective July 1, 2015, the Township will no longer be allowed to give the 4 full-time employees money toward their health insurance. No one saw this coming. Even the IRS staff didn’t know about this rule. A part-time staff person heard it on a radio program, but its true and the solutions at this point are unknown. A public meeting is being set up to talk with an expert and try to resolve this issue. A motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to comply with IRS Notice 2013-54, to no longer provide health insurance dollars for  employees and all reference to health insurance benefits shall be removed from the handbook. Motion Carried. The penalty for noncompliance is $100.00 per day, per employee.

Town Board Meeting Minutes
Motion by Carol Searing and seconded by Ed Kramer to approve June 9, 2015 and June 23, 2015 Town Board minutes. Motion Carried

Payment of Bills
Motion was made by Carol Searing and seconded by Ed Kramer to pay July 14,
2015 bills in the amount of $ 135, 683. 42. Motion Carried. Motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to pay payroll for July 2, 2015 in the amount of 12,109.75.  Motion Carried

Other Business​​
​A number of residents from the Typo Creek Estates Development attended the meeting to voice in-person complaints about a member of the Township Planning and Zoning Commission. Upon advice from the Township Attorney, Kramer moved to remove Brian Magnuson from the Planning and Zoning Commission, seconded by Halliday. All voted in favor. Motion carried.

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Town Board Meeting June 23, 2015

Auditor Annual Financial Report Review
Peggy Moeller - The Township Auditor came to present the final audit review for 2014. The 2014 audit was good with a couple of small suggestions for going forward. You may ask for a copy in the Town Hall.

Attorney Mike Haag
Resolution 2015-12 requesting that Anoka County Housing and Redevelopment Authority allocate an amount not to exceed $20,000 toward flood damage, repair and restoration for the purpose of constructing a storm drainage ditch and basin on 227th Place. Adopted by the Town Board Supervisors on June 23, 2015.
Mike Haag and Mike Jungbauer will continue work on updating and rewriting the Linwood Township codebook. In order to enforce our codes, MN Statutes must be cited, and in some cases a tiered remedy must be prescribed. Mike Jungbauer will be given a Building Official Badge and ticket book.

Fire Department
June Runs
Total 14 (As of 6/22/15)
Medical 7
Fire 7
1. Oxford Township. The Fire Department from Stacy, Isanti and Linwood Township will be dividing up Oxford Township, giving better medical and fire service to the Oxford residents.
2. Linwood Fire Department has been contacted by Forest Lake on an AUTO/Mutual Aide Agreement. Chief Ballman will follow up with Chief Newman of the Forest Lake Fire Department.
3. The Olsons are doing a great job of cleaning the Fire Department.
4. FWD is in need of $5,000 to $10,000 to complete rehabbing the old fire truck. Donation are needed to complete this work. A request for donations will be put in the newsletter and on the Linwood Township website.
5. Officer appointed positions have been posted. Firefighters can apply until Friday, June 26 for these positions which are, Assistant Chief 11, Captain 13, Captain 14, Captain 15, Fire Marshall, Lieutenant 23, and Lieutenant 24.
6. Assist Chief Jim Stockinger spoke for the Linwood Fire Department asking to increase the benefit level for our volunteer Firefighters retirement plan administered by PERA. Motion by Ed Kramer and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to raise the benefit level to $2,500. Motion Carried.

Road and Bridge
4 radios have been ordered for the Maintenance Department trucks.

Planning and Zoning
A motion by Ed Kramer and seconded by Mike Halliday to approve the Plat Application 2015-06 for the 5th addition to Boettcher Farm Preserve. Motion Carried.
Septic Software Grant Update - The Anoka County Conservation District has agreed to contribute $8,734 toward the purchase of this software, which will also track building permits. Motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to spend up to $7,568 to pay for the difference to purchase this software. Motion Carried.

Driveway Permits - Mike gave us a copy of a driveway permit application form, procedures and fees. This concept will go before Planning & Zoning and Road & Bridge for their feedback. This policy is being considered due to second driveways popping up without consideration on how this access affects the road, digging up road surface or whether or not a culvert is needed. 
Accessory Buildings - Mike Jungbauer asked for feedback regarding accessory buildings in Linwood Township. Mike stated that he has received many complaints about accessory buildings and what they should or shouldn’t look like.
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Senior Center
The carpet has been installed in the activity room. The room looks nice.

Building Study
Motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Carol Searing to enter into an agreement with Structural Buildings, Inc, to provide detailed specs, floor plans, elevations and a proposed quote for the renovation of the Town Hall. Motion Carried. Bob Millerbernd abstained.

Parks
The Township maintenance men have been working on a list of needed repairs to the parks. These issues were found during the park review.

Recycling
Recognition Award
1. Tom Sausen was awarded a Master Recycling badge.
2. Linwood Township is one of 8 municipalities in Anoka County that have regular recycling days.

Divide Voting Precincts
A motion Bob Millerbernd and seconded by Ed Kramer to divide the Township into two precincts. Motion carried. Details to follow in the months to come. This was strongly recommended by Anoka County due to the number of voters in Linwood Township. Motion Carried. Mike Halliday voted nay.

Newsletter
After some discussion it was decided not to do the​ newsletter in color due to the cost. 

Town Board Minutes
Town Board minutes were approved from March 24, 2015 with two corrections. Change Ordinance 51 to 151 and change Interim to Interim Use Permit. Motion made by Mike Halliday and seconded by Bob Millerbernd. Motion Carried.
Motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Ed Kramer to approve the May 26, 2015 with corrections. Over $1,000, not, under $1,000 needs Town Board approval, and to fix typos. Motion Carried.

Payment of the bills
Motion was made by Mike Halliday and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to pay the June 23, 2015 bills in the amount of $13,190.26. A bill was added in the amount of $611.19 for JG services and the regular payroll for June 9, 2015 in the amount of $12,011.78. The Motion Carried

​​​​Town Board Meeting June 9, 2015
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Insurance
Chris Sauro came to discuss our annual insurance review. The cost to insure all the Township buildings, Fire Department, equipment, parks, and contents is $29,816.00 per year. Motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Carol Searing to approve the insurance payment. Motion Carried.

Attorney Mike Haag
Ordinance #154 - An ordinance amending Part 1. Building Permit and Inspections of Chapter VIII. Building and Land Use Regulations, of the Linwood Town Code. Motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to approve ordinance #154. Motion Carried.
Linwood Township received a letter from the DNR, regarding the cell tower in Broadbent park, telling us the cell tower violates their grant restrictions. A grant was given for the tennis courts and this is at the opposite side of the park. A letter will be send to the DNR from our Attorney.
Up-date on developers owing the Township money. One developer paid off his debt to the Township. This was the largest amount owed. We are still looking for one developer. The Township has found a way to pay back money that is owed to another developer. Slowly, this is being resolved.
HR Committee of the Town Board met last Monday. The following suggestion was brought to the Town Board that we hire someone else to do the Town Board Meeting minutes. According to statute, the Clerk is responsible to keep the minutes, not necessarily take the minutes. Motion by Ed Kramer and seconded by Mike Halliday to hire someone to take and prepare the Town Board minutes. Tom Searing was asked to do it temporarily (90 days). Tom was offered $75.00 for doing the minutes. He accepted. The office staff will handle the agenda, and all items for the Town Board Meeting need to be in the office by Friday noon before the meeting.

Fire Department
May Runs:
Total 12
Medical 6
Fire 6
1. Our Attorney has approved a draft contract with Oxford Township. This contract agreement is for the Linwood Fire Department to partner with Lent Township, Stacy and Isanti to improve the fire/medical service in Oxford
2. Linwood Fire Department has been contacted by Forest Lake on an AUTO/Mutual Aide Agreement. Chief Ballman will follow up with Chief Newman of the Forest Lake Fire Department.
3. The Fire Department has hired the Olsons to clean the Fire Hall twice a month.
4. 5 Candidates have started the Academy and will be graduating in October.
5. Kyle Cold and Justin Hansen have completed their EMT and are in the process of taking their National Registry test.
6. The Fire Department elections were held on Wednesday June 3rd. A motion was made by Mike Halliday and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to approve the following positions. Motion Carried.

Darryl Ballman Chief
Jim Stockinger Assistant Chief
Steve Erickson Captain 11
Mike Rami Captain 12
Dennis Young Secretary

Employee Handbook
Supervisor Searing presented draft personnel policies on Township driving policy, Travel/Conference Policy, Employee Firearm Policy, Employment at will and Purpose Termination Policy. Supervisors were in favor of the Employment at Will policy over Purpose Termination Policy. The Firearm Policy needs further discussion. The next step is to put all the written policies in a draft book so the Supervisors can determine what else is needed and what other changes are wanted.

Road and Bridge
Last week Road and Bridge had their annual road review to determine which roads need future work.
A speed reduction study is going to be done on 237th street be Typo Creek Drive and Thames.

Mike Jungbauer
Mike applied for a grant to bring the individual sewer treatment system program up to speed. This grant will be voted on the night of June 15th. He asked the Town Board to approve a yearly ongoing cost of $1300.00 for licensing, upgrades and support. This money will come from the building fund and not out of the general fund. Motion by Ed Kramer and seconded by Carol Searing to approve the ongoing cost. Motion Carried.

Senior Center
Motion by Carol Searing and seconded by Ed Kramer to purchase some pallet racks for the bus garage and the roll=up in the amount of $2,063.48. Pallet racks are needed to organize and optimize storage. Motion Carried

Building Department
May building permit record: 1 Basement finish, 3 Accessory Buildings, 3 decks, 1Plumbing, 4 Windows, 6 New homes, 1 Move pole barn, 6 Fireplaces, 3 Additions, 1 Water heater, 2 sidings replaced, 1 Windows/doors, 1 Covered porch, 1 furnace replacement, 1 garage/addition and 1 sewer line. 

Town Board Minutes
Motion made by Carol Searing and seconded by Mike Halliday to approve the February 10, 2015 Town Board meeting minutes with corrections.
Motion made by Carol Searing and seconded by Mike Halliday to approve the March 10th Town Board minutes with corrections. Motion Carried.
Motion by Carol Searing and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to approve the May 12, 2015 Town Board Meeting minutes with corrections. Motion Carried.
Draft minutes for March 24, 2015 were given to the Town Board and were tabled until the next meeting so the Town Board could review the minutes.
May 26, 2015 minutes were not available. The clerk will complete the minutes through June 9th including the Annual Meeting minutes and Tom Searing will start taking minutes on June 23, 2015.

Payment of the bills
Motion was made by Ed Kramer and seconded by Mike Halliday to pay the June 9, 2015 bills in the amount of $54,082.34 minus the bill for Jeff’s Outdoor Service and the regular payroll for June 5, 2015 in the amount of $14,504.96. The Motion Carried
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Town Board Meeting May 26, 2015

Mike Haag Attorney
Mike was unable to attend our Town Board meeting due to an accident. We hope he mends quickly.

Resolution 2015-11 expanding the no parking along County Road 76/Fawn Lake Drive south of Typo Lake. Approved by roll called vote. This resolution will be given to Anoka County because County Road 76 is under their jurisdiction . This resolution is needed for safety and to keep anglers from standing on the new carp barriers.

Township Engineer, Craig Jochum
Motion by Bob Millerbernd and seconded by Ed Kramer to hold off on paving Thames and combine it with the Typo Creek Drive project in 2016.

Road and Bridge
The Road and Bridge annual road review will be Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM. People wishing to attend this annual review, please call the Town Hall.

Motion made by Ed Kramer and seconded by Mike Halliday to approve up to $10.000 to put in a proper drainage ditch on 227th place. Motion Carried.

Planning and Zoning
Motion made by Mike Halliday and seconded by Carol Searing to approve variance for an accessory building at 21745 Zodiak Street with the following conditions: The lot must be surveyed, the building must be at least 20 feet from the lot line, the front of the building must match the house and screening from the road where practical. Motion Carried.

Recycling
Motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to use recycling dollars to purchase shelving for the recycling building. Motion carried.

Memorial Day - Linwood Cemetery
Judy Hanna reported that it was a very nice ceremony and approximately 100 were there to honor our Soldiers, Firefighters and Police.

Spending Limits
Motion by Phil Osterhus and seconded by Ed Kramer to change the spending limits for Supervisors. Supervisors can spend up to $500.00 without first asking for Town Board approval. From $500.00 - $1000.00 needs two Supervisor’s approval. Over $1,000 needs to be approved by the Town Board before the purchase is made. Exceptions are made for emergency repairs. All purchases and Town expenditures are reviewed at each Town Board Meeting. MOTION Carried.

Developers Owing Township Funds Money Follow Up
We reviewed a list of Developer’s that still owe the Township money to decide the next step. Letters were sent in December. Motion was made by Carol Searing and seconded by Mike Halliday to proceed with trying to collect all the money owed by the Developer in Lyon’s Den. Motion carried. Evans Estates was turned over to our Attorney, Proof of bankruptcy is needed to write off money owing from Rolling Oak Meadows. A couple of small claims are to be written off as uncollectible.

Road Review
The Town Board annual road review will be May 27th at 5:00 PM. Building Study Committee
Bob Millerbernd presented the Town Board with some ideas of possible remodels for the Town Hall. The Building Study Committee is going to take a tour June 3rd into Wisconsin to see some Government Buildings for further ideas. Bob requested that Mike Jungbauer go on the June 3rd tour. Motion was made by Ed Kramer and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to send Mike Jungbauer on the building tour. Motion Carried.

Voting Precincts
Will be discussed at the Town Board Meeting on June 9th.

Employee Handbook
Draft policies on employee conduct, recruitment, background checks, job descriptions, performance reviews, attendance, work breaks, personnel records, adverse weather conditions, smoking, drugs and alcohol, use of Township property, sexual harassment, and respectful workplace were given to the Town Board previously. After a short discussion three changes were suggested.

Senior Center
The Town Board authorized the purchase of carpet squares to be used in the small activity room. Motion was made by Mike Halliday and seconded by Ed Kramer. This is part of the money given to the Township by the former Senior Advisory Board. Motion Carried.
A draft copy of the May 18th minutes was given to the Board.


Payment of the bills
Motion by Ed Kramer, and seconded Bob Millerbernd to pay the May 26, 2015 bills in the amount of $ 5,705.87 and the payroll in the amount of $13,164.37. Motion Carried.

Town Board Minutes
Motion made by Ed Kramer and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to approve the Public Hearing Meeting minutes dated January 28, 2015 with one correction. Change the word off to of. Motion Carried
Motion made by Mike Halliday and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to approve the February 24, 2015 Town Board minutes with corrections. The minutes indicate we will decide in November if we are going to divide the Township into two voting precincts, and it should say June.
The last sentence in page 2, 4th paragraph needs to be deleted. Motion Carried.
Motion made by Mike Halliday and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to approve the April 14, 2015 Town Board Minutes with one correction. Discussion on the draft Holiday policy for all regular full-time and part-time employees should say full-time employees only. Motion Carried.
Motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to approve the April 28, 2018 Town Board meeting minutes with corrections. Add part-time staff eligible for 20 hours of comp time.
Remove the sentence saying Linwood Township will be responsible for the maintenance on the proposed lights on 22. . Motion Carried.
Minutes for February 10, 2015 and May 12, 2015 were tabled until June 9, 2015 to give Town Board Supervisors time to review these minutes.
March 24, 2015 Town Board meeting minutes are unavailable.

Interesting facts not part of the Town Board Meeting
2014 Annual population estimates presented by the Met Council
Linwood Township
Households: 1,939
House total: 2,064
Occupancy rate: 93.94%
Population in households: 5,187
Average Household Size: 2.675 ​​​

​​​Town Board Meeting May 12, 2015

Planning and Zoning
Public Notice
Public Hearing
May 19, 2015 7:00 p.m.
Application 2015 - 05
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Planning and Zoning Commission of Linwood Township will hold a public hearing to consider and give recommendation to Town Board on application 2015-05 from Michael Christian requesting a variance from Township road setback requirements. The property is located at 21745 Zodiac St. NE. Wyoming, MN. PID number 09-33-22-32-0001

Fire Department
April Runs:
Total 20
Medical 12
Fire 8
Burning ban will be lifted this Friday, May 15th. No permit burns until then, only (3X3) recreational fires.
St. Croix Riders dropped off "teddy bears" to the Linwood Fire Department to pass out to young children on calls.
Adam Taylor turned in his resignation effective April 30th. Motion by Ed Kramer and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to accept his resignation. Thanks for your service, Adam.
Captain Mike Christian accepted a full time Firefighter/Paramedic position with the Hastings, MN Fire Department.

​Employee Handbook
Supervisor Searing presented draft personnel policies on Statement of Purpose, Scope, EEO, Data Practice Advisory, Conflict of Interest, Falsification of Records, Retirement Plans, Workers Compensation, Funeral Leave, Jury Duty and Military. One correction to add life-long partner to Funeral Leave. More next Town Board Meeting.

Road and Bridge
Minutes are available form the May Meeting. Bob Beckman and Steve Strandlund are looking into what it will take to bring 205th Avenue to minimum standards,

Building Department
April building permit record: 6 reroofs, 2 residings, 1 new windows, 2 basement finish, 5 decks,1 bath remodel and 1 garage addition, 1 screen porch, 1 gas line, 1 accessory building and 1 furnace.

A motion by Ed Kramer and seconded by Bob Millerbernd for Mike Jungbauer to seek a grant for a septic tracking system. Carried

Pet Clinic
Saturday, May 16th from 2 to 4 PM at the Town Hall.

Payment of the bills
Motion was made by Ed Kramer and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to pay the May 12, 2015 bills in the amount of $31,426.89 and the regular payroll for May 1, 2015 in the amount of $18,786.89 and the Fire Department payroll in the amount of $15,089.92. Carried

Gas for Shadow Ridge
A very long and at times a not so friendly discussion regarding the gas project. Some of the residents from Shadow ridge were there, some for the project and one against.  What I heard was that Linwood Township can not set up a subordinate service district. The law will not allow this. The Township may have access to HRA money that some residents in Shadow Ridge would like it to be spent on paying for their gas line. Some Town Board members expressed reluctance to spend HRA money in this way for fear of setting a precedent and because of their belief that this project would not benefit the whole Township. There are other developments in the Township that do not have natural gas. Ed Kramer, Mike Halliday and the Township Attorney have spent many hours trying to figure this out in hopes that there could be a solution. On the other side of the coin, I heard serious disappointment from some Shadow Ridge residents including a short discussion about seeking separate legal council. The citizens involved would need to come up with money to pay for running the gas line to their property, running the gas line from the street to the house and for converting appliances or replacing appliances. No further board action was taken.

Town Board Minutes
There was confusion regarding the minutes from February 24, 2015 and April 14, 2015 on whether the Town Board received the proofed version so these minutes were tabled until the next Town Board Meeting. April 28, 2015 Public Hearing minutes, April 28, 2015 Board of Appeal and Equalization and Town Board minutes were given to the Town Board for review. These will be acted upon at the next meeting. The Town Board still needs minutes from February 10, 2015 and March 24, 2015.

Board of Appeal and Equalization Meeting
April 28,2015​

The Board of Appeal and Equalization met at 5:30PM to give property owners a chance to appeal their valuation or classification. Only one written request was presented. That request will be reviewed by the home owner and the assessor to see if an agreement can be reached. If not, the home owner can appeal to the county.

Town Board Meeting April 28, 2015

Planning and Zoning
Variance application 2015-03 from John Genser Jr. requesting a variance from side yard setback, in order to build an addition to his seasonal cabin. The property is located at 6022 213th Lane, NE. Wyoming, MN. Motion made by Ed Kramer and seconded by Carol Searing to approve the variance application. Carried.

Permit application # 2015-04, an interim use permit for Vicki Chuches to get a kennel license as she has more than 2 dogs at her household. The property is located at 22541 Martin Lake Road NE. Stacy, MN.
Motion was made Mike Halliday and seconded by Carol Searing to approve the interim use permit with the following stipulations:
1. All dogs must be licensed and have the proper vaccinations,
2. She must have a fenced in area. (this can be a invisible fence)
3. No more than 5 dogs.
4. No breeding for more puppies unless new homes are found.
These conditions must be met within 30 days for a kennel license to be issued.

Fire Department
April Runs to date:
Total 20
Medical 9
Fire 11
Linwood sirens are in good working order.
Burning ban is still in effect. No permit burns only (3x3) recreational fires. Chief Ballman estimated about two more weeks or so, until things green up.
5 Firefighter candidates are doing a great job and will start the academy in June.
The American Red Cross blood drive. There was not enough interest. Will try again this summer.
Chief Ballman brought a draft contract from Oxford Township. It was given to our attorney, Mike Haag. This contract will be discussed at our next meeting. This agreement would be for the Linwood Fire Department to partner with Lent Township, Stacy and Isanti to improve the fire/medical service in Oxford Township.

Employee Handbook
Supervisor Searing presented draft policies on vacation leave, holiday time,
job classifications and overtime/compensatory time. A few changes were discussed and these will be approved when the whole benefit section is completed.

Anoka County Striping and Lighting Project
This project includes placement of embedded wet reflective striping on Viking Boulevard through Linwood along with street lighting in 10 locations;
  1. South/west Linwood drive
  2. 215th/CR15
  3. Pluto/ North Linwood Drive
  4. Linwood Ter
  5. Typo Creek Drive
  6. Zodiac Street
  7. Martin Lake Drive
  8. Thames Street
  9. 217th/CR 75
10. Baylor
The striping and lighting will be paid for by Anoka County, and Connexus Energy will provide the energy and maintenance for the lighting for the next 25 years. . Linwood Township will pay for the energy cost of approximately $811.00 per year.  Motion made Carol Searing and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to accept the lighting proposal from Anoka County. Carried.

Recycling
Ed Kramer thanked all the volunteers that helped make the Township annual clean up day such a success. There were 187 vehicles that come through from 7:00 AM to 12:30 PM.

Great River Energy
Great River Energy is wrapping up their construction on the transmission line in Linwood Township. If there are any unresolved matters with Great Energy please contract them directly.

School Forest
New trail in the school forest opened on 4/28,2015 called the Eagle's Edge Trail. Thanks to the volunteers who worked so hard to make this happen and to all the school kids for coming up with names for the trail. Motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Ed Kramer to add Jesse Weiner to the School Forest Committee. Carried.

Road Review
The Town Board annual road review will be May, 27th at 5:00 PM.

Road and Bridge
Motion by Ed Kramer and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to make the final 2014 street maintenance project payment. Carried.
The sweeping of Linwood streets will begin on May 5, 2015.

Building Department
17 residential building permits and 1 commercial permit were taken out for March: 4 basement finish, 1 bay window, 2 fireplaces, mobile home setup, 2 accessory buildings, 1 garage addition, 1 deck, 2 furnace replacements, 1 basement bedroom, 2 window replacements and a cell tower addition.

Building Study Committee
Next Meeting has been changed to May 14, 2015 at 6:00 PM

Park Board
Mike Halliday showed the Town Board all the new reflective park signs for the Township parks.

Payment of the bills
Motion was made by Mike Halliday and seconded by Ed Kramer to pay the April 28, 2015 bills in the amount of $23,501,89 and the payroll for April 24, 2015 in the amount of $12,561.77. Carried

Town Board Minutes
Meeting minutes were presented for the Town Board meeting of January 21, 2015, March 10, 2015, February 24, 2015 and April 14, 2015. Time was needed to review these minutes. The minutes will be on the May 12, 2015 Town Board Meeting agenda. We still need minutes for February 10, 2015 and March 24, 2015.

Senior Housing Study
Anoka County approved the funding to start a study on senior housing for Linwood Township.

Linwood Family Fun Day
The next meeting will be help on May 4, 2015 at 6:00 PM. Volunteers welcome.

Town Board Meeting April 14, 2015

Mike Haag Attorney
Ordinance #152 - Motion by Mike Halliday, seconded by Ed Kramer to set fees and charges for licenses, permits and services for Linwood Township. Carried.
Resolution 2015 -9 Motion by Mike Halliday, seconded by Ed Kramer to accept the resolution to set credit card use. Carried.
Resolution 2015-10 Motion by Mike Halliday, seconded by Ed Kramer requesting that Anoka County Housing and Development allocate $5,000.00 of its levy toward senior housing study. 4 ayes, 1 nay. Carried.
Data Collection Practices, Policies, and Public Access Procedures need to be updated and reviewed each year. Tabled until the May 26, 2014 Town Board meeting.
Resolution 2015-11 Motion by Mike Halliday, seconded by Bob Millerbernd accepting and maintaining 1st quarter donations as defined by law. Carried.

Fire Works Agreement - Motion by Bob Millerbernd, seconded Mike Halliday to accept the agreement between Northern Lighter Pyrotechnics, Inc and Linwood Township to provide fireworks for Linwood Family Fun Day for $3,500.00. Carried.

Fire Department
March Runs
Total 19
Medical 11
Fire 8
3 Linwood sirens are in good working order.
Severe Weather Awareness Week - Thursday, April 16th, The sirens will be activated at 1:45 PM and again at 5:55 PM. This is a test.
The Fire Department doors have been repaired, outside lighting is done and the air conditioning motor has been replaced.
6 Firefighters went to state school the past weekend for training.
Linwood Fire Department picked up Donovan Bohn from Gillette Hospital on April 4th and brought him back to Linwood.
The American Red Cross has approached the Fire Station to possibly schedule a blood drive.
Kyle Cold is working on a new Fire Department website.
Linwood Health Authority - Dr. Dean Kratz, Medical Director or the on-call doctor at Wyoming Hospital.

Road and Bridge
KIWI Snowmobile Club is putting up swing gates at both ends of 205th. The Barricades will be removed. 205th is a minimum maintenance road in the southern part of the Township.
Linwood Township will start sweeping streets in May.
Linwood Township has the opportunity to have ten street lights along County Road 22 paid for by Anoka County. The street lights would be put up at South Linwood Drive/West Linwood Drive, 217th, 215th, North Linwood Drive, Pluto, Zodiac, Martin Lake Road, Thames and Sunrise. This will be discussed at the next Town Board meeting on April 26, 2015. Connexus will put up and maintain the street lights. The Township will be responsible for the electricity, which will cost approximately $950.00 per year. This project is being recommended to cut down on traffic accidents on County Road 22. Anoka County will also be striping parts of County Road 22.


Linwood Family Fun Day
Next meeting will be May 4th at 5:00 PM. The committee is always looking for new ideas, new members and volunteers.
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Park Board
The annual Park Board Tour will be April 27th at 5:00 PM.

Building Study Committee
Next meeting of the Building Study Committee will be Thursday, May 21st at 6:00 PM.

Employee Handbook
Discussion on the employee Holiday Policy. Work will be continued on this and other policies by Carol Searing, Carrie Luedtke and Pam Olson.

Senior Center
Bill Schmidt was hired as a second van driver. The use of the Linwood Traveler for medical appointments has increased.

Newsletter
The next newsletter will be mailed on July 30th. We have received much positive feedback on the last newsletter.

Linwood Township Website
I passed out a report to the Supervisors regarding how the Township website is doing. From February 9th to April 9th the Linwoodtownship.org website had 16,797 hits. We also discussed adding Linwood businesses to our directory, but the Town Board decided against that idea.

Payment of the bills
Motion Bob Millerbernd, seconded by Mike Halliday to pay the April 14, 2015 bills in the amount of $ 95,353.97 and the payroll in the amount of $14,564.90. Carried.

Town Board Minutes
Motion was made by Ed Kramer and seconded by Mike Halliday to approve the Town Board meeting minutes from January 27, 2015 submitted by Carol Searing.  Carried.  The minutes of this meeting are essential to carry on Township business, and the Clerk had not yet written them, so I did.

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​​​​​​Town Board Meeting March 24, 2015

Mike Haag Attorney
Motion made by Mike Halliday and seconded by Ed Kramer to table a request from the Lake Area Youth Bureau for a service contract. Tabled until the April 14, 2014 Town Board Meeting.
Update on Codebook - Basically a "housekeeping" issue - voting for elected officials every four years in conjunction with federal elections as we do now, rather than every three years in March as we used to. Motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Bob Millerbernd. Approved.

Planning and Zoning
Motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to deny Application 2015-02 requesting horses on 6 acres. Application was denied, but they will be allowed to open another application, without fees, to redefine their request.
Motion by Ed Kramer and seconded by Mike Halliday to implement fees for septic systems pumping and service. $10.00 pumping fee, $75.00 per hour for inspecting major issues and $50.00 per hour for inspecting minor repairs. These new fees were implemented in order to comply with new Minnesota septic system inspection statutes.

Park Board
A yearly Park Board Tour will be April 27th at 5:00 PM.

​Building Study Committee
Minutes are available for February 2015.
Next Meeting will be held April 16 at 6:00 PM at the Linwood Senior Center. 


Employee Handbook
Discussion on overtime, comp time and how to proceed on updating the Employee Handbook. Carrie Luedtke will work with Carol Searing and Pam Olson to come up with a proposal for the Town Board to consider.

A cost of living increase of 1.7% effective 3/22, excluding elected officials, was approved for all full-time employees.

Fire Department
February Runs
Total 15
Medical 12
Fire 3
Burning ban is still in effect. No permit burns, only (3x3) recreational fires.
All Linwood sirens are in good working order.
Grass 1 has been painted.
The Fire Department garage doors are being repaired, and windows are being replaced.
ACTA Class #5 - Kyle Cold and Justin Hansen have completed the Academy and are now in EMT school.
Adam Taylor just completed his EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) training.
Scott Smith and Mike Christian have completed their fire inspector class and will test out next week.
FWD and LFD Relief Association donated an additional $5000.00 for the refurbishing of the original Linwood fire truck. Rosenbauer has offered to paint the truck for free.
5 Candidates are doing a great job and are very engaged in the day to day operation of the Fire Department.
Jason Baggenstoss
Tim Crea
Steve Espersen
Mark Olson
Erik Utterly

Senior Center
It was decided that the Senior Center would no longer lend or rent any small appliances such as meat slicer, coffee pots or slow cookers. It is too difficult to get the items back, and many are missing altogether.
A part-time back up bus driver will be hired to help with medical runs.
Working on security for the Senior Center. It should be completed by April 1st.

Building Department
February building report is competed. 1 new home, bathroom remodel and 1 fireplace.
Mike Jungbauer has been working on a colored zoning map of Linwood Township. Motion by Ed Kramer and seconded by Mike Halliday to approve the zoning map for the Township. Approved.
Building fees were tabled at the Organizational Meeting in January and will come before the Town Board at our next meeting for discussion.

Payment of the bills
A motion was made by Bob Millerbernd and seconded by Ed Kramer to pay the March 24, 2015 bills in the amount of $28,840.29 and the payroll in the amount of $14,978.26 Approved.

Town Board Minutes
A motion was made by Carol Searing and seconded by Mike Halliday to approve corrections that should have been made to many past Town Board meeting minutes. A big thanks to Pam Olson for the time and effort she put into this project! Approved.
Amendments to Town Board minutes – October 28 - January 13

October 28, 2014
Omitted from the minutes – discussion on donations received to cover the cost of the Halloween Party and free-will offerings would be accepted at the party.

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November 11, 2014
2nd paragraph of 2nd page reads, “Discussion on the memo received from Craig Jochum, Township Engineer recommending final approval for 2015 final payment for crack sealing to Astech in the amount of $43,050.00.” Omitted: Motion made by Searing, seconded by Kramer to make the final payment of $43,050.00 for crack sealing.

3rd paragraph of 2nd page, Correction: Motion was made by Carol Searing, seconded by Ed Kramer to hire IMED to fix the lift on the senior bus for an estimated cost of $2150. Motion passed.

6th paragraph of 2nd page reads, “A motion by Halliday and seconded by Kramer to table the October 28, 2014 Town Board meeting minutes. Discussion. Proof the amendments to make sure they are as the Board corrected. Vote. All ayes. Motion carried.” Correction: Millerbernd seconded the motion. Judy Hanna requested that she would like time for Pam Olson to proof the minutes.

1st paragraph of 3rd page reads, “Discussion on a new stove and kitchen flooring. A motion by Kramer and seconded by Searing to approve up to $6,500 for a new stove and kitchen flooring. Discussion. The money is from the account the Senior Center Board had when it was dissolved. The flooring would be done first. The stove would be ordered when the floor is finished. Volunteers are needed. Halliday would like the materials for the floor and the stove be ordered this year. Vote. All ayes. Motion carried.” Correction: Motion made by Searing, seconded by Kramer to approve up to $7,000 for a new stove and floor for the Senior Center kitchen. $5,500 of the money was given to the Township by the dissolved Senior Advisory Board.

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November 25th
1st paragraph of 2nd page Correction: Tony Sipe resigned, not retired. Omitted: Darryl informed the Board that Relief Association has decided not to do the 2015 Linwood calendar. The Town Board decided that it’s too late to try to do a Township calendar. Citizens can find a printable calendar on the township website. Website is getting an average of 6,473 hits per month. The calendar has already had 820 hits for the month of November.

7th paragraph of 2nd page states, “A motion by Millerbernd and seconded by Kramer to renew and continue the PERA agreement with the Clerk, Judy Hanna for 20 hours a week. Discussion. This agreement is needed as long as Judy remains the Clerk. Vote. All ayes. Motion carried.” Correction: This should have stated, “A motion by Millerbernd and seconded by Kramer to renew the PERA agreement with the Clerk, Judy Hanna for up to a maximum of 20 hours per week. Discussion. Vote. All ayes. Motion carried.” ______________________________________________________________________________

December 9th
The agenda doesn’t state anything having to do with PERA agreement, but the second paragraph of the minute’s state, “A motion by Halliday and seconded by Millerbernd to approve the agenda with the request from PERA be added…” And then, in the second to the last paragraph, there is a motion “Kramer and seconded by Halliday to approve the Clerks time not to exceed 1020 hours a year allowing her to collect her PERA pension.” Correction: Delete these references. The Phased Retirement Option was approved at the November 25th meeting. I don’t have any records that this was discussed at the December 9th meeting.

3rd paragraph on the 1st page Addition: Include in the discussion that the Town Board is not in favor of two precincts.

6th paragraph on 2nd page Correction: the motion to pay the bills was seconded by Kramer, not Searing.

December 23rd
4th paragraph of the 1st page, the 4th sentence reads, “A resolution needs Four more signs are needed.” Correction: “Four more Minimum Maintenance Road signs are needed.”

5th paragraph on the 2nd page reads, “Supervisor Kramer stated the newsletter should have issue dates. Then next one is due for February. Winter-Spring, Summer, and Fall (every three months). Putting in a three month calendar included with the newsletter. Articles are needed.” Correction: The board decided to have the newsletter go out in February, May, August and November. Addition: The articles were needed by January 5, 2015.

8th paragraph on 2nd page reads, “Discussion on 2016 budget meetings date. A motion by and seconded by to set 2016 budget work shop meeting January 21 and February 4 all starting at 7:00pm.” Correction: Motion was made by Millerbernd and seconded by Halliday. Correction: Motion was to start meetings at 6:00 pm.

January 13th
4th paragraph reads, “Discussion on the State Statue regarding the Deputy Treasure being the alternate signature on the Township checks. The signature bank card allows for four signatures. The Township checks require three signatures. A motion by and seconded by to direct the Treasure, Deputy Treasure, Chairman Osterhus and Clerk Judy Hanna to be authorized to sign the bank card and to be the signers on Township checks. Discussion on the Deputy Treasure signing for the Chairman or the Clerk. Judy stated the Treasure has had that authority for years. She will check with the Wyoming Bank and the Association of Townships. Both Vice Chairman Halliday and Deputy Clerk Mike Parker would need to be added. Vote. All ayes. Motion carried.”

Corrections: Discussion on the State Statute regarding the Deputy Treasurer being the alternate signature on the Township checks. The bank signature bank card allows for four signatures. The Township checks require three signatures. A motion by Halliday and seconded by Millerbernd to direct the Treasurer, Deputy Treasurer, Chairman Osterhus and Clerk Judy Hanna to be authorized to sign the bank card and to be the signers on Township checks. Discussion on the Deputy Treasurer signing for the Chairman or the Clerk. Judy stated the Deputy Treasurer has had that authority for years. She Judy will check with the Wyoming Bank and the Association of Townships. Both Vice Chairman Halliday and Deputy Clerk Mike Parker would need to be added. Vote. All ayes. Motion carried.

6th paragraph, Who seconded the motion to direct Scott to contact both companies for a contract for their services?

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Haven’t received the January 27th, February 10th, February 24th or March 10th minutes.



Pet Clinic - April 11th, 2:00 - 4:00 PM, 2217 Typo Creek Dr. NE. 
For information, search, " pet clinic"    ​

Linwood Township clean up day - April 25th. 

For more information www.linwoodtownship.org

Reminder, Board of Appeals and Equalization
The Town Board is the Board of Appeal and Equalization. It is the duty of the Town Board to hear appeals on whether properties are properly valued by the Assessor. Citizens can appeal their assessed property value and attempt to show cause why their property value should be changed in front of the Town Board on April 28 at 5:30 PM in the Linwood Town Hall.

Please be careful driving. Watch for road crew and slow down please.             
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​Annual Meeting, March 10, 2015

I would guess that less than 100 citizens attended.

Nominations for Moderator
Mike Parker was elected Moderator.

Auditor Peggy Moeller, CPA Redpath and Company
The final audit for 2014 will be completed in May. The preliminary audit showed no internal control issues and appears to be clean.
The year of 2016 will see a change in accounting policy which will result in smoother and more transparent funding of capital accounts. Rather than transferring funds from operating accounts to capital accounts, as has been done in the past, the capital accounts will be funded from the levy directly.

Minutes
Annual Meeting minutes from March 11, 2014 were approved

Resolution 2015-07
Redefine Building Capital Projects Fund

WHEREAS, the Town has designated all governmental funds as major funds; and

WHEREAS, the current definition of the Building Capital Project Fund reads, “The Building Capital Project Fund accounts for resources to be used for the construction of a new town hall.”; and

WHEREAS, according to Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) 54, committed funds can only be redirected by the government to other purposes as long as the original constraints are removed or modified by the same formal action of the highest level of decision-making authority; and

WHEREAS, only the Electorate, who originally established the Building Capital Project Fund for building a new town hall, has the authority to change the intended purpose of the Fund;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Electorate hereby amends the Building Capital Project Fund to read, “The Building Capital Project Fund accounts for resources to be used for the construction, renovation and/or major repairs to Township-owned buildings.

ADOPTED by the Electorate of the Town of Linwood this 10th day of March, 2015.

There is $128,000 in the building/remodeling fund.

Community Celebrations
$18,000.00 was approved to use for Community Celebrations for 2015. That includes the Easter Party, Linwood Family Fun Day and the Halloween Party.

Budget approved 2016
General Fund  Carol Searing  $459,000
Road and Bridge  Philip Osterhus  $620,000
Fire Department   Ed Kramer $241,000
Fire Capital $53,000
Senior Center  Mike Halliday $82,925
Park and Recreation   Mike Halliday   $71,500
Police   Paul Sommers  $225,000
             Anoka Co Sheriff's Office 
Capital Improvement  Bob Millerbernd  $70,000
Total: 1,822,425

The Town Board proposed for 2016 a Levy of $1,500,000 and it was approved for that amount.

Supervisors’ Comments

​Carol Searing
Many departments make up the general fund; committees, clerk, treasurer, supervisors, elections, office staff wages & benefits; office and town hall supplies and operating costs; auditor, attorney, assessor and animal control fees; cemetery, Linwood Family Fun Day and the Sunrise River Water Management Organization costs. All these funds come out of the levy.
The Building Department, Communications & Recycling are also in the general fund. These accounts don’t use levy money to operate and were the biggest reason the 2014 expenditures exceeded the operating budget because these funds generate revenue. Revenue for Building Department comes from building and zoning permit fees.

Communications expenses include website annual fees and webmaster wages, newsletter printing & postage costs. The revenue for communications comes from cable TV franchise taxes and cell tower revenue, so no tax money is used to pay for these expenses.

Technology
The Township was able to upgrade our technology, making it possible to scan and store all Township documents electronically, because we were able to use funds from the communication and building fund revenue.

Website
The Linwood Township website is updated every Sunday to bring citizens the most current information about what is happening in the Township. A feedback form is provided so citizens can give comments, feedback, ask questions and give suggestions.
According to Gov.Office, our website provider, Linwood Township was recognized as being among the top 10 most improved websites for 2014 out of the 1400 websites they provide nationally. .

Channel 10 Cable Access
20 citizens raised their hand to having cable
3 citizens stated they use channel 10.
The question was asked if citizens use channel 10 because the Township equipment is from the 1980`s and is going to die one of these days. To upgrade will cost between $3,000. and $4,000.

Recycling
Thanks to a great effort from Ed Kramer and a host of volunteers, Anoka County Commissioners gave Linwood Township two awards, one for recycling 170,399 tons of materials, and one for having the most improved drop-off program with a 43% improvement from the previous year.

Bob Millerbernd
Building Study committee will meet March 19th at 6 PM. Everyone is welcome.
Bob also discussed how important it was for the Township to save money for upcoming expenditures like plow trucks and other equipment that is needed.

Mike Halliday
Mike discussed the transportation program. The Linwood bus had 350 runs in 2014 for medical, personnel needs, and activities. Activities are charged at $1.00 per mile.
Linwood Senior Center was rented 17 times last year for various events. This does not include Senior events, Cub/Boy Scouts, etc.
Parks -The $71,000 in the Park fund will be used for maintaining the parks. Upgrading parks will come out of the capital fund.

Ed Kramer
Ed brought up the idea of trying to have one trash hauler in the future to cut down the wear and tear on the roads. This is not something that is going to happen today, but he will look into it for the future. Enough citizens were interested for Ed to continue to investigate this as a possibility.

Supervisors
A big thanks was given to our staff for their dedication and the great jobs they are doing. We have come a long way this last year.

Anoka County Sheriff’s Office
1,435 radio calls
7 burglaries (17 - 2013)
6 assaults
I missed some of the statistics, and I will try to find this information.
The Linwood Deputies are Mike Slavik (FT) and Matthew O'Connor (PT).

Set the next Annual Meeting time - March 8, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Town Board Meeting March 10, 2015

Payment of the bills in the amount of $15,013.80 and the payroll in the amount of $13,2623.10. $5,180.81 was added to the payment of the bills for Grass 1 Ford fire truck to have body work and be painted.


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Town Board Meeting February 24, 2015

Voting Precincts
Cindy Reichert of Anoka County attended our Town Board Meeting to discuss the need to have two voting precincts. Linwood Township is the largest precinct in Anoka County. This would require Linwood Township to have two locations and about 26 Election Judges. We currently have nine
judges. If anyone is interested in becoming an Election judge, call the Town Hall. The questions remain on how to break up the township into two precincts, where to locate the second site and to notify the citizens that would change voting locations. We need to have a decision by the end of the year.

Auditor Peggy Moeller
Peggy Moeller, Linwood Township Auditor, addressed the Town Board regarding the proposed 2016 budget. The Linwood Town Board will ask the Town Meeting to approve a $1.5 million dollar levy. This is the same amount that has been approved for the last number of years.

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Newsletters will be printed, folded and mailed, now that we have the levy number.

Mike Haag Attorney
Resolution 2015-06 to Commit SRWMO Fund Balance
WHEREAS, Linwood Township is included in the Sunrise River Watershed Management Organization (SRWMO) Joint Powers whose collaborative purpose is to manage water resources within Anoka County; and
WHEREAS, the Township is obligated to pay semi-annual payments to the SRWMO for non-operating expenses, administrative costs and other expenses; and
WHEREAS, in an effort to be fiscally responsible by budgeting for Linwood Township’s portion of the upcoming Watershed Plan update; and
WHEREAS, Committed Fund Balances may only be redirected to other purposes if the original constraints are removed or modified by the same formal action of the governing body which committed the funds; and
WHEREAS, the Town Board has the authority to commit fund balances by resolution;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board hereby classifies the SRWMO fund balance as a Committed Fund which limits the use of the funds exclusively for the purpose of paying the Township’s obligation to the SRWMO.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that effective with fiscal year 2015, the SRWMO funds will be maintained as Management Fees in the SRWMO Committed Account within the General Fund. The Town Board will receive annual reports showing receipts and disbursements for the SRWMO Committed Fund Balance.
ADOPTED by the Board of Supervisors of the Town of Linwood this 24th day of February, 2015.
Resolution 2015-07 to Redefine Building Capital Projects Fund will be presented to the Annual Town Meeting on March 10, 2015.


Subordinate Service District
Mike Haag conferred with Bond Attorneys and the Minnesota Association of Townships, and it was determined that the Service District is not appropriate undertaking for the Township because we would need to become a gas Utility and manage the Utility and assume the liability. Therefore, the Town Board decided not to create the Subordinate Service District in the Shadow Ridge Development.   After a lively and heated discussion, Attorney Mike Haag and Ed Kramer will continue to work with the Citizens of Shadow Ridge to explore other options to bring gas into their development.

Fire Department
Mike Halliday was told by the Minnesota Association of Townships that we can move unspent dollars into the Fire Capital Fund.

Annual Meeting Agenda
A draft copy was presented to the Town Board for corrections, additions and comments. After the correction are made, the agenda will be put on the Linwood Township website. www.linwoodtownship.org
Our County Commissioner, State Senator, Representative and the Anoka County Sheriff's Department will be asked to come and speak.

Reminder, Board of Appeals and Equalization
The Town Board is the Board of Appeal and Equalization. It is the duty of the Town Board to hear appeals on whether properties are properly valued by the Assessor. Any citizen can appeal their assessed property value and attempt to show cause why their property value should be changed in front of the Town Board on April 28 at 5:30 PM in the Linwood Town Hall.

Senior Center
A motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Carol Searing to approve a new Senior Center hall rental agreement, Motion carried. Rental amount stays the same at $100.00 plus a damage deposit to be returned if the premises are clean, and no damage is done.
January bus log/financial information for January is available.

Board of Audit
According to Minnesota statute 366.20 Linwood Township must have an annual Board of Audit to audit and settle all charges against the Township. Financial reports, beginning balances, receipts, disbursements, and ending balances for each fund ending 12/31/2014 have been brought to the Board of Audit. A complete and professional audit is completed every year.

Deputy Clerk/Deputy Treasurer
Motions were made and approved to giving both Mike Parker and Jacqueline Carpenter authorization to act on behalf of the Township if needed.

Building Department
A motion was made and approved to allow Mike Jungbauer to attend the MATT 2015 Spring Course.
Motion was made and approved to have Mike Jungbauer work on behalf of the Building Study Committee up to 4 hours per week.

Snow Plow
The old snow plow was sold for $11,500.

Payment of the bills
A motion was made by Ed Kramer and seconded by Bob Millerbernd to pay the February 25, 2015 bills in the amount of $11,685.47 and the payroll in the amount of $15,966.81. Approved.

Town Board Minutes
A motion was made by Bob Millerbernd and seconded by Ed Kramer to approve the minutes from the February 4, 2015 Budget Meeting with the following corrections: Page 2, second paragraph, fourth sentence needs the word food added. The fifth and sixth sentences need to be removed. Approved.
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Highlights of the February 10, 2015 T​​own Board Meeting 

Voting Precincts
Cindy Reichert of Anoka County, will attend our Town Board Meeting On February 24th to discuss breaking up Linwood Townships into two voting precincts.

Mike Haag Attorney
Resolution 2015-02 Clarify Intent of Park Capital Funds
It was the intention of the Town Board in 2014 and 2015 that $5,000/$15,000 from line item Other Equipment - Capital in the Park and Recreation Fund would be transferred into the Capital Projects Improvement Fund to be held for future park projects. That is to accomplish the intended purpose, the Town Board hereby approves the correction to both the 2014 and 2015 budgets showing a decrease in the Park Dedication Fund and an increase in the Capital Projects Improvement Fund in the inclusive amount of $20,000.00. Approved by the Town Board
February 10, 2015
Resolution 2015-03 Setting Park Dedication Fee
The Linwood Town Board set the park land dedication fee for 2015 for residential development (cash in lieu of conveyance or dedication of land) at $2,000.00 per developed lot or unit of land. Approved by the Town Board February 10, 2015
Resolution 2015 04 - Resolution permitting Snowmobiles trails
The Kiwi Snowmobile club has requested permission to establish a snowmobile trail in Linwood Township on town roads. Approved by the Town Board February 10, 2015
Resolution 2015-05 Stacy Lion Club
The Linwood Fire Department has requested that the Stacy Lions Club be allowed to sell non-intoxicating malt liquor at the Fire Department's Dance September 2015. Approved by the Town Board February 10, 2015

Subordinate Service District
A lively discussion about whether or not to provide up-front funding for a natural gas pipeline serving the Shadow Ridge development was held. A number of Shadow Ridge residents were in attendance. The Township Attorney made it clear that there are two separate issues. One; the decision to create a Subordinant Service District, which, according to state law, has to be made by thirty days after the January 28 public hearing. The Town Board plans to address this issue at the February 24 meeting. Two; if and how to fund the project. A number of Town Board members are exploring various alternatives for consideration.

January 2015 Building Permit Report
​​The January building report is available. 2 furnace replacements, 1 addition, 1 basement finished, 3 fireplaces, 1 water heater and 1 new home.

Fire Department - Chief Darryl Ballman​​
Total Runs 16 - 13 medical, 3 fire ​ for January 2015
ACFPC(Anoka County Fire Protection Counsel) meeting was held and their 2015 budget was approved.
Grass I Ford 3500 is in for refurbishing/paint at Freeway Collision. Grass II will go in as soon as Grass I is completed.
ACTA Class 5 is graduating tonight Kyle Cold and Justin Hansen. Both have completed the Academy.

Planning and Zoning
The February 17 meeting (7 pm) will address a number of issues including the accessory building ordinance, temporary storage buildings, septic systems and building permit fees. ,

Road and Bridge
The Road and Bridge Meeting for January was canceled.

Senior Center
The Senior Center Committee will meet Monday, February 16, 8:30 AM in the Senior Center. Discussion regarding Hinckley Casino trips. All pleasure trips are $1.00 per mile.

Park Board
Vests are being purchased for volunteers for the Parks and School Forest.
Winter Fun Day didn't have as many people as in previous years.

Building Study Committee
Meeting on Thursday, February 19th at 6:00PM 

Treasurer Carrie Luedtke
A motion by Mike Halliday and seconded by Bob Millerbernd for Carrie Luedtke to be an authorized representative for payroll direct deposit. Approved

Payment of the bills
The February 10, 2015 bills in the amount of $206,659.76. Planning and Zoning 2014 payroll $1,684.74. Fire Department fourth quarter payroll $10,251.75 Regular payroll pay date 1-30-2015 in the amount of $12,247.79.

Notary for the Deputy Clerk-Mike Parker - The Town Board denied the request to make the Deputy Clerk a notary. The Township already has three notaries.

The Town Board approved the Clerk, Accounting Secretary, Treasurer and any Town Board Supervisor that could go to attend the MATT 2015 Spring Short Courses.

MN Township Group Life Plan and Beneficiary was again approved for the Elected Officials.

Town Board Minutes
Minutes from December 9,2014, December 23, 2015 and January 13, 2015 (two corrections) were approved,

The Linwood Town Hall will be closed on Monday, February 16, for the President's Day Holiday.               

Highlights of the January 27, 2015 T​​own Board Meeting

Voting Precincts
Cindy Reichert of Anoka County was unable to attend this Town Board Meeting and has rescheduled for February 4th. She will be addressing the Town Board Meeting to discuss breaking the Township into two precincts.

Fire Department Chief Darryl Ballman​​
Runs: Total 13
Medical 9 and Fire 4
The Town Board approved a contract with Embedded Services to keep the Township sirens in working order.
Anoka County Fire Protection Counsel Will Meet Thursday. Phil Osterhus and Ed Kramer will represent the Town Board.
The Fire Station well and pump have been inspected, and the tank bladder has been replaced.
​Fire Department has finished their 2016 proposed budget, and it will be reviewed by the Town Board at the February 4th Budget Meeting.
Burning permits are now required because of the lack of snow.

Mike Haag Attorney
Resolution 2015-01: The Town Board has the authority to amend the approved budget when events occur that necessitate amending the budget plan. The Town Board voted to purchase a new plow truck in the amount of $188,000.00, to be paid from capital and reserve funds.
A new contract with Crown Castle for the cell tower was approved by the Town Board.

Land Use request 
Bob Ridge and Barbara Rice to purchase 11 acres from Ron Ridge. No public hearing was required. Approve by the Town Board.

Supervisor Kramer
Planning and Zoning - Mike Youngbauer was appointed to be the Planning and Zoning Administrator. He will be doing all the legal notices, meeting minutes, agendas and research for Planning and Zoning.

​​R​eorganizational Meeting:
Town Board Chair - Philip Osterhus
Town Board V​​​ice-Chair - Mike Halliday
Official Newspaper - The Forest Lake Times (copies of the Forest Lake Times can be pick up at the Town Hall, Dolphy's or the County Store.)
Official Posting Places - Dolphy's, Country Store, Town Hall and Linwood Township's website.
Designated Bank - First State Bank of Wyoming
Federal Mileage for 2015 is $.575/mile. Town Board approved $.55/mile.

Township Services:
Attorney - Mike Haag
Auditor - decision tabled
Building Official - Mike Youngbauer
Engineer - Hakason Anderson
Health Authority​​​ - decision tabled
Road Foreman - Frank Kvidera
Tree/Weed Inspector - Mike Youngbauer

License Fees:
Dog License Annual Fee $ 2.00
Kennel License Annual Fee 25.00
Sign Permit Application 25.00
Sign Permit Annual Fee 25.00
Building Permit 1997 UBC code chart
Mobile Home Permit 100.00
Temporary Habitation Permit-annual fee 60.00

Service Fees:
Assessment Search 10.00
Bad Check Fee 35.00
Faxes (send or receive, per page) 2.00
Notary Fee (residents no charge) 2.00
Photocopies per side .25
Town Codebook 75.00
Township Maps 1.00 to 10.00
Senior Center Hall Rental 100.00
Senior Center Hall Damage Deposit 200.00

Planning and Zoning Fees - Tabled until reviewed by Planning and Zoning

Supervisor (s) to oversee Township C​​​​ommittees:
Building Maintence - Bob Millerbernd
Building Study Committee - Bob millerbernd
Channel 10 - Carol Searing
​Fire Department - Philip Osterhus, backup Ed Kramer
Insurance - Mike Halliday
I.T. - Phil Osterhus
Newsletter - Carol Searing
Personnel - Philip Osterhus & Mike Halliday
Police - Philip Osterhus
Recyling - Ed Kramer,
Road and Bridge - Philip Osterhus, backup Ed Kramer​​​​​​
​Safety - Philip Osterhus
Senior Center - Mike Halliday
School Forest - Bob Millerbernd
Sunrise River Watershed Management Organization - Bob Millerbernd
Website - Carol Searing​​​

​​​Town Board Minutes
December 9, December 23 and January 13 Town Board Meeting Minutes were tabled to give the supervisors a chance to review the minutes.

Payment of the bills
The Town Board approved the payment of the January 27, 2014 bills in the amount of $72,009.64 and the payroll in the amount of $14,322.50.

​​January 13, 2015
Swearing in of the new Township Officers
Mike Halliday - Town Board Supervisor
Robert Millerbernd - Town Board Supervisor
Carrie Luedtke - Treasurer
Jacquelyn Carpenter - Deputy Treasurer

Highlights of the January 13, 2015 T​​own Board Meeting

Attorney Mike Haag 
HR Committee met January 13th. The Linwood Codebook and the Employee Manual will be updated this coming year. 

Fire Department Chief Darryl Ballman​​
Total Runs 15
JPA-ACFPC - Joint Powers Agreement for Anoka County Fire Departments was adopted. Phil Osterhus was picked to be the Town Board voting official and Ed Kramer will be the backup.
Andy Leudtke introduced the 5 new Fire Department Candidates to the Town Board last night.
No burning permits are required right now. What triggers whether a burning permit is needed or not is snow. If there is a minimum of 3 inches of snow, no burning permit is required. 
The Fire Department Budget for 2016 will be ready by January 26th.
​Sirens 1 and 2 are not working at this time. We need to sign a contract with Embedded to service our sirens. 
General Safety has volunteered to paint our old fire truck when it is restored.

Road and Bridge 
Meeting Minutes for January are available.
A motion was made by Mike Halliday and seconded by Ed Kramer to Approve the final payment for the 2013 street maintenance project in the amount of $22,917.98.

Senior Center
November and December 2014 bus logs are available.
Senior Committee will meet Wednesday, January 21st at 8:30 AM.

Building Report 
December was a quiet month for building permits - 1 roof, 2 furnaces and 3 sets of windows. 

Park Board
Meeting minutes for December are available. 

Sunrise Watershed
January meeting minutes are available. http://www.srwmo.org/
​Linwood's portion of the Sunrise Watershed proposed 2016 budget is $13,832.00 
The carp barriers will be finished in 2015 for Martin Lake.

Website/Newsletter
Supervisor Searing asked the other Town Board Supervisors to please update her on their committees to keep the Linwood Township website as accurate as possible.
We are going to put all the committee meeting minutes on the website starting with January 2015 minutes as soon as they are approved and we can get them.
A newsletter is scheduled to come out early March before the Annual Meeting

A motion by Ed Kramer and seconded by Mike Holliday to approve the end of Tony DeChaine's probationary period.

Annual Meeting - March 10th - 7PM

Voting Precincts
The Town Board was asked to divide the Township into two voting precincts. The idea was rejected in favor of another voting machine and reorganization of the space. We have been informed by the county that only one voting machine per precinct is allowed. Cindy Reichert of Anoka County will be at the Town Board Meeting on the 27th to address the Board.

Wyoming United Methodist Church
has a new organization called "Care Crew North". Its goals are to serve those in the community who are either physically or financially unable to take care of their needs. They can help with small home projects or rides or refer them to reputable businesses or organizations that can help. This service is available to Wyoming, Linwood, Stacy and Columbus. Call 651-462-4890 for more information. Volunteers are welcome.

Town Board Meeting minutes were tabled until January 27, 2015

Payment of the bills
The Town Board approved the payment of the January 13, 2015 bills in the amount of $92,682.62, and payroll in the amount of $12,862.80.

Board of Appeals and Equalization Meeting
will be held Tuesday, April 28, 5:30 PM. The Board of Appeals and Equalization has the authority to change the valuation or classification of a property for the current assessment year. Taxes or prior year assessments are not within the jurisdiction of the board. 

Budget Meetings
are ​
planned for January 21 & February 4, 2015, both at 6:00 p.m. The public is welcome at these meetings.  
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​​Highlights of the December 23, 2014 T​​own Board Meeting 

Guest Presenter 
Karen Skepper Anoka County Housing and Development Agency. Karen discussed a number of sources of County HRA and Economic Development money that might be available for Linwood Township to access. 

Attorney Mike Haag
Resolution 2014-20 designating a minimum maintenance road. 205th Ave which currently is a minimum maintenance road in the southern part of the township. An annual resolution is needed to keep this a minimum maintenance road. 
Resolution 2014 - 22 Linwood Township is authorized to accept and maintain donations in accordance with Minnesota Statutes Section 465.03. 4th quarter donations.
Resolution 2014-23  Resolution declaring need for the Anoka County Housing and Redevelopment Authority to exercise its economic development powers in Linwood.
Resolution 2014-24  Resolution to apply for a Community Development Grant for Senior Center kitchen renovation.
Resolution 2014-25  Resolution to apply for a Community Development Grant for Handicap accessible van.
Resolution 2014-26  Resolution to apply for a Community Development Grant for Senior Center renovation to replace the roof, windows, exterior of the building,; replace doors with handicap accessible doors. main hall flooring, lights and drop ceiling; and improve acoustics.
Resolution 2014-27   Resolution supporting the development of the East Anoka regional trail.
Cell Tower Lease Negotiations - Tabled until January 27, 2015.

Fire Department - Chief Darryl Ballman​​
Total Runs 9 - 9 medical, No fire
JPA-ACFPC - Joint Powers Agreement for Anoka County Fire Departments was adopted by the Town Board.
21 of the 22 cities have already adopted this agreement.
Hiring Committee has selected 5 Candidates to join the Linwood Fire Department. They have passed their interviews, medical exams and background checks. Approved by the Town Board. Bringing the roster to 32, 1 on leave.
Three bids to fix the fire station doors. Tabled until January 2015
Budget Meetings planned for January 21 & February 4, 2015, both at 6:00 p.m. The public is welcome at these meetings. 

Road and Bridge 
The Town Board approved the purchase of a new snow plow. We are spending more than the old one is worth to keep it running each month.

Payment of the bills
The Town Board approved the payment of the December 23, 2014 bills in the amount of $30,194.83, and payroll in the amount of $11,597.41.

Building Security 
​Will be tightened up, and new keys and key cards will be issued in the near future.

Pet Clinic dates 
April 11, 2015, May 16, 2015, and June 13,2015.

Highlights of the December 9, 2014 T​​own Board Meeting

Attorney Mike Haag
John Zacher gave an update on the effort to have natural gas brought into the area that includes the Shadow Ridge Development. John has received a written bid from Xcel and has the signatures of enough residents to continue the process. A public Hearing has been scheduled for January 28, 2015, 7:00 PM in the Linwood Senior Center. This affects only the resident in this area, not the entire township.
Developers list - Letters will be sent to the developers owing the Township money. Tabled until the January 27th Town Board Meeting where it will be determined if further action needs to be taken. 
JPA-ACFPC - Joint Powers Agreement for Anoka County Fire Departments - The Town Board will ask Janet Power to speak at the December 23rd meeting to answer some questions. The Town Board needs to be sure we as a Township should enter into this kind of agreement. 

Township Election Precinct
Discussion on whether or not Linwood Township should be divided into two precincts. The Town Board is not in favor of two precincts. In the next election, additional voting machines will be used to see if that will ease the congestion. 

Fire Department - Chief Darryl Ballman​​
Total Runs 7 - 4 medical, 3 fire ​ 
Hiring Committee has selected 5 Candidates to continue with the hiring process. They have passed their medical exams and are waiting for background checks to be completed.
The Fire Department has three bids to fix the fire station doors.

2015 Holiday Schedule
The Town Board removed Columbus Day and added Christmas Eve Day.

Minutes
October 28, 2014 Minutes - Approved
November 11, 2014 Minutes - Approved with corrections.
November 25, 2014 Minutes - Approved with corrections. 

Hennepin Technical College
Approved the annual agreement. Hennepin Technical College provides the mandatory OSHA training for staff.

Road and Bridge 
December minutes are completed and available.

Payment of the bills ​
The Town Board approved the payment of the December 9, 2014 bills in the amount of $56,999.80 and the payroll in the amount of $14,150.03. 

​​Highlights of the November 25, 2014 T​​own Board Meeting

Attorney Mike Haag
Amendment No. 1 - Connectivity Service Agreement - Broadband services - This amendment is to modify our agreement with Anoka County to change the level of service and save the Township $150.00 per month. We currently don't use this service. Mike Halliday/Carol Searing
Resolution 2014-21- requesting Anoka County Housing and Redevelopment Authority Funds for a wheelchair lift repair to 2005 Linwood Senior Traveler. 
Developers list - The Town Board was given a list of developers owing the Township money. Tabled until the December 9th meeting so Supervisors have time to review this document.

Fire Department - Chief Darryl Ballman​​
Jump suits - Jump suits will be purchased for the Linwood Fire Department's Medical Personnel, to keep in their vehicles, to use when responding to medical runs. Often medical personnel respond from home, work or other events and its important that they have some gear that identifies them as Linwood Fire Personnel. Motion made by Ed Kramer and seconded by Carol Searing. Approved 
Oxford Township - No new update on the agreement with Oxford Township to partner with Linwood, Lent, Stacy and Isanti. 
5 candidates have been chosen to begin the hiring process.
Tony Sipe has turned in his letter of resignation effective January 1st.
Jeff Willcocks has turned in his letter of resignation to retire December 1st.
JPA-ACFPC - The fire departments within Anoka County are looking to form a joint powers organization to
facilitate the purchase of a CAD Mobile system and records management system for fire departments  
across Anoka County. The joint powers organization will also allow for the counties fire  
departments to operate as one department for the purpose of seeking federal grant dollars and will  
allow entities outside Anoka County to participate in the Anoka County Fire Academy. More information should be available in December.
DOLF/CAD - work in progress. 3 notebooks and a docking station are needed. This is a contract with Anoka County.
Breakfast with Santa, December 6th

Planning and Zoning
Application 2014-11 - Variance and Interim Use Permit request from Gerald Tauer to allow horses on less than 9 acres. Motion made by Mike Halliday and seconded by Ed Kramer. Approved
Application 2014-12 - Variance request from Brian and Sherry Langlois to build a pole barn exceeding township code. Motion made by Mike Halliday and seconded by Carol Searing. Approved

Road and Bridge
Supervisor Ed Kramer will research a new snow plow. Truck number 3 is falling apart and dangerous for our driver.

Town Board Minutes
November 11, 2014 minutes were tabled until the next meeting so Supervisors would have a chance to review the minutes.
October 28, 2014 minutes were tabled again until the December 9th meeting so corrections can be made.

Building Department 
​​Mike Jungbauer, Linwood's Building Official, has finished his 90 days probation and is hired full time as of October 28th. Phil Osterhus made a motion to keep Mike Youngbauer, and Ed Kramer seconded the motion. Approved

Park Board
​​Minutes are available. There are some issues with the electrical and lights around the skating rink that
​​need to be resolved.

Payment of the bills
​The Town Board approved the payment of the November 25, 2014 bills in the amount of $19,365.63 and the payroll in the amount of $13,019.19.

Notary
Request to renew and pay for the Senior Coordinator, Dawn Cash, and make Office Staff, Linda Anderson a notary didn't get a motion and failed for now.

2015 Holiday schedule
Tabled until the next meeting to check out the employee manual for days listed.

2014 Christmas Schedule for office staff
The office will be closed on December 25th. If staff want December 24th off, they will need to use a floating holiday. 

Township Website 2015 Calendar
Supervisors were asked to review the calendar to add dates for their committees and send the updates to Carol Searing.

Town Board Meeting
Will be held on December 23rd at 6 PM

Voting Precincts
Discussion on whether or not Linwood Township should be divided into two precincts. The Township is going to investigate the purchasing of another voting machine to ease the congestion.  We have been told our voting turn out exceeds what is considered normal for one precinct. More discussion and information is needed. 

Linwood Family Fun Day report for 2014 is available. Total expenses were $13,675.03

​​Highlights of the November 11, 2014 T​​own Board Meeting

Attorney Mike Haag -Resolution 2014-20 designating a minimum maintenance road. 205th Ave which currently is a minimum maintenance road in the southern part of the township. An annual resolution is needed to keep this a minimum maintenance road. This resolution was tabled until the November 25 to define the ends of the road.
​ Steel In The Air will negotiate a new contract with Crown Castle for a new cell tower lease. The cell tower is located on Typo Creek Drive across from the Town Hall.

Building Department -2014 Monthly Building Permit Record for October -
Deck, 4 Accessory Buildings, Garage furnace, 2 Re-Roofs, Siding/Deck repair, 2 Roofing/Sidings, Sink, Water Heater, Replacement Window, Siding, 2 Roofings, 3 Furnaces, 2 Septic Systems, 2 New Homes, Crown Castle Co-locate/Equipment upgrade(cell tower),3 windows
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Roads - Much discussion on the plowing of our roads. Many emails, feedback forms, calls and a few citizens came to the Town Board Meeting. Not to make excuses, but everything that could have gone wrong did go wrong. I apologize if your road was not plowed in a timely manner. Our current polices will be reviewed and a solution found for big snow storms.

ASTECT - Motion made by Carol Searing, seconded by Ed Kramer to make the final payment of $43,050.00 for crack sealing. Motion passed.

Senior Center -Motion make by Carol Searing, seconded by Ed Kramer to hire IMED to fix the lift on the senior bus for an estimated cost of $2,150. Motion passed.
Motion made by Carol Searing, seconded by Ed Kramer to approve up to $7,000 for a new stove and floor for the Senior Center kitchen. $5,500 of the money was given to the Township by the old Senior Advisory Board. 

Direct Deposit - Pam Olson requested that the Town Board increase the direct deposit amount from $10,000 to 15,000 because we have exceeded the $10,000 on occasions when we have extra staff such as today due to heavy snow. 

Town Board Minutes - Motion was made by Mike Halliday, seconded by Bob Millerbernd to table the October 23rd minutes because Judy Hanna requested that she would like time for Pam Olson to proof her minutes.

Notary - Who should be a notary for the Township was tabled until the November 25th meeting. 

Local Government Officials Meeting Update - Mike Halliday reported on the Meeting held October 30, 2014. Much of the meeting was spent on how to become a Minnesota Heart Safe Community. Training all staff on using the AED device and CPR. We will also consider having classes for the community.
Philip Osterhus was able to purchase road salt from the county by going to this meeting. It has been an issue to find salt for the roads. 

Payment of the bills - The Town Board approved the payment of the November 11, 2014 bills in the amount of $95,198.03 and the payroll in the amount of $16,106,77. Minus a $20.32 expense for pie. Motion by Bob Millerbernd, seconded by Carol Searing.

New Copier Policy -This will be discussed at the November 25th meeting. Can and should we be making copies for the public and at what charge. 

Canvassing Board -The Town Board approved the County Election Totals. Motion made by Ed Kramer, seconded by Bob Millerbernd.

Calendar -The Fire Department has decided not to do the 2015 Linwood calendar. The Town Board decided that it is too late to try to do a township calendar, and citizens can find a Township calendar online at www.linwoodtownship.org. This is a printable calendar.

Fall Newsletterwill come out later this week.

Website is getting an average of 6,473 hits per month. The calendar has already had 820 hits for the month of November.   ​​

​​ ​​​​​​​​​​ ELECTION RESULTS​
Town Supervisor Seat A - Robert Millerbernd - 1274 - 20 write-in ​
Town Supervisor Seat D - Michael Halliday - 1281 - 15 write-in
​Town Treasurer - Vicki Erickson - 717, Carrie Luedtke - 784, 5 - Write-In​
TOWNSHIP QUESTION - YES 845, NO 885
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​​Highlights of the October 28, 2014 T​​own Board Meeting 

Attorney Mike Haag - Discussion on 205th Ave which currently is a minimum maintenance road in the southern part of the township. The Road and Bridge Committee recommended that the Town Board to vacate that road. The Town Board decided not to vacate the road but to review the legal standards, signage and make sure the road is maintained at minimum standards. The KIWI Snowmobile Club will contribute $5,000 to help bring the road back to minimum standards. Hats off to the KIWI Snowmobile Club. This road help keeps many snowmobiles off Highway 22.
Mike Haag gave us a lease assessment evaluation from Steel in the Air to review regarding our cell tower lease. Will discuss at the next meeting. 

Fire Department - Chief Darryl Ballman​​
Total runs 15, Medical 9 and fire 6.
Old engine II is in Duxbury, Minnesota. Chief Ballman has been working with Duxbury to figure out a plan for Ducksbury to keep the engine.
The hiring committee will start interviewing the 7 candidates.
Oxford Township - The agreement with Oxford Township is still pending.
The Fire Department has decided not to do the 2015 Linwood calendar.
The Fire Department will be seeking bids for some new lighting for the fire hall parking lot, building and light pole.
DOLF/CAD program is a work in progress. 3 notebooks and a docking station are needed. This a contract with Anoka County.
The Fire Department thanked Pam Olson for her ongoing help.

Pam Olson - Linwood Township Accounting Secretary - A motion to allow Pam to work up to 40 hours as needed was approved. Carol Searing/Mike Halliday. A second motion to give Pam a raise starting 1/1/2015 was also approved. Mike Halliday/Carol Searing

Planning and Zoning - Application 2014-10 - Renewal for the Interim Use Permit for the cell tower located at 5071 197th was approved. Motion made by Ed Kramer and seconded by Carol Searing.

Road and Bridge - Discussion on 228th Avenue off W. Martin Lake Drive to add catch basins this fall. Tabled until the November 11th Town Board Meeting.   

Payment of the bills in the amount of $72,271.68 and payroll for October 28th in the amount of $14,467.89 were approved, Ed Kramer/Bob Millerberndt. Pam is going to switch from check numbers to claims numbers so the Town Board can double check the numbers on the agenda to make sure the numbers are correct. 

Town Board Minutes - Minutes for September 23, 2014 Town Board meeting were approved with the correction of "Chairmen Osterhus will work with Mike Christian to coordinate Linwood's IT service". Hired TR Sales to set up and maintain the network.

​​ Correcting Past Town Board Minutes - The following corrections were made to past minutes: 
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Add to August 12, 2014 minutes: Meet the Candidate night will be Thursday, October 16 at 7:00pm-9:00pm.

Amend the August 26, 2014 minutes, 1st sentence in the 2nd paragraph to read: A motion by Halliday and seconded by Kramer to add to the agenda discussion from Supervisor Halliday regarding Parks/the maintenance position and accepting the letter of resignation received from Howard Nessel from the Senior Committee.

Amend the August 26, 2014 minutes, 15th paragraph to read: Discussion on the payment of the August 26, 2014 bills in the amount of $75,867.31 and check run #34473 to #34505. Regular payroll pay date 8/15/2014 in the amount of $16,124.21. Direct Deposit #977 through #996 and EFT #977-#999. A motion by Searing and seconded by Halliday to approve the payment of the August 26, 2014 bills in the amount of $75,867.31 and check run #34473 to #34505. Regular payroll pay date 8/15/2014 in the amount of $16,124.21. Direct Deposit #977 through #996 and EFT #997 through #999. Vote. All ayes. Motion carried.

Amend the September 9, 2014 minutes, 12th paragraph to read: A motion by Searing and seconded by Millerbernd to approve the payment of the September 9, 2014 bills in the amount of $31,348.60 and check run #34507 to #34543 and EFT #1017 to #1020. Regular payroll paydate 8/25/14 in the amount of $9,312.29. Direct Deposit #1000 through #1013, check #34506, and EFT #1014 to #1016. Vote. All ayes. Motion carried.

Missing motions from the June 24 and August 26th minutes were:

1. June 24th - Approval of Application 2014-07 for Jake Vadnais, 23944 Jillard Street to build a detached garage closer to the road than the code setback allows. ​​ Motion carried. Carol Searing/ Mike Halliday

2. August 26 - The Town Board gave direction to the Town Treasurer to extended the CD for 2 years at the best rate possible. The Clerk was not able to come up with the exact words so the Town Board make a superceding motion to approve the Town Treasurer to extend the CD at the best rate. Carol Searing/ Bob Millerbernd

Senior Center - New stove, kitchen flooring were tabled until the next meeting.
Estimates on the repair of the 2005 Senior bus lift from Columbus Trucking were extremely high, so other options will be checked out, and this was also tabled. 

Update on Envirotech bill was again tabled until more information can be gathered.

Halloween Party - Mike Haag checked into how to accept donations. We are allowed to accept a free will offering at the party with the proper safe guards for security of the money. This money will be accepted by the Town Board in the upcoming resolution of donated monies. 

Walmart receipt - October 14, 2014, Carol Searing volunteered to track down a missing Walmart receipt. The charge was for a $16.97 car phone charger. ​​​

www.forestlaketimes.com/2014/11/05/linwood-supervisors-examine-road/

​​Highlights of the T​​own Board Meeting October 14, 2013

Attorney Mike Haag - ​ Resolution No. 2014 -19 - RECONVEYANCE OF FORFEITED LAND TO THE STATE OF MINNESOTA
The Linwood Town Board approved the reconveyance of Lot 1, Block 2, Paradise Point Unit 4, Anoka County, back to the state. Motion made by Ed Kramer and seconded by Carol Searing. 

Fire Department - Chief Darryl Ballman​​
Total runs 13, Medical 9 and fire 4
Old engine II is in Duxbury, Minnesota. This fire truck might not work for Duxbury because it may have a bad pump, and they are in no position to make a costly repair. Chief Ballman has been working with Duxbury to figure out a plan for Ducksbury to keep the engine.
The Fire Department will be interviewing 9 candidates and can bring on 6 to have 35 Fire Fighters.
Linwood Fire Department Open House was October 9th. Good turn out.
Oxford Township - No news regarding the agreement with Linwood, Lent, Stacy and Isanti.
The Fire Department is working on the 2015 Linwood calendar. ​

Anyone wanting to donate time or money "FWD Restoration Fund" can contact Ken Minske. (651) 341-4119 This is for the restoration of Linwood's first fire truck. 

Senior Committee - Meets October 15th at 8:30 AM

Road and Bridge -The minutes are completed and available. Contact the Town Hall for a copy. 
The Town Board approved a motion to pay a 2014 street project in the amount of $12,053.12. Motion made by Mike Halliday and seconded by Bob Millerbernd.
The Road and Bridge Committee recommended that the Town Board vacate 205th street. Tabled until next meeting. 
228th Avenue off W. Martin Lake Drive to Feather upgrade with ditches 400 feet.  Engineer will evaluate and get the Town Board a report. 
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Building Department - ​​The September building report is available. 3 new homes, 4 residings, 2 windows, 2 furnace replacement, 3 new AC, 5 accessory buildings, 1 ADA ramp, 2 decks, 1 remodel and 1 garage, 3 roofs, addition to a shed, bath remodel and a new bathroom.

Park Board -No September Meeting

Sunrise Watershed District -The carp barrier on the south end of Martin lake is completed. The carp barrier on Fawn Lake Drive should begin this fall. Completion of this project is planned for November 2015.

School Forest Committee - Moonlight Hike, October 24th, 6 pm to 8 pm
Join us Friday night for some fun in the forest. We will have lots of things to explore. Costumes welcome. The hike will start at the Linwood school. 

Recycling - The Town Board approved Ed Kramer to purchase a Kubota tractor for $29,000.00 to use for recycling. Ed received a grant from the Anoka recycling fund to pay for this tractor. Motion made by Mike Halliday and seconded by Bob Millerberndt.

Town Board Minutes - Minutes for September 23, 2014 were tabled until the next meeting so Town Board Supervisors have time to review and make corrections if necessary.

The Town Board approved the payment of the October 14, 2014 bills, with exception of a bill to Envirotech until more information is received, and the payroll for October 14, 2014. Carol Searing volunteered to track down a missing receipt for a Walmart bill.

​​Planning and Zoning -Application 2014-08 Conditional Use Permit (pigeon racing) was denied. The couple asking for the Conditional Use Permit requested to have it dropped. Motion made by Phil Osterhus and seconded by Ed Kramer
Application 2014-09 Renewal for the Interim Use Permit for the cell tower on 22 across form the Country Store was approved. Motion made by Ed Kramer and seconded by Mike Halliday.

Linwood Township mailing will all go thru Kelly Kramer. A request was made to move our mailings to the Forest Lake Post Office.  More information is needed. 

Approval, corrections and or addition from past minutes will be addressed on October 28th Town Board meeting.​​
​​www.http://forestlaketimes.com/2014/10/22/linwood-supervisors-question-procedures/


Highlights of the September 23, 2014 T​​own Board Meeting 

Attorney Mike Haag -The Town Board hired Steel In the Air to negotiate a contract between Linwood Township and Crown Castle regarding a long term contract for the cell tower.

John Zacher gave an update on bringing natural gas to the Shadow Ridge Development. John has received a written response from Xcel. Xcel will pay a portion of the cost. John has the Town Board's permission to move forward on this project to determine the service area boundares and start contacting residents.

Resolution 2014-9- Accepting Donations, has been corrected to 2014-15. A mistake was made, and two resolutions had the same number. 

Fire Department - Linwood Township Fire Department was invited to attend the 9/11 Ceremony in Minneapolis. The Department was honored to attend.

Old engine II is in Duxbury, Minnesota. This an area of the state that desperately needs a fire truck. Chief Ballman will work with Duxbury to figure out a plan for Ducksbury to keep the engine,

The Town Board approved the Fire Department recommendation to bring the the department from 29 Fire Fighters to 35 Fire Fighters.

Booya and Dance were another huge success.

Fire Prevention Week at Linwood School starts October 6, 2014

Linwood Fire Department Open House will be October 9th at the Fire Station.

Anyone wanting to donate time or money "FWD Restoration Fund" can contact Ken Minske. (651) 341-4119  This is for the restoration of Linwood's first fire truck.

For Fire Funnels contact Mike Zacher (612) 532-2099, $60.00 large, $50.00 small. 

2014 Linwood Township Election Judges - The Town Board approved the following judges for the upcoming election. Head Judge Sheila Bien, Asst. Head Judge Doris Wetjen, Judy Hanna, Anita Johnson, Craig Kasl, Eileen Reinke, Ruth Smallidge, Sandra Staub and John Weimer.

Linwood Family Fun Day was a great success, and the Committee has many ideas for the next Linwood Family Fun Day. The committee will begin again in January. They are always looking for more volunteers. Thanks again to all who made it a big success. 

IT Support - There was much discussion about implementing the new laserfiche program. Craptree will be suppling the software, and we have decided to hire TR Computer Sales to network the Township computers and provide our IT support. ​​

Town Board Minutes - The Town Board Minutes were approved for September 9, 2014 with two corrections.

Payment of the bills - The Town Board approved the payment of the September 22, 2014 bills in the amount of $19,720.67 and the payroll in the amount of $13,919.44.

Town Board Supervisor's Road Review will be Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 4:00PM. This is a change in the time.

Road and Bridge Committee will have their fall road review on Saturday, September 27, 8:00 AM.

Benefit Garage Sale for the family of Chris Herring on Saturday, October 4th from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM at the Forest Lake VFW.

​​Highlights of the September 9, 2014 T​​own Board Meeting

Attorney Mike Haag - The maintenance position is closed and we have a candidate to fill the position. More on this later. 

Resolution No. 2014 -16 The 2015 levy was adopted and certified to the Anoka County Auditor in the amount of $1,500,000.00.

Resolution No. 2014-17 The Linwood Town Board proclaims October to be Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Resolution No. 2014-18 The Linwood Town Board proclaims September 17 through the 23 as Constitution Week and asks our citizens to reaffirm the ideals that the framers of the Constitution had in 1787 by vigilantly protecting the freedom guaranteed to us through this guardian of our liberties, remembering that the lost rights may be never regained.

Mike would like to do more research on the Cell Tower Company lease and fees. Tabled until the next Town Board Meeting.

John Zacher gave a brief update on bringing natural gas to the Shadow Ridge Development. He has requested written funding guidelines from Xcel. He is still waiting for a response. 

Fire Department -No report available.​ The booya and the band were great. Thanks for all your hard work!

Senior Committee - The Committee appointed to research the possibility of purchasing a new stove for the Senior Center brought a recommendation to the Town Board. It was referred to the Senior Committee and will come back to the Town Board on October 28, 2014

Road and Bridge -The minutes are completed and available. Contact the Town Hall for a copy.  Fall Road Review will be Saturday, September 27, 2014. 

Building Department - No report available.

Park Board - The Park Board put together a very nice brochure on the parks in Linwood Township. There are 14 parks plus the county parks. If you haven't checked out Boettcher Park and the Fairway Flyerz Disc Park, you should. Brochures are available at the Town Hall.

Sunrise Watershed District -The carp barrier on the south end of Martin lake is still 90% complete and waiting completion of the two sides. The carp barrier on Fawn Lake Drive should begin this fall. Completion of this project is planned for November 2015.

School Forest Committee - will sell the Metro Dining cards at the school for $24.00. This is an annual fund raiser for the school forest.  If you like to eat out, these are a good deal.

Recycling -The recycling effort for Linwood Family Fund Days was a great success. Thanks to all the volunteers. Ed Kramer won the 2014 Linwood Hall of Fame Award for all his hard work in recycling and in the Township. Thanks Ed. A flyer will go out soon to all Citizens regarding the Linwood recycling effort.

Family Fun Day - was a huge success. A big thank you to the Family Fund Day Committee and the many volunteers for their many hours of service. The fireworks were fantastic. A Linwood Family Fun Day Volunteer Party will be held in the Senior Center, September 17, 2014, 5:30 PM. Pot Luck! Bring a dish to share. Drinks are provided. 

Sample State Election Ballot for Anoka County is available in the Town Hall. The Town question to hire or elect a clerk is on the upper right hand corner of the ballot. Yes means hire. No means continue to elect. It is important for all citizens to vote on this issue. 

Town Board Minutes - were approved for August 26, 2014. ​

The Town Board approved the payment of the September 9, 2014 bills in the amount of $29,518.64 and the payroll in the amount of $10,839.32. 

The Anoka County Historical Society will hold a special dinner to celebrate the 90 anniversary of WCCO radio. October 1, 2014. Proceeds from the evening will support the Historical Society and its programs. The evening features WCCO personalities Dave Lee, John Hines, Mike Lynch, Denny Long, Steve Murphy and more. See the Anoka County Historical Society website for more details. http://anokacountyhistory.org/

Open House At the Sheriff's Office Sheriff James Stuart and his staff invite you to an open house at the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office and Tri County Regional Forensic Laboratory on Tuesday, September 16, from 4-7 pm.

In addition, the open house will feature:

• Tours of the Sheriff’s Office and Forensic Laboratories

• Displays of Sheriff’s Office vehicles

• Displays of Sheriff’s Office specialty units: SWAT Team, Dive Team, Crime Scene Unit

• Reserve/Explorer Units and volunteer opportunities

• Chaplain Program

• Free fingerprinting of children

Further information available at http://www.anokacounty.us/432/Sheriffs-Office

​​Highlights of the August 26, 2014 T​​own Board Meeting 

Sunrise Watershed District -The carp barrier is 90% complete at the south end of Martin Lake. Bids have been accepted for the other carp barriers and should start this fall.

Attorney Mike Haag - Resolution No. 2014 - Leave Donation Policy was approved.
Resolution No. 2014- According to Minnesota Statute 465.03 - Accepting donations that have come into the township, these donations were primarily for the fire truck renovation and Linwood Family Fun Day.
Mike will start negotiations with the Cell Tower Company for fees paid to the Township.
Additional information was handed out regarding bringing gas to the Shadow Ridge Development. This will be a long term project. See August 12 Town Board update for more information. ​

C​​rabtree Companies - Linwood Township has approved purchasing a program from Cragtree Companies to implement a laserfiche program to make the Township paperless/digital. The Township will upgrade equipment to make this possible. This will take a long time to complete but in the end it will save the Township dollars and make Township files fire proof. 

Fire Department - The Fire Department is gearing up for the Booya and the dance on September 6th. 
Oxford Township had a meeting August 26th to decide whether or not to partner with Linwood, Lent, Stacy and Isanti. No news regarding the outcome. 
The cracks in the Fire Station floor are being fixed under warranty. 
Two of the Firefighters have started the ACTA and one Firefighter will be starting his medical training. People wanting to donate to the restortation of the old fire truck should make a check out to Linwood Township and mark it FWD Restoration Funds.   

Senior Center - May and June bus logs are available. A letter of resignation was accepted from Howard Nessel to leave the Senior Committee. Thanks Howard for your many years on the Senior Advisory Committee.

Building Department - ​​20 building permits were issued for July. Accessory buildings, new siding, deck, sheds, window replacements, new septic systems, porch, boathouse and garage.

Recycling -CHIPSTAR PTO 8 - Received $3500 from  a grant to purchase a wood chipper to create compost. 

Town Board Minutes - were approved for July 22, 2014 and August 12, 2014. Two corrections were made to the August 12, 2014 minutes.

Annual Meeting minutes - are available in draft form. To be approved at the next Annual Meeting in March.

Website/Channel 10 Coordinator - Job description approved.

The Linwood Town accepted Chris Herring letter of resignation with regret. Chris was an asset to the Township and he will be missed. Thanks Chris for all your hard work. 

Redpath and Company were again chosen to be our 2015 auditors. 

The Town Board approved the payment of the August 26, 2014 bills in the amount of $75,837.31 and the payroll in the amount of $11,144.65.   ​​
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​​Highlights of the August 12, 2014 T​​own Board Meeting

Election News - 327 citizens voted in the primary election. Filing for Office in Linwood has closed for the year 2014. The candidate for Supervisor, seat A is Bob Millerbernd and seat D is Mike Halliday. Candidates for Treasurer are Carrie Luedtke and Vicki Erickson. Meet the Candidate Meeting will be tentatively scheduled for October 23rd at the Senior Center 7 PM.

Sunrise Watershed District - The first carp barrier will be installed at the south end of Martin Lake starting tomorrow. 

Natural Gas to Shadow Ridge - A Shadow Resident asked for the Town Board's approval to petition residents to bring natural gas to that area of the township. The Town Board referred this matter to attorney Mike Haag. The resident and Mike will determine what needs to be done next. 50% of the homes in Shadow ridge area need to be on board for this to move forward. This is one of the few areas in the township that doesn't have natural gas. 

Attorney Mike Haag
Resolution 2014-13 Leave Donation policy - This leave policy was sent back to the lawyer for some corrections and will be brought back to the Town Board on August 26, 2014. This is a policy for employees to donate their time off to another employee in need.

A one time motion was passed allowing a terminating employee to donate their unused sick time to another employee.

Resolution 2014-14 Allowing the Stacy Lions Club to serve non-intoxicating malt liquor at Linwood Family Fun Day has been approved.

Linda Anderson - Was approved to be on the Senior Committee.

Mike Youngbauer - Septic System Notice to Linwood Residents - Since 2007, MN Rules Chapter 7080 has required an assessment of every septic tank every three years, at minimum. Every home in Linwood Township will be required to have an assessment. Contact the building department for further information. 

The Town Board Minutes July 22, 2014 were not available and will be approved on August 26, 2014.

Linwood Newsletter - Forest Lake Printers was the lowest bid and has been chosen to print our newsletter. Kelly Kramer is our new editor. The newsletter should go to the printers tomorrow and will be mailed out to every home in Linwood. 
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Linwood Website - Very good news - The citizens are visiting the Linwood website on a regular basis. Since July 11th there were 8,820 hits on the site. www.linwoodtownship.org   Did you know you can ask a questions and leave feedback in the feedback forum? Your questions will be answered as soon as possible and your feedback is welcomed. 

Payment of the August 12 bills in the amount of $23,663.97 and the regular payroll for August 1 , 2014.

Linwood Township received Township aid from the Minnesota Department of Revenue in the amount of $411.00. We will receive two installments.

A township resident came before the Town Board again requesting a copy of the 2014 Annual Meeting minutes. She has been requesting the information from the Town Clerk repeatedly since June 5. Philip's response to her was "We're working on it." More information about this issue can be found in my report of the July 22 Town Board meeting.

C​​rabtree Companies - Linwood Township is considering going paperless/digital.  Crabtree has given the Township a proposal which will be discussed on August 26, 2014.

​​Highlights of the July 22, 2014 T​​own Board Meeting

Kevin Tramm - The Linwood Township Building Inspector has resigned as of August 8, 2014.  He will be missed in the Township.

Mike Jungbauer - was hired as the new Linwood Township Building Inspector.  He is very qualified to do the job.  Mike will start training with Kevin next week.  ​​

Fire Department - No new update on the agreement with Oxford Township to partner with Linwood, Lent, Stacy and Isanti.

Anyone wanting to make a donation to restore Linwood's first fire truck can send a donation to the Town Hall and mark the donation, "FWD Restoration Fund"​.

Kelly Kramer - Website Coordinator presented the new Linwood Township website  to the Town Board and answered questions.  www.linwoodtownship.org  Kelly was asked  by the Town Board to take on the Linwood newsletter and she has agreed.  ​​

Primary Election will be held on August 12, 2014.  A sample ball​​ot is available in the Town Hall.  The Town Board meeting scheduled for that evening will begin at 8:15 PM after the election hours have closed. 

Mike Haag - No report from Mike as he is on vacation.​​

Deputy Clerk Mike Parker - will be taking on the Clerk duties from July 31 - August 8. 

Treasurer and Supervisors Positions - Filing for either the Treasurer position or Supervisor A or D will be open July 29th​​ and close August 12th at 4:00 PM. These are four year terms.  You must make an appointment to file for office.  Call Pam at Town Hall 651-462-2812.  ​More information is available on the Linwood Township website.  www.linwoodtownship.org

Kramer Mechanical was awarded the bid on a new air conditioner for the Town Hall.​​

The Minnesota Association of Townships has requested a door prize for their Educational Meeting Conference and Annual Meeting in November,  This request was tabled until August 26th.

Approved Pay Estimate #1 for 2014 to Knife River Corporation for street maintenance in the amount of $204,447.46.

Approved the Town Board Meeting minutes for July 8, 2014 with minor corrections.

Approved the payment of the bills for July 22, 2014 in the amount of $303,906.33 and for the July 17, 2014 in the amount of $16,516.01.  ​​

A Township resident - approximately 6 weeks ago requested the 2014 Annual Meeting minutes from the Clerk through the Data Practices Act. According to the Linwood Township's Data Practices Act Policy ​​any request for data must be in writing on the form provided by the Township. If a data request can't be filled in 14 days, the Township will notify the person in writing and inform the person of approximately the amount of time it will take to complete the request. The resident used the correct form.  According to the Clerk, the date was incorrect, so she claimed that she thought the request was a joke. Minnesota law requires that the minutes of the Annual Meeting must be written and available in unapproved form to the public after the Annual Meeting.  

The Township resident then cited the Open Meeting law, which states according to the Manual On Town Government, written by the Minnesota association of Townships, that if someone requests minutes that have not been approved, the copies should clearly state that they are unapproved and subject to change. The law also states that the journal of minutes (minute book) must be open to the public during normal business hours where records are kept. The Clerk stated that we have no book of minutes, and she posts minutes on the Township website instead. So, I wonder, why aren't the 2014 Annual Meeting minutes on the website? The Clerk responded to the resident, "Why don't you act like an adult?" Chairmen Osterhus sent the issue to our Town Attorney for clarification. ​​​​
www.http://forestlaketimes.com/2014/08/06/jungbauer-is-new-building-inspector/

Highlights of the July 8, 2014 T​​own Board Meeting

Anoka County -
The Town Board approved the 2015 Sheriff's contract in the amount of $221,116.​​00.

Attorney Mike Haag​​ -  Anoka County and Linwood Township entered into a license agreement to use county right of way to install, maintain and repair the carp barriers and guardrails.  There will be a carp barrier between Martin Lake and Typo lake on Fawn Lake Drive and another on Typo Creek Drive.

Resolution No. 2014-12 Township Policy on Background Checks of Employees and Volunteers was approved by the Town Board.  Copies available in the Town Hall.

Animal Control - ​Starting August 1, 2014 Linwood Township will contract with Tammy Gimpl, Gratitude Farms, to take care of the Township's animal control. Cats are not part of this contract.

Building Department - ​​The June building report is available. 1 new home, 2 residings,1 new roof, 1 furnace replacement, 1 new AC, 2 accessory buildings, 2 decks, 1 screened porch and 1 garage.

Fire Department - Chief Darryl Ballman​​
1. 
22 calls in June, 14 medical and 8 fire.​
2.  Fire Sirens are all in good working order.​ ​
3.  Oxford Township is interested in a partnership with Linwood, Lent, Stacy and Isanti. The Fire Department 
     is still working on an agreement.
​​4.  Three of our Fire Fighters are getting ready to start their training at the Academy. (ACTA)
5.  The Fire Department is looking at applications to possibly hire three more Fire Fighters.​​​​
6.  Ken Minske and Bill Durheim addressed the Town Board on the rare opportunity to purchase back Linwood's
​     very first Fire Truck. We bought the truck in the mid 50's from Minneapolis and it was in use in Linwood until
​     1974 or 1975. Currently it is owned by a private party who is willing to sell the truck back to the Township.
​     There were several of the Reserve Fire Fighters in the audience to support this effort,  some that used that   
​      truck. The purposed plan was for the Township to purchase the truck, and the Reserve Members will raise
​      funds to restore the truck and do the labor. What a piece of Linwood history! The Town Board approved the ​      purchase of the ​truck for $9,800.00.
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Senior Center - The Senior Committee minutes are available.​​​
 An estimate is needed for the repair of the partitions in the Senior Center.
Melvin Pfaffendorf resigned from the Senior Committee.  Melvin has served many years on the Senior Advisory Board.  Thanks Mel.

Road and Bridge - ​​Culvert is rusted out on East Typo Creek Drive, near the north end.  The culvert will need to be replaced. Bob Beckman will replace the culvert.
205th - Large washout.  Bob Beckman will work on fixing the washout.
240th and West Fawn Lake Drive - Two culverts need to be cleaned.
June minutes are available.

Sunrise Watershed ​​​- The carp barrier on the south end of Martin Lake has been delayed by high, fast water through the culverts.  New bids are needed for the other 3 barriers.

Township Election Judges for the 2014​​ Elections
Head Judge Sheila Bien
Asst. Head Judge Doris Wetjen
Judy Hanna
Anita Johnson
Craig Kasl
Jan McDonugh
Eileen Reinke
Ruth Smallidge
Sandra Staub
John Weimer
Brenda Willard

Recycling - $850.00 was approved to put electric service into the new Recycling Center.​​  The money will come out of the recycling funds.​  New Signs will be made for the Recycling area.

Payment of the July 8,2014 bills and July 3, 2014 payroll​​ were approved.

Town Board Meeting minutes for June 24, 2014 were approved with two corrections.​​

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Highlights of the June 24, 2014 T​​own Board Meeting

Annual Insurance review - ​​The Town Board reviewed and approved the annual insurance quote. No major changes.  ​
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Planning and Zoning -Application for a variance 2014-07 to build a detached garage closer to the road than the code setback allows was approved. ​​

Website - Job description for the Website/Channel Coordinator was sent to the HR Committee for review.

Recycling-  Linwood Township received two awards, one for an increase of 27 tons over last year (43% increase) and the second award was for the most improved recycling drop off center.  ​​​

2014 Street Crack Sealing Project -​​  Astech Corp was approved.  They were the lowest bidder.

Class 5 gravel - Dresel was awarded the contract to lay the class 5 gravel.  They were the lowest bidder.

Absentee Ballot Update - Anyone can vote an absentee ballot for any reason or no reason.
​​​Absentee ballots are available online, by mail or in person at Linwood Town Hall or the Anoka County Government Center.
Absentee voting for the Primary Election: June 27 – August 11
Absentee voting for the General Election: September 19 – November 3
In-person absentee voting is available M-F during normal business hours 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM and on the Saturday prior to the election (August 9) from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Pam Olson and Sheila Bien will cover the absentee voting​.


Annual Town Board road review - 9/30/2014

Town Board Meeting Minutes for June 10, 2014 were approved with two corrections. 

Discussion on adding the Town Board agenda to the Linwood Township website was discussed.  It didn't  come to a vote.  The Chairmen of the Board, Philip Osterhus and Clerk, Judy Hanna  thought it was not acceptable to put the agenda on the website because agendas may have corrections and additions made at meeting time.  I failed to get agenda's added to the website so citizens would be aware of what would be discussed.

Animal Control update - Linwood Township has no Animal Control person as of July 1, 2014. We have not been able to find another Animal Control Person, so until that happens, citizens will need to call the sheriff's office.

Payment of the bills for June 24, 2014 bills and the payroll were approved. 
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Highlights of the June 10, 2014 T​​own Board Meeting

Adopted a Park -Linwood Township is looking for volunteers to adopt a park.​​ You can contact  Mike Pederson,  Park and Rec Chairperson at  pedex98@hotmail.com if you would like more information.

​​Don Sherper - Minnesota Association of Townships

1.​  Would remove the word “navigable” from the Clean Water Act (CWA) and allow the Corps of Engineers and  Environmental Protection Agency to regulate all interstate and intrastate waters.
2. Because of the Casselton, ND train wreck talks about how to improve rail safety.
3. The DNR wants to turn 2,000,000 acres of farm field into prairie in western Minnesota.​​​​
4. Minnesota Association of Townships has a new program to pick the township of the year.​​

​​Attorney Mike Haag​​ -
1.  ​Discussion on background checks/drivers license checks - Who should have a check and who should receive the information.  Mike Haag will draft a resolution for the June 24th meeting.  All employees, supervisors and volunteers will be asked to have a background check. 
2.  ​​Property Complaints were discussed.

Website/Channel 10 -​​Kelly Kramer, Website Coordinator,  gave the Town Board an update on the website.  The Township will buy an upgrade to make the website accommodate the township's needs.  This is a one-time cost of approximately $900 - $1100. The website has had 1900 hits in 3 weeks. 
Channel 10 TV access died a few weeks ago and now has magically started again.  Kelly was not able to find anyone who had knowledge to fix the program because it is so old. The Township will continue to use the program as long as it works. Updates will be made soon.

Fire Department -​​ Chief Darryl Ballman

1.  19 runs - 8 medical and 11 fires for May​​
2.​  Andrew Ludtke was chosen as the new Administrative Captain.
3.​  Oxford Township is interested in a partnership with Linwood, Lent, Stacy and Isanti.
4.   7 new SC​BA tanks were purchased. (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus)
5.  Fire restrictions lifted.  Fire permits are needed for anything other than a recreational fire.  Free fire permits are available at the Town Hall or from Fire Wardens.

Senior Center​​ - The new Senior Committee will meet Monday, June 16 at 9:00 AM. Deb Parker was added to the Senior Committee. 

Recycling - Linwood T​​ownship received an award from Anoka County for the most improved recycling program. 

Linwood Family F​​un Day - September 6, 2014

Town Board's Road Review will be discussed on June 24th.

Animal Control - Linwood Township is looking for someone to take over the animal control as of July 1, 2014.

The payment of the bills and payroll for June 6th were approved.

The Town Board minutes were approved for May 13 and May 27, 2014.​​
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​​Highlights of the May 27, 2014 T​​own Board Meeting

Planning and Zoning -
Application for a variance 2014-06 to build a boathouse was approved with the stipulation that there are no living quarters and that it meets the DNR regulations.  ​​

Attorney Mike Haag​​ - Resolution 2014-11, adding a question to the ballot in November, whether the Town Clerk should be a hired position or continue to be an elected position. 

Senior Center - The papers have been submitted to the state asking to dissolve the Senior Center corporation as recommended by the State Auditor. See the State Auditor's letter, page 2 of website, for further details.​​

A new Senior Center Committee was approved.  This committee replaces the Senior Advisory Board.  The members are Steve Junker, Cathy Hereau, Melvin Pfaffendorf, Judy Hanna, Eileen Reinke, Nancy Olson and Jan Erickson. New members can be added by request. 

Professional contract was approved with the Mediation Services of Anoka County to provide conflict resolution services for Linwood Township.  ​​​​

Discussion on whether newly hired staff should have keys to the Town Hall before passing their probation. Tabled until the June 10th Town Board meeting so that the HR committee can review the policy. 

C​​leaning Position - Hired both Larry and Nancy Olson to work a total of 10 to 14 hours a week to clean the Senior Center and the Town Hall. 

Discussion on the April 29, 2014 meeting at Columbus.  Linwood Town Supervisors were invited  to Columbus to discuss the possibility of combining our Police Force.  At this time, Linwood doesn't believe this would be in the best interest of the Township.

April​​ Financials - Tabled until June 10, 2014 so all Town Board Supervisors can review the financials.

Payment of the May 27 bills and payroll was approved.

Letter from Marline Skinner, animal control person, resigning as of June ​​30, 2014.  Linwood will be looking for another provider.​​

www.forestlaketimes.com/2014/06/04/linwood-approves-putting-clerk-question-on-ballot/

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​​Highlights of the May 13, 2014 T​​own Board Meeting

Website/Channel 10 - Kelly Kramer was hired to Coordinate the Linwood Township Website and the channel 10 access.  You should see changes in the next month.

Attorney Mike Haag - ​​Ordinance 150 has changed from "Undue Hardship" to "Practical Difficulties."​​ This is the Ordinance regarding variances.​
Resolution Accepting Donations.  The Town Board is required by law to accept each donation by resolution.  Accepting donations is done at least quarterly.  Donations accepted.
Mike Haag is working with Anoka County on the question for the November ballot.​​  Should we elected or hire a Town Clerk. Judy Hanna was indicated she is not running again. 
Background checks - Discussion on a need for a policy.  This issue will be addressed by the HR Committee.

Building Department - ​​April building report is ready.  2 new homes, 2 accessory building, swimming pool, furnace/AC, 2 roofs, repair of water damage, ​finish basement, mobile home setup, garage addition, and a new septic system. For a full report see Kevin at the Town Hall.

Fire Department - ​​New Captain position interviews the week of May 26th.
The Linwood F​ire Department is working with Oxford Township on an agreement to share resources.
The Town Board approved the purchase of 7 new SC​BA tanks (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus).
All the Linwood sirens are working.

Senior Center - ​​​ Senior Advisory Board Meeting, Monday, May 19th, 9:00 AM.

Road and Bridge -  R​​oad review scheduled for Saturday, May 17th at 8:00 AM - Meet at the Linwood Town Hall.  Meeting minutes are posted and available​​ in the Town Hall.
Street sweeping is completed.
Traffic counters are on some of the Linwood roads to help determine road repair priorities.

Park Board - Park Tour 5:00 PM, Monday May 19th.​​

Recycling​​ - The April recycling effort filled the new recycling building.  The Township recycling is growing. 70 yards of junk.  The Town Board approved $2,000.00 for recycling containers. ​

Planning and Zoning - ​​Gary Gustafson was approved to join the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Filing for the audit, the April financials were tabled until next month. 

Payment of the May 13 bills and April 25 payroll were approved.

April 22, 2014 Town Board minutes were approved with one correction, word police changed to policy.

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Local Board of Appeal and Equalization for Linwood Township met April 22, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. - The purpose of this meeting is to determine whether taxable property in the jurisdiction has been properly valued and classified by the assessor, and to determine whether corrections need to be made. ​ No Township residents came before the Board.

​​Highlights of the April 22, 2014 T​​own Board Meeting

Peggy Moeller, CPA HLB Tautges Redpath LDT - ​Peggy came to give a 2013 audit
​review​​. Listed below are the concerns. 

1.  Inconsistent use of the time clock.
2.  Lack of documentation for disbursements.
3.  Lack of acceptance of donations by the Town Board.
4.  Lack of Documentation for public purpose.
5.  Bank statements should be sent directly to the Township Treasurer, not the Town
     Hall​.
6.  Senior Center Board - confusion regarding the structure of the Senior Advisory Board.

The Town Board has passed resolutions to deal with each issues.  If you are interested in reviewing the 2013 audit, call the Town Hall. 462-2812 or if you want more information call or email me.

Planning and Zoning - ​​ A variance was approved for Jay and Kathy Gustafson for a pole shed exceeding 1800 square feet.

Attorney Mike Haag -  Approval for a Resolution accepting the 2030 Comprehensive Plan. Copies of the Comprehensive Plan are available in the Town Hall.
Approval for a Resolution Regulating Linwood Family Fun Day.  Family Fun Day will be paid for by the levy and not by fundraising.  See Auditor's letter for details.
​Attorney Mike Haag will take over the Linwood Township code book. ​​​​​ ​

Linwood Family Fun Day​​ Committee has been reorganized to be more like the other Linwood committees.  Judy Hanna is the President, Nancy Olson the Vice President and Kris Millerbrend the secretary.  Bob Millerbernd will stay as the Township Supervisor.

Payment of the bills and the payroll were approved.

The minutes for March 25, 2014 were approved.  Carol Searing abstained.  The minutes for April 8, 2014 were approved. 

Cell phone for the Senior Center Coordinator was tabled until Supervisor Halliday has time
to discuss this with Dawn Cash. 


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Highlights of the April 8, 2014 T​​own Board Meeting

Attorney Mike Haag - The following resolutions were passed in response to either the Linwood Auditor or Minnesota State Auditor. 
Resolution  2014-08 - RESOLUTION REQUIRING EMPLOYEE TIME CLOCK USE
Town policy requires the use of a time clock when employees begin and finish each day.  The Town Auditor noted that it is not being consistently used. Supervisors will review time cards to ensure the time clock is used.​
R​esolution 2014-05 - RESOLUTION REQUIRING DOCUMENTATION SUPPORTING ALL EXPENDITURES
​Audit test indicated that some Township expenditures have been made without proper documentation. The Town shall require supporting documentation for all expenditures before a payment is made.  Town Supervisors shall monitor this requirement to ensure it is followed.
Resolution 2014-07- RESOLUTION REQUIRING PUBLIC PURPOSE OF ALL EXPENDITURES
Linwood T​ownship will establish procedures to ensure that all expenditures have a public purpose.
Resolution 2014-06 - RESOLUTION REQUIRING TOWN BOARD ACCEPTANCE OF ALL DONATIONS TO THE TOWNSHIP
All gifts and donations shall be accepted by resolution by a two-thirds majority of its members. All donation shall be reviewed, approved and accepted by the Town Board at least quarterly.
T​​o review the full resolution call the Town Hall for a copy.

R​​oad and Bridge - Meeting Minutes are available.  $45,000 is available for crack filling to begin this summer.  Street clean up will begin in May.

Building Report - ​​March Building Report - One new home, outdoor wood burner, exhaust/vent system,
three furnaces and a new addition.​

​Fire Department - 21 runs, 15 medical and 6 fires. Job Posting - Captain 15 within the Fire Department.  Open to firefighters with at least 5 years of service.  For further details contact the Fire Chief. Congratulations to Linwood Firefighter and EMT Brian  Meyer who received the 2014 Star of Life award, a very prestigious national award.

The Comprehensive Plan is now complete and has been accepted by the Metropolitan Council.  This document outlines a framework for guiding and directing future community growth and improvement. The Linwood Township Comprehensive Plan gives attention to natural environment, land use, transportation, community facilities, and administration. Each section of the plan provides discussion of the key issues facing the community now and in the future, and uses maps and tables to convey key information and concepts. Each section of the plan concludes with a explicit statement of goals and policies to help guide future decision-making. Through this format, the Township provides itself a comprehensive perspective and decision-making instrument to guide community growth through the year 2030. You can review the Comp Plan on the Linwood Township Website. http://linwoodtownship.org/

Ballot question - ​​The board passed a motion to put the clerk's position on the November ballot for the voters to decide whether the clerk's position should be elected or hired. The treasurer position will not be put on the ballot at this time. 

Nancy Olson will be hired as the cleaner for the Senior Center and Town Hall at $14.00 per hour and 10 hours per week. 

The March 28th minutes were tabled until April 22, 2014.

Payment of the bills in the amount of $10,975.70 and the payroll in the amount of $13,882.53 were approved. 

January and February township financials are available.  This is public information if anyone wants to view this information.

The  annual audit report is ready and will be reviewed at the Town Board meeting on April 22 at our 6 PM meeting.  ​​​​​​

​​​​​​Rudi's going away party will be April 30th at 10 AM.  Bring a dish to share.

Free Shredding Event - Saturday, April 19, 9:00 to 11:30​​ AM, Security Victor Insurance Agency in Wyoming.
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Highlights of the March 25, 2014 Town Board Meeting​​

Timothy Marion, Area Wildlife Supervisor MN Department of Natural Resources - The MN DNR came before the Town Board to get approval to purchase 40 acres of land from the Pfaffendorfs. This land adjoins two state properties near the Linwood Elementary School. Approved.

Attorney Mike Haag - ​​Linwood Township received a Level 2 predatory offenders notification (Ordinance 145).  Linwood made the Sheriff aware of our Ordinance.  There is nothing Linwood can do about this person living in Linwood.  Please contact the Sheriff with your questions and concerns. 763-323-5000​​
​LINWOOD TOWNSHIP
ORDINANCE NO. 145
AN ORDINANCE ADDING SECTION 810 SEXUAL OFFENDERS AND SEXUAL PREDATORS OF PART VIII BUILDING AND LAND USE REGULATIONS, OF THE LINWOOD TOWN CODE.
THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE TOWN OF LINWOOD ORDAINS:
SECTION 1. ADOPTION.
Sections 810 810.04, SEXUAL OFFENDERS AND SEXUAL PREDATORS, of the Linwood Town Code is adopted as follows:
810.01 Findings and intent.
(1) Repeat sexual offenders, sexual offenders who use physical violence and sexual offenders who prey on children are sexual predators who present an extreme threat to the public safety. Current information indicates that sexual offenders are extremely likely to use physical violence and to repeat their offenses, and most sexual offenders commit many offenses, have many more victims than are ever reported, and are prosecuted for only a fraction of their crimes. This makes the cost of sexual offender victimization to society at large and specifically to Linwood Township (Township), while incalculable, clearly exorbitant.
(2) It is the intent of this division to serve the Townships compelling interest to promote, protect and improve the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the Township by creating areas around locations where children regularly congregate in concentrated numbers wherein certain sexual offenders and sexual predators are prohibited from establishing temporary or permanent residence.
810.02. Definitions.
The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
(1) Designated offender: Means any person who has been convicted of a designated sexual offense, regardless of whether adjudication has been withheld, in which the victim of the offense was less than sixteen (16) years of age, or who has been categorized as a Level III sex offender under Minnesota Statute 244.052 or successor or amended statute.
(2) Designated sexual offense: Means a conviction, adjudication of delinquency, commitment under Minnesota Statute 253B, or admission of guilt under oath without adjudication involving any of the following offenses: 609.342; 609.343; 609.344; 609.345; 609.352; 609.365; 617.23; 617.246; 617.247; 617.293; successor or amended statute, or a similar offense from another state.
(3) Permanent residence: Means a place where the person abides, lodges, or resides for fourteen (14) or more consecutive days. Permanent residence does not require an ownership interest by the person in such residence.
(4) Temporary residence: Means a place where the person abides, lodges, or resides for a period of fourteen (14) or more days in the aggregate during any calendar year and which is not the persons permanent address, or a place where the person routinely abides, lodges, or resides for a period of four or more consecutive or nonconsecutive days in any month and which is not the persons permanent residence.
810.03. Sexual offender and Sexual Predator Residence Prohibition; Penalties; Exceptions.
(1) Prohibited location of residence. It is unlawful for any designated offender to establish a permanent residence or temporary residence:
(a) Within two thousand (2,000) feet of any school, licensed day care center, park, or playground; or
(b) Within one thousand (1,000) feet of any designated public school bus stop, place of worship which provides regular educational programs (i.e. Sunday school), or other places where children are known to congregate.
(1) Prohibited activity. It is unlawful for any designated offender to participate in a holiday event involving children under eighteen (18) years of age, such as distributing candy or other items to children on Halloween, wearing a Santa Claus costume on or preceding Christmas, or wearing an Easter Bunny costume on or preceding Easter. Holiday events in which the offender is the parent or guardian of the children involved, and no non-familial children are present, are exempt from this paragraph.
(2) Measurement of distance.
(a) For purposes of determining the minimum distance separation, the requirement shall be measured by following a straight line from the outer property line of the permanent residence or temporary residence to nearest outer property line of a school, designated public school bus stop, day care center, park, playground, place of worship, or other place where children regularly congregate.
(b) The Town Clerk shall maintain an official map showing prohibited locations as defined by this Ordinance. The Clerk shall update the map at least annually to reflect any changes in the location of prohibited zones. The map shall not be deemed conclusive or all-encompassing since prohibited zones change from time to time including but not limited to designated public school bus stops or other places where children are known to congregate.
(3) Penalties. Each day a person maintains a residence in violation of this ordinance constitutes a separate violation.
(4) Exceptions. A designated offender residing within a prohibited area as described in Sec. 810.03 (1), does not commit a violation of this section if any of the following apply:
(a) The person established the permanent residence or temporary residence and reported and registered the residence pursuant to Minnesota Statute 243.166, 243.167, or successor statute, prior to enactment of this Section.
(b) The person was a minor when he/she committed the offense and was not convicted as an adult.
(c) The person is a minor.
(d) The school, designated public school bus stop or day care center within two thousand (2,000) feet of the persons permanent residence was opened after the person established the permanent residence or temporary residence and reported and registered the residence pursuant to Minnesota Statute 243.166 or 243.167.
(e) The residence is also the primary residence of the persons parents, grandparents, siblings, spouse, or children.
(f) The residence is a property owned or leased by the Minnesota Department of Corrections.
810.04. Property Owners Prohibited from Renting Real Property to Certain Sexual Offenders and Sexual Predators;
Penalties.
(1) It is unlawful to let or rent any place, structure, or part thereof, trailer or other conveyance, with the knowledge that it will be used as a permanent residence or temporary residence by any person prohibited from establishing such permanent residence of temporary residence pursuant to this Section, if such place, structure, or part thereof, trailer or other conveyance, is located within a prohibited location zone described in this ordinance.
(2) A property owners failure to comply with provisions of this Section shall constitute a violation of this Section, and shall subject the property owner to the code enforcement provisions and procedures as provided in Sec. 101.06 of this Code.
(3) If a property owner discovers or is informed that a tenant is a designated offender after signing a lease or otherwise agreeing to let the offender reside on the property, the owner or property manager may evict the offender.
SECTION 2. EFFECTIVE DATE. This Ordinance shall be effective immediately upon its passage and publication according law.
ADOPTED by the Board of Supervisors of the Town of Linwood this 8th day of October, 2013

Resolution 2014-04 All Hazard Mitigation Plan for Anoka County was revised to add a storm shelter to Linwood Terrace​​.

State Auditor's Letter - ​​Linwood Township received a letter from the Office of the State Auditor regarding a number of concerns​​​​. The letter provided was giving the Town guidance on the following issues.
1. How to handle donations
2. Fundraising
3. Senior Advisory Board
4. Linwood Family Fun Day
5. Personal purchases
6. Public purpose expenditures
7. Timekeeping procedures
8. Petty cash
9. R​​​​​​​​​eceipt books

The following is what I believed and wrote on March 6 2014. " We basically went over each item in the letter. We will need guidance from our Auditor and Attorney on many​ of these issues. We did discuss not having any further fundraisers because a Town has no statutory authority to hold fundraisers such as garage sales. The Annual Meeting may decide to fund Linwood Family Day from the levy."

We did get approval from the Annual Meeting to fund Linwood Family Fun Day through the levy.

I wish I could have included the Auditor's letter on this website put I don't have the program and the skills necessary that will allow me to do that. If you have any wisdom on how to do that please contact me. I can send you a copy by snail mail if you like.

Since I wrote that on March 6, 2014, Linwood Supervisors, excluding myself, have decided to allow DQ fundraisers and an upcoming benefit garage sale. I believe this is against the State Auditor's recommendations, and I believe we are making a mistake by  not following all of them. I was hoping we would carefully examine each and every recommendation as a Town Board, with the help of our attorney and our auditor. ​

​​UPDATE: I understand that the benefit garage sale has been moved to a private home for more information on dropping off item or details call Judy at 462-5600. This removes any conflict and issue
​as stated in the Auditor's letter.


Fire Department - Fire Chief Darryl Ballman - 21 runs for February, 15 medical and 6 fire. The Fire Department was approved to hire a new Captain 15 to do administrative duties for the department. 
​The Fire Department is talking to Oxford Township regarding a possible agreement for the Linwood Fire Department to respond to calls in Oxford Township when needed.  Look for the Fire Department's upcoming article in the Linwood Ledger on Radon.  3 probationary Firefighters are doing great. 

Police Calls - February​​ - Radio calls 120, Incident Reports 145, Burglary 1, Thefts 3, Assault 1, Felony Arrests 2, DUI Arrests 3, Domestic Arrests 2, Traffic Arrests 51.

Road and Bridge - ​​Craig Rylander was approved to become a new member of the Road and Bridge
​​Committee. The Lyons Den project will begin when the road restriction are removed around May 1st.
Crack filling will begin this summer.

Park Board - David Johnson has been accepted as a new member to the Park Board.  $2,000 was approved to upgrade the skating rink and warming house electric circuits to code and to put the lights on a timer.

School Forest - 2014 Medallion Winner is Justin Kleidostky.  Congratulations Justin!  He was also the 2012 winner.  T​​he School Forest Committee is adding two new members, David Johnson and Mike Pederson.

Sunrise Water Shed - The 1st of 4 carp barriers will be installed at the south end of Martin Lake in June.

Rudi McCurdy will resign his position on April 30th.  Thank you, Rudi, for your many years of service both as a Town Board Supervisor and employee.  Happy Retirement!

Payment of the bills and payroll approved.

Minutes approved for February 25, March 6, and March 11.​​​​


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Annual Town Meeting​​ Highlights

Moderator:  Brent Lee
Introduction of the Town Board Supervisors, C​​​lerk, Treasurer, Attorney, and Linwood Auditor
Proposed 2015 budget
G​eneral Fund                    $418,715
Road and Bridge               $596,700​
Fire Department                $300​,765
Senior Center                    $  84,450​
Park and Recreation​         $  71,230
Police                                $225,000​
Capital Improvement         $  25,000​

Levy for 2015 was approved for $1,500,000

Discussion on election ballot question - Should the Township keep an elected clerk and/or treasurer or change to hired positions.  There was a good discussion.  The audience was able to express their views either for or against this issue. The Town Board will decide whether to put this issue on the ballot this fall, but the citizens in Linwood will ultimately make the decision.​​​​

Our two Linwood Police Officers were introduced.  Discussion on the heroin problem in Anoka County by Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah and the Police Officers from Anoka County. We were informed that in 2013 Linwood Township had our first heroin death.  ​​This seems to be the new drug of choice.  They brought a map that showed the various crimes in Linwood Township. I didn't get an opportunity to view this map.  If you are interested in viewing this map ask a staff person in the Town Hall. 

Ed Kramer, who has done a great job on his recycling program, asked for and received permission to spend $200 to thank the many volunteers who have helped make the program a success.  They are building a new recycling center behind the senior center.  Most of the cost was paid for by recycling dollars.  ​​

​​I would guess that about 200 people attended the meeting, and the Town Board greatly appreciated their input and participation. 

The next Annual Meeting is set for March 10, 2015 at 7:00 PM.​​​

Highlight of the March 11, 2014 Town Board Meeting.​​
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​​​This meeting followed the Annual Meeting.  This meeting was very short.  We paid the bills for March 11 in the amount of $11,516.30 and the regular direct deposit payroll in the amount of $11,516.30.

Highlights of the Special Town Board Meeting of March 6, 2014

Linwood Township received a letter from the Minnesota State Auditor regarding a number of concerns​​​​. The letter provided was giving the Town guidance on the following issues.
1.  How to handle donations
2.  Fundraising
3.  Senior Advisory Board
4.  Linwood Family Fun Day
5.  Personal purchases
6.  Public purpose expenditures
7. Timekeeping procedures
8.  Petty cash
9.  R​​​​​​​​​eceipt  book
We basically went over each item in the letter.  We will need guidance from our Auditor and Attorney on many​ of these issues. We did discuss not having any further fundraisers because a Town has no statutory authority to hold fundraisers such as garage sales.  The Annual Meeting may decide to fund Linwood Family Day from the levy.  These issues weren't created by the current Town Board, but it falls on us to address them.  "Stay tuned" for further reports as each issue is addressed.  



Highlights of the February 25​​, 2014 Town Board Meeting

5:00 PM Budget Meeting with the Auditor, Peggy Moeller​​. The budget and levy will be presented at the March 11, 2014, Annual Meeting.  The levy that is being asked of the citizens is $1,500,000.  This amount has stayed the same for several years now.

2014 Election - Cindy Reichert - ​​Cindy discussed the process for handling absentee ballots.  Starting June 27, 2014 - August 11, 2014 and September 19, 2014 - November 3, 2014 in-person absentee voting will be available on weekdays during normal business hours (8:00 am to 4:30 pm),  on the Saturday before the election and until 5:00 pm on the day before the election.  Anyone can vote with an absentee ballot either in person or by mail.  No excuses needed.  More information on voting as election day draws near.

Planning and Zoning - ​​The Town Board approved the variance, rezoning, preliminary plat and the final plat for the Hulsman property.

Fire Department - January there were 23 runs, 15 medical and 8 fire. In January all of the Linwood first responders were re-certified for 2 years.  Rescue 5 is back in service.  3 cadets will stay on for their 6 month probationary period. 

Road and Bridge -​​
The road projects for 2014 were awarded to Knife River Corporation.  Improvements will be made on Unser, 234th avenue and East Martin Lake Drive, north of the East Martin Lake outlet.

Attorney Mike Haag - Ordinance ​​148 - Adult Entertainment Ordinance was approved by the Town Board, and summary will be published in the Forest Lake Times. Copies are available in the Town Hall.

Payment of the bills and payroll were approved.

Linwood Town Board approved a request for Kevin Tramm, Linwood Township Building Inspector, to become a Notary. 

The February 11, 2014 Town Board Meeting minutes were approved.

Approved fireworks for Linwood Family Fund Day.

Disscussion on ​​​​​​polling the Annual Meeting attendees​​​​ on the subject of changing the the Town Clerk and/or Town Treasurer from elected positions to employees.

Board of Appeals and Equalization Meeting date has been changed to April 22, 5:00 PM.​​
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Highlights of the February 11, 2014 Town Board Meeting​

The Forest Lake Times was chosen as the official newspaper.  Citizens living in zip code 55092 receive a free Times each week.  The Forest Lake Times has agreed to 3 places where citizens in zip code 55079 can pick up a free paper.  I will update when this happens.

Attorney Mike Haag - ​​Ordinance 149 - Septic System Ordinance was approved by the Town Board and by the MPCA.  Copies are available in the Town Hall.  Call Kevin for further information.

Ordinance 148 - Adult Use Ordinance should be finalized at the next Town Board meeting.

Resolution to pay​​​​ the clerk $389.60  per week, as a salaried position.

Resolution to keep the Supervisor pay the same for 2014.

Building  Department - Building projects were slow during January due to the cold and snow.  Only 6 permits for window replacements, furnaces, water heater, fireplace and a remodel.  The monthly report is available in the Town Hall.

Senior C​​enter -  Senior Coordinator on vacation until February 19th.  Ed Kramer rehabbed the  Senior Center stove and it is working again.  Exercise by DVD is happening on Monday and Wednesday at 10:00 AM. 

Road and Bridge - The February​​ meeting minutes are posted and available.

Park Board - The annual skating party was a success.  Great day for 50 to 60 ice skaters.  A special thanks to Bob Millerberndt, Mike Halliday, Mike Pederson and all the volunteers who made this day possible.  ​​

School Forest - Supervisor Millerbernd read a letter from Alan Hurtley resigning from the School Forest Committee.  T​​hanks AL for all your hard work.  Mary Tenjack was appointed to the School Forest as a Linwood Township representative.

Approval of a small wage increase for the following employees: Bus Driver, Road Foreman, Fire Dept.,​​
Election Judges, Maintenance Workers​, and two offices workers.

Payment of the February 11th bills in the amount of $100,357.65, regular payroll $11,922.63 and 2013 Park Board Commission payment for 2013 of $818.15.

File for audit the January 2014 financial information.  Approved

Approval of the January 28, 2014 Town Board Meeting minutes.

2015 budget is ready for the auditor.

www.forestlaketimes.com/2014/02/12/after-members-resign-linwood-cemetery-committee-dissolved/

Highlight of the January 28, 2014 Town Board Meeting​​

​​R​eorganizational Meeting
1. Town Board Chair - Philip Osterhus
2. Town Board V​​​ice-Chair - Mike Halliday
3.​ Official Newspaper - Will be decided next  Town Board meeting.   A motion was made  by Carol Searing to continue to have the Forest Lake Times but there was no second. 
4. Official Posting Places - Dolphy's, Country Store, Town Hall and Linwood Township's website.

Township Services

1. Attorney - Mike Haag
2. Auditor - Tautges Redpath, Ltd.
3. Building Inspector - Kevin Tramm
4. Engineer - Hakason Anderson
5. Health Authority​​​ - Kevin Tramm
6. Road Foreman - Frank Kvidera
7. Tree/Weed Inspector - Kevin Tramm

Supervisor (s) to oversee Township C​​​​ommittees

 1. Building Maintence - Bob Millerbernd
 2. Cemetery Committee - Has been dissolved. Responsibilities given back to the Township.
​ ​3. Fire Department - Philip Osterhus
 4. Insurance - Mike Halliday
 5. Personnel - Philip Osterhus & Mike Halliday
 6. Police - Philip Osterhus
 7. Recyling - Ed Kramer,
 8. Road and Bridge - Philip Osterhus & Ed Kramer​​​​​​
 ​9. Safety - Phil
10. Senior Center - Mike Halliday
11. School Forest - Bob Millerbernd
12. Sunrise River Watershed Management Organization - Bob Millerbernd
13. Cable, Newsletter and Webpage - Carol Searing​​​

Fee Schedule is available in the Town Hall.​​​
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A feasibility study was competed  (By Hakanson Anderson, our Engineering Firm) to upgrade 245th Avenue, from Rutgers Street to the east cul-de-sac, to pavement standards.  Some of this project is in Linwood Township and some is in Oxford Township.  Our Attorney, Mike Haag will contact Oxford Township.  Preliminary discussions with Oxford Township indicate​​ that they may not be interested in allocating funds to this project.

Senior Center - Hank Senger and Nancy Olson were approved to be members of the Senior Advisory Board.​​

Fire Department - ​​The Town Board approved the Linwood Fire Department's revised Standard Operating Procedures/Standard Operating Guidelines.

​Ben Oleson, Hometown Planner - was present to discuss Ordinance 148, Regulation of Adult Entertainment​.  There were questions to be answered and more time needed to address this complex issue so the Town Board tabled it until February 11th Town Board Meeting. 

Employee Breaks - Attorney Mike Haag and Mike Halliday discussed the law regarding employee breaks and lunch times. This  issue was raised at the last Town Board Meeting.  We do conform with the law.  ​

​​Recycling​​ - Linwood Township received $34,000 in reimbursement from the county.  In past years we only received $16,000 to $18,000.  Recycling is going very well. 52 tons was taken in this last 6 months. There will not be an annual Recycling Day because citizens can recycle every 4th Saturday. Call Ed Kramer with questions. Thanks Ed.

The T​​​​own Board approved the payment of the January 28th bills and the payroll.

T​he minutes were approved for December 10, 2013 and January 14, 2013. 
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​​Budget Meeting, January 27, 2014 6:30 PM

​​Highlights of the January 14, 2014 Town Board Meeting

Attorney Mike Haag​​ - The following three resolutions need to be approved yearly:
. Banking online
. Park Dedication Fees (​cash in lieu of conveyance or dedication of land) ($2,000 per developed lot  or  
  unit of land)
​​. Snowmobile Boundaries Resolution​
Copies of these resolutions are available at the Linwood Town Hall.  All were approved.

The Minnesota Supreme Court mandated a change in language to all Variance Ordinances.  The words "undue hardship" will be replaced by "practical difficulties".  Our Variance Ordinance will be amended accordingly.

Resolution Countywide Hazard Mitigation Plan -  We approved a resolution saying that Linwood Township supports the county hazard mitigation planning effort, wishes to join with the county in preparing the plan and recognizes that the plan will apply within the Township.​​

The Linwood Town Board will address the Adult Use Ordinance and the Individual Sewage Treatment Monitoring Plan at the January 28th meeting.  Please attend the meeting if you want to have any input.

Building Department - 16 building permits were issued in December 2013, 2 new homes, 3 furnaces,
2 water heaters, gas piping. 2 window replacements, accessory building, shelter, and a roof.  Contact Kevin at the Linwood Town Hall for a copy. 462-2812  The fee was waived for the new recycling building being constructed behind the Town Hall.

Board of Audit - ​​Financial reports submitted to the Board of Audit, include statements, which show beginning balances, receipts, disbursements, and ending balances for each fund and in total for 12 months ending December 31, 2013.  Also listed is detail for every disbursement and every receipt.
The complete list is available for public review.​

Fire Department - ​​Recognition night will be held Wednesday, February 5th.  The Linwood Fire Department will be given a Life Saver Award.  We have a great department, one we can be very proud to call ours.​
2 members completed their EMT training and national registry requirements.
1 member completed their Paramedics training and national registry requirements.
22 runs for December, 14 medical and 8 fire and recuse.  209 runs for 2013.  Approximately 60% were medical.​
Rescue 5 is back in service.
Old engine 2 is for sale. 
There are 4 new probationary members.
The Linwood Town Board was given copies of the Fire Department's Standard Operating Procedures/ Standard Operating guidelines for review.  These will be discussed and approved at the January 28th Town Board Meeting. These procedures have been approved by the Fire Department and the Township Attorney, Mike Haag.​​​​

Senior Center - Eileen Reinke and Deb Parker were approved to be the President and Vice - President of the SAB. Mediation will be held in the Senior Center on January 20th at 10:00 AM.
2015 budget will be prepared in January.  A 55 Defensive driving 4 hour class will held Monday, March 24th.  Call the Linwood Senior Center for details.

Road and Bridge - 2015 budget and January meeting minutes are posted and available in the Linwood Town Hall.​​   Linwood and Lent Townships have an agreement to provide snow removal.  The roads under contract are 238th Ave (approximately 1/2 miles west of Lyons Ave. and 241st Lane in the Lyons Den Development, both roads are in Linwood Township. February Road and Bridge Meeting will be changed due to the National Caucus Night, it is tentatively scheduled for Monday, February 3rd.

Park Board/School Forest -​​
Medallion Hunt will begin February 17th.  Further details later.  Jim Caldwell is the interim principal at Linwood Elementary School.

Sunrise water shed - Steve Milbrandt was appointed to the Sunrise Water Shed Committee.​
​​Department of Natural Resources has awarded a grant to the Sunrise River Water Management Organization for the installation of four carp barriers in Martin and Typo lakes. Other monies were given by the Martin Lakers, Sunrise River Management Organization, Anoka County Conservation District and Anoka County. This has been a long process, but it looks as if it's really going to happen in 2014. Many thanks to Jamie Schurbon and the many other people that made this possible.


Recycling​​ - is going very well. 52 tons was taken in this last 6 months.  There will not be an annual Recycling Day because citizens can recycle every 4th Saturday.  Call Ed Kramer with questions.

Linwood Family Fun Day - Meeting Monday, February 3rd following the School Forest Meeting.  Call for further details.  Dairy Queen Fundraiser, Wednesday, January 15, 5-8 PM.  Garage Sale, February 14th and 15th.​​

Approval of the payment of the December 24th and the January 14th bills and payrolls.

The December 10th meeting minutes were not available.

The Linwood Town Hall is going through some reorganization due to Judy Hanna's hours being reduced to 20 per week.  The office is still open 8 AM to 4:30 PM five days a week except holidays.​​

The Township office will be closed for the Martin Luther King Holiday.​​
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Highlights of the December 10, 2013 Town Board Meeting

The December 24, 2013 Town Board Meeting has been cancelled.​​

Senior Center - Dawn Cash was hired as the Senior Center Coordinator.  Welcome Dawn!

Building Department - ​​
Kevin Tramm will go from a part-time contractor to  a full-time employee as of January 1, 2014.  There are new state rules for septic system monitoring which will increase Kevin's work load.  Linwood had 23 new houses this year.  Permits were issued for 2 septic systems, underground gas line, new home, 2 furnaces, water heater, addition, windows, and a roof.  The building report for November is ready.  If you would like a copy please contact the Town Hall.

Road and Bridge - The minutes are posted and available.  C​​ontact the Town Hall for a copy.

Park Board -
​​The volunteers are working on the skating rinks.  They hope to have the pleasure rink open by Christmas break.  They will open the hockey rink as soon as they can get it ready.  If you have experience flooding and maintaining rinks and would like to volunteer call the Town Hall.  A skating party is planned for January. 

School Forest - Trails are being groomed for skiing in the School Forest.  Butter braids will be delivered December 17th.​​

Sunrise Water Shed - ​​The grant has been secured from the Minnesota DNR  to go forward on the Martin and Typo Lake
Carp barrier project.  A meeting will be scheduled to discuss design review, permits and concerns.  Jamie Schurbon and the Anoka County Conservation District have worked a long time to make this happen.  

Attorney Mike Haag​​​ - 
Ordinance 147 amending Section 806.11 Variances
                                    Ordinance 148 Regulation of Adult Entertainment​
                                    Ordinance 149 Septic System monitoring​
If you want further information or copies of the proposed Ordinances please call the ​Town Hall.  Discussion at the January 14, 2014 Town Board Meeting. 

Recycling - ​​ New storage building has arrived.  Contact Ed Kramer if you can help with the construction of the new building. Christmas trees accepted at the January recycling.

HLB T​​autges Redpath, LTD. has been approved to prepare the 2013 annual audit.

Credit card line was increases in order to pay bill online.

Letter of resignation was accepted from Tim Peterson from the Sunrise Water Shed.

Personnel Policies update - Judy Hanna, Pam Olson and Carol Searing will work on updating the personnel policies
next year.

Laura Hermann's letter  resigning from the Senior Advisory Board was accepted with hope that she would join another committee.  ​​​
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​​​​​​​​​Highlights of the November 26, 2013 Town Board Meeting

Fire Department - ​​The 2014 calendar is almost ready.  The Town Board approved 4 new Fire Department candidates.  The candidates will spend 6 months working with the Fire  Department before entering the Academy.  December 4th will be a Recognition Night for the Fire Department at 7:00 PM. The community is welcome. The Fire Department will have their annual Santa Breakfast at the Linwood, Senior Center on Saturday, December 7th.

Senior Center​​ - The Town Board has approved the hiring of a new Senior Coordinator.  The job will be offered this week.
​Mediation will continue for the Advisory Board through December.  The Town Board will revisit adding 3 people to the Advisory Board in January.  Laura Hermann resigned from the Senior Advisory Board.  Comment:  This is a loss to the Advisory Board.  Laura is a wonderful volunteer.We will miss her.  Thank you Laura for all you dedication.

Attorney Mike Haag was not there tonight due to illness.  T​​he Ordinance amending Section 806.11, Variances and the Draft regulation of Adult Entertainment was tabled until December 10, 2013.

Pam Olson was hired for 32 hours per week as the T​ownship Accountant beginning December 1, 2013 ending her temporary position. 

Approval for payment of the November 26, 2013 bills to be paid in the amount of $47,096.53 including the payroll.

November 12 T​​own Board Minutes were approved.​
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​​​​Highlights of the November 12, 2013 Town Board Meeting

​​ ​Building D​​epartment - The October Building report is available. 2 new homes, 3 pole barns, 1 addition, 2 new porches, 2 new furnaces and a couple of roofs.  For a copy call the Town Hall.

Fire Department - ​​ There were 15 medical runs and 5 fires in October. Grass 3 has gone into Red Power for modifications for the Medical Vehicle and will be back in December. Rescue 5 has been sold.  The buyer is from Linwood and has a week to remove the "Linwood Fire and Rescue" still on the side. Roof leaking in the Fire Tower.  December 4th will be a Recognition Night for the Fire Department at 7:00 PM. The community is welcome.  The Fire Department has 9 applicants for the Fire Fighter positions.  Plans are to bring on 3-4 new Fire Fighters.

Senior Center - ​​ 2 letters of interest were received to become members of the Senior Advisory Board.  These letters will be presented to the Advisory Board on November 18th.  40 people attended the Elvis fundraising event last Monday.
Garage Sale will be held November 15th and 16th.​  The Senior Center Coordinator position has closed.  The Senior Advisory Board will begin to review resumes and applications this week.  Hopefully. a decision can be made before December. 

Road and Bridge - ​​November minutes are posted and available.  Lyons Den Development - Mike Haag recommended that the Township should install shoulders on the roads and sue the contractor for the cost unless there is progress by 11/15 with the Developer.

Park Board -  The next meeting of the Park Board will be December 9th at 6:00 PM
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Recycling - ​​Supervisor Kramer was able to get a 30 x 48 storage building for the recycling.  This building will be paid for by county funds. Thanks Ed.  Did you know that the Linwood Recycling Center now accepts residential appliances, electronics, all types of batteries, flourescent light bulbs, metals, tires, household furniture, mattresses and bikes (the bikes are refurbished for kids.)

Cemetery - T​​he ashes/stone  that were placed in the wrong lot have now been moved.  A new flag was purchased for the cemetery.

Direct Deposit - The ​​Township  will pay the Town Hall staff and Elected Officials through direct deposit starting January 1, 2014.  The Fire Department staff and commissions will still receive a paper check.

Minutes approved for the Oct 22nd Town Board minutes. 

Bills were paid in the amount of $370,328.24.  Most of that amount was for the 2013 street maintenance projects.​​​​

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​​​Highlights of the October 22, 2013 Town Board Meeting

Ben Oleson, Hometown Planner - will help develop an Adult Use Ordinance for Linwood Township.​​

Planning and Zoning - Ed Kramer will work with our Attorney, Mike Haag, to make the State's mandated changes to our Variance Ordinance.

Road and Bridge - ​​A request to make an easement a  Linwood Township road right of way.  This request was tabled until
November 12th to do some research on the road and easement.​

Driver - Judy Hanna requested that she be allowed to hire a driver for occasions when our current driver is not available.​
​​Motion passed.

Senior Center Coordinator Position -​​ The position will be advertised in the Forest Lake Times, The Forest Lake Lowdown, Anoka County Recorder, Anoka County Union and The Peach.  The deadline for submitting resumes will be November 12, 4:30 PM. 

Linwood Township is seeking a PT Senior Center Coordinator to manage the day-to-day operation of Linwood Senior Center. Plan and implement senior activities, recruit and supervise volunteers, schedule senior center use. We are looking for a friendly, conscientious professional with great customer service and organizational skills. Exp. with Seniors, volunteers, HS graduate, BA preferred, computer skills, and willing to obtain a food managers cert, 20 - 25 varied hrs. Please send letter and resume to: Linwood Township, 22817 Typo Creek Dive, Stacy, MN 55079

Attorney Mike Haag - ​Attorney Bill Goodrich substituted for Mike Haag.  He brought the Special Assessment Ordinance but wanted to research whether Linwood Township could be more restrictive than the State of Minnesota Statute.  This is the ordinance regarding citizen's wanting their road paved.

Halloween Party - The Linwood Senior Golden Club, Senior Advisory Board, each gave $100.00 toward the Halloween Party.  The Linwood Town Board matched with $​​200.00 and the Forest Lake Lions donated $100.00. 

Direct Deposit - ​The Linwood Town Board authorized the staff to explore using direct deposit for payroll. This only includes the regular Township employees not the Supervisors, Fire Department or any Commissions.

​​Bills/Payroll - Approved the payment of the bills in the amount of $47,987.50.

Holiday Schedule - The Holiday Schedule was approved for 2014.  There are 11 1/2 Holidays, New Year's Day, Martin Lutheran King, Jr. Day, President's Day, Good Friday (close at noon), Memorial Day, Independence Day. Labor Day,
Veteran's Da​y, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. 

Minutes - The October 8th T​​own Board Minutes were approved.  September 24th minutes have not been approved.

Great​​ River Energy - Will begin placing stakes along the transmission centerline on, or after October 24, 2013.  Great River Energy's tree contractor plans to begin clearing the transmission line right of way the week of November 1, 2013.
Because there are a number of wet areas​ on this project,  tree/vegetation clearing will not start on one end and move to the other end. Instead, dry areas will be done first and wet areas will get cut later.

Comment:The ashes/stone that were placed in someone's else's reserved lot still have not been moved.​  This has been an on going issue since May of this year.
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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Highlights of the October 8, 2013, Town Board Meeting

September Building Report -  ​20 building permits - roofs, AC, siding, windows, new addition, outside boiler, and 1 new home.  Copies available in the Town Hall.

Building Maintenance - Bob Millerbernd will start a committee to explore options for the Town Hall.​​​

Fire Department - ​​Grass 3 will be going into Red Power for modifications for the Medical Vehicle.  Engine 2 is complete and in service and is being used for Medical and Mutual Aide calls.  2 new Firefighters are going through EMT training.  Another great Fire Prevention Day at Linwood School. Fire Department Open House from 6 - 8 PM. Lucas and Zoll equipment helped save another life.  This equipment is worth every dollar spent.  Thank you Linwood Firefighters!

Check for fire ​​restrictions before burning!

Senior Center - ​​ Judy Hanna has resigned as the Senior Center Coordinator as of December 31, 2013, and Judy's resignation was accepted by the Town Board.   The Senior Advisory Board is getting ready to go through the hiring process to find another coordinator. The next Senior Advisory Board Meeting is Tuesday, October 15, 2013.

Linwood Family F​​un Day - Upcoming Fundraiser - October 25 and 26 - Garage Sale.

Boettcher Farm ​​Reserve is coming along.  The trusses are being put up for the pavilion.  Boettcher Farm Preserve is located on Fawn Lake Drive. All Linwood parks are available to all residents. 

School Forest Fundraiser - Metro Dining Club cards are being sold for $22.00.   Butter Braids are coming soon.

Cemetery Committee - Will meet October 15TH at 7 PM​​.  The public is welcome.  Comment:  The ashes/stone that were placed in someone's else's reserved lot still have not been moved.

Recycling - ​​4th Saturday of every month.  In September Linwood received 40 bikes for the bike program.  Our recycling is a huge success thanks to  Ed Kramer and his crew.

Attorney Mike Haag - An Ordinance was passed setting fees and charges for licenses, permits, services​​ and other charges in Linwood Township.  This will be in effect from the date of publication. Our official newspaper is the Forest Lake Times.  Copies available in the Town Hall.​​

An Ordinance was passed adding Section 810 SEXUAL OFFENDERS AND SEXUAL PREDATORS OF PART VIII BUILDING AND LAND USE REGULATIONS, to the Linwood Township code.  ​​This will take effect from date of publication.  Copies available in the Town Hall.

Town Board Minutes dated September 10th were passed with the deletion of the $150.00 for non shoreland septic systems.  Comment:​All septic system inspections in Linwood are now $200.00. The September 24th minutes were not available.

Motion passed to pay the bills except for two bills the Town Board questioned. 
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Petty cash report  and the transportation logs were not available​.

September financial reports are completed.​​
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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Highlights of the September 24, 2013 Town Board Meeting



​Public Hearing - Tuesday, September 24, 6 PM
Linwood Township vs. Julie Zuercher

A resolution was passed finding Gunner owned by Julie Zuercher, and kept at 22954 W. Martin Lake Drive NE, Linwood to be a potentially dangerous dog. If this stands, the owner must:
1. Provide and maintain proper enclosure.
2. Post must post sign that there is a potentially dangerous dog,
3. Provide and show proof of public liability insurance in the minimum of $300,000.
4. If the dog is out of his enclosure, he must be muzzled and restrained by a substantial chain.​
​​​​5. A tag must be affixed to his collar identifying the dog as a potentially dangerous dog.
6. Must be registered with Anoka County.
7. The dog is required to have a lifetime license and be up to date on rabies vaccination.​​
Outcome: The Town Board felt as if we had to uphold our decision to designate Gunner a potentially dangerous dog.  As long as Gunner remains in the Township all of the above rules will apply. This could be reviewed in 2 years.

Fire Department is seeking approval from the Linwood Town Board to move their pension plan to PERA, a newly created volunteer firefighter retirement plan.  Linwood Fire pension is currently under the Relief Association.  The Fire Department is also asking for a raise from $2,000 to $2,500 per year of service, if tenured. This will be discussed at
the Town Board meeting this evening.
Outcome: The Town Board approved the Fire Department recommendation to move January 1,2014 to PERA and keep the level at $2,000 per years of service.

The Town Board approved a ​​$30,000 expenditure to re-purpose  Grass II to rescue truck.  This was needed because
our rescue truck was deemed not safe.

Planning and Zoning - Application 2013 - Sketch Plan Halsman/Puffer - To build a single family home on the property and to put a drive on Martin Lake Road. 
Outcome:​​​​ The Town Board approved the Sketch Plan.

Senior Center ​​​-  A new job description for the position of Senior Center Coordinator was approved with the hours being set at 20 to 25 hours per week. 

Road and Bridge - Typo Creek Drive 2015/2016 Oxford - Linwood Township was approached by Oxford Township about a possible joint project  to pave Typo Creek Drive in about 2017.

Linwood Family Fun Day 2013 financial -​​​​  A family Fun Day report is available in the Town Hall. 

Cemetery - A family approached the Cemetery Committee saying they wanted their reserved lots back that the Cemetery Committee released several years ago.  This was a mistake, and the lots will be returned. 

​Comment-  T​​he ashes that were buried in the wrong place were not moved by September 21, 2013, as promised by Judy Hanna.

Attorney Mike Haag - Minimum Percentage of Owners Agreement for Special Assessment was approved and will be put into resolution form and will become a code.  To get a road paved it will take 35 percent  of affected residents to start a feasibility study and 65 percent  to agree within the 60 day period to move the project forward. 

 Sexual Offenders and Sexual Predators - ​Linwood Township will go through a process to adopt an Ordinance  regarding sex offenders and where they can and cannot reside. 

Resolution certifying the 2014 levy at $1,500,000. Approved

Approve the paying of the bills in the amount of $65,570.43 including the payroll.

The  September 10th Town Board Minutes were not available.​​​​​​​​​​​

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​​​Highlights of the September 10, 2010 Town Board Meeting

Public Meeting - Linwood Township vs Julie Zuercher - Postponed until September 24, 2013 at the request of Ms. Zuercher.​ A resolution was passed finding Gunner owned by Julie Zuercher, and kept at 22954 W. Martin Lake Drive NE, Linwood to be a potentially dangerous dog. She has appealed that resolution.

Building D​​epartment - New Building Fee schedule to begin October 1, 2013
The August Monthl​y Building Permit Report is out.  Contact the Town Hall for a copy. 462-2812

Fire Department - The floor in the station has been completed. 
Engine 2 is back from being painted red and will be back in service within the week. Rescue 5 is out of service. This rig was to be replaced in 2015​​ but unfortunately it didn't last until 2015.  Engine 1 will be used short term.
The Dance and Booya were another success.
Two firefighters will start their EMT training.​​
​Linwood Fire Department is recommending to the Town Board and its members to go into PERA (Public Retirement Fund). This will come before the Town Board on September 24th. 

Road and Bridge - ​​Minutes are available.  The hole on the Sunrise Road culvert will be patched. 
A code will be brought to the Town Board on September 24 requiring 35 % of residents to support a feasibility study for a proposed blacktop road and 66 % of residents would initiate the project and the assessment of the road improvement. 
​T​he Township would bring the road up to class 5 standards.  Each property owner would be assessed the same amount.
Hopefully, this will finally be put to rest. 

Linwood Family Fund Day -  A big t​​​hank you to all the volunteers for putting together a successful Family Fun Day.

Park Board - The trusses have been ordered for the pavilion  for Boettger Park Reserve​​​​.  The exercise equipment is in and ready to use. 

Cemetery Committee​​ - The ashes/stone that were place in someone's else's reserved lot will be moved according to Judy Hanna on or before September 21, 2013.

Mike Haag​​ Attorney - Lyons Den  - Mike Haag recommended that the Township should install shoulders on the roads and sue the contractor for the cost.
Lyons Street House -​ The house that was destroyed by fire is now being cleaned up.  The cars have been removed.  Dumpster will arrive soon. The property will be sold and the township paid back.


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​​​Highlights of the August 27, 2013 Town Board Meeting

Public Meeting - Linwood Township vs Julie Zuercher -  Postponed until September 10,2013 at the request of Ms. Zuercher.​ A resolution was passed finding Gunner owned by Julie Zuercher, and kept at 22954 W. Martin Lake Drive NE, Linwood to be a potentially dangerous dog. She  has appealed that resolution.

Planning and Zoning Application 2013-08 to approve the preliminary Plat for Boettcher Farm Preserve 4th Addition.
C​hange from out-lot to a platted lot to get a building permit.  Approved.

Planning and Zoning Application 2013-09 to approve the Final Plat for Boettcher Farm Preserve 4th Addition.  Approved​​​​.

Bids have gone out for the clean-up of the house on Lyons. (house that burned down)  Bids close on August 30th.

Mike Haag will draft a Town ​​Code to deal with possible Adult Entertainment Business.

Mike Haag will draft a T​​own Code to deal with possible sex offenders.

Payment of the bills/payroll. Approved​​  3 yes, 1 no.

Approval of the July 13, 2013 Town Board Minutes.  Approved.

Discussion on allowing a special bill run for Linwood Family Fund Day on September 4, 2013.  Approved.

Discussion on whether or not Linwood Family Fun Day is self sufficient.  It doesn't matter except for truth.  T​​o be determined later.​​​​

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​​Highlights of the August 13, 20, 2013 Town Board Meeting

T​​he Anoka County Board of Commissioners met at the Linwood Senior Center on Tuesday, August 13.  The Anoka County Board transferred the shoreland and septic inspection to Linwood Township.  Phil spoke about Linwood Township.  Phil, Ed and I were able to attend.   The agenda is available at: http://ww2.anokacounty.us/v4_board/meetings.aspx.  You can see a video also at: http://new.livestream.com/anokacounty/board.

Building Department - ​​July building report was not available.    

F​​ire Department -  29 runs for June and July.  There will be a retirement party for Ken Minske on Sunday, August 18th.
A resolution was passed allowing the Stacy Lions to sell 3.2 beer at the Firemen's Dance on September 7th.​

Senior Center - No Senior Advisory Meeting for July.  The July bus log was not available. ​​Linwood Family Fun Day will have a  Dairy Queen fundraiser on August 21,2013.  Volunteers are needed for Family Fun Day! 

Road and Bridge -​​  August minutes are available.  Call the Town Hall for a copy.  Road review on October 5, at 8:00 AM.

​​Park Board - Boettcher Park - The new equipment is in, and residents are excited about the adult and senior exercise equipment.  Equipment for the kids also.  A must see.  It is located in Boettcher Farm Preserve on Fawn Lake Drive.  All Linwood parks are available to all residents.  This is the first of its kind in the United States.  The walkways and pavilion to be completed soon.

Sunrise Water Shed - No good news.  Still waiting to see if the grants are awarded to start the Martin Lake project.​​ This

seems to be our last chance. 

Recycling -  There was a great deal of praise from the County Commissioners for the new recycling program and Ed Kramer.  Recycling is the 4th Saturday,  It is located behind the Senior Center.  For further information contact Ed Kramer or the Town Hall.  651- 462-2812.

Cemetery Committee -  Cindy Gruett spoke regarding the fact that Linwood still has not moved the ashes/stone that were place in someone's else's reserved lot.  Concern for both families that this is dragging out so long.  Judy Hanna claims

that the family must sign a release form to disinter the remains.  Hopefully, this will be cleared up quickly.  Cindy explained to the board how important it was to keep good records.  A new computer was bought for keeping the cemetery records. 

Attorney Mike Haag​​ - Mike was not able to be there due to a family emergency. 

Pam Olson has been hired as the accountant on a 90 day interim position​​.  She has a great deal of CTAS experience.  She previously worked in Lent Township. 

G​​reat  River Energy -  Paid Linwood Township $8,000.00 for easement rights in the School Forest.  The tower should not interfere with the School Forest Parking Lot.  This money will go into the park fund.

A Resolution was passed proclaiming October as Domestic V​​iolence Awareness Month. 

Mike and Bob discussed the video that was developed to bring awareness and stop abuse and financial exploitation of seniors. For more information call Judy at 462-2812 or visit the website: www.safemn.org.

Linwood Town Board passed a motion to pay Tautgas Redpath, LTD to  provide auditing service to Linwood Township for ​​$24,200.00 for 2013.

The August 13th bills were paid in the amount of $142,355.35. No activity in petty cash for July.

Motion passed to appove the July 9th and 23rd T​​own Board Meeting minutes.

Note:  For some reason Planning and Zoning was missed at the Town Board Meeting.   There is a Public Hearing on
​ Aug​​​​ust 20, 2013
to consider the request and give recommendation to the Town Board on the Preliminary Plat Application from Steve Strandlund ​ re-describing Outlot A to Lot 1 Block 1 Boettcher Farm Preserve 4th Addition as a buildable lot.​
www.forestlaketimes.com/2013/08/22/linwood-supervisors-updated-on-cemetery-grave-situation/
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​Highlights of the July 23. 2013 Town Board Meeting

Approval of Agenda

Planning and Zoning - The Town Board approved a  Realty sign on the corner of Icarus Street and Viking Blvd.​​​
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Planning and Zoning is looking for a new recording secretary to take the minutes and make the agenda.  Hanna resigned as the recording secretary.

Attorney - Bill G​​oodrich (Mike Haag was on vacation) Follow up on Violent dog - A resolution was passed finding Gunner owned by Julie Zuercher,  and kept at 22954 W. Martin Lake Drive NE, Linwood to be a potentially dangerous dog.  She has 14 days to appeal.  If this stands, the owner must:
1.  Provide and maintain proper enclosure.
2.  Post must post sign that there is a potentially dangerous dog,
3.  Provide and show proof of public liability insurance in the minimum of $300,000.
4.  If the dog is out of his enclosure, he must be muzzled and restrained by a substantial chain.​
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​5.  A tag must be affixed to his collar identifying the dog as a potentially dangerous dog.
6.  Must be registered with Anoka County.
7.  The dog is required to have a lifetime license and be up to date on rabies vaccination.​​

The work can begin on cleaning up the house on Lyons that burned down.​

Linwood T​​​​ownship entered into a Shoreland Joint Powers Agreement with Anoka County.  This agreement makes Linwood Township responsible for the permits and building Shoreland Ordinance for lake shore in Linwood.  Anoka County will continue to administer all variances.  This is a state requirement.

G​​reat River Energy asked  Linwood Township to put an easement through the section of the School Forest near the parking lot.  This decision was tabled so the Township could make sure the pole(s) and wires don't end up in the middle of the parking lot.

Payment of the bills was approved.

Joe Dolphy came before the Town Board with his concerns and ideas for the Township moving forward. 
1. Cross training of staff.
2. Separate the Clerk and Office Manager positions.
3. Make the Clerk and Treasurer hired positions rather than elected. This would allow the Township to get the most    qualified person rather than the most popular.  This would have to be put on the 2014 ballot and passed by the citizens.  This would also give the Board of Supervisors supervision of Clerk and Treasurer. 
4.  ​Encouraged the Town Board to consider using local businesses.  This could save the town staff's time, money and promote local business.

Dairy​​ Queen fund raiser August 21st.

​www.forestlaketimes.com/2013/07/31/linwood-to-oversee-own-zoning-permitting/
www.forestlaketimes.com/2013/07/17/open-forum-for-week-of-july-18/


Highlights ​​
of the July 9, 2013 Town Board Meeting


Commander Paul Sommer presented the 2014 police contract.​​ The total amount will be $212,266. For further details please contact the Town Hall. Motion passed to accept this contract.

Senior Center - ​The Garden Tour will be Thursday, July 11th. See flyer on page 2 for details.
(new) A white elephant bingo will be held each month on the second Monday at 1:00 PM. For further details
please contact Judy Hanna, Senior Center Coordinator. 462-5565
Food Giveaway last Saturday provided food to 60 families according to Judy Hanna. ​
Contact Judy for further details.

Linwood Family Fun Day - Dairy Queen Fundraiser will be held July 16th. The last ​​DQ fundraiser made $120.00.
​ Garage sale fund raiser July 26/27 and free on Sunday.

Sunrise Wa​​tershed - Linwood Lake annual meeting and picnic July 13, 2013. Contact Judy Hanna for further details.

Attorney Mike Haag - Vicious dogs - On June 6, 2013 a pair of lab-type dogs bit a man in the area of W. Martin ​ Lake Drive and 229th. ​This is the second incident of these dogs attacking. The attorney is dealing with
this situation as quickly as the law allows. If you have any information regarding these dogs please
contact the Town Hall. The dog's names are Gunnar and Shooter. 462-2812 A Public Hearing will be
​ scheduled for ​August 18,2013.
Minimum percentage of Owners Agreement for Special Assessment still needs a little work and hopefully
will come back before the Town Board at our next regular meeting, July 23, 2013.

​​​​​​​Janet Haapoja resigned as​​ the Accountant/Secretary. She will leave her position on July 23, 2013. I am sorry to see her
leave the Town Hall. She has been a great asset​ to our Administration.

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Good Stewardship - I have chosen not to write about this before because it was personal, but since its has not stopped, has been put in the Forest Lake paper twice and has been brought up 3 or 4 times in a Town Board Meeting, I want to share my thoughts. Early this summer I was singled out by Debbie Parker (my opponent's wife) regarding my going to workshops given by the Minnesota Association of Townships. Then Debbie put a letter in the Forest Lake Times. I scheduled myself to attend a workshop that I needed for the Township. The course, "Appeal and Equalization Training," given by Chisago County, is free of charge and is exactly the same course as offered by the Minnesota Association of Townships. After I enrolled in this class, she informed the audience attending last night's Town Board meeting that my finding classes outside the Minnesota Association of Townships is not acceptable to her. The classes given by the Minnesota Association of Townships are great classes, but are they worth a $60.00 fee, mileage to a distant location, hotel accommodations, and food? Going to the same class at the Big Bear Casino could cost up to $340.00. I am trying to be a good steward of the Linwood Levy. Last night, Debbie Parker vowed to harass me for the next 4 years. I just wanted you to know that I don't have "total disregard for the citizens and the township", as Debbie entitled her recent editorial.
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​Read this article in the Forest Lake Times, "Linwood Cemetery Records Go Under Microscope"
www.forestlaketimes.com/2013/07/10/linwood-cemetery-records-go-under-microscope/

www.forestlaketimes.com/2013/07/17/linwood-employee-resigns-after-airing-concerns/
www.forestlaketimes.com/2013/07/10/linwood-cemetery-records-go-under-microscope/ ​​



​​​​​​​Highlights of June 26, 2013


Approval of the minutes​​.

Linwood's Insurance Agent brought to the Town Board a review of 2013 insurance. If you are interest in seeing this review, contact Judy at the Town Hall.

T​​here was a Public Hearing regarding the Linwood Township Comprehensive Plan at 5:30 PM. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended to the Town Board that we adopt the Comprehensive Plan with corrections to the maps. Motion passed. The Comprehensive Plan outlines a framework for guiding and directing future community growth and improvement. This plan is required by the Metropolitan Council.
If you are interested in seeing this plan, contact Judy at the Town Hall.​

Planning and Zoning Application 2013-04 property split was denied because more information is needed.

​​​​Planning and Zoning Application 2013-04 property split was denied because more information is needed.

Planning and Zoning Application 2013-05 rezoning was denied.

Minimum Percentage of Owner's Agreement came before the Town Board once again and our Township Attorney will write language for a code and return it to the Town Board.​​​​

Fire Department - T​​he Town Board approved a new floor for the fire station. The Fire Department will purchase a newer grass rig (1998) from the DNR and will sell the old one (1989). Ken Minske will retire in July. June 11th Linwood Fire Department had 5 cadets graduate from the academy. Congratulations to each of the Cadets.
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Cemetery - I brought back to the Town Board the issue of ashes being burial in someone's reserved plot because the Town Board agreed to but didn't officially vote to contact the person's family that was buried and apologize, offer any lot that is available and to move the ashes/stone free of charge and return the reserved plot to the other family. After the last meeting, you may remember that Judy Hanna stated that she and the Sexton would not be dictated to and will not follow the Board's wishes until they are satisfied that the Cemetery Committee has it right. The motion passed to contact the family apologize, offer any plot that is available and move the ashes/stone at the expense of the Township.

​​​​Many years ago a Cemetery Committee was formed. I believe it started to get water in the cemetery but grew into much more. This committee under the direction of Howard Holm worked hard to put the entire cemetery on a spread sheet, making new books, getting back old unused grave sites and much more. In December of 2009, the committee turned over the spread sheets, books to the Clerk, Judy Hanna, and the Town Board directed Judy to begin using the new software on 1/1/10. I became the Supervisor for the Cemetery Committee in January 2013. After the first Cemetery Committee meeting this year, it became clear that the spreadsheet and books have not been update in 3 years. After a good deal of frustration in trying myself to resolve this issue, I brought it before the Town Board. I didn't need a motion because a motion was passed in December of 2009 to start using the new software and books. After getting nothing from the Town Board, I made a new motion and I didn't get a 2nd. Philip asked Judy if she was going to update the books and software, and Judy's answer was "before I leave office." (2016).

The Town Board approved 3.95 new Fire Regulations into the Town Code. ​​

Payment of the bills. Approved

Approval of the minutes for June 11, 2013. Approved

Police contract - next T​​​​​​own Board Meeting.



​​​​​​​​​Highlights of the June 11, 2013 Town Board Meeting


The Linwood Fire Department has asked the Town Board to install 3 entry key lock boxes at the Town Hall/ Senior Center in case of emergency. Motion passed. Linwood staff will work with Scot Smith to work out details.​​

Judy Hanna - Senior Center - The Senior Advisory Board's May minutes are available. Linwood Family Fun Day garage sale made approximately $1,000 plus $200.00 for the silent auction. Wyoming Dairy Queen will give Linwood Family Fun Day 10% of their profits from 6 - 9 PM on June 18, 2013.

Road and Bridge - Minutes are available. Annual Road Review, June 12. 2013 at 5:00 PM. Letter asking for permission to ride in the ditches failed​​ due to restrictions in the spring and summer because of wild life nesting. We were given a paper on, "Understanding Minimum Maintenance Roads." Copies are available at the Town Hall. Mike Haag, Township Attorney brought a memo regard the issue of minimum percentage of owners agreement for special assessment. This is regarding what percent of residents living on a road are needed to ask to have their road paved. Hopefully, this issue will come to a final conclusion at the next Town Board Meeting. Lyons Den - The Township will need to finish the road project because the contractor has refused to compete the project. After the project is competed we can discuss how to get our money back.

Park Board-School Forest - The outdoor school room has been finished at the Linwood Elementary School. Thanks for all the hard work.

​​​​Pictometry Flight = Anoka County will be hiring Pictometry to fly Ortho and Oblique imagery. The cost will be shared by each municipality. Our cost is 2837 parcels x $.30 = $851.10. Motion passed. These are images of each parcel in Linwood and this software is used by the Building Inspector.

The HR Committee - Job descriptions for the Senior Coordinator and the Town Clerk were presented for our review. I believe these will be voted on at the next Town Board Meeting. Mediation Services will be available to the different committees and the Town Board to help resolve some conflict issues among the members.

Town Board Minutes were approved for the May 28, 2013 Town Board Meeting minus the net payroll information which was missing from the May 28th meeting.

The Anoka County Sheriff's report is available in the Town Hall.​​​​​​

Cemetery - The Cemetery Committee approached the Town Board with the belief that a mistake was made in the cemetery. A person's ashes were buried in another person's reserved plot. The Town Board agreed to contact the person's family that was buried and apologize, offer any lot that is available and to move the ashes/stone free of charge and return the reserved plot to the other family. After the meeting, Judy Hanna stated that she and the Sexton would not be dictated to and will not follow the Board's wishes until they are satisfied that the Cemetery Committee has it right.
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​​​​Hightlights of the May 28, 2013 Town Board Meeting (Short Meeting)


Variance approved for Joe Eisenschenk to build an attached garage.

​​The issue of what percent of homeowners are needed to petition the Township to pave a road was sent back to Planning and Zoning Meeting and Road and Bridge one more time.

The 1997 Senior Center bus repair will be done by Dolphy 's. The cost will be $1,064.25.

The Senior Center Coordinator job description will go to the HR Committee for further review.


​​​​​​​Highlights of the May 14, 2013 Town Board Meeting


Building Department - April Building and Permit Report​​ - 17 permits, 2 new homes, 1 replace home, decks, windows and doors, new siding, new roofs, new fire place, water heater, furnace repair. The Aril building report is available in the Linwood Town Hall.

Fire Department - No burning, period​​. (This has been lifted) New recuits are doing good. They will graduate June 5, The Emergency weather sirens have been failing but the problem has been solved. Ken Minske will retire and his party is planned for August. Thank you, Ken for your many years of service. You will be missed. Linwood will be considering a new policy on burning. This policy is being reviewed by the Linwood Attorney. The new engine will be delivered sometime in June or July. LFD has promoted Brian Meyer as the new Medical Training
​​Lieutenant.

Senior Center - T​​he old bus is in need of repair to the first step and door. The estimated cost is $2,000.00 A second estimate was requested by the Town Board and the bus needs to be evaluated to see if the bus is worth fixing. A new job description will be reviewed in June for the Senior Coordinator position. This job description will go into effect when Judy retires the end of December. Donation receipts were again brought up. The IRS information will be removed from the back, because donations to Linwood may not be used for tax purposes. Linwood Senior Center does not have 501(c)(3) status.

R​oad and Bridge - Road and Bridge Minutes are available. 2013 street maintenance project was awarded to to Knife River Corp.
Serious discussion took place regarding what is the minimum​ number of residents required to approve a special assessment to pave a road. This was sent back to Road and Bridge and Planning and Zoning. A second issue arose whether the percent of residents needed to live on the road.

Website survey - It was determined that the website survey was not accurate. The survey was meant for residents to vote if they were satisfied or not with the time of the Town Board Meetings. ​​Residents were only supposed to be able to vote once, but some were not limited to one time. It just became a contest to see who could win rather than a real survey. The town board voted to continue the meetings at 6:00PM.

Approval of the minutes.

Informational - Linwood School Forest Digital Hunt. Using a digital camera or cell phone, take pictures of the 10 items required. Contact the Linwood school or the Linwood Town Hall for full details.​​

G​​host Tours - call for information and reservation, 763-421-0600.

Anoka County Historial Society exhibition on the civil war. The exhibition will begin on May 30 at 7:00 PM and is free to the community.​​
For further details call the Anoka County Historcial Society, 763-741-0600.​



​​​​​​​​Hightlight of the April 23, 2013 Town Board Meeting


Application to split off 5 acres​​ on Lyons - Approved

The ​Town Board was asked to approve the re-appointment of Planning and Zoning Commission members Steve Strandlund, Joe Dolphy and Tom Searing to 2016. Approved

Linwood Lake Association President, John Murphy came to the board meeting looking for support for Linwood Lake. He is going to work with Bob Millerbernd and the Sunrise Watershed.

Mike Pederson gave a presentation on the purposed plan for​​ Boetcher Park. It will be a very creative park for all ages. Approved

Mike Haag, T​​ownship Attorney was not present. We didn't talk about the longevity raises, percent of citizens needed to pave a road. This will be discussed at our next meeting.

Approval of the meeting minutes for March 26, 2013 and April 9​​, 2013.

Cemetery Committe requested new maps. Also that Linwood Township take over the cemetery irrigation system. Judy will direct our maintenance men to turn on the water and fix the faucets. Maps will be requested from the T​​ownship Engineer.

​​​​​​​​Highlights of the April 9, 2013 Town Board Meeting


Building Department - March building report records - ​​Laundry drain, pole barn addition, finished lower rooms, windows, water hear, 2 new homes and one fireplace. This report is available at the Town Hall.

Fire Department - Derek Dovolos has returned from Afghanistan after being deployed there over a year. Two firefighters escorted him back to Linwood. He will return to the Linwood Fire Department (Thank you Derek for your Service)
ACTA ​Candidates are doing well. They are getting ready to take there FF 1 certification test.
The Lucas Devise was placed into service. F​inal cost to the Township was under $6,000 for the Lucas and the Zoll Monitor. The addition of this equipment is expected to save many lives.
Ready Watt has completed the installation of the Emergency Weather siren on 234th/Japura.
The new fire truck is scheduled for delivery in late June.
LFD is ​​​getting bids to redo the station floor.

Road and Bridge minutes are posted and available.
Annual Road and Bridge Review - May 11, 2013 - 8:00 AM.
New air compressor will be purchased for the Township.

​​​Park Board - Park Board Annual Review April 15th - 6:00 PM

School Forest - 20 year birthday coming up. Hope to hav​​​​​e a celebration in May (if spring ever arrives).

Sunrise Water Shed - Nothing new to report

​​At 6:30 PM the Town Board Meeting was temporarily adjourned to have a public hearing.

Public Hearing on vacation of easement in Boettcher Farms Preserve. This was for the purpose of putting two parcels together and building a house in the middle. Motion passed.

Discussion was held on the possibilty of video recording of the Town Board Meetings. Cathy Hereau will get more information.

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The newly​​​​ formed HR (Personnel) Committe has begun its job.
1. Review and update employee policies
2. Review and write job description for all employees.
3. June - Begin semiannual performance reviews
This commitee will meet monthly. Mike Haag (Linwood Attorney) is the chairman​​​​. Phil Osterhaus and Mike Halliday make up the rest of the committee.

A motion was made and passed regarding petty cash. To receive reimbursement from petty cash, a receipt will be required. If no receipt is available, then a Board Supervisor's approval will be needed.

Time cards must be punched not written in. Supervisors will monitor this.​​​​​​​​



​​​​​​​​​ Highlights of the March 26, 2013 Town Board Meeting


David Mol gave a review of the 2012 annual audit. T​​he audit should be available in a couple weeks for citizen review. I will let you know when and where you can get a copy.

The Town Board approved a variance for Steve Olson for the 13' x 60', 780 ​​sq. feet. addition to the existing structure. This is
after the fact.

Building Department Permit records - ​​February - 3 new homes, patio door, replacement windows. garage addition, and a roof.

The Martin Lakers Association were picked as 2012 Outstanding Conservationist.​​

Approval of the Town Board minutes for February 26, March 12 and March 19th.


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Highlights of the March 12, 2013 Town Board /Annual Meeting


Approval of the 2012 Annual Meeting minutes.​​

Township Auditor David Mol discused the proposed 2014 levy.​

Town Board Supervisors' reports on expenditures/operating budget for their departments.​​

Annual Meeting Minutes and budget packets should be available in the Town Hall.​​

The levy was set for $1,500,000.

Discussion on whether we should spend money maintaining the parks​, refurbishing and painting the fire trucks, vacation buyout for the staff (this has been taken away starting in June 2012), wages and health insurance payments for the Senior Center Coordinator/Office Manager.

The Anoka County Sheriff reported that the crime in Linwood is down but not DUI's.​​


Approval of updates to the Linwood Codebook and ​​approval to publish ordinance adoption in the Forest Lake Times.
Copies are available at the T​own Hall.

Approval of the Fireworks contract for the 2013 Linwood Family F​​un Day.

Sunrise River Watershed Contract was tabled until our March 26, 2013 Town Board Meeting.

A Public Hearing will be held on April 9, 2013 on a petition asking to v​​acate part of the drainage and utility easement on Lot 2 and Lot 3, block 2, Boettcher Farm Preserve First Addition.

Discussion ​​regarding 242/Amazon. Mike Haag has researched how many properties are needed for the assessment process. This matter will be discussed at the Planning and Zoning Meeting next Tuesday and Road and Bridge the first Tuesday in April. It will come back to the Town
Board meeting April 23, 2013.​



​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Highlights of the February 26, 2013 Town Board Meeting


A​​pproval of the February 12, 2013, Town Board minutes with corrections regarding the the longevity pay policy for Linwood employees.

Longevity policy will be discussed on March 26, 2013 with Attorney Mike Haag​​.

We didn't have a discussion ​​regarding 242/Amazon. Mike Haag is researching how many properties are needed for the assessment process. Mike Haag was not able to attend the Town Board Meeting this evening. Hopefully, this will be discussed on March 26,2013.

Carol Searing asked the T​​own Board to make the posting places, website, and the TV access channel a priority, because these are important links to our citizens. Post meetings/events in 4 places, Town Hall, Country Pumper Store, Dolphy's Automotive and the Linwood website, update the website and access channel with accurate information.

The Fire Department requested approval to purchase a Zoll Heart Monitor and a Lucas Device out of their equipment fund.
​ ($​​8,600)

Janet Haapoja has finished her probationary period and is now hired full-time.

Approval to pay the bills.

At 5:30 PM this evening, there was a review and discussion by our Auditor regarding our proposed budget that will be presented to the Linwood citizens on March 12.


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Highlights of the February 12, 2013 Town Board Meeting


​​The 2014 proposed budget is ready for the auditor in preparation for the annual meeting.

Waiting for permits to begin work on the Ryan Lake bridge.​​

An agreement was brought to the Linwood Board for 2013 fireworks at Linwood Family Fun Day. Approved.​​

Still waiting for enough money to do the Martin Lake carp barriers project.​​ ​​​​​​​
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Highlights of the January 22, 2013 Town Board Meeting


Th​​e third emergency warning siren was installed at 234th Street and Japura.

Fire​​ Department - A six man truck will be purchased from Pierce. The purchase price is $449,555.
​​ $195,000 ​was put down and a 5 year lease to purchase agreement was signed. The payments will come out of capital and will be around $53,000 per year.

The Town Board approved 3 new probationary candidates to go through the Training Academy.​​

Linwood Firefighter Tom Bev​​er has made it through the St. Paul Fire Academy and now is a St. Paul Fighter.

Linwood Captain Mike Christian and Firefighter Brian Meyer hav​​e accepted positions in Chisago County.

This speaks well of our Fire Department.​​

2013 required OSHA training was approved for Linwood employees.​​

January 8, 2013 Town Board Minutes were approved.

2013 employee wage increase was not approved.

2013 employee health insurance increase was not approved.

Linwood Township Engineer prepared a cost estimated for six streets in the Township.​​​​​​​​

1. East Martin Lake (​​Road/Drive)? (3,535 LF) - Correct vertical curve and overlay - $127,000
2. Unser Street ​- 229th Avenue to 226Tth Avenue (2,400 LF) - Reclaim and Pave - $139,000
3. ​ Typo Creek Drive Fawn Lake to 245th Avenue (2,850) Shape and pave - $210,000
4. Elbe Street​ - 227th Lane to 228th Avenue (450 LF) - Construct to Gravel Standards - $34,400
5. ​227th Place - Elbe Street to West Martin Lake Drive (1,000) - Construct to Gravel Standard - $78,900
6. Thames Street - Fawn Lake Drive to 245th Avenue (3,050) -Shape and Pave -$224,500

If you would like more information let me know. cjsearing@gmail.com​​​​​​​​


​​​​​​​​Highlights of the January 8, 2013 Town Board Meeting

R​eorganizational Meeting

1. Town Board Chair - Philip Osterhus
2. Town Board V​​​ice-Chair - Mike Halliday
3.​ Official Newspaper - Forest Lake Times
4. Official Posting Places - Dolphy's, Country Store, Town Hall and Linwood Township's website.

Township Services

1. Attorney - Mike Haag
2. Auditor - David Mol
3. Building Inspector - Kevin Tramm
4. Engineer - Hakason Anderson
5. Health Authority​​​ - Kevin Tramm
6. Road Foreman - Frank Kvidera
7. Tree/Weed Inspector - Kevin Tramm

Supervisor (s) to oversee Township C​​​​ommittees

1. Building Maintence - Bob Millerbernd
2. Cemetery​​​ Committee - Carol Searing
3. Fire Department - Philip Osterhus
4. Insurance - Mike Halliday
5. Personnel - Philip Osterhus, backup Carol Searing
6. Police - Philip Osterhus
7. Recyling - Ed Kramer, backup Mike Halliday and Bob Millerbernd
8. Road and Bridge - Philip Osterhus, backup Ed Kramer​​​​​​
​9. Safety - Bob Millerbernd
10. Senior Center - Carol Searing, backup Mike Halliday
11. School Forest - Bob Millerbernd
12. Sunrise River Watershed Management Organization - Bob Millerbernd
13. Cable, Newsletter and Webpage - Carol Searing​​​
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Regular Meeting

Fire Truck tabled until the next meeting.

Discussion regarding Fire Department/Township Calendar


If you would like more information let me know. cjsearing@gmail.com​​​​​​​​

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Highlights of the December 11, 2012 Town Board Meetin​​g

​​​​​The 2012 Town Board approved the purchase of a new fire truck. Funding still needs to be decided. The new fire truck will be red. As the other trucks need to be painted, they will also be painted red.

Janet Haapoja has been hired as the accountant/secretary to replace Pam Palmer.

Jim G​​​​arrison resigned from the Park Board and was accepted to fill a position on Planning and Zoning.

Both the Park Board and Planning and Zoning are looking for new members.​​

​​A discussion on paving 242nd Lane and Amazon was held, but no decisions were made.



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