Baldwin Briefs: Sept. 16 meeting

The following news items are reported from the Sept. 16 meeting of the Baldwin Township Board. They were compiled by Audrey Misiura.

Storm sewer quote rejected
The Baldwin Township Board voted down the Sandy Lake storm sewer project for this year and opted to put it on the 2014 road project list instead.
“This project has a lot of problems,” Supervisor Kimberly Good said. “I don’t think the Road & Bridge budget can handle both projects, and 142nd Street is clearly the priority,” she said.
The 142nd Street project will likely cost more than expected and has grant dollars associated with it.
“We can solve a lot of the Sandy Lake problems by grading correctly. We can buy a year,” Supervisor Larry Handshoe said.

Debt services underfunded
Township Clerk Cathy Stevens told the board that the debt services fund is underfunded for 2014 by about $8,000. This is because of the purchase of a lawn tractor for the township. The lawn tractor and attachments cost more than $37,000.
Stevens recommended that the board have another meeting for the purpose of approving money for the debt service fund, for transparency’s sake.
“I don’t think we need to get the whole township in an uproar over $8,000”, Swanson said.
The board will discuss the possibility of a special meeting to approve funding debt services at their next board meeting on Oct. 7.

Planning Commission
The Baldwin Planning Commission was not able to conduct business this month because there was not a quorum present at its meeting. Board members expressed their hope that commission members will still be able to complete needed work on the comprehensive plan in time.
The board approved sending incoming plat and variance issues to the Baldwin Planning Commission first, for their input, before they come to the board. Good believes those issues are within the scope of the Planning Commission’s responsibility.

In other business
n The board approved a letter of support for the Princeton Area Visionary Committee and the city of Princeton’s application for the Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Legacy grant program. The committee would like to upgrade the campground in Princeton’s Riverside Park and has applied for Legacy funding for the project.
n Snowplow drivers are needed for the township. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a class B license and a good driving record. Applications are available at the Town Hall during regular business hours and on the township website at http://www.baldwintownship.govoffice.com.

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