Workman Township | 24301 480th Street, McGregor, MN 55760-6010 | 218-426-3634

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Workman Township Updates

STRONG VOTER PARTICIPATION: The November election resulted in 140 mail in ballots from our township. Considering that the last census showed our population of all age groups as 207 the number of eligible voters was certainly very favorable.

TAXABLE MARKET VALUE & NET TAX CAPACITY: For the assessment year 2018 / tax year payable 2019, the Workman Township total taxable market valuation is: $58,230.349. The Workman Township net capacity is: $578,397 (information from Aitkin County Auditor). The 2019 township levy as set by the electors at the annual meeting was $84,000, 14.5% of the township net capacity.

BOARD of APPEALS & EQUALIZATION: The Open Book Meeting for Workman Township will be held at the Aitkin County Assessor's Office, 209 Main Street NW, Room 211, Aitkin, MN, on Thursday May 2nd from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. The County Board of Equalization will be held on Tuesday, June 25th by appointment. Workman Township has turned over all Appeals and Equalization meetings to Aitkin County.

FLOODING CONCERNS FOR SPRING 2019:  We all have experienced a long, cold, snowy winter. Last year was also rough, but believe that this year was worse. We all are concerned about flooding in our township. Last November we cleaned all the debris out of our culverts so that nothing would impede water flow. Now we are again looking at the culverts to check on any ice buildup that needs to be removed. We are also very pleased that our snowplow operator added a wing for this season. Getting the snow as far away from the roads should eliminate at least some muddy driving conditions.

In case that it is needed we have stockpiled sand bags and have available sand that can be used for bagging. If necessary we will place this sand at the townhall, by Brown's Point, and on Wotring Road. If there is a need we will place sand at other locations. Bags for sanding can be obtained by calling Jim at 218 340-3049. When traveling our roads and you see a potential road hazard please also call so that we can take appropriate action.

FEMA and TOWNSHIP ROADS:  Workman Township has now completed all the flood repair from the damage caused in 2018 and all paperwork has now been submitted to FEMA. We anticipate repayment soon. We are hoping that the completed work will greatly reduce road flooding in the future.

FALL 2018 ROAD CHECK:  The Fall township road inspection was completed on Friday, November 2, 2018. We are still seeing overall positive improvement in our roads, ditches and culverts. Because of the flooding caused by heavy rainfall in June and July of this year most of the repair work involved Grouse Street.

We have two signs that have bullet holes in them and we have another location where the sign and post were stolen. The stolen sign and post have been replaced. Work on removing trees in ditch right-of-way and cleaning/replacing culverts is an ongoing process. We anticipate replacing three culverts in 2019. Workman Township has no minimum maintenance roads any more. We also have no bridges in the township. Calcium Chloride will again be applied to selected roads in 2019.

HIGH SPEED INTERNET:  While there has been some progress in high speed internet service, mainly along Highway 65 in Workman Township by SCI, there is still a lot of work to be done to have high speed internet in the entire township. Frontier Communications was scheduled to place high speed cable on Grouse Street from Hwy 65 to 240th Place in 2018. The work has not been completed and likely will be completed in 2019. We are planning on meeting with SCI, another cable company installing high speed internet cable in the area.

HELICOPTER LANDING ZONE:  Discussion with Aitkin County officials has begun concerning have an area designated for landing/takeoff for emergency medical helicopters. Workman Township will consult with other nearby townships and Aitkin County to determine what would be the most suitable location for this landing zone.

CEMETERY:  The initial computer work for Lakeview Cemetery has been completed and treasurer Betty Berg has taken over the responsibility of maintaining the computer records. Supervisor Fred Kamrowski is still in charge of the cemetery site. While we planted approximately 30 new trees in the cemetery, one of the stately pine trees recently went down after a very windy day. We are still in the process of cleaning up the trunk, limbs, and branches.

In addition, Mille Lacs Energy Co-op has agreed to place a yard light on the power line post directly across from our cemetery.  This nighttime illumination should improve the visibility of our cemetery at night.

SNOW REMOVAL:  Snow and cold season is here. Darlow Excavating is again contracted to do snowplowing in our township. They have added a wing to their plow truck which should make our roads easier to navigate.

Three inches of level snow on the roads is required before snowplowing starts. Roads are plowed with the most heavily populated roads plowed first. A salt/sand mix is applied at selected locations on township roads. We have requested that Darlow Excavating plow Workman Township roads as early as possible after snowfall stops.

It is unlawful for anyone to deposit snow or ice in a public road or right-of-way or otherwise obstruct a public road (Minn Stat. ss 160.27 sub 5(a)(1); 169.42 Sub d.1)

SCHOLARSHIPS:  Junior and senior high school students living in Workman Township are eligible to compete for scholarships, including:

1)  Minnesota Association of Townships Scholarship. Scholarship is for $1,000 but must apply during junior year in school.

2)  Irene Bright Scholarship sponsored by Aitkin County Association of Townships. Scholarship is for $1,000 and students apply during senior year.

3)  Palisade Fire District Scholarship. Scholarship is for $1,000 and seniors living in Workman Township qualify.

4)  Lake Country Power Coop Scholarship. January is scholarship month at Lake Country Power Coop. The eastern half of our township  is serviced by Lake Country Power Coop. $4,000 scholarships for either college or technical school at $1,000 per year are available for up to 30 students. Application closing is January 31, 2019. Please visit www.lakecountrypower.coop for additional information.

5)  J & J Wickstrom Scholarship/ Palisade Area Lions Club. Scholarship amount is $1,000 for graduating seniors, See school counselor or contact Workman Township for application. Due date is April 1st. Scholarship may be used to attend any type of trade school, tech, or college after graduation.

Each of the scholarships can be used for academic or vocational programs. Please see your high school counselor or contact Workman Township for more information or application forms.