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

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Workman Township Year in Review 2017

Another busy year has passed with the Township Board continuing its effects to streamline the working of the board.

In January, we began the process of moving our elections to mail-in balloting instead of polling-place balloting. Balloting will be managed by Aitkin County Auditor’s Office. Resolution 01-2017-02 was adopted by the board on January 18, 2017 and will be effective for 2018 balloting. At the same time Resolution 01-2017-01 was passed by the board designating the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of even numbered years as the date of town general election to be placed on the March 2017 ballot. The Resolution passed with a vote of 24 to 3.

In February we began distributing pamphlets to spread awareness of our cemetery to the area. It was necessary to obtain the services of Aitkin County Road Department due to the accumulation of ice on Grouse Street. The selection of judges for our last on-site election took place. We received notice of the amount, $19,286.81, Workman Township would receive for 2016 storm damage.

There was disappointment in the sparse attendance of our annual meeting in March. A request was received to donate a picture displayed on our walls of the old Rat Lake School to McGregor Historical Society.

In May work began in earnest to prepare the cemetery for the shoot over to take place on Memorial Day. A new planter was constructed and filled with beautiful flowers by Fred and Lu Kamrowski along with several other plantings. Hedge which had not survived the winter was replaced and Sentence-to-Serve cleaned the cemetery. The shoot-over went well in spite of the weather and hopefully this event will take place each year. Sharp’s Forestry Consulting, LCC completed assessment of the trees on Wotring Road. A pollinator site was suggested and researched for the township but was rejected due to the fact it would take at least four years for results to show. Plans were started for a second Township Service Day.

Additional ideas were discussed for Township Service Day, including asking residents to set up tables outside for selling garden produce, etc.

We received our computer program for the cemetery and arrangements for installation were made. This program should enable the township to keep up to date on cemetery business.

In August focus was on weed eradication along the side of roads including Canadian thistle, poison ivy, and wild parsnip. Lake Country Power was contacted and will be removing trees on 512th Lane and 221st Place that pose a danger to power lines. Service Day was postponed until next year due to health problems.

A Fall road review was conducted with the goal in mind of bringing all roads to a level where it will only be necessary to do maintenance, other than routine, on a rotating four year basis. 270th Street and 510th Street, on the west side of the Mississippi have now been graveled. Nistler Construction notified us he was quitting business, so Darlow Excavating has been contracted for snowplowing for the 2017-2018 season.

Our November meeting was attended by officials from Enbridge to give a presentation on progress on the pipeline construction. They indicated the line was relocated due to population growth around the present location. A motion was made at this meeting to submit a cost reimbursement to Enbridge for crossing our roadways of $10,000. Resolution 10-2017-03 was also passed establishing a snow removal policy. Chairman James Berg is working with Eileen Keen’s daughter to write an article for the “Township Insider” on Eileen Keen.

Late Spring or early Summer we will be picking up the used carpeting from the school band room and installing it in our Township Hall. Carpet is being replaced at school and we will get the used at no cost. James Berg has also been checking with Frontier on progress for broadband in our township. We also learned the removal of Grouse Street as a snowmobile trail has not taken place as requested, so further action will be necessary.

Please feel free to contact any member of the township board with your suggestions and ideas. You can follow our township happenings on our website (www.workmantownshipmn.org).

- Marlys Knutson, Clerk