The Lawrence Township Board has a new clerk. At last week’s board meeting, Cathy Castle was sworn in as the township clerk to complete the term of Tarryn Steel whose resignation was submitted in April. Castle will finish the term until the election in November.
Old business included:
• Approval of an additional donation of $150 to the Little League summer program. A total of 38 young people from the area have signed up to participate. The construction of an approved little league ball field behind the town hall also was discussed.
• The road tour discovered the need for three new township signs at the road junctures with the township lines. Road work was awarded to Schwartz Excavating.
• The 2015 levy will be divided as follows: 53 percent for general fund; 32 percent for road and bridge; and, 15 percent for the fire fund.
• The discussion regarding the rental of the township’s tables and chairs was continued. Currently, a supervisor must come to the storage unit in order to accept the deposit and sign out the furniture. The service is a courtesy to township residents which the board wishes to continue, however, it can be quite an inconvenience.
• A brief discussion took place about the merger of the township’s clerk and treasurer positions.
• New business was highlighted by a discussion of the Great Northern Transmission Line route through the township. There are two routes under consideration, both of which would affect township residents. The Great Northern Transmission Line, which will deliver hydropower generated by ManitobaHydro to customers in the United States, will consist of a 500 kV transmission line from the Minnesota-Manitoba border to the Blackberry 500 kV Substation near Grand Rapids. The initial comment period closed on May 16 and the reply comment period will close on May 30 at 4:30 p.m.
• Mowing of the town hall lawn and cleaning of the township ditches were assigned.
• The township is developing a job description for a hall maintenance person. Once approved, the job description will be used to hire for the position.
The next regular meeting of the township will take place on June 18 at 7 p.m.