By Ryan Gueningsman
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, MN A representative is being sought from Franklin Township for Watertown’s Commission on Aging.
Gayla Matson, who works with the Delano and Watertown Community Education offices, told the township board at its meeting Jan. 5 that the Watertown Commission on Aging is an official city commission, and is included in the 2030 Watertown comprehensive plan.
The commission is planning for the future, 20 to 25 years down the road, not only to meet the current needs of seniors, but also planning for the baby boomers.
This advisory group has been meeting for several years, and is seeking input from local townships. Matson asked if the township board can help identify a person in the township or someone on the township board to be a liaison for the advisory board and a voice for township concerns, preferably more than 45 years old.
Matson left applications with Franklin Township Clerk/Treasurer Denise Olson for anyone interested in applying. The terms are for three years.
Odds and ends
In other business, the board:
• approved a request from Bob Perry of MBE to crush concrete at a pit on Wright County Road 16, with the 30 days of the crushing to be done between the working hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Perry has to install a sign with a contact number for residents to call if there are any questions or problems, and the approval is contingent upon meeting requirements and regulations from Wright County Planning and Zoning.
• heard the township has not received a response from the City of Independence to Township Supervisor Bill McMullen’s request for information regarding “big box” development in the area of County Line Road and Highway 12.
Since the last township meeting, the board learned the City of Delano had tabled participation with the development at this time due to drainage concerns and other issues.
• agreed to be involved and aware of taking care of wild parsnip throughout Wright County. The township will become a cooperative member of the weed management area of Wright County, as presented by the Wright County Soil and Water Conservation District.
• heard from a resident in attendance who asked if the township has a written snow plow policy. The board noted there is one in place and that it is reviewed annually.
It was also noted the township experienced some mailbox vandalism just before the first significant snowfall of the winter.
Because the township did not have blades on its truck, the township is confident these mailboxes were not hit by the township’s plow truck, but rather were vandalized. McMullen will contact the resident who inquired about this.
• scheduled a board of audit and budget meeting for Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 10 a.m. at the township hall.