Wakefield Township Board Update

This article originally appeared in the Daily Globe on March 9th, 2017

By IAN MINIELLY iminielly@yourdailyglobe.com WAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP — The Wakefield Township board met Tuesday and passed a 2017- ’18 budget that includes a 3 percent raise for employees and board members. Employees and board members received no raise last year. The board worked on the budget since January, so when it came time to vote, everyone was informed and did not have any additional questions, according to John Cox, town supervisor. The board reported the township will work with the city of Wakefield jointly for spring clean-up in May, but is awaiting news on a grant request to decide if it will accept tires. A new township sign for the hall was approved and should be commissioned and installed within the next month and five street lights were designated for removal. According to Cox, Xcel Energy says the township has the highest cost per capita for street lights, as the township has nearly a street light per person. Spring clean-up will be on Friday, May 19, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Western U.P. Recycling Center. The Solid Waste Authority informed the township it is going to need more trucks to serve the township and city of Wakefield. All board members agreed to attend a pipeline safety meeting, as the township has three pipelines traversing its real estate. The next scheduled meeting is set for April 4 at 5:30 p.m.