Regular Road Work
Thanks to the Electors who authorized
funds for well-needed road work, we made significant improvements
in nearly all of our Township Roads in 2012, especially on Olympic
Avenue south of the Snake River bridge. Although dry conditions
in late summer and early fall made it difficult for effective
blading to reduce the washboarding we get from the increase in
traffic during hunting season, we have been able blade in early
November and roads are in generally good shape going into the
snow season. If you identify any road issues you would like addressed
in 2013, please contact the Board so those can be evaluated during
the Annual Road Inspection done every spring.
NOXIOUS WEED CONTROL
One of the many responsibilities of Township government is cooperation with a county-wide inspection to determine what, if any, noxious weeds are growing within the borders of our Township. Over the last two years, inspections with Theresa Bearce of the Kanabec County Environmental Services have revealed a significant amount of Tall Buttercup, a noxious weed which the State of Minnesota and Kanabec County expects to be controlled/eradicated by landowners. Tall Buttercup contains a bitter juice that can blister skin and is toxic to livestock (particularly cattle) and other animals, often causing blistering of the mouth and digestive tract. In severe cases, irritation leads to paralysis, convulsions, and death. Because of its bitter taste, animals usually avoid eating the plant. The toxic oil evaporates from cut plants, making hay containing the dried plant harmless to livestock. Tall Buttercup prefers heavy, moist soil, ditches, lowland edges and rich damp woods; but also infests pastures, hay fields, forage crops, rangeland and roadsides and can quickly invade an area crowding out more desirable fodder.
Townships are mandated to follow set guidelines set out by State Statute to notify affected landowners and then to secure a commitment from them that steps will be taken to control/eradicate the noxious weeds. To this end, the Town of Ford send letters to township landowners in October, 2006, if Tall Buttercup was observed on their property and offering guidance as to recommended ways of removing the weed from their premises. Mowing before seed set will keep the plants from spreading and may eventually kill them. Other methods are spraying, cutting or pulling the weeds.
Everyone needs to understand that the eradication of Tall Buttercup in the Township will not be completed in a year or two. It will only be accomplished over a period of many years with the cooperation of the landowners on infested private lands and the Township, County and State implementing controls on the public lands and roadways. Everyone working together can make this happen!
Fire protection for the Town of
Ford is provided through a contract with the Isle Volunteer Fire
Department. If a fire occurs, call 911 immediately.
A call to 911 from a landline telephone will indicate your location
to the dispatcher who will automatically contact the Isle Fire
Department. A call from a cell phone within the township
will require specific information as to location of the problem.
The 911 operator will guide you through that process.
Ford Township contracts with
the Isle Volunteer Fire Department for fire protection services.
Supervisor, Ken Von Bank, attended an informational meeting on
January 27 held by Co-Chiefs, David Miller and Tim Schug,
The Fire Department budget for 2010 was reviewed and preliminary
figures for 2011 revealed. While plans are still in place for
the future construction of a new Fire Hall, the department has
once again held the budget. The annual fee for fire protection
for Ford in 2009 was $6,586.24 which was a decrease from preceding
years. In addition, residents and property owners of the township
are charged a flat fee of $300.00 per fire call.
Ambulance Service for the Town
of Ford is provided by the Isle/Onamia Ambulance Service and they
are also dispatched automatically by the 911 call.
Burn Permits – New rules & regulations!
Kanabec County was added to the Electronic Open Burning Permit system this spring. You now have two ways to obtain an open burning permit: On-line, or In-person at your local Township Fire Warden or DNR Forestry office. The other new regulation is that you MUST activate your permit with a telephone call every time you burn. This activation protects the community by ensuring that emergency dispatchers and fire responders have the latest information on where legal burning is occurring.
The website address is http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/burningpermits. There is a $5.00 fee and the permit is good for the rest of the calendar year. It can be activated as often as burning conditions allow.
Burn permits are available from local volunteer fire wardens:
Jim & Edna Cole, 2016 Highway 27 / Phone:
as well as the DNR offices in Mora, Sandstone, McGrath and the
Courthouse in Mora. The Forestry offices and the Courthouse
are generally only open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30
p.m. In-person permits allow burning for no more than three
days but can be written for a future date.
Wherever you get your permit, you MUST
activate the permit daily by calling 1-866-533-2876
before a burn. You will be given an activation
number to write on your permit. Failure to activate the
permit or failure to write the activation number on your permit
can result in a legal violation and a potential fine.
Paper permits have a preprinted number 1 at the start of the permit number. The rest of the number will consist of the County number, Township number, Range number and Section number of the location of the burn. When you activate the permit, this number 1 must be entered on your telephone keypad, followed by the handwritten permit number.
Burn permit conditions/requirements are similar to the older style permits. If you have questions, contact the Mora DNR office at (320) 679 3683 or your local Fire Wardens.
Banish the Barrel
No, you cannot burn household
trash in a burn barrel on your property! Burning
household waste can be harmful to your health (and your neighbor's)
because burning just one pound of trash in a burn barrel produces
more dioxin than a ton of similar trash burned at a municipal
waste incinerator. In addition trash burning causes 40%
of all wild fires! The ashes from such a burn barrel can
contaminate soils, wells and surface waters. For good reason,
it has been illegal to burn household trash in a burn barrel since
1969! Dispose of waste properly – recycle or reuse,
compost or chip yard waste, use garbage services – and protect
the health of the environment, including people, livestock and
Local recycling opportunities:
Arthur Township Recycling Center
1899 Frontage Road, Mora (320) 679 1347
Open free for Public Use:
Monday: 9 a.m. to Noon
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to Noon
Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to Noon
Quality Disposal Systems & Recycling
225 East George Street, Ogilvie (329) 272 4692
Open free for Public Use
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ford Township’s goal is to have all roads passable within a reasonable amount of time following a snow fall. The Supervisors do not assure a completely bare road. The traveling public is reminded to use caution and to drive with care.
Dispatching the snowplow:
Ford Township will not usually dispatch the snowplow until the snow fall has stopped although exceptions may be made during periods of extended snow.
The snowplow will not be sent out in periods of restricted visibility.
The snowplow will not be dispatched if snowfall does not exceed 4 (four) inches.
If snow fall stops during the night or early morning hours, the plow will be dispatched at 5 a.m.
Weekend plowing will be handed in a similar manner.
The roads will be cleared in three phases:
Making the road passable
Widening the road, and
Dependent on situation, more than one phase may be accomplished at one time.
Mail boxes and fences damaged during snow removal will be evaluated case by case. Only those properties that were properly located and installed and which were damaged by actual contact with equipment responsible to the Town of Ford will be repaired at Town of Ford expense.
Town Resident Responsibilities:
1. Town Residents are reminded that it is unlawful to plow snow from driveways onto or across public roads. Piles of snow left on or near the road can freeze into a solid mass creating a hazardous situation for vehicles and snowplows. Accidents and damages caused by snow piles placed in the roadway may result in liability to the property owners. Piles of snow increase the chance of drifting snow onto the roadway.
2. Town residents are reminded to remove parked vehicles from town roads to assist in snow removal.
3. When directed by the Supervisors or the Sheriff's Department
the Town of Ford will make every effort to make emergency plowing.
4. The Town of Ford will be plowing roads on a rotating basis to be fair to all residents of the Town.
For further information, you may contact:
Ford Supervisor, Carl Swaningson (320) 279-3029
Are you interested in weather data for Ford Township? If so, there is a website that might be interesting for you. Ford Township resident, Jim Cole, has been documenting local weather on a monthly basis since April, 2003 for Soil & Water Conservation and this year also began submitting daily data on-line. You can find his reports at: http://climate.umn.edu/HIDradius/HIDENmapMisc.asp
You can choose the date you wish information
for, then the report parameters. If you choose “show place
names”, look for either “Woodland” or else look
for CC (County) 33, TTT (Township) 42N, RR (Range) 23W,
SS (Section) 18 and you will find the current data. This
is an interesting website to explore for all sorts of weather
Ford Township weather trivia:
Growing Season rainfall (May - September)
Total rain and melted snow