Township meetings coming Tuesday
Published 9:35 am Friday, March 5, 2010
Albert Lea Township: The annual meeting will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Albert Lea Town Hall, 1508 S. Broadway Ave., with polls to open following the meeting until 8 p.m.
Bancroft Township: Information about the times of the annual meeting and elections were unable to be obtained; however, both of the Tuesday events will be at the Bancroft Town Hall, 75730 240th St.,
Freeman Township: The annual meeting will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Freeman Town Hall, 13517 760th Ave., with polls opened from 5 to 8 p.m.
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Moscow Township: Elections go from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Moscow Town Hall, 24225 885th Ave., with the annual meeting to follow at 8 p.m.
Oakland Township: Elections will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Oakland Town Hall, 89138 Oakland Ave., with the annual meeting immediately afterward.
Riceland Township: Information about the times of the annual meeting and elections were unable to be obtained; however, both of the Tuesday events will be at the Hollandale/Riceland Government Center, 110 W. Park Ave.
* These are the only townships that will have an election on Tuesday. The other townships in Freeborn County will simply have an annual meeting.
The 20 townships in Freeborn County will have their annual meetings on Tuesday, with six of those townships also having elections.
Freeborn County Township Association Chairman Neal Gjersvik, who is also a supervisor with the Manchester Township, said the second Tuesday in March each year is considered Township Association Day.
On that day, township leaders will host annual meetings where they will set the levy for the year and discuss any other township business that may arise. It is also the time for election of township officers.
This year, either before or after the annual meetings, there will be elections in six townships: Albert Lea Township, Bancroft Township, Riceland Township, Freeman Township, Moscow Township and Oakland Township.
Meeting and poll times vary with township.
Townships that do not have elections on the same day as their annual meetings hold their township elections in the fall during general elections when there are other state or federal candidates, Gjersvik said.
“The township is the grassroots of all the elections,” said Keith Porter Sr., supervisor with the Albert Lea Township.
He and Gjersvik encouraged residents of the county’s townships to get involved with their local governments.
Gjersvik said information about regular township meeting dates and times can be found on the Freeborn County Auditor’s Web site at http://www.co.freeborn.mn.us/auditor/default.aspx through a link on the right-hand side of the page.
Each township is also required to post information about upcoming meetings on their town information boards and in their legal newspapers, he said.
The Freeborn County Township Association meeting will be April 21 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Albert Lea. Freeborn County Engineer Sue Miller will be the primary speaker at the event.