Sandstone Township Road Review 2020
Sandstone Township Supervisors, Gary Hinsch, Keith Carlson and Jon Dorau performed a three-pronged review of the township's 33 miles of roads which was completed the beginning of May 2020.
Due to the restrictions and social distancing imposed by the governor, the supervisors went out on their own and reviewed the section of roads they each oversea. Clerk Ailene Croup compiled the results supervisors tallied for the number of dump truck loads of gravel needed and culverts that must be replaced. Some gravel hauling and road repair has begun. Chairman Dorau obtained gravel prices and the board used its budget numbers and the increased levy to determine how resources will be spent on the roads.
Because of the possibility of decreased levy collection, due to COVID-19 and residents loss of work, the board will be reviewing its budget quarterly to determine how to budget for roads if levy numbers are down.
Please give the graders space as it heads down your road and watch for dump trucks hauling gravel.
Road review 2020 was different than 2019. Supervisors were unable to gather and jointly review. They individually surveyed the roads due to social distancing imposed by the governor.
Dupuis Road closed to through traffic in 2019
photos by Gary Hinsch
Above: Washout around the frozen culvert on the north end of Dupuis Road. Below: Eaton Lane is closed until the spring thaw is complete.
May 31, 2020
Sandstone Township received it 2020 gas tax distribution from the State of Minnesota. It is based on gas tax collected by the State in 2019. The township received $23,527.24 $22,554.63. This is an increase of $972.61.
Gas tax is distributed according to the number of road miles in the township and number of residents.
Sen. Jason Rarick told the townships at the bi-annual Pine County Township Association meeting in March of 2019 that Minnesota township roads account for 40 percent of the roads in the state and only receive 5 percent of the gas tax funds.
Sandstone Township uses these funds to gravel, grade, plow, install culverts, mow, cut brush and remove beaver.