2020 Brief Review of Big Lake Township

  • 18 Certificates of Occupancy, for new homes built in Big Lake Township
  • Three New Developments
    • Knick Knack Knoll 2nd Addition
    • Two Rivers
    • Wheat Fields
  • At the Annual Meeting Town residents finalized and certified the 2021 levy at $2,228,000 (10.9% increase)
    • The Road and Bridge fund:  62.4%
    • BL Fire Department – Protection:  6.8%
    • BLFD CIP (brush rig):  7.2%
    • ER Fire Department – Protection:  1.7%
    • General fund (day to day operations of the Town):  16.7%
    • Economic Development, Capital Expenditures and Bond redemption make up the rest of the levy. 5.3%

  • Biggest expense is road maintenance
    • 2020 Road Improvements
      • 6 miles of Overlay Projects at a cost of $627,000
      • 6 miles of Seal Coating performed $96,000
    • Snow and Ice control (2020 total) $ 220,000
    • Spring sweeping ALL Township Roads $17,000
  • Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES)
    • All fund stayed in the Big Lake Community
    • Grants equaling $596,017 given to supplement Township businesses, School Districts: 727, 728 & 882, Non-Profit organizations and public safety expenses in response to COVID
    • Town Hall improvements to optimize Town Hall sanitation, facilitate virtual meeting, remote working.
  • Supervisor Hofer retired
    • Scott Sanford appointed as interim Supervisor
    • Special Election on November ballot – Mark Hedstrom ran for the position and won.
  • Other Elections Information
    • Town held 5 Elections in 2020
      • Voters registered at 8AM = 5474
      • Additional 271 registered at the polls
      • Total registered 5745
      • Total ballots cast at POLLS = 3226 or 56%  *NOT Including Absentee Votes