Franklin Township looks forward to March election, town meeting

Franklin Township voters will have their say about the township’s future, Tuesday, March 11, the day of the Town Board election and township annual meeting.

In the Town Board election, incumbent DeWayne Bauman is seeking a second three-year term as a Board Supervisor. He is running unopposed on the ballot, but residents can cast write-in votes for a candidate of their choice. If voters re-elect him, Bauman would serve with current Town Board Supervisors John Czantskowski Sr. and Mike Barfknecht.

The Franklin Township election will be Tuesday, March 11, at Franklin Township Hall, 8735 County Road 16 S.E. Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the annual town meeting will start at around 8:15 p.m. At the annual meeting, township residents will learn about election results and the township general fund budget and property tax levy. They also will approve the tax levy.

In an interview, Bauman said he is a life-long resident of Franklin Township. He lives on 40 acres of his family’s original farmland, located between Delano and Montrose. He rents out the farmland and has been in business for 12 years as an outdoor furnace dealer. Prior to that he worked with service station equipment for 30 years.

A graduate of Delano High School, Bauman studied welding at Hutchinson Area Vocational Technical Institute. He is married and has two daughters who attend Delano Public Schools.

Bauman said his farming background and experience with equipment and excavation have given him an understanding of what it takes to maintain equipment and roads. Both are priorities for Franklin Township. He wants to ensure that the township has good quality roads for years to come.

“Roads are our number one biggest thing,” he said. The township now is using crushed granite road surfaces for improved longevity and also working on culverts and bridges and dust control for roads.

Bauman attended meetings that resulted in the reclassification of Farmington Avenue, a black top road, as a major collector road. This new classification will enable Franklin Township to get funds from various government agencies for repairs and upgrades.

The issue of maintaining quality roads is intertwined with the issue of where the money will come from. Bauman called for a “common sense approach” to maintaining a balanced township budget and keeping down the property tax levy.

He commented that residents of surrounding areas don’t live in Franklin Township, but they want to use township roads. He wants to maintain a country atmosphere in the township and protect its farms and land.

Contact Susan Van Cleaf at susan.vancleaf@ecm-inc.com

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