Township Resources

Federal Sign Reflectivity Requirements

Sign Reflectivity Plan Template
The following is intended to serve as a general guide for towns in Minnesota to use in developing and adopting a plan to comply with the new guidelines regarding road signs imposed by the Federal Highway Administration. This sample policy is not intended to serve as formal legal or engineering advice. Towns are encouraged to adopt a policy comparable to the one below, or one developed for the town by a qualified consultant, prior to January 22, 2012. This date is the current deadline for having a plan in place, although a pending amendment to the federal transportation rules proposes to delay the deadline until two years following adoption of the final rules, which is expected to occur in early 2012 but not before the January 22 deadline passes. MAT will inform towns about any need to modify policies after the final adoption of any of the pending amendments.

MnDOT Road Videos Road Research Videos by MnDOT.

Model Road Sign Policy This is a Microsoft Word Document.

Model Road Sign Policy PDF Version. In order to make changes to this file, you will need a FULL version of Adobe Acrobat, not just the Reader.

Sign Maintenance and Inspection Forms An Excel(2007) Spreadsheet contain all of the Maintenance and Inspection Forms.

Generic Township Sign Inventory and Inspection Form PDF version. Print out for writing while out on the roads.

Township Traffic Sign Field Inventory Report PDF version. Print out for writing while out on the roads.

Sign Ownership PDF version. Print out for writing while out on the roads.

Township Annual Sign Maintenance and Inspection Form PDF version. Print out for writing while out on the roads.

County Sign Inventory and Inspection Collection Sheet PDF version. Print out for writing while out on the roads.

Maintenance of Signs and Sign Supports A Guide for Local Highway and Street Maintenance Personnel. This guide, which is an update to the same titled guide published in 1990, is intended to help local agency maintenance workers ensure their agency’s signs are maintained to meet the needs of the local user. This guide covers the following topics: a description of sign types, sign materials and sign supports; sign installation and the elements of a sign management system including inventory, inspection, preventive maintenance, repair and replacement, and record keeping. (PDF, 58 pages, 2.6MB)

Basic Breakaway Standards Summary of FHWA Accepted Breakaway Hardware. (PDF, 2 pages, 235KB)
Speed_Limits_Excerpt_-_Revised_Oct_2015.pdf”>Speed Limits on Town Roads Excerpt from 2015 Manual on Town Government on Speed Limits on Town Roads.

Official Mn/DOT Standard of Engineering Practice for the use of Shredded Tires in Roadways While tire shreds can successfully be used as lightweight fill in the construction of public roads, townships need to exercise care to ensure that construction is done properly and in accordance with all applicable state rules and statues.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture, your local Minnesota Extension office or your County Agriculture Inspector will be your best sources for information on the Noxious Weed Program and the current list. In some cases, they may have pictures to share of the various weeds separately or in bound format.

If you would like to have a good book with excellent pictures of the various weeds around the country and of those we deal with locally, the suggestion is that you purchase a copy of the Weeds of The Great Plains and the information on how and where to order is listed in this area.

Weeds of the Great Plains Order Form

2018 Elimination of Target Invasive Plants Species
Minnesota Noxious Weeds State Prohibited Noxious Weeds List
MDA Noxious and Invasive Weed Program
Map of Compost Sites in Minnesota Google Map of Compost Sites that accept plant materials from the public.
MDA Newsletter Sign-Up Directly receive Minnesota Department of Agriculture communications about noxious and invasive plant pests. One of the best ways to keep up with the latest information about invasive species is to sign up for the Plant Pest Insider, a monthly email newsletter. It was formerly called the EAB Review. It now covers a wide range of invasive pest topics and upcoming learning opportunities.
A Guide to Removal and Disposal of Noxious Weeds in Minnesota From the MN Department of Agriculture (2014)
2013 Noxious and Invasive Weed Lists
Commissioner’s Signed Order Additional species added to the Prohibited and Restricted noxious weeds list in the state of Minnesota.

Other Resource Links

State of Minnesota Official Website The Official website for the State of Minnesota. The site has many resources including government, business, environment and education.
Minnesota State Legislature Minnesota State Legislature Web Site. You can choose either the House or Senate here and find your local Legislator.
Minnesota Department of Revenue Information ot help individuals and businesses with taxes. Assistance filing taxes and many forms are available on the website.
Minnesota Office of the State Auditor To put it simply, the job of the State Auditor is to inform the citizens of Minnesota about “where the money goes” and to hold people accountable for how public dollars are spent. The State Auditor is the “taxpayers watchdog.”
Minnesota Secretary of State The secretary of state, a statewide elected official, is the keeper of the great seal of the State of Minnesota and files and certifies the authenticity of a wide variety of official documents.
Minnesota Department of Agriculture Our mission is to enhance Minnesotans’ quality of life by ensuring the integrity of our food supply, the health of our environment, and the strength of our agricultural economy. Information regarding Feedlots and Feedlot Ordinance Issues can be found on the site.
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) was established in 1967. Its purpose is to protect Minnesota’s environment through monitoring environmental quality and enforcing environmental regulations.
MPCA Stormwater Program The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA) Stormwater Program is designed to reduce the pollution and damage caused by stormwater runoff.
Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry The department’s mission is to promote a safe and productive environment for Minnesota’s workplaces.
Minnesota Workforce Center We are here to help create a world-class workforce in Minnesota.

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
Minnesota Department of Health Information for health professionals and citizens, including state health statistics, prevention and health promotion, and health care and health-related professions.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation Mn/DOT’s mission is to: Improve access to markets, jobs, goods and services and improve mobility by focusing on priority transportation improvements and investments that help Minnesotans travel safer, smarter and more efficiently.
Toward Zero Deaths Program Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) is a Minnesota interagency partnership led by the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the State Patrol, the Federal Highway Administration, Minnesota county engineers, and the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota. Our mission is: “To move Minnesota toward zero deaths on our roads, using Education, Enforcement, Engineering, and Emergency Services.”
U of M Center of Transportation Studies How do we improve the ways that we get from here to there without spending all of our resources? Not an easy question, by any means. But there are some good answers. The Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) at the University of Minnesota supports the search for those good answers through research, education and outreach activities.
Child Support Enforcement The Child Support Enforcement Division supervises the child support program. County child support offices administer it by working with parents to establish and enforce support orders.
Geographic Information Services Minnesota State Legislature Geographic Information Services…part of Legislative Coordinating Commission. There are many maps available for download…a wide variety of maps can be produced upon request.
Photos of the MN State Capitol Building

National Association of Towns and Townships The purpose of the National Association of Towns and Townships (NATaT) is to strengthen the effectiveness of town and township government. NATaT does this by educating lawmakers and public policy officials about how small town governments operate and by advocating policies on their behalf in Washington, D.C.
Association of Minnesota Counties The Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) is a voluntary statewide organization that assists the state’s 87 counties in providing effective county governance to the people of Minnesota. It is the mission of the Association to assist in the provision of effective county governance for the people of Minnesota.
League of Minnesota Cities The League of Minnesota Cities is committed to “Cities building quality communities through excellence in governance, management and services to citizens.” The League represents over 800 Minnesota cities.
The Minnesota Transportation Alliance Sign up for Action Alerts and send sample letters to legislators. Members advocate for a safe and effective transportation system, fighting for additional funding for highways, transit systems, waterways, aviation and rail systems. The Minnesota Transportation Alliance will work with you and for you as they strive to meet the state’s transportation needs.
Public Employees Retirement Association of Minnesota (PERA) PERA’s mission is to create opportunities for members to achieve a successful and secure retirement by providing benefits and services of the highest quality that they will value and trust.
National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association Founded in 1991 by public health and industry specialists, NOWRA provides leadership and promotes the onsite wastewater treatment and recycling industry through education, training, communication and quality tools to support excellence in performance.
Water and Wastewater Resource Center The water and wastewater resource center develops policies that harness the marketplace to improve water quality; make clean water more affordable and available; minimize hazardous waste; and limit people’s exposure to harmful levels of toxic substances in the water supply. To that end we focus on the role of the private sector in owning and operating water supply and wastewater and stormwater management systems, and the emerging role of property rights and market trading in water resources.
National Environmental Training Center for Small Communities (NETCSC) Assists small communities by providing training and training-related information and referral services in the areas of wastewater, drinking water, and solid waste.
GTS (Government Training Services) Government Training Services (GTS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping those in the public sector (and their collaborators in other sectors) meet current needs for knowledge and skills, plus anticipate and prepare for the changes to come.

U.S. Government’s Official Web Portal On usa.gov, you can search more than 186 million web pages from federal and state governments, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. Most of these pages are not available on commercial websites. USAGov has the most comprehensive search of government anywhere on the Internet.
Internal Revenue Service The Internal Revenue Service is the nation’s tax collection agency and administers the Internal Revenue Code enacted by Congress. Its mission: to provide America’s taxpayers with top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and by applying the tax law with integrity and fairness to all.
Social Security Social Security services, news, forms, history and information can all be found on their website.
Recreation.gov Recreation.gov includes over 2,800 sites managed by Federal agencies (National Park Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Forest Service, etc.). Recreation sites managed by state, tribal, and local agencies are being added as data exchange partnerships are established with those organizations. Recreation.gov includes information on government managed and government affiliated (subordinate, subsidiary or member) sites. It does not list hotels, restaurants, or tourist attractions managed by private companies or other organizations. Their content focuses on nature-based, historic and cultural activities commonly available on federally managed lands.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

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