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Policies/Ordinances Road Information

Monthly Town Board Meetings
are held at 7:00PM, on the last Wednesday of each month, at the Orrock Town Hall - unless otherwise noted.

Map to Town Hall
26401 - 180th St. NW
Big Lake, MN  55309
PH:  763-263-6411

Upcoming Meeting Agenda
NOTE - Should you wish to be placed on a future agenda, contact the Township Clerk no later than TE
N (10) DAYS prior to the meeting, at which you wish to address the Township Board.


ANNUAL MEETING Tuesday March 13, 2018  @ 7:00PM

March 28
- Town Board Meeting

Local Board of Appeal & Equalization - Wed. April 11, 2018 4:00PM

  April 25
- Town Board Meeting


Wednesday May 30, 2018 @ 7:00PM

Wednesday June 27, 2018  @ 7:00PM

Wednesday July 25, 2018  @ 7:00PM

Tuesday August 14, 2018 - PRIMARY ELECTIONS 8AM – 8PM

Wednesday August 29, 2018  @ 7:00PM

Wednesday September 26, 2018  @ 7:00PM

Wednesday October 31, 2018  @ 7:00PM


Wednesday November 28, 2018  @ 7:00PM

Wednesday December 28, 2018 @ 7:00PM

Wednesday January 30, 2019 @ 7:00PM

The 2017-18 Snow Season is Upon Us.


    Stopping plows to discuss your about the plowing and sand/salt delivery on your road, is counter-productive to getting the 45 miles of Town roads cleared, a safety hazard to you, the plow operator and the traveling public.

    If you have concerns about the manner in which the road is being plowed, you are welcome to call our Town Clerk or any of the Supervisors listed on the Contacts page of our website. www.orrocktownship.com/contacts


    Below is Orrock Township’s current snow removal policy.


 Snow and ice control operations are expensive and involve the use of limited resources. Therefore; when considering snow and ice control activities for Orrock Township, the Board has to consider and balance many factors. Factors considered include, but are not limited to public safety, the cost effective allocation of resources, maintaining an efficient transportation system, facilitating the delivery of emergency services, protecting the environment and minimizing the damage to real and personal property.


    1.    Snowplowing will begin after a snow event has ENDED and results in an accumulation of two inches (2") or more. With the accumulation of six inches (6") or more during a snow event, an attempt will be made to keep main roads passable. During severe/whiteout conditions, plowing will cease so as not to damage equipment, endanger the maintenance personnel or the public. If the winter weather event does not result in the accumulation of 2” of snow, but the road conditions are poor, the Road Authority may, at his/her discretion, dispatch maintenance equipment.


    2.    De-icing product application shall be done as needed, to provide safe travel on hills, curves and intersections.


    3.    It is unlawful for private snowplows to move snow across, or deposit snow on, public roadways. Obstruction of public roadways (including ditches) from those allowed by law (includes snowmobiles and ATVs) to navigate them is also unlawful (Minnesota Statute § 160.2715 and 169.42).  Snow deposited on Township roadways, shall be removed within 24 hours of placement or within 3 hours of notice to do so by the Town Board or its designee, whichever is earlier.  If a resident fails to comply, the Town may remove the obstruction itself. Costs incurred by the Township to clean up the roadway may be assessed to the offending property owner pursuant to Minnesota Statutes §429.101.


    4.    Vehicles shall NOT be parked in or on the roadway during winter months – November 1st  current year through May 1st of the following year (Town Winter Parking Ordinance: O- 20141219).


    5.    The Township shall NOT be responsible for damage to resident installed/planted obstructions located within the road right-of-way. A good rule-of-thumb is that the Township owns, or has interest in, at least twenty-one feet off the edge of the tar, including cul-de-sacs.  Obstructions include, but are not limited to; retaining structures, rip rap, posts, irrigation, trees, shrubs and other such landscaping items. Obstructions shall be removed by the property owner or may be removed by the Township, at the property owner's expense. Mailboxes and support posts may be located within the Township right-of-way; however, the Township is not responsible for damage to mailboxes or posts during maintenance or snowplowing of the right-of-way.  (Town Driveway Ordinance: O- 20160831)


    6.    Garbage cans shall be placed behind the "plow line"; in or around your driveway, not on the roadway. 


    7.    Residents are responsible to remove snow from the end of their driveway(s) and from around their mailboxes.


Looking to Get Rid of Unwanted Items?
Below Is Information To Responsibly Dispose Of Those Things.
Where Can I Bring Unwanted Items, Throughout The Year?
What would it cost to take my items to GRE Elk River Resource Processing Plant?
Where can I bring my Hazardous Waste, throughout the year?
Sherburne County Environmental Newspaper

Still Have Questions?  Email Orrock Township Clerk

Need a Road Access/Driveway Permit? Contact WSB 320-252-4900 and tell them you need to speak with someone about a Driveway permit in Orrock Township.

2014 Pavement Manangement Report - WSB

Orrock 2016-18 Recommended Road Projects

Information on Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

Information on Sand Dunes State Forest Stakeholder Advisory Group

Sand Dunes - Stakeholder Advisory Group

Information on Sand Dunes State Forest

Recent legislation (S.F. 844, Sec. 155) specifies that DNR notify Orrock Township in writing at least 40 days before conducting a prescribed burn.


  The MN DNR plans to burn 20-24 brush piles in the Sand Dunes State Forest sometime between August 31, 2017, and April 1, 2018. The actual burn days will depend on the weather and wind direction. The MN DNR doesn’t plan to burn that whole time, it will be about 5-8 days to complete. The specific location and other information can be found at the link below. Sherburne County 911 dispatch center will receive daily notifications each day on which the MN DNR will be burning.

8/31/2017 - 4/1/2018 Burn Pile Locations

Link to the DNR website, for the Anoka Sand Plain Subsection Plan.
Click on “Appendix C – Operational Plan for Management of Sand Dunes State Forest” to view and/or download a pdf copy of the management plan for the Sand Dunes State Forest.


To subscribe to email updates on future information related to activities in the Sand Dunes State Forest: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/emailupdates/index.html

Enter your email address, and click on “Go.” On the next page, check the box next to “Sand Dunes State Forest” under the heading “Destinations.”

If you have lost your dog contact Princeton Animal Clinic:  763-389-2440
If you have found a dog, call Orrock Township Hall:  763-263-6411


Orrock Township has no cat ordinances.



This website was created as a public service for the citizens of Orrock Township in the county of Sherburne, State of Minnesota.