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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.

January 17 - JOINT Community Meeting @ City of Big Lake Council Chambers 6PM

January 30, 2019 - Town Board & Reorganizational Meeting

 February 27, 2019 - Town Board and Board of Audit Meeting

ANNUAL MEETING Tuesday March 12, 2019  @ 7:00PM

March 27, 2019 - Town Board Meeting

Local Board of Appeal & Equalization - Wed. April 10, 2019 4:00PM

  April 24, 2019 - Town Board Meeting


May 29, 2019 - Town Board Meeting

June 26, 2019 - Town Board Meeting

July 31, 2019 - Town Board Meeting

August 28, 2019 - Town Board Meeting

September 25, 2019 - Town Board Meeting

October 30, 2019 - Town Board Meeting

November 20, 2019 - Town Board Meeting

December 18, 2019 - Town Board Meeting

January 29, 2020 - Town Board Meeting

Information on Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge is planningna series of prescribed burns to be conducted during March, April and May when weather and safety conditions are right to meet the objectives of the burns. Prescribed burns help to maintain and restore the natureal habitats for wildlife and reduce the chance of wildfires outside the refuge. The oak savanna ecosystem, with its plants and wildlife, is adapted to fire and depends on periodic burning for continued existence. The refuge averages around 4,000 acres of prescribed burning each year.

For questions concerning the refuge prescribed burns, call the refuge office at 763-389-3323 or visit their website (below).


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.”

Snow Plowing Policy

1. Snow and ice control operations will normally begin when a total accumulation of two inches or more AND snow has stopped falling. Occasionally plows will be dispatched when those criteria are not met.

2. The consideration of cost, environmental impact and  severe icy conditions that seriously affect travel are factors used when deciding if/when and to what extent, ice control products are applied to town roads. Additionally, Minnesota statute § 160.215 affects the use of ice control products.

3. Mailboxes and support posts may be located within the Township right-of-way. Snow will be plowed as close to mailboxes as practical. Home owners are responsible to clear snow and ice from around their mailboxes to ensure mail delivery.; however, the Township is not responsible for damage to mailboxes or posts during maintenance or snowplowing of the right-of-way.  (Town ROW Obstruction Ordinance).

4. Snowplowing unavoidably results in snow being deposited on driveways and approaches. It is the responsibility of residents to remove snow from their driveways and approaches. Residents are reminded that it is unlawful for private snowplows to move snow across or deposit snow on public roadways Minn.  Statute § 160.2715 (a) (1) (2) (b) and 169.42

5.The Township nor its Contractor(s) shall 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, yard delineating markers and other such landscaping items.

6. Vehicles shall NOT be parked in or on the roadway during winter months – November 1st through May 1st. (Town Winter Parking Ordinance)

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

REMEMBER:  Commuters need to use winter driving skills and appropriate speeds for the conditions of the roads.

Orrock Township Snow & Ice Control Policy

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

Orrock Township Driveway Ordinance

2018 Pavement Manangement Report - WSB

Orrock 2016-18 Recommended Road Projects

ROW Permits are required for any work done in Orrock Right-of-ways.
Submit your plans and the Permit application to WSB. Remit payment of $100 to:
Orrock Township
26401 180th St. NW
Big Lake, MN 55309

Town Right of Way Management Ordinance 20160224.1

Our Dog Catcher is NOT authorized to pick up dogs called in by a resident.
If you have found a dog, call an Orrock Board Member or Sherburne County Dispatch.

Orrock Township has no cat ordinances and will NOT pick up stray cats.



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