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Paynesville Press - January 21, 2004

City council advertises for bids on the 2004 street project

By Bonnie Jo Hanson

The Paynesville City Council took the following actions at their meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 14.

*The council approved plans and specifications for the 2004 Street Improvement Project and ordered advertising bids, which should be opened on Thursday, Feb. 19.

*The council approved hiring election judges for the special election on Tuesday, Feb. 10, to determine whether on-sale liquor can be sold on Sundays in the city. Election judges will be: Lorraine Adams, Jennifer Heinen, Ken Ramthun, Carolyn Swyter, and Jan Zumwalde.

*The council approved reappointing council member Dennis Zimmerman as acting mayor. He will serve in the absence of Mayor Jeff Thompson.

*The council approved committee appointments for 2004:
Airport Commission - Dave Peschong
Aquatic Park - Jeff Thompson and Dennis Zimmerman
Joint Recreation - Thompson and Zimmerman
Public Charitable Trust - Thompson and Zimmerman
Administrative Fine Hearing Board - Thompson and Zimmerman
CAEERC - Peschong and Jean Soin
e Cable Television - Soine
Community Education - Zimmerman
EDAP - Harlan Beek and Soine
Environmental - Soine
Finance - Beek and Zimmerman
Human Rights - Thompson
Liquor Board - Beek and Peschong
Park and Tree - Thompson
Personnel - Peschong and Soine
Planning Commission - Zimmerman
Police - Thompson
Public Works - Beek and Peschong
Weed Inspection - Thompson
Wellhead Protection - Beek

*The council, in other yearly appointments, designated the Central Minnesota Federal Credit Union, Community First National Bank, and Farmers & Merchants State Bank as the city's official depositories; designated the Paynesville Press as the official newspaper for the city; appointed Frauenshuh and Spooner as the city attorney; appointed Mid-Minnesota Development Commission as the city building inspector; designated city administrator Steve Helget as treasurer for the city; appointed Short Elliot Hendrickson, Inc., as city engineer; and assigned Dennis Nacey as the emergency services director for the city.

*The council approved changing its second regular city council meeting in June to Wednesday, June 30, a week later than usual because the Town and Country Days Parade will be held on Wednesday, June 23.

*The council approved the purchase of a new boom truck for $15,000, plus tax and license, from Yarmon Ford for the maintenance department, which will have its old boom installed on the new truck.

*The council also approved a capital improvement plan for the airport. Most of the improvements - construction, hangar site preparation, 20-unit T-hangar, and fuel system - are in the works already.

*The council denied a street vacation request from Willie and Gloria Scheel. The Scheels asked the council to vacate streets in Wilglo Acres and paid a $100 application fee. The petition was denied because a majority of abutting land owners did not sign it. The Scheels' application fee will be refunded.

*The council set a variance public hearing for Robert and Lena Block on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 6:30 p.m. The Blocks, who live on Burr Street, have requested a variance to build a deck that does not meet the 20-foot setback requirement from the road right-of-way.

*The council approved allowing the Paynesville Community Club to hold an ice fishing contest on Lake Koronis at Veteran's Memorial Park on Saturday, Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

*The council approved two gambling permits for St. Louis Catholic Church for bingo games to be held on Sunday, Feb. 15, and on Sunday, Aug. 8, at the church.

*The council approved a payment of $76,567 to Stearns County for the city's share of construction on Lake Avenue this summer.

*The council approved a payment, in the amount of $32,247, to Southside Steel for work completed on the tee hangar at the Paynesville Municipal Airport.

*The council approved the city's membership to PayDelCo, a non-profit development organization that worked with the city to build the Industrial Park in the 1970s. Lifetime membership to PayDelCo is $100.

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