Township board discusses tree trimming and snowplowing

This article submitted by Peter Jacobson on 1/31/01.

The Paynesville Township Board of Supervisors discussed brush trimming and the removal of some trees in the right-of-way along several township roads at their regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 22.

The board had previously determined the location of the undesirable trees and brush, and Mike Jensen, the township maintenance person, will be cutting and clearing for the next several months as the snow conditions and weather permit.

Affected roads are Cross Creek Road, 263rd Avenue, 283rd Avenue, and 180th Street.

The township received a letter from Stearns County asking that the township consider moving their board of equalization meeting to St. Cloud. This is the meeting where residents may express their concerns about their property taxes.

The board voted unanimously to tell the county it was a bad idea not to have this meeting locally, and to recommend to the county to continue to hold this meeting at the township hall.

Floyd and Ed Lang, township residents, complained that the township plows had been running too much. They reported seeing the plows every day for five straight days and twice on one day during the week of Jan. 14. They both felt the township was spending too much money plowing snow.

Dale Klein, a snow plowing contractor, stated they try to use common sense when sending out their plows. "We talk to the school bus company, the police, and the mailmen," Klein stated. "We also respond to residents who call about icy spots or developing tough spots," he added.

"We don't want to overspend on plowing," added Don Pietsch, township board chairman, "but we also don't want to compromise on safety for our residents."

Other business
The board noted the public hearing for the cable contract is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the Paynesville City Hall.

The Alldon Heights runoff pond project is in the planning stage. This needs to be completed before lots are sold, the board noted.

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