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Paynesville Press - February 23, 2005

Township prepares for 2005 levy

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville Township Board of Supervisors took the following actions at their meeting on Monday, Feb. 14.

*The board approved the treasurer's report for 2004, which showed a total fund balance of $464,452 for the township at the end of 2004. Key funds include: the revenue fund, whose balance increased by $15,609 in 2004; the road and bridge fund, whose balance decreased by $10,146 in 2004; the snow fund, whose balance increased by $10,869 in 2004; and the fire fund, whose balance increased by $11,980 in 2004 but still was in deficit by $4,111.

The township also created a number of funds in 2004 relating to the Koronis Civic Arena, recreation, and Country Lane Acres. For the arena, the township helped the Paynesville-New London-Spicer Hockey Association purchase extra insulation and ice-making equipment for the arena in order to have ice in the summer. This loan of $100,000 is shown in the arena loan fund.

The township also established an escrow fund for Country Lane Acres, owned by Larry and Sharon Wendroth, on NW Koronis Road. In order to have better paving, the township created an escrow fund for the paving cost (provided by the owners) with the township paving the road for the new development in conjunction with other township projects or when construction in the development is done.

2004 Treasurer's Report
Fund              Balance 1/1     Balance 12/31
Revenue             $60,284          $75,893
Road and Bridge       $343,704         $333,559
Snow                $58,341         $69,210
Fire                -$16,091         -$4,111
Cable                $12,728         $12,031
Trail                $2,369         $2,779
Maintenance Garage     $1,353         $2,248
Oil Depot             -$1,849         -$516
Arena Wages          $12,661         $11,995
Arena Escrow         $0             $19,264
Arena Loan           $0             -$100,000
Arena Equipment       $0             $0
Recreation            $0             $15,000
Country Lanes Escrow   $0            $27,100
TOTAL             $473,500     $464,452

*The board reviewed a proposed levy for 2005. The township levied $400,000 in 2004, and the board reviewed a proposal to raise that levy to $412,500 for 2005. New construction in the township over the past year should keep tax levels the same even with the increased amount. In fact, added valuation in the township would cover a $14,000 levy increase without changing tax rates, and township supervisor Pat Meagher wondered if the township should consider raising the levy by this amount.

The board will review the proposed levy again at its meeting on Monday, March 7, at 7 p.m. Township residents will approve a levy for 2005 at the annual meeting on Tuesday, March 8, at 8:05 p.m.

*The board directed clerk Don Wiese to hire election judges for the township election on Tuesday, March 8, from 12 noon to 8 p.m.

*The board approved hiring SEH to do preliminary engineering, easement acquisition, and construction engineering for the Lake Koronis Recreational Trail from the city of Paynesville to Old Lake Road for $65,000. The estimated cost to build this 1.7-mile section of trail is $356,000, and the township and city have secured a federal grant to cover nearly 80 percent of the cost ($261,000). The city and township have agreed to split the local costs on a 75:25 basis.

*The board approved a new police contract for 2005 for $35,561 (1,200 hours of coverage at an hourly rate of $29,63). The cost of this contract - which runs from April 11, 2005, to April 10, 2006 - is down nearly $1,000 from last year.

*The board approved a liquor license for Koronis Hills Golf Club. *The board agreed that a private road in Alldon Heights - currently being plowed by the township - should be done privately and directed D & D Snowplowing to bill the developers for plowing of that road. *The board approved a preliminary plat for David Herzberg, who is replatting four lots on Co. Rd. 181 into three lots.

*The board approved a variance request for Johnie and Patricia Olson to construct a residential structure 45 feet from the centerline of Daventry Road. The township ordinance normally requires a 63-foot setback, requiring an 18-foot variance.

*The board set a public hearing for a preliminary plat for Ben Woitalla for Monday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m.

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