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Paynesville Press - February 26, 2003

Meeting minutes for the Paynesville Township Board

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville Township Board of Supervisors held their meeting for February on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

  • The board discussed their preferences for the best bypass route of Highway 23 in the future. Whether the highway should continue to go through the city of Paynesville is a city issue, said board chairman Don Pietsch, but if a bypass is deemed necessary then the route would affect the township.

    Pietsch said his first choice would be the east bypass, supervisor Pat Meagher preferred the far west bypass, and supervisor John Atwood, who did not have as strong a preference as the other two, backed the west bypass. No vote was taken. (see more on the Board's discussion of Highway 23 here)

  • The board set the township's equalization hearing for Thursday, April 17, at 2:30 p.m. Residents can call the township office at 320-243-7500 that morning to make an appointment for the afternoon meeting.

  • The board set their meetings for March. Their first meeting will be on Monday, March 10, at 7 p.m. Their second meeting will be on Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m.

    At that time, the board will make its committee appointments for the coming year. The township recently learned that it has three representatives on the EDAP board, with Pat Flanders being a township representative. The board wants anyone who is interested in serving on a committee to contact a township board member before this meeting.

    The township election and annual meeting will be held Tuesday, March 11. Polls will be open for the election between 12 noon and 8 p.m. with the meeting starting at 8 p.m.

  • The board approved two EDAP loans: one for $100,000 at four percent interest to Leo Louis for a new bracket business and another loan for $100,000 to Avon Plastics (Master Mark Plastics) also at four percent interest.

  • The board passed a motion requesting the county examine the Lindquist house at 29434 Pelican Court to see if it complies with the township's zoning ordinance. Specifically, the township board was concerned that the house violates the township ordinance by having a guest cottage, by having sidewall heights too high, and by the overall height of the structure being too great.

  • The board approved hiring SEH, an engineering firm, at an hourly rate to review the bids for NW Koronis Road, Crestridge Road, and Breezewood Road. The township plans to rebuild these roads this summer, including a pedestrian trail and cutting part of the crest of the hill near where NW Koronis Road intersects with Crestridge Road. The board authorized up to $300 could be spent in having the plans reviewed without further permission from the board.

  • The board authorized getting bids for crack filling, which the township intends to do on a number of roads that were resurfaced in 2001.

  • The board set a hearing for a preliminary plat for Brandon Lang on Monday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. Lang is platting a single lot off 160th Street.
  • The board was informed that the police department has proposed a 3.5 percent increase for their contract with the township. The township is in the second year of a five-year contract with the city, with the next year starting in April. The township board took no action on the proposed increase.

  • The board directed Pietsch to start negotiations with the city on a new orderly annexation agreement. Such an agreement sets conditions for the annexation of property to the city. One provision is that landowners must initiate annexation.

    No properties remain in the current agreement. Pietsch said he wants to change a couple provisions in the agreement as well as include more lands in a new agreement.

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