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Paynesville Press - March 16, 2005

Township holds annual meeting, passes levy

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville Township Board of Supervisors met twice last week, holding a regular meeting on Monday, March 7, and their annual organizational meeting on Thurs-day, March 10. In addition, Paynesville Township held its annual meeting on Tuesday, March 8.

On Monday, March 7...
*The board approved recommending a levy increase of $7,000 for 2005, which would raise the township's levy to $407,000. This increase should be covered by additional valuation in the township (new construction) and should keep the township's tax rate the same. The board recommended that the increase go to the revenue fund ($5,000) and the road and bridge fund ($2,000).

*The board noted that MnDOT had finished a speed survey for Crosswood Road, which is a short township road running between Lake Koronis Road and Old Lake Road. MnDOT recommended that the speed limit for this road be posted at 25 mph, as it currently is.

*The board approved a preliminary plat for Woitalla Heights, a 30-lot development owned by Ben-jamin Woitalla near Co. Rd. 34 in sections 24 and 25 of the township.

*The board approved an easement to extend Dean Avenue, a platted road that will service three new lots owned by David Herzberg. Dean Avenue will connect to Co. Rd. 181.

*The board approved removing trees along in the west right of way of Co. Rd. 181 from the Barry Flanders residence to Cherrywood Road to make room for the proposed extension of the Lake Koronis Recreational Trail from the city to Veteran's Memorial Park.

*The board approved paying its dues ($125) to the Paynesville Area Chamber of Commerce for 2005.

*The board set a public hearing - on Monday, April 11, at 8:30 p.m. - for a conditional-use permit for Ken Pinske to have a temporary greenhouse at Fleet Supply from mid-April to the end of June.

On Tuesday, March 8...
*About 30 township residents approved the proposed 2005 township levy (as recommended by the township board), approved a $1,500 contribution to Fourth of July fireworks, and approved having meeting notices posted at the three local financial institutions and at the township hall.

They also heard a variety of reports during the 90-minute meeting: police, hospital district, Koronis Civic Arena, Paynesville Area Center, Lake Koronis Recreational Trail, and Kruger Lake Nature Preserve.

On Thursday, March 10...
*The board canvassed the election results from Tuesday, March 8. Pat Meagher was re-elected as supervisor with 166 votes to 32 for write-in candidate David Kidd. Laura Lindeman was elected as treasurer with 182 votes; she was appointed in December.

*The board re-elected Don Pietsch as board chairman.

*The board approved committee appointments for 2005:
EDAP-Pat Flanders, Don Pietsch, and Don Wiese
Environmental Harry Thielen, and Wiese (Meagher alternate)
Weed Inspector-Meagher
Cable TV-Thielen
Road Maintenance-Meagher, Pietsch, and Thielen
Site Permits-Mike Jensen
Park and Arena-Pietsch ,Thielen alternate)

*The board approved increasing the following fees-hired labor, $14 per hour, up from $13 per hour; election judges, $10 per hour, up from $9 per hour; board members supervising projects, $14 per hour, up from $13 per hour; board meetings, $55 per meeting, up from $50 per meeting; and mileage, 40.5 per mile, up from 37.5 per mile. The board also approved reimbursement for the clerk and treasurer at $250 per month, the same as last year.

*The board approved the following charitable contributions: $3,000 for the Paynesville Area Center; $2,500 for the Paynesville Area Historical Society; $1,500 for fireworks; $1,350 for the R.O.S.E. Center; $500 for the ethnic festival; and $250 for the after-prom party.

*The board approved the following financial commitments: $5,500 to Community Education for summer recreation and $5,000 to the hockey association for open skating. Since the city does not plan to hire lifeguards for Veterans' Memorial Park this summer, the board declined making a $4,000 payment to the city for lifeguards at the park.

*The board set its annual road inspection for Saturday, April 16, and set its equilization hearing for Thursday, April 21, at 2:30 p.m.

*The board's next meeting will be held on Monday, April 11, at 8 p.m.

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