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Paynesville Press - March 26, 2003

Paynesville Township meeting

The Paynesville Township Board of Supervisors took the following actions at their annual organizational meeting on Thursday, March 20.

  • Township clerk Don Wiese administered the oath of office to new supervisor Harry Thielen and to treasurer Sharon Wendroth. Thielen was elected to office on Tuesday, March 11, and Wendroth was re-elected to office.

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

  • The board made its committee appointments for the coming year: environmental committee...supervisor Pat Meagher, Thielen, and Wiese; weed inspector...Meagher; cable television...Thielen; road maintenance...Meagher, Thielen, and Pietsch; site permits...township maintenance worker Mike Jensen; parks and arena...Thielen and Wiese; trail committee...Meagher; and EDAP...township resident Pat Flanders, Wiese, and Pietsch.

  • The board also set the reimbursement rates for various services: hired labor...$13 per hour; election judges...$9 per hour; treasurer...$125 per month; clerk...$150 per month; and supervisors...$50 per meeting.

  • The board voted to give Jensen a wage increase to step five.

  • The board set fees for 2003: site permits...$75 for a house and $60 for an accessory building (up from $40 in 2002); land use permits...$100; conditional use permit...$100; variances...$100; preliminary plat review...$100; and interim use permits...$100. In addition to these fees, the township can charge for reimbursable expenses.

  • The board approved budgeted recreational expenditures for 2003: $5,000 to the hockey association; $4,680 to Paynesville Community Education; and $4,000 to Veteran's Memorial Park.

  • The board also approved annual charitable contributions to the Rose Center ($1,000); to the Paynesville Area Center ($2,500, down from $3,000 in 2002); Fourth of July fireworks ($1,500); After Prom Party at PAHS ($100); and to Koronis Hills Snowmobile Club (in kind maintenance on the Glacial Ridge Trail).

  • The board approved a one-year police contract (from April 2003 to April 2004). The township will receive 14 percent of police time and will pay 14 percent of the police budget, a total of $33,764.

  • The township's annual equalization meeting will be held on Thursday, April 17, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling the township office at 320-243-7500 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on that day.

  • The board approved an annexation request from the city of Paynesville, which now owns the property for the new airport and has requested to annex the property to the city.

  • The board set a preliminary plat hearing for Larry and Sharon Wendroth for land they own on NW Koronis Road. This hearing will be held at the board's regular meeting on Monday, April 14, at 8:45 p.m.

  • The board set a public hearing for a conditional use permit for Kelly Rue, who owns the former Roscoe Park and intends to use the property as a residence and a business. The hearing will be held at the regular board meeting on Monday, April 28, at 8:30 p.m.

  • The board noted that its regular meetings will start at 8 p.m. again, beginning in April. The board meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month during the summer at 8 p.m. when daylight saving time is in effect.

  • The board approved having the locks at the township hall and garage changed and to have new keys made and distributed to all people who need access to them.

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