Township board organizes for the year

This article submitted by Michael Jacobson on 3/29/00.

John Atwood was sworn into office as a supervisor for Paynesville Township at a special meeting to organize the board on Thursday, March 23. Atwood, who previously served on the board as a supervisor, was elected to a supervisor position again 66-52 on Tuesday, March 14, with write-in votes. The supervisor's term is for three years.

Also sworn into office was Don Wiese, reelected as clerk, who will serve a two-year term.

The short meeting on Thursday night lasted less than 15 minutes. During the meeting, Don Pietsch was appointed chairman of the board, committee appointments for the board were reviewed, and fees and charges were set for the coming year.

The committee appointments were as follows:

Airport: Pietsch;
EDAP Board: Pietsch, Atwood;
Solid Waste Board: Atwood, Wiese;
Weed Inspector: Warren Nehring;
Cable TV Board: Pietsch;
Road Maintenance: Atwood, Nehring, and Pietsch;
Site Permits: Nehring;
Park and Arena Board: Atwood, Pietsch.

Raising the wages for the clerk and treasurer was the only change in the fees and charges. Nehring suggested that the clerk be paid $150 a month instead of $100 and the treasurer $125 instead of $85.

"There are a lot of things that come up in the week that they aren't getting paid for," Nehring explained. "They should be compensated for their time."

The rest of the fee schedule will remain the same.

Hired labor: $8 per hour;
Election judges: $8 per hour;
Work with a chainsaw or pick-up: $15 per hour;
Board members supervising pro-jects: $12 per hour;
Planning and zoning meetings: $35 per meeting;
Board members: $45 per meeting;
Mileage rate: 32 per mile.

The board, which meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m., agreed to change its meeting time during daylight savings time to 8 p.m.

The board also set its annual equalization meeting for 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19.

The new board held its first meeting for regular business on Monday, March 27.

2001 levy
At the annual meeting, on Tuesday, March 14, a slight increase in the levy for the coming year was approved.

The levy for general revenue will be $126,000, up $3,000 from last year. For roads and bridges, $170,000 will be levied, up $5,000. Snow removal remains at $15,000, and the levy for the fire account will be raised $5,000 to a total of $20,000.

The total levy will be $331,000, up $13,000 from 2000. Increased property values in the township should keep the mill rate about the same.

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