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Paynesville Press - April 20, 2005

City approves parking ban on Highway 23 curve

By Bonnie Jo Hanson

The Paynesville City Council took the following actions at their meeting on Wednesday, April 13.

*The council approved a resolution allowing MnDOT to proceed with a re-striping project on Highway 23 through the city.

The city will also allow MnDOT to restrict parking on both sides of Highway 23 between Richmond Street and the west property line of Secondhand Sue's. Parking in this area would be permanently eliminated to reduce accidents on the curves on that portion of the road.

*The council approved contributing $2,500 to the Lake Koronis Recreational Trail to help pay administrative costs for the two segments of the trail currently being developed. The money will be used to cover any costs not covered by grants, including consulting fees, and grant application fees.

The city and Paynesville Township each contributed $2,500 for trail administrative costs in 2003, but those funds have run out.

*The council approved setting a public hearing for Wednesday, May 4, at 6 p.m. at city hall, for city residents to learn more about proposed cable television service from Lakedale Communications. (According to city officials, this hearing will need to be rescheduled, but formal action to do so cannot be taken until the city council meets again on Wednesday, April 27.)

Lakedale Communications has proposed offering cable television service to city residents through phone lines with an open video system. Lakedale and the city have been negotiating a contract. The city wants a contract similar to its license with Mediacom to avoid any potential breach of contract, but Lakedale isn't convinced that a contract is needed.

*The council heard a verbal report from public works director Ron Mergen concerning the 2005 Paynesville Area Water Festival to be held on Friday, May 13, at the Koronis Regional Park. The annual festival, in its third year, is an educational event for fifth graders at Paynesville Area Elementary School to learn about the importance of protecting streams, lakes, and the water table.

*The council approved rezoning Wilglo Acres Addition Plat Four, located near Highway 55 on the west end of the city, from agricultural to single and two-family residential.

*The council approved rezoning Ampe Morningside Addition Plat Four, located of Highway 23 on the east end of the city, from agricultural to single and two-family residential.

*The council approved an addendum to a land lease with Walter Moorhouse at the Paynesville Municipal Airport adding a 10 foot by 10 foot storage shed for an additional $10 per month.

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