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Paynesville Press - May 3, 2006

The township plans to sealcoat three township roads in 2006

The Paynesville Township Board of Supervisors took the following actions at their meeting on Monday, April 24.

•The township accepted quotes for its 2006 sealcoating projects. The township plans to sealcoat three township roads in 2006: Old Lake Road, the portion of 160th Street west of NW Koronis Road, and Briorhill Road. Its estimated needs for this project are 13,200 gallons of oil, 430 yards of pea rock, and applying the sealcoat.

The board accepted the quote for the oil from Koch Refinery of Savage, Minn., at $1.04 per gallon (delivered). It accepted the quote from Linus Thull Construction of Greenwald for the pea rock at a price of $9 per yard. And it accepted the quote from Caldwell Asphalting of Hawick for the applying the sealcoat at $0.53 per gallon. (Koch Refinery will supply two 6,000-gallon loads of the oil at that price, with Caldwell Asphalting supplying the extra 1,200 gallons needed at the same price.)

•The board authorized advertising for bids for its 2006 street overlay project. The township plans overlays on 160th Street, Bluebird Street, Cedardale Road, and Copperfield Road and new bituminous surfaces for Cyrilla Beach Road (a joint road with Eden Lake Township), the new extension of Bluebird Street, and 170th Street.

The board directed clerk Don Wiese to advertise the bid specifications with the bid opening on Monday, May 8, if possible. If not, then at the board's second meeting in May on Monday, May 22.

The work should start in June, and the township plans to require it to be finished by mid-September.

•The township tabled two quotes for crackfilling for 2006. The township received quotes for the project from L&M Services of Belgrade and Astech of St. Cloud and asked supervisor Harry Thielen to check if the bids were the same materials.

The township plans to fill cracks on 185th Street, 253rd Avenue, and NW Koronis Road this summer.

•The township board discussed posting a short section of 185th Street (between 293rd Avenue and Co. Rd. 130) as a seven-ton or eight-ton road in the spring. Local hauler Doug Schwandt discussed the matter with the board, saying that allowing this short section would really help local haulers get to the gravel pits on 293rd Avenue.

Pietsch had heard from two road builders that this road should be fine as a seven-ton road but wanted to doublecheck if they thought it could handle more than that. The township also wanted to check what the spring load limit is on city streets. Unposted township roads automatically have a five-ton limit in the spring. The board seemed willing to increase this limit on a short stretch of 185th Street to allow access to gravel haulers.

•The board tabled an annexation agreement with the city for 20.39 acres in Section 15 owned by Keith and Mary Dombrovski and James and Mary Meyer. Since part of this parcel is not intended to be developed immediately, the township board feels the existing tax revenue from this acreage should remain in the township until city services (water and sewer) are extended to it. The township hopes to negotiate with the city about the agreement wording to reflect this.

•The board set a meeting with the Roseville Township Board of Super-visors for Thursday, May 11, at 8:30 p.m. to discuss paving Roseville Road from Highway 23 to Highway 55. This road belongs to Roseville Township, though both townships participate in its maintenance. Paynesville Township has previously asked about paving this road and is planning to ask again.

•The board approved EDAP loans to Louis Industries and Skinz Protective Gear. Louis Industries is buying the old Quality Checked Plastics building as is requesting $150,000 from EDAP, with the township loaning $100,000 from its fund at five percent interest. Skinz is purchasing the old Louis Industries building in the Industrial Park and is requesting $50,000 from EDAP, with the city and township splitting this loan 50-50 ($25,000 each) at eight percent interest.

The township currently has about $335,000 in money in its revolving EDAP loan fund, said Pietsch, and with the recent $50,000 loan to Queen Bee's Bar and Grill and these two loans, it will still have more than $150,000 available to loan.

•The board was informed by chairman Don Pietsch that should a nuisance complaint be lodged with Stearns County, it will be referred to the township.

•The board approved having the city insure their new wood chipper, purchased jointly by the city and township, and asked the city to bill them for the their share.

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