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Paynesville Press - June 4, 2003

Paynesville Township - Tuesday, May 27, meeting

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville Township Board of Supervisors took the following actions at their meeting on Tuesday, May 27. The meeting was moved from Monday due to Memorial Day.

•The board received no comment at a public hearing to consider a 10-foot easement to the township on the north side of Breezewood Road to allow for 1,400 feet. The easement will make it easier to put a pedestrian trail on the north side of this road.

The board will get the easements signed by the four landowners who requested it and will move forward with the road and trail project.

•The board agreed to pay approximately 18 percent of the cost of negotiating for the new cable contract, based on the township's share of cable subscribers. The cost to the township is $5,325. A major upgrade to the local access channel has also been completed. The cost to the township for this upgrade is $2,673, based on the same percentage.

•The board approved a variance to John Hartert to build a 28' by 30' addition to his home behind his current garage. The side setback for this addition is 12 feet. The setback requirement when Hartert's house was built was only 10 feet, but now is 20 feet, requiring a variance. The new addition will be no closer to the lot line than his current house.

•The board adopted the wording of the city of Paynesville's ordinance on exhibition driving by resolution. Before this adoption, the city and township had different enforcement regulations on this issue.

•The board granted a liquor license renewal to Northern Lights Dining and Lounge.

•The board agreed to work with the Koronis Lake Association for the control of forest tent caterpillars in the township and, in particular, near Lake Koronis.

•The board agreed to move forward on an oil recycling depot and agreed to ask the city of Paynesville to become involved in its operation. The decision on the location of the depot was left until the board's next meeting, which has been moved to Monday, June 2.

•The board approved a $300 donation to the Festival of Ethnic Traditions, which will be held on Sunday, Aug. 3, at Paynesville Area High School.

•The board set a public hearing to consider a preliminary plat for James Hensel for Monday, June 2, at 8:30 p.m.

•The board authorized having maintenance worker Mike Jensen spray for poison ivy along Baywater and Old Lake roads. Jensen will also fix a frost heave on 160th Street.

•The board noted its meeting changes. In June, the board will meet on the first and third Mondays (June 2 and 16), not the second and fourth Mondays. In July, the board will resume meeting on the second and fourth Mondays (July 14 and July 28). Throughout the summer, board meetings start at 8 p.m.

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