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Paynesville Press - June 11, 2003

Township proceding with idea of a 24-hour oil recycling station

The Paynesville Township Board of Supervisors took the following actions at their meeting on Monday, June 2. (The board will meet in June on the first and third Mondays of the month.)

•The board approved a preliminary plat for James and Dawn Hensel in Section 26. Hensel Hills is a five-acre plat in T-20 that will require a 15-acre set aside.

•The board expressed interest in proceeding with a 24-hour oil recycling station. The township is going to approach the city about jointly offering such a facility to the public. The proposed location is at the township hall, though the exact location has not been determined.

The township would also like to add an out clause to the proposed contract. SCORE funds would help build the oil recycling station at no cost to the township, though the township would face some costs in upkeep and maintenance.

•Supervisor Harry Thielen reported that the township had used 11,820 pounds of crack filling, repairing cracks on 180th Street, 263rd Avenue, Cross Creek Road, Cliffwood Road, Briorhill Road, and Conita Circle. Because the township used over 10,000 pounds, the price dropped from 87 per pound to 85 per pound, totalling $10,047.

•The board set a public hearing for a preliminary plat for Lehnen Hills on Monday, June 16, at 8:30 p.m. The five-acre plat is located on Co. Rd. 34.

•Board chairman Don Pietsch reported that he had met with city officials to negotiate a new orderly annexation agreement. Such an agreement allows the township to keep some tax revenue from annexed properties for a few years after annexation.

The township had an orderly annexation agreement with the city, but all the parcels in that agreement have been annexed. In the new agreement, the township and city could agree to add a new piece of property whenever something is annexed to the city. The township board has also agreed to allow the city to annex the new airport.

•The board heard a report from Pietsch about a construction project on NW Koronis Road, Crestridge Road, and Breezewood Road later this summer. The township is working to get easements from some property owners for the trail in order to slope the trail - which will be separate from the road - properly. The township board approved easement agreements with four property owners along Breezewood Road. The township board also approved having township workers help move fences along NW Koronis Road, in order to get the work done in a timely manner and to aid cooperation in gaining easements.

The eight-foot wide pedestrian trail - to be part of the Lake Koronis Recreational Trail - will be two feet lower than the road along NW Koronis Road. It will run through four wetlands, which the township will have to "buy back" from a county program at a cost of $2,500 or replace. The township will also talk with a state agency about wetland replacement.

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