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Paynesville Press - June 21, 2006

Twenty residents of Northwood Drive petition township board

The Paynesville Township Board of Supervisors took the following actions at their meeting on Monday, June 12.

•The board held a public hearing about extending Northwood Drive into the city. Nearly 20 residents of the road attended the meeting and opposed the extension, citing safety concerns in turning the dead-end street into a potential thru street from Co. Rd. 34 to Highway 23.

The Heatherwood residents also thought making it a thru street would change the character of the neighborhood.

Keith Dombrovski, who also lives in Heatherwood and has annexed 20 acres into the city, proposed making Northwood Drive a cul-de-sac to the end lot of his new development with a similar cul-de-sac on the city end, thus preventing the township road from becoming a thru street, which satisfied the neighboring residents.

•The board approved an easement for Charles and Pat Nelson to build an unattached structure 12 feet from the centerline of Breezewood Road in Section 31 of the township. The township ordinance requires a setback of 63 feet, so the easement was for 51 feet.

•The board set a zoning map correction for property owned by Nate Bork in Section 8 of the township. The board recently approved a road vacation on this lot, and now it has been found to be zoned commercial while Bork plans a residential use.

•The board agreed to include a private road - going to the Johnnie Olson residence, among others - in the township overlay project this summer as long as Olson and his neighbors cover the whole cost of tarring the road and put the money in escrow before the work. The road will not be brought to township specifications and will continue to be a private road.

•The board approved a gambling permit for the Tri-County River Bottom Bucks to hold their annual fundraiser at Northern Lights Bistro and Spirits in September.

•The board recessed to look at low spots on roads involved in the overlay project this summer: 160th Street, Bluebird Street, Cedardale Road, Copperfield Road, and Cyrilla Beach Road (a joint road with Eden Lake Township). Also, Bluebird Street and 170th Street will be extended in the project. The board had previously approved having Warren Nehring dig out these low spots before the overlay.

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