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Paynesville Press - July 6, 2005

Township board approves preliminary plats on three requests

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville Township Board of Supervisors took the following actions at their regular meeting on Monday, June 27.

*The board approved a preliminary plat for a total of 21 clustered lots, approximately 1.5 acres in size, in Section 21 of the township. The development is owned by the Steve Peterson family. Since the township has a two-acre minimum lot size, a variance will be needed for the 1.5-acre lots.

The new road into this plat will be the extension of Cherrywood Road. The road will also include a separate trail surface for the planned recreational trail between the city of Paynesville and Veteran's Memorial Park.

*The board approved a preliminary plat, following a hearing, for Dombrovski/Meyer for eight lots on 40 acres of land just north of the Heatherwood Addition in Section 15 of the township.

*The board approved a preliminary plat for Alvin and James Hartmann in Section 8 of the township. The plat, zoned T-20, is 57.77 acres, more or less, and will be platted into three lots each of which will be approximately 20 acres in size.

*The board adopted Ordinance No. 7, which will allow the city of Paynesvile to collect and keep the $50 fine for animals running at large in the township and also to collect the daily boarding fee at the pound from the owner of the dog.

*The board set a public hearing for Monday, July 25, at 8:30 p.m. to consider vacating a portion of a public cartway. The cartway is adjacent to property owned by Ralph Daby on Breezewood Road.

*The board set a public hearing for Monday, July 25, at 8:45 p.m. for the purpose of vacating the portion of Brittany Oaks Circle that borders the property of Ed and Sheila Steinemann in Section 22. The property will then be deeded to the Steinemanns.

*The board has enlisted the assistance of the North Fork Crow River Watershed District and the Stearns County Soil and Water District to work on a surface water problem near the residence of Mike Mackedanz on Old Lake Road. Heavy rains in late May and early June, together with some recent changes in landscaping, have caused Mackedanz to have water in his basement for the first tme in 30 years, according to Mackedanz.

*The board, in another storm water issue, learned that a private contractor installing a private septic system on King Bee Lane damaged about 100 feet of stormwater drainage pipe that had been installed by the township as part of a stormwater control project completed recently along Crown Crest Road. The board appointed chairman Don Pietsch to check on the damage and work with the contrator to correct the problem.

*The board agreed to seek legal advice in regards to the granting of a site permit for Ken Havemeier, who owns a home on Lake Koronis west of Bug Bee Hive Resort in Section 29. Havemeier has applied for a site permit for an auxiliary garage on a second unattached lot he owns. This lot also contains drainfields for two septic systems (for Havemeier and for a neighbor).

The township ordinance does not allow an ancillary building on a lot without a principal structure. The second lot also needs to be contiguous to the first lot.

*Board member Harry Thielen informed the board that the crack filling of roads is complete.

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