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Paynesville Press - July 20, 2005

Township board approves park land dedication fee

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville Township Board of Supervisors took the following actions at their meeting on Monday, July 11.

*The board was informed that the township and city had reached a tentative agreement on properties to include in a new orderly annexation agreement.

*The board approved a new fee for park land dedication. The township has enacted a park land dedication for new plats, prompted by the county enacting this requirement and the desire to keep the money in the township for use on trails or parks. The fee is 10 percent of the estimated market value per lot, with a maximum of $1,000 per lot.

*The board agreed to send a letter to the county in support of extending Cherrywood Road as a cul-de-sac. The Peterson family is trying to plat 57 acres into 20 lots and wants to extend Cherrywood Road to part of this new development. If extended, the road would be longer than the county allows for cul-de-sacs, thus requiring a variance.

The township, which is working to run a pedestrian trail along Cherrywood Road, cited the lack of a reasonable access on the east end of this property (since MnDOT will not grant access to Highway 55 and the township has been advised that an intersection on the curve of Old Lake Road, near Highway 55, would also be unadvisable).

*The board approved joining two lots owned by Ken Havemeier and set a variance hearing for Monday, Aug. 8, at 8:30 p.m. Havemeier wants to build an accessory building on a lot, which includes his sewer system, and a township variance would allow him to build closer to Cullman Lane. Havemeier would need to get variances from the county - from the sidelot and from the drainfield - to build a shed wider than 12 feet.

*The board, following a public hearing, approved a preliminary plat for Virgil and Jeannette Kulzer in Section 19. The Kulzers are platting a single 23.91-acre lot for their son.

*The board was informed that blacktopping - overlays on 293rd Avenue, 155th Street, Baywater Road, and King Bee Drive and new bituminous surfaces in the Country Acres Addition and in the Lordon Addition - has been completed.

*The board was informed that the township's sealcoating project - including 180th Street, 263rd Avenue, Timber Lane, Koronis Drive, Lake Koronis Road, Desmond Drive, Hillside Court, Crowncrest Road, Cedar Point Road, Cliffwood Road, Crosswood Road, Cushing Road, Cross Creek Road, Dolphin Drive, Lake Avenue, Lakeview Lane, Apple Tree Lane, Conita Circle, and Bluefield Road - should be done in July.

*The board was informed that the township's crack filling project - including Crest Ridge Road, NW Koronis Road, Breezewood Road, 300th Avenue, Baywater Road, Briorhill Road, and Cedar Crest Drive - had been completed.

*The board authorized Bauerly Brothers to patch a dip in Cemetery Road, where the road appears to be settling over a culvert. A section of trail - linking the city with the Glacial Lakes State Trail - is proposed for Cemetery Road in 2006 and more work, if needed, could be done at that time.

*The board was updated on two stormwater projects. The township is still working on a stormwater project on Old Lake Road, and damage to an existing stormwater system on King Bee Drive had been repaired by the contractor.

*The board received an update on the proposed route for the Lake Koronis Recreational Trail from the city to Veterans' Memorial Park. This segment of trail, to be constructed in 2006, might now stay on the west side of Co. Rd. 181 and then cross to the south side of Cherrywood Road.

The county engineer feels it would be safer to cross Co. Rd. 181 at an intersection. Going along the west side of Co. Rd. 181 would impact some wetlands, but the township could get the Board of Water and Soil Resources to fund the replacement of wetlands, as it did for the trail along NW Koronis Road.

*The board set public hearing for Monday, Aug. 8, at 8:15 p.m. for the preliminary plat of Gunther Acres, a single, two-acre lot on 160th Street.

*The board set a variance hearing for Jack and Peggy Dahl for Monday, Aug. 8, at 8:45 p.m. The Dahls want to build an accessory building in Elmar Acres of 1,500 sq. ft., which exceeds the maximum allowed size of 1,200 sq. ft.

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