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Paynesville Press - July 23, 2003

Land donated for new town hall in Munson Township

By Ryan Flanders

Munson Township has a new spot for a town hall.

The township -╩which lies between Roscoe and Richmond - was given 12.5 acres by Roger Storms at their monthly meeting in June. The township plans to eventually build a new town hall on the property, which is located on Co. Rd. 23, east of the Sauk River, near Richmond.

Currently the township has neither plans for the construction nor does it have a starting date for the project. But since Munson Township currently rents the Sno Cruiser building in Richmond for their meetings, the new site should be better for township residents, said Michelle Hemmesch, township clerk.

"It might be better utilized by people for voting purposes," she said. A new facility could be used for gatherings such as birthdays or anniversaries and for other meetings held in the township. Additionally, it would provide more space for storage of office files, said Hemmesch.

"As the township is increasing, everything else is increasing," said Hemmesch. "I definitely think we need some place to store the files because right now everything's stored at my house in boxes."

The need for a township hall has become greater as Munson Township's population has grown. In 2000, the township had 1,351 residents, according to the census, a 25 percent increase from 1990.

The town board wishes to thank Storms for his donation, added Hemmesch.

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