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Paynesville Press - July 23, 2003

Paynesville Township Meeting

Paynesville Township The Paynesville Township Board of Supervisors took the following actions at their meeting on Monday, July 14.

•The board heard a verbal report about the feasibility study for a community swimming pool. The city and township split the cost of the nearly $6,000 study, which was done by a consulting firm, USAquatics and took nearly a year to complete. A joint pool committee - with city and township residents - has met for nearly a year.

•The board accepted a petition from property owners along Crestridge Road to expand the township's road right-of-way. Petitioning for an additional 10 feet of road right-of-way were Evelyn Moore, Mark and Steph Malingen, and Jeff and Diane McCarron. The Lake Koronis Assembly Grounds petitioned for 12 feet of additional right-of-way for 150' with the right-of-way angling to 18 feet, 25 feet, 33 feet, and 35 feet (following a berm on the LKAG property).

The board set a public hearing for this petition request for Monday, July 28, at 8:30 p.m., and the board agreed to have local attorney Bob Stoneburner draw up an easement agreement.

•The board recessed the meeting to meet with representatives of Duininck Brothers to discuss the upcoming road project on NW Koronis Road, Breezewood Road, and Crestridge Road. The board then recessed the meeting to meet with representatives from the Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources on Monday, July 28, to discuss possible state funding for wetland replacement for the upcoming township road project.

•The board heard a verbal report from Paynesville Police Chief Kent Kortlever about the possibility of using administrative fines for minor offenses like speeding. Using administrative fines would allow the city of Paynesville and Paynesville Township to lower the fee (from the state's minimum fine) while increasing the amount of money that would stay here.

Kortlever had previously approached the city council about initiating such a program. He told the township board that the city and township should have uniform fees to make the paperwork easier.

Paynesville Township contracts for police protection with the city of Paynesville. The township board put the matter on their agenda for Monday, July 28.

•The board approved a three-foot easement for Meeker County Light and Power to bury underground power cables in the township.

•The board was informed Meeker County Light and Power hit an artesian well while directional boring under Breezewood Road. Emergency permits were obtained, and the water was directed into Lake Koronis.

•The board approved having the Minnesota Association of Townships go forward with using more self-insurance. •The board set a variance hearing for Val Theis, who wants to build a shed, for Monday, Aug. 11, at 8:30 p.m.

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