The Paynesville Township Board of Supervisors tabled a proposal to close Lake Koronis Road, instead indicating their intention to pursue other safety measures on the road at their meeting on Monday, July 26.
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Paynesville Press - August 4, 2004

Township board considers safety alternatives for Lake Koronis Road

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville Township Board of Supervisors took the following actions at their meeting on Monday, July 26.

*The board tabled a proposal to close Lake Koronis Road, instead indicating their intention to pursue other safety measures on the road. Following a public hearing attended by 40 people where 30 people either spoke or wrote their opinion, with a majority opposing closing the road, the board expressed its intention to study the road, look at possible safety measures (including adding stop signs, adding speed bumps, adding rumble strips, trimming trees, prohibiting parking on the road, etc.), and make a decision, if possible, at its next meeting on Monday, Aug. 9. The board recessed its meeting in order to meet with a traffic engineer from MnDOT to review the speed limit on the road and discuss safety options. (See related story)

*The board approved a variance request for Val Theis to relocate two unattached accessory buildings at his residence to make room for a septic system. The buildings would be located 38 feet and 27 feet from Coventry Road, closer than the 63-foot setback, thus requiring a variance. Theis had already gotten a variance to move his buildings from the township but a change in his plan by the county sent him back to the township to get a new variance.

*The board noted that the township had received enough signatures to hold a public hearing on Monday, Aug. 23, at 8:30 p.m. to vacate the end of Brentwood Road. This segment of the road is platted but not finished. The township board had approved setting a public hearing at its previous meeting, contingent on getting enough signatures on the petition to vacate.

*The board approved a change in its Ordinance No. 4 to reflect the current policy of the board towards building roads in the township. The township policy is that developers are responsible for building roads to township specifications in new plats; that unimproved roads in plats with no development shall be improved by the developer or land owners with the township board paying for half of the bituminous surface at the discretion of the board; and that existing roads in plats where development has occurred shall be improved to township specifications with the developer and land owners bearing all costs.

*The board approved a variance for Bud McMillan to construct an unattached building of 3,840 sq. ft. at Sandy Point Park. The building size exceeds the township limit by 2,100 sq. ft., but McMillan needs storage for his business, which he and his wife have run for 37 years. The county seems likely to grant allow the building since it will be used by the trailer park. The building will be located out of sight in a wooded area, said McMillan.

*The board set a public hearing for a preliminary plat for a one-lot development on Cemetery Road owned by Dan Plueger for Monday, Aug. 9, at 8:30 p.m.

*The board set a public hearing for an easement to build a fence for Scott Hoiseth, who owns a cabin on Cliffwood Road, for Monday, Aug. 23, at 8:45 p.m.

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