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Paynesville Press - August 18, 2004

City street project nears completion

By Bonnie Jo Hanson

The Paynesville City Council took the following actions at their meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 11.

*The council heard a verbal report from city engineer Pete Carlson regarding the street improvement project. According to Carlson, with work on Hudson and Belmont Streets nearly complete, landscaping and seeding should begin soon. Overlayment for the Industrial Loop has been delayed until Monday, Aug. 23, added Carlson.

*The council approved a payment of $31,630 to Dunnick Brothers for work on the street improvement project.

*The council approved paying up to $14,240 plus tax for repairs on two city wells.

*The council heard a request from Don Williamson, who owns West Central Sanitation, regarding switching Paynesville customers from garbage cans to wheeled carts. The carts, which are large plastic garbage containers with wheels, would be easier for customers to use and would require less physical work for employees, which should reduce injuries, said Williamson.

According to Williamson, the carts would be provided at no added cost to customers and extra trash bags would still be picked up.

*The council approved Tony Eull's retirement from the Paynesville Fire Department after 22 years of service. Fire chief Jim Freilinger informed the council that the fire department will begin advertising for two new firefighters. *The council set a variance public hearing for Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 6:30 pm for Dan and Kathy (Mulligan) Widell. The Widells requested a variance that would allow their garage to be less than five feet from the property line. During a recent survey it was discovered that the Widell's garage actually sat partially on their neighbor's property. The neighbor is willing to sell the Widells enough property for their garage,but not enough to meet the setback.

*The council approved a variance for AMPI to erect two 54-feet-high silos that exceed the maximum height allowance of 45 feet. In addition, the silos do not meet the minimum setback of 25 feet from the street, and the plant exceeds the maximum lot coverage allowance of 50 percent.

*The council approved a preliminary plat for Ampe Morningside Plat Three. The new addition will include four lots on Maywood Street near Highway 23. Since city services and streets are already in place, the lots could be developed as soon as a final plat is approved.

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