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Paynesville Press - Sept. 03, 2003

Paynesville Township Meeting

The Paynesville Township Board of Supervisors took the following actions at their meeting on Monday, Aug. 25.

•The board approved a stormwater runoff project along Crestridge Road, on property owned by Evelyn Moore, to be done in conjunction with the current road construction project. The project will include a couple berms, which also will be used for the trail along the road. The estimated cost of the project is $8,400, which would not require either quotes or bids.

The North Fork Crow River Watershed District has already pledged to pay for half of the project, up to $7,500, but if the project cost goes above $10,000 the township will need to get quotes.

•The board was informed that construction of the Paynesville Area Oil Depot - a joint township/city project using SCORE funds - began last week. The new 24-hour recycling station - located by the township maintenance garage - should be finished this week.

•The board approved a variance for Brian Thorson to add an addition to an accessory building. Thorson owns two lots, with a house on one and the accessory building on the other. The township ordinance requires a primary structure on every lot, necessitating the variance for the addition.

The township board approved the variance but recommended that the county (which has jurisdiction over the permit since the lots are within 1000' of Lake Koronis) assess Thorson a penalty for getting a permit after the fact, since the addition was started without a permit.

•The board approved an annexation agreement for the property for the new airport (not including easements), allowing the city to annex the property for the city airport.

•The board reiterated that repair work on 160th Street should be done by the start of school and directed supervisor Harry Thielen to contact the contractor and complete the road repair.

•The board authorized supervisor Pat Meagher to order signs for the new section of pedestrian trail that is being built along Breezewood Road, Crestridge Road, and NW Koronis Road. In addition to trail signs, the new section of trail - which crosses two roads - will need stop signs and trail crossing signs.

•The board tabled a proposal to have the township issue administrative fines, which was approved recently by the city of Paynesville. On the advice of their township attorney, the board directed clerk Don Wiese to consult Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall before approving the administrative fines.

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