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Paynesville Press - September 13, 2006

Township board meets early

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville Township Board of Supervisors took the following actions at their meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 6. (Their meeting was moved from Monday, Sept. 11.)

*The board approved a final payment to Bauerly Brothers for this summer's road project of $46,325.83. The total cost of the project was $446,325.83, with the board having previously approved paying $400,000 of this bill in August.

The township's share of the work - including Cyrilla Beach Road, Roseville Road, 170th Street, and Brentwood Road - is estimated at $325,000, with the other portion consisting of joint roads and new developments in the township.

*The board discussed the formation of a sewer district for the new Crow River Heights development. The initial requirements for forming such a district seem to be very large, reported board chairman Don Pietsch, including public hearings. This seems more suited for the formation of a larger district, instead of one involving a single new development.

While it would be nice to have an easier way to set up a sewer district, the township needs to follow its attorney's advice and the law, said supervisor Pat Meagher.

The township will do that, added Pietsch. It still needs to research the issue and to be able to levy fees to support the maintenance and replacement costs for the joint septic system for the development.

If the project requires the formation of a sewer district, the township may want to ask the North Fork of the Crow River Watershed District to take the project if it already has this authority. Or the township may want to complete the steps to become a sewer district in order to enable future joint septic systems in developments in the township, said Pietsch.

*The board discussed a conditional-use permit that is set to expire in November and was informed by Mike Jensen, who handles site permits for the township, that the owner was preparing to apply for a site permit in order to build a residence on the property. The conditional-use permit allows an accessary building without a primary residence, a situation that would be remedied by this proposed construction.

*The board directed its representatives to the joint trails board to propose that the city and township share maintenance of all trails running between the city and township on a 50-50 basis. Currently, the city and township have a maintenance agreement only on certain sections of the trail. The board indicated their support for sharing maintenance on all sections of the Lake Koronis Recreational Trail, as well as other trails that join the city and township.

*The board set a variance hearing for Neil Anderson on Monday, Sept. 25, at 8:40 p.m. He wishes to erect a pole barn for his limited rural business, but his accessary buildings exceed the allowable amount for his property size.

*The board was informed by clerk Don Wiese that he had checked with their attorney, who advised that the township require a permit for utilities going under township roads. The township has received such a request to bore under Briorwood Road.

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