City cerifies levy

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 9/17/96.

The proposed budget for 1997 will see a seven tenths percent decrease and the levy will increase eight tenths, Dennis Wilde, Paynesville City Administrator, told the council at their meeting Wednesday night.

The proposed budget is set at $1,144,951. This is down only $8,813 or .7 percent from last year. The levy will increase .8 percent or $3,607.

The council also approved Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. for the Truth in Taxation hearing.

In other business, Rich Pederson, SEH engineer, informed the council the 1995 street improvement project was completed. However, there were still problems with the 1996 street project on Minnesota Avenue.

Pederson told the council part of Minnesota Avenue would still need to be torn out as the last layer of bituminous laid on Monday, Sept. 9, did not meet MnDOT specifications. The wear course was wavey and not smooth.

"Bauerly Brothers will probably mill off the top layer and redo that portion of Minnesota Street," he added. "We are still awaiting word from Bauerly on the situation."

* City Administrator Dennis Wilde informed the council a substantial portion of the library project is completed. The library committee hopes to move into the renovated library on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 17 and 18, and hold an open house on Thursday, Sept. 19.

A large portion of the drywall needed to be replaced due to poor workmanship by the subcontractor. Volunteers were in the library over the weekend (Sept. 14-15) repainting the walls.

* The council approved posting stop signs on the intersection on Minnesota Street leaving Maple Street as a through street, and on Pine Street, leaving Main Street as a through street near the Dairy Queen.

A four-way stop is presently at the intersection of Minnesota Avenue and Maple Street to get people accustomed to stopping on Minnesota Avenue.

* Wilde informed the council Duckwall-Alco is negotiating to purchase land along Highway 23 in the Diekmann Business Park. They would be located two lots south of the motel. More information would be available at the next meeting.

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