As a result of their acquisition of County Road 124 earlier this year, Paynesville Township had to decide on a new name for the road. At their meeting on Monday, Sept. 11, the supervisors chose Old Lake Road, a name by which the road used to be called.
County Road 124 was the original Highway 55. After the new highway was built, the road was taken by the county and renamed County Road 124.
Before the vote to rename the road, township chairman Don Pietsch told the other supervisors that the county would not accept Lake Road, Old Highway 55, or Township 124 as names. Through discussions with landowners, he said Old Lake Road seemed like a popular choice.
The change will require all residents along County Road 124 to change their mailing address at the post office. House numbers will be the same along the road.
The township board directed maintenance man Mike Jensen to order new signs for the road. The old signs will be given back to the county.
The board directed Jensen to rent a tiller and seed the new ditches along Dolphin and Desmond roads. They also directed him to get quotes for loads of rock to repair some washouts in road shoulders in the township.
The board directed Sharon Wendroth, treasurer, to check interest rates at the local lending institutions and then transfer $150,000 from the township's road and bridge account into a certificate of deposit for one year. The board also may transfer money from the snow fund into a certificate of deposit, but will wait for payment from the sale of its snowplow before doing so.
Jeff Bertram told the board that they will be applying for an initiative fund grant of $5,000. The money would be used to help fund planning for the proposed pedestrian trail around Lake Koronis. If they are successful, they will apply for more money in the future, Bertram said.
Bertram also expects the U.S. Corps of Engineers to come and look at the area within the next month.
Bertram also commented about a letter he sent the township on behalf of West Central Sanitation, concerning the new recycling program in the township. Initial implementation of the once every two weeks recycling run will be done around Lake Koronis and in the Heatherwood development.
The voluntary service will cost $2 per month, but users must also have garbage pickup with West Central.
Bertram said West Central will try to service areas where a group of residents requests service. They will not be able to afford to drive several miles for one pickup.
The township will be providing recycling containers for residents, through a S.C.O.R.E. fund grant. This money will also be used to promote the new service.
Pietsch has been designated by the cable commission to handle complaints from cable customers in Paynesville Township.
The board cancelled its regular monthly meeting for Monday, Sept. 25. The next township meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 9.
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