City council approves land sales

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 10/1/96.

The Paynesville City Council discussed the sale of property for expansion purposes to two different businesses at their meeting Wednesday night. The city is negotiating the sale of a 250 by 350-foot lot along Highway 23 to Duckwall/Alco for a 22,000 square foot retail store. The lot is located south of the Country Inn.

City Attorney Bill Spooner told the council that Duckwall will likely come back with a counter proposal as they are concerned with future assessments against the property. ãTheir representative is concerned with all cost items, assessments, past and present, lot costs, street assessments, etc,ä he added. The council approved the preliminary sale agreement of $22,000.

The council approved selling an additional 50 linear feet of land to the D&D Hospitality Corp., owners of the new Country Inn in Paynesville. In a letter to the council, Diane Keman, CEO of D&D Hospitality Corp., said they hope to eventually use the additional land to expand the existing motel. ãWe hope that our continued success will allow us to accommodate more visitors to the Paynesville area in the future,ä she wrote the council.

In other business, Rich Pederson, SEH engineer, informed the council the check list for the 1995 and 1996 street projects has been sent out to the contractors. ãBasically, all that is left of the 1996 project is cleaning up,ä Pederson said. ãBauerly did repave the poor area on Minnesota Street the same week as our last meeting,ä he said.

Pederson reminded the council a reassessment hearing date needed to be set for the 1996 street project at the next council meeting on Oct. 9.

ðThe council denied the petition to vacate a portion of an alley between Washburne Avenue and Koronis Avenue that runs southerly from First Street to where it first touches Koronis Court.

ðThe council approved a police mutual aid agreement with the cities of Richmond and Cold Spring. ãOn several occasions when I feel the need for back-up, I have called for their help,ä Police Chief Bill Drager said. ãThe agreement outlines who is responsible for what if anything should happen when we are assisting each other.ä

Drager informed the council the city also has agreements with the city of Sauk Centre and Kandiyohi County. ãStearns County will also provide back-up but you canât always count on them being here within minutes when you need them. They are often 45 minutes away,ä Drager added. ãI believe officers are calling for more back-up since the St. Joseph officer was shot last year.ä

ðFollowing a closed meeting, the council rejected a settlement proposal with three homeowners from the 1995 street improvement project.

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