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Paynesville Press - November 10, 2004

City council dissolves pool committee

By Michael Jacobson

The Paynesville City Council voted to dissolve the Ad Hoc Pool Committee last week at its regular monthly meeting, following the defeat of proposed bonding for a aquatic park at the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

The aquatic park proposal was rejected by a vote of 792 to 466 in the city and by a vote of 541 to 323 in Paynesville Township, wider margins than the previous vote in April.

The city's agreements with Paynesville Township and with the Paynesville Area School District expired following the failure of the November referendum. Under the latest proposal, the city and township would have split the $990,000 in construction costs on a 62:38 basis (meaning $615,000 in proposed bonding for the city and $375,000 in proposed bonding for the township). The proposed aquatic park would have been located on the grounds of Paynesville Area High School, next to Highway 23.

Roscoe City Council settled
Don Mackedanz declined a seat on the Roscoe City Council at the council's canvassing meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 10, breaking a tie in a write-in race for the city council.

Mackedanz and Don Albrecht tied with 11 write-in votes for the Roscoe City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 2. By declining his seat, Mackedanz allowed Albrecht to accept the four-year term on the council.

Current council member Mike Christian led write-in votegetters in Roscoe for the city council with 13 votes. He also accepted another four-year term on the council, and Don Heinen accepted another two-year term as mayor.

In other municipal races in local cities, all write-in candidates accepted their seats. In the city of Lake Henry, write-in candidates Eric Pederson (mayor), Scott Weidner (city council), and Dale Olmscheid (city council) accepted their seats, as did Randy Olmscheid (city council) in the city of St. Martin.

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