Township agrees to acquire County Road 124

This article submitted by Michael Jacobson on 11/24/99.

After a public hearing on Monday, Nov. 15, the Paynesville Township board voted to proceed in acquiring County Road 124 from Stearns County.

The township and the county previously had negotiated a $392,000 lump sum payment to cover two years of maintenance as well as resurfacing the road. Now the county highway engineer will draw up a formal documents for the agreement.

The public hearing, which lasted around 90 minutes, attracted about 25 people. Township chairman Johnnie Olson said two concerns were raised at the hearing: maintenance of the road and the building of a pedestrian trail. Some people, according to Olson, wanted to know if the maintenance and snow plowing on the road would remain the same. Olson said the township board thinks service will be maintained. The proposed trail was a catalyst to the township's acquiring the road.

The agreement could be signed by the township board and the county commissioners by the first of the year, allowing construction possibly to begin next spring.

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