Council asked to submit map of Paynesville

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 12/2/97.

Members of the Paynesville City Council were asked to submit a map on what Paynesville would look like by the year 2020. The request was put before the council during their Nov. 26 meeting.

The map will be part of the Stearns County Comprehensive Plan, SRF Consulting is helping develop, to provide the county with a concept of future land use.

In the development, the county is interested in identifying where and what types of growth cities (residential, commercial and industrial) in the county, believe will take place immediately outside their city limits.

Mayor Jeff Thompson felt the request would be difficult to fulfill since the growth would depend on which route Highway 23 would take in the future.

City administrator Dennis Wilde suggested the council submit two maps, one depicting the growth outside of the present city limits if Highway 23 were rerouted north of town and another showing estimated growth if the south by-pass is selected.
The maps need to be submitted to the county by Dec. 8.

In other business:

  • The council heard a report from Pete Carlson, city engineer, on the 1998 street improvement project. The plans are 70 percent complete.
    Carlson asked for input from the council as to how they would like the project done: tear up all the streets at one time or go street-by-street. Carlson suggested construction could start in May and be done in July.

  • The council approved the resolution adopting the assessment roll for the alley paving project between Central and Lyndall Avenue.

  • The council approved the resolution adopting the assessment roll for phase two on the utility extension in Diekmann Park along Highway 23 involving the Country Inn and Alco.

  • The council approved declaring a seven-foot snow blade and the present telephone system as surplus property and obtaining bids for their resale.

  • The council approved the resolution approving the classification and sale of tax forfeited land at the corner of Lake Street and James Avenue (old mill property) by the county.

  • The council reviewed the compost site report. The compost was open 30 Saturday forenoons and 27 Wednesdays between April 19 and Nov. 8. There are 628 permits out and usage showed 484 were by noncity residents. The largest usage date was a Saturday when 106 people used the compost and the largest Wednesday usage was 77 people. The lightest day was seven, a rainy Wednesday.

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