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Paynesville Press - December 15, 2004

City council approves new plat

By Bonnie Jo Hanson

The Paynesville City Council took the following actions at their meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 8.

*The council approved a final plat for Minnie Villa, a two-lot development on Minnie Street owned by Midwest Property Solutions.

*The council approved a 60-day re-zoning extension for Minnie Villa, which Midwest Property Solutions has requested the city re-zone from agricultural to R-1. An extension was necessary because a public hearing could not be scheduled within 60 days of the original application. A public hearing for the re-zoning is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 3, at 7:15 p.m.

*The council approved a non-binding five-year capital improvement plan for the Paynesville Municipal Airport. The plan includes $1,608,000 in long-term improvements, including maintaining the runways and the tee hanger; building a new parallel taxiway; and adding a new non-directional beacon, an automatic weather operation system, runway-end identifier lights, and precision approach path indicators. Of this amount, the city should be reimbursed $1,315,400 by the state, making the city’s responsibility $292,600.

Because the city is not qualified under the National Plan of the Integrated Airport Systems, no funding is available through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at this time; however, the city will be applying for FAA funding in the future. Once the airport is certified nationally, the FAA will provide funding for up to 95 percent of capital improvement project costs.

*The council approved a contract with Mid Minnesota Development Commission to provide building inspections for the city. The contract includes a fee increase for inspecting nonpermitted activities and special inspections (asbestos, lead, moving, etc., billed directly to the property owner) from $47 to $60 per hour for the building official and from $23.50 to $30 per hour for administrative staff for providing those services.

*The council also approved appointing Jim Solheid of Mid Minnesota Development Commis-sion as the city’s designated building official. Solheid will replace Butch Schulte, who plans to retire this winter.

*The council approved a change in the city’s ordinance regarding building permits. The amendment adds language that voids any building permits issued in error.

*The council approved a payment of $53,892 to Randy Kraemer Excavating for work completed at Ridgeview Sixth Addition. According to a representative from the city’s engineering firm, most of the grading is completed at the addition, and the first layer of asphalt has been applied. The remaining grading, landscaping, and the last layer of asphalt should be completed next spring.

*The council approved the purchase of a 1991 Ford LS8000 dump truck with a plow for public works for $22,900 plus tax.

*The council approved declaring the city’s 1977 International dump truck with sander (excluding the plow) as surplus property and authorized advertising for bids, with a minimum bid of $2,500.

*The council approved purchasing 23.08 hours of service for the city’s computer server from Bennett Office Technologies for $2,550.

*The council approved the purchase and installation of an anti-virus program from Bennett Office Technologies for $1,094.

*The council approved a conditional-use permit for Philip and Amy Carlson, who requested a permit to build an 18’ x 36’ detached garage on a lot adjacent to their house on Spruce Street. The city requires a conditional-use permit and a conveyance (joining the two lots) for any accessory building built on a lot without a primary residence on property zoned R-1.

*The council approved reducing a letter of credit for Lake Land Villas to $48,750. Lake Land Villas was required to provide a letter of credit for 125 percent of the estimated cost of their new development of condominiums. The letter of credit was reduced because a recent inspection by engineers indicated the project could be completed for $39,000.

*The council approved raising the salary for election judges from $6.50 per hour to $8.50 per hour. This is the first increase of election judge wages in ten years.

*The council approved hiring Tina Demo as a liquor store clerk.

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