Details of 2000 street project being finalized

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 12/15/99.

City engineer Pete Carlson informed the Paynesville City Council at its Wednesday night meeting he is working out details for the 2000 street improvement project.

Carlson and Ron Mergen, public works director, have met with AMPI discussing how that portion of the street project (Augusta Avenue and River Street) can least affect their milk dumping station.

Carlson and Mergen are also investigating their options in front of the Paynesville Area Elementary School. "I want to be able to save the sidewalk," Carlson said. "The majority of the curb is in good shape. One option is to move the curb one foot to the north and fill in to meet the existing sidewalk."

Carlson had mentioned at an earlier meeting that replacing the curb without the sidewalk could be a problem as the two are connected. There is no boulevard at the elementary school.

In other businessÉ
•The council approved a resolution for an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation for construction of a frontage road along Highway 55 from Maple Street to Alldon Park.

Carlson informed the council the project would eliminate the highway access on Highway 55 near Dave Spanier's home.

Depending on the state budget, the project will either be done this summer or in the summer of 2001.

•The council discussed the Project 55 annexation status. Project 55 is the land in Paynesville Township between Tom Thumb and Acclaimed Furniture. Project 55 would extend Spruce Street, which currently goes east from Chladek Addition and deadends, over to County Road 181.

In order to save money, the city would like to include Project 55 with the 2000 street project.

The annexation agreement between the city and township needs to be resolved by the end of January if Project 55 is to be included in the 2000 street project.

Mayor Jeff Thompson said a few minor details need to be worked out. Thompson added Paynesville Township would like a clause stating the land reverts back to the township if no improvements or developments are made on the land within two years. Attorneys for the two entities are working on ironing out the details.

•The council approved a $7,000 contract with Tri-County Action Agency for the Paynesville Area Transportation service for the coming year which serves the city of Paynesville.

•The council accepted the bid of $5,246 for the sale of the 1997 Crown Victoria, a former police car declared surplus property.

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