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Framnas Township requests Stevens County road services

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Morris Minnesota 607 Pacific Avenue 56267

STEVENS COUNTY - The Framnas Township Board is dissatisfied with the cost and quality of their current road maintenance service and would like to renew service with Stevens County, a representative from their board told the Stevens County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.

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"All of the residents of Stevens County have certain expectations for road maintenance, and we in Framnas Township feel that we are falling short of those expectations with our present situation," said Kathy Dingman.

"We also feel that when the Framnas Board terminated county services three years ago, it was done hastily and with little or no forethought," Dingman continued.

Framnas Township asked to renew services about a year ago, but was turned down because of staff and equipment concerns in the highway department, said Board Chair Ron Staples.

However, the board decided not to vote on the township's request before consulting with County Engineer Brian Giese who was not at Tuesday's meeting.

Upcoming meetings

• The board scheduled a budget work session for Monday, Nov. 14 at 8 a.m. to iron out the final details of the approximately $12.3 million preliminary budget.

• The board scheduled a Truth in Taxation hearing for Monday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Stevens County Courthouse.

• The board changed the date for one of their regular meetings in December. The board will not meet on Tuesday, Dec. 6. That meeting has been pushed to Monday, Dec. 12 prior to the Truth in Taxation hearing at 7 p.m., the starting time to be determined based on what issues need to be addressed at the meeting.

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Kim Ukura has served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune since August 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing. 
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