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Wadena City Administrator Brad Swenson updated the Wadena City Council on FEMA developments related to the June 17 tornado. He said four people from Homeland Security visited Wadena Jan. 4.

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Swenson said he was told that it would be OK for the city to appeal the decision against funding for a replacement community center, but they would need new information and a new rationale for city ownership. He said he didn't know if it was worth pursuing.

Council member Toby Pierce said they should take the hint and not irritate them.

So far, FEMA payment has been received for: debris hauled and removal, tree and stump removal, emergency protective measures like pool fencing, emergency protective measures for the police department, emergency protective measures for portable restrooms, fuel for the generator at the water plant, power distribution, emergency protective measures - fire department, and emergency protective measures - planning and zoning. A number of other projects are in the works.

The council also discussed sewer problems in the tornado zone and the possibility of televising sewer lines. Swenson said they would be compensated.

Other issues related to tornado rebuilding are in question.

"No word on the rail grant from the federal railroad administration yet," Dean Uselman said. "We should have been hearing something by now."

He said the DEED grant should be complete and submitted.

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