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Council deals with contracts

The Wadena City Council voted to reduce a meter reader position to half-time and pay the union dues.

The council also voted to accept a contract concerning police mediation following discussion from a closed council meeting previously.

Water and Light Supervisor Dave Evans spoke about inspecting water tower quotes. He said that FEMA told him they would not pay for engineering fees or inspection fees unless they found damage. He recommended having the tower inspected. The council approved the recommendation.

The city council gave approval for a grant application for Sebeka mobile fire radios. The grant would benefit Wadena, Sebeka and other area cities.

The council approved a sample letter of suppport for the Region 5 Development Commission to apply for a HUD Planning Grant.

The council passed a resolution of sponsorship for Community Corrections for another year.

Ron Bucholz obtained quotes and recommended Birch Truck Equipment at a total cost of $5,135.35 and savings of around $720.

Bucholz also spoke about a sculptures left in the west side of the Burlington Northern Park. He said the Park board had recommended that the scultures could stay there as long as there was no cost to the city. City council member Don Niles expressed concern about liability issues.

"This is really art on loan," Mayor Wayne Wolden said.

Councilwoman Kay Browne said she had heard good comments on the sculptures and said the New York Mills Cultural Center may have a sample agreement they could work from.

The council approved a resolution to work with MnDot on replanting Highway 71 trees to replace those lost to construction and Dutch Elm disease.

They also approved employee step increases for Dave Evans and Brandon Pearson after they had been recommended to proceed to the next step.