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Wading pool will be salvaged

The Wadena wading pool may be up and running by spring, Public Works Director Ron Bucholz said at the Monday, Aug. 23 city budget meeting. He said that it "might get some life back."

"The Lions are good to go on their shelter and they want to get that built," Bucholz said.

Mayor Wayne Wolden said the wading pool would not cost much to run. He said that signage would say there was no lifeguard on duty.

Bucholz said no lifeguard was required if water was less than 18 inches deep.

Other aspects of recreation were discussed. Council members talked about a safe shelter at Tapley Park, a skating rink and a campground.

Toby Pierce said that he had told a skateboarder that the city had not forgotten them.

City council members joked about making money from sunflowers, thistles and other plants sprouting up in southwest Wadena.

The public works budget included graveling, replacing sprockets and chains, $500 for icing salt, and increasing the supply budget for $1,000.

"We haven't graveled any streets for five years," he said.

He also said they needed to get signs up to code in 3 to 5 years.

Bucholz talked about signs that were uprooted by the tornado.

"We've ... salvaged quite a few of the street name signs. The only signs we've put back in are the stop signs," he said.

The council also discussed a federal mandate to switch from 4-inch to 6-inch lettering on street signs. Wolden said they should ask Congressman Jim Oberstar on Friday about the mandate.

Bucholz said that stump grinding would start the next week.