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Wadena fee changes approved

The city of Wadena will have some changes in fees to take effect Jan. 1, as approved by the regular city council meeting on Tuesday.

City Administrator Brad Swenson said that the changes included a $25 fee to prosecute bad checks and $20-25 to open locked cars.

Police chief Bruce Uselman said that the bad check charge would allow them to break even.

A notification letter would be sent out to those affected.

The council approved a liquor license for the DFL Christmas party.

The council certified the municipal election results and will have a recount due to the four-vote difference between incumbent Toby Pierce and Gillette Kempf for the second open seat in the city council results.

"I just want to say thanks to Gillette and Toby for keeping our local elections interesting," council member Don Niles said.

The council approved the lease of a new copy machine which would also act as a fax. Swenson said that it would replace a troublesome fax machine.

The council approved hiring Ulteig Engineers to study Wadena's streets and determine how much their useful life was reduced after heavy use of trucks due to the tornado aftermath.

During the monthly FEMA update, Swenson said that the state legislature agreed to cover 25 percent of costs instead of the usual 15 percent. FEMA covers 75 percent of costs.

The council also approved a resolution to apply for a DEED grant for the rail spur intended to go through the southeast industrial park.