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Council weighs options on aid

Plans for a new Wadena community wellness center continue to move forward, as city administrator Brad Swenson updated the city council on Tuesday, Dec. 14.

Swenson said that Steve Miller of Perkins + Will took the 2006 study and updated it cost estimates appropriate to the present.

"Now we need to get back into reality," he said. "The council is going to have some decisions to make."

The council decided to meet for further discussion on the community center, a meeting which took place on Tuesday, Dec. 21.

The council approved a $25,000 tree grant for public places and also approved a cooperative agreement for grant writing and administration in a separate motion.

The council authorized signing a grant agreement for planning and design of the proposed wellness center. The funding is DEED and legislative planing money.

Swenson updated the council on the Small Cities Grant application. He said it is due Feb. 10, awarded in late March or early April, and the money would start being used June or July.

Swenson said there wasn't much FEMA action since the last council meeting.

"We've received a little bit more money from FEMA on a couple project worksheets," he said.

Council member Don Niles asked about appealing the decision about the Community Center not being eligible for FEMA funding.

Mayor Wayne Wolden said they are tentatively still saying "Nope."