Wadena commissioners held a special meeting on March 25 to take part in a “road tour” of the Highway Department’s five garage shops located in Wadena, Verndale, Nimrod, Sebeka and Menahga. The tour lasted nearly three hours. The five shops were built between 1938 and 1989. Two men each are assigned to the Sebeka, Menahga and Verndale shops and one man is assigned to the Nimrod shop. The Wadena shop is part of the main Highway Department complex and differing numbers of employees work there, depending on the tasks needed in a particular season. Each of the shops is
After months of discussion and indecision, Wadena County commissioners have settled on where to place the new county coordinator temporarily when he or she is hired and begins work on May 1. During a strategic planning meeting held March 25, commissioners considered several locations within the courthouse, as well as locations in other county buildings, before choosing a solution suggested by Zoning and Parks Director Deana Malone. Malone suggested that GIS supervisor Gina Dahm move to a space within the office of the County Recorder. Then Malone would move to Dahm’s former space.&
Wadena commissioners approved a salary and benefit agreement at the April 1 board meeting between the county and the friendly rider transit system employees, who were transferred to the Highway Department effective on that date. The employees previously were part of the services department, which operates under MERIT system rules that are somewhat different from those of the highway department.
The Wadena County Board of Commissioners held a special meeting April 9 to interview the two finalists for the position of social services director. The two candidates, whose names have not been released, appeared in person before the board - one at 10 a.m. and the other at 11 a.m.
After months of discussion and indecision, Wadena County commissioners have settled on where to place the new county coordinator temporarily when he or she is hired and begins work on May 1. During a strategic planning meeting held March 25, commissioners considered several locations within the courthouse, as well as locations in other county buildings, before choosing a solution suggested by Zoning and Parks Director Deana Malone. Malone suggested that GIS supervisor Gina Dahm move to a space within the office of the County Recorder. Then Malone would move to Dahm's former space.
The Wadena County Board held a two-hour strategic planning meeting about county facilities on Tuesday afternoon, March 18, in the Courthouse auditorium. The county is confronted with an office-space crisis, and needs to make some immediate decisions about where to move some employees to make room for a new county coordinator, the expansion of the County Attorney's Office, and the Courthouse remodeling project. As he opened the meeting, Chair Bill Stearns said, "There's no more room at the inn, ... and we need to do something different.
At the March 18 county board meeting, commissioners learned that the City of Sebeka is proposing to buy the former Sebeka American Legion No. 456 building and land that have been a subject of debate for the last two or three years. The Legion is located on three parcels of land. Two of the parcels were declared tax-forfeited in 2012. The First National Bank of Sebeka held a mortgage on the remaining parcel. In August 2012, certified letters notifying the Sebeka Legion of their status were mailed. The Sheriff's Department served an official notice of forfeiture during the week of Aug.
Upgrading the Wadena County transfer station is one of the perennial topics that is discussed at least once a year, and then tabled. The transfer station is the place where recyclable materials are brought and stored until they can be transported, and the place where and individual residents can bring their garbage, tires, old household appliances, etc., and pay a fee to have the county dispose of them.
For the past two months, the Wadena County Sheriff's Department has had to send some of its inmates to other jails, due to lack of space. It has been several years since this was necessary. Sheriff Mike Carr told us in a telephone interview on March 19 that he has been boarding out between 8 and 10 people per day since January. The cost for out-of-county boarding was $3,246 as of March 19. The Wadena County Jail has 27 beds, but may only use 23 of them because of Minnesota Department of Corrections staffing regulations.
Wadena commissioners voted March 11 to accept the recommendation of Social Services Director Paul Sailer and County Engineer Ryan Odden to transfer the Friendly Rider Transit Program and the Volunteer Driver Program from Social Services to the Highway Department, effective April 1. Reasons for the transfer include Sailer's imminent retirement, Odden's willingness to house the program at Highway, and the purchase and remodeling of the former Bob's Auto building to house the Friendly Rider Transit Program.