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Vaccine shots, hand washing and thermometers are some of the most important tools in fighting flu activity now classified as "widespread" in Minnesota, according to county public health officials. Cases of influenza have been reported in at least half of the state's regions, which fits the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria for "widespread," according to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Health.
The Wadena County Board adopted a 2009 payable in 2010 preliminary levy of $7,680,053, an increase of 3.23 percent over last year's levy. Commissioners met Tuesday to approve the preliminary levy prior to the Sept. 15 deadline. The increase the board approved reflects a combination of all special levies the county is eligible for, according to Auditor/Treasurer Char West. The special levies include the amount of funds Wadena County was unalloted by the state, West said after the meeting. The county was unalloted $133,049 in December 2008 and $100,295 in 2009.
The Otter Tail County Board approved a proposal to share its solid waste director with Wadena County, according to Commissioner Doug Huebsch. "Of course the Wadena County Board has to approve what we approve," he said. Wadena County has been without a solid waste director since March when the transfer station was temporarily closed due to personnel issues. Based on the size of the two counties, the board has proposed Wadena County pay 20 percent of Solid Waste Director Mike Hanan's salary with Otter Tail County covering 80 percent, Huebsch said.
A Sentence to Serve crew started repairs on the bandstand by The Depot at Burlington Northern Park Tuesday, Public Works Director Ron Bucholz said. The city is using volunteers and STS help as much as possible for the remodel, Bucholz said. It will be a work in progress for a few months. The bandstand has been closed because a fire made the floor unsafe several years ago. The renovation of The Depot was completed in June 2008 and the city has been trying to acquire funds to repair the bandstand as well.
The Wadena City Council approved a $790,230 proposed 2010 property tax levy after denying tax levy requests for the Housing and Redevelopment Authority and the Development Authority. "I don't think you'll see much of a tax increase, which is good," City Administrator Swenson said. "I don't think people can afford that right now." Tax payers should see less than a 1 percent actual tax increase, he said.
The Wadena City Council approved the new Kitchigami Regional Library System Joint Powers Agreement with a 4-1 vote after sections allowing citizen representatives for counties and cities were added. Councilman Don Niles voted against the agreement saying a stipulation not allowing alternates for the citizen representatives on the board creates "second class citizens." Elected officials on the board, such as county commissioners, can send an alternate to vote on library issues.
An increasing number of people are blatantly dumping their trash at Wadena County's recycling bins, according to solid waste officials. "It completely ruins the bins for recycling," said Consultant Mike Gibson, who is overseeing the reorganization of the county's solid waste department. "It's not a garbage dump.
Three owners of properties intended as potential rental units received orders from the Wadena City Council to improve their lots by the end of September after a public nuisance violations hearing Tuesday night. Fred Kern, Staples, Neil Lown, Sebeka, and Peter Gebert, Sebeka, were all notified in August that properties they owned in Wadena would be discussed during the hearing. The council ordered Gebert to put a fence around the old church basement he owns at 226 King Ave. S.W. Council members also want the city attorney to find out if there is any way to have the property condemned.
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The Otter Tail County Board recently approved a proposal to share its solid waste director with Wadena County, according to Commissioner Doug Huebsch. "Of course the Wadena County Board has to approve what we approve," he said. Wadena County has been without a solid waste director since March when the transfer station was temporarily closed due to personnel issues. Based on the size of the two counties, the board has proposed Wadena County pay 20 percent of Solid Waste Director Mike Hanan's salary with Otter Tail County covering 80 percent, Huebsch said.