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Wadena courthouse generator may be installed on Presidents' Day

At the Jan. 20 board meeting, Wadena commissioners learned from Emergency Services Manager Luke Manderschied that the county's new emergency generator may be installed as soon as Feb. 16, Presidents' Day, if the engineering has been completed, in...

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At the Jan. 20 board meeting, Wadena commissioners learned from Emergency Services Manager Luke Manderschied that the county's new emergency generator may be installed as soon as Feb. 16, Presidents' Day, if the engineering has been completed, inspected and approved by that date.

Manderschied and Commissioner Sheldon Monson, who have both been working on getting the generator's electrical connection issues straightened out, have talked with a Widseth Smith Nolting (WSN) engineer almost daily since Jan. 13. WSN was hired by the county last fall to design electrical connections for the generator so that it will properly mesh with the City of Wadena's electrical system and the courthouse system and have safety switches in place. Earlier this month, the electrical engineering design failed to win approval by a state electrical inspector.

The billing from Cummins NPower, LLC, of DePere, Wis., that manufactured the generator, has arrived. Commissioners debated whether to pay the $159,900 bill in whole or in part. They decided to pay Cummins $100,000 now and the rest when the generator is installed and fully operational.

Later in the meeting, County Engineer Ryan Odden and Transfer Station Supervisor Tammy Ehrmantraut appeared before the board to request approval to purchase two pieces of equipment for the county's Transfer Station. The board voted to accept the low quotation for a transfer trailer from North American Trailer of Inver Grove Heights and the low quotation for a portable loading ramp from Adapt A Ramp of Keller, Texas. The purchases were recommended by the county's Solid Waste Committee. Funds totaling $84,630 to pay for the trailer and ramp come from the Solid Waste Fund, which is composed of money granted to the county from federal and state revenues.

In other business, the board:

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Approved a new job title for Sheriff's Deputy Amy Ament from Investigator to Sergeant/Investigator.

Heard end-of-year financial reports from Human Services personnel, which showed the department to be managing its funds well.

Heard an update from County Coordinator Curt Kreklau on the status of the bidding process for subcontractor work on the courthouse remodeling project, scheduled to begin this spring. The National Joint Powers Association (NJPA) is handling the bidding through its affiliate general contractor Hytec Construction of Brainerd. More ads will run in local papers inviting local plumbers, carpenters, electricians and other trades to bid on the work.

Summarized the closed meeting held Jan. 13 to carry out a performance evaluation of Kreklau, who was hired last spring. Board Chair Rodney Bounds listed some of the accomplishments of Kreklau's first six months in his position, and concluded, "He's doing a good job."

Approved a liquor license for R&J Horse Sales, Verndale.

Related Topics: WADENA COUNTY BOARD
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