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The City of Wells does not yet have a city administrator, but something may happen soon on the matter, city council members learned at their meeting on Monday, September 13th.

“The registration period for the position is now closed” Administrative clerk Tiffany Schrader said. “We are working with South Central Service Cooperative and are waiting for the next update.”

In other staff messages, the council received a letter from Jon Melby, the Wells Liquor Depot employee, stating that he would be stepping down.

“I really appreciate your trust in me for this position.” Melby said in the letter and also thanked those who had taught and looked after him. “Thank you for this employment opportunity, but I believe that at this time of my life it is best to step back and focus on my retirement.”

The council voted to accept Melby’s resignation.

During the brief session, the council also passed a motion for approval of the $ 272,747 Bill of Lading No. 1 to Wencl Construction, Inc. for the Fourth Street NE work.

The council also reviewed a letter from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation regarding an application the city had submitted for a Small Town Grant. The letter states that the application has not been approved for the current funding rounds. The grant would have been used for ballfield upgrades.

However, Scott Linde, who attended the meeting, said he had raised enough money through donations and advertising to replace the display board in Thompson Park. He asked the council to continue the process through the Parks and Recreation Board, which the council agreed to.

The city council also decided to accept donations of $ 23,000 from the Shirley Bartholomew Foundation.

Of the total, $ 3,000 will go to the Wells Library, $ 5,000 will go to Wells Area Jaycees for Kernel Days, $ 5,000 was earmarked for the Wells Chamber of Commerce’s Kernel Days Fund, and $ 10,000 was for the Wells Community Ambulance determined.

The council also passed a resolution accepting a donation of $ 500 from the Danny Voigt Golf Memorial. It is used by the Wells Park Board to install lights on the baseball field in Thompson Park.

Mayor David Braun also signed a proclamation declaring October 15, 2021, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day, in honor of parents who witnessed the death of a child during pregnancy or in early childhood.


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