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Council gets a search update

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Sep 19, 2021

The city of Wells is still without a city administrator, but there could be some action on the matter soon, City Council members learned at their meeting on Monday, Sept. 13.

“The filing time for the position is now closed,” administrative associate Tiffany Schrader said. “We are working with South Central Service Cooperative and are waiting for the next update.”

In other personnel news, the council received a letter from Jon Melby, the Wells Liquor Depot clerk, stating he was resigning.

“I truly appreciated your confidence in hiring me for this job,” Melby said in the letter while also thanking those who had taught and mentored him. “Thank you for this opportunity of employment, but I feel that at this time of my life, it is best for me to resign and focus on my retirement.”

The council voted to accept Melby’s resignation.

During the short meeting, the council also passed a motion to approve pay estimate No. 1, in the amount of $272,747, to Wencl Construction, Inc. for work done on Fourth Street NE.

The council also reviewed a letter from the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation in regards to an application the city had submitted for a Small Town Grant. The letter stated the request was not approved for the current funding rounds. The grant would have been used for ballfield upgrades.

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

The City Council also passed a resolution to accept donations in the amount of $23,000 from the Shirley Bartholomew Foundation.

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

The council also passed a resolution accepting a $500 donation from the Danny Voigt Golf Memorial. It is to be used by the Wells Park Board for the installation of lights at the baseball field located at Thompson Park.

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