Wadena County Commissioners: Waste designation talks continue for Wadena County

by Trinity Gruenberg


The Wadena County Commissioners held their regular meeting on February 4.

Planning, Zoning and Parks Report

Deana Malone, planning and zoning administrator, presented the annual report to the commissioners.

They had 189 permits, down from 200 in 2018; 164 compliance inspections on buildings; 126 compliance checks on septic systems. They are between 83 and 84 percent compliant for septics in the county. They addressed 41 septic violations, 13 still need to be resolved that they will take care of this spring. Permit fees were $21,875 down from 2018 by about $4000.

The comprehensive plan will need an update after the 2020 census. The parks department gained $23,014 in camping fees. They had 440 first time passport applications, which is up nearly 20 from the previous year and 304 for passport renewals.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) collected fees for maps and electronic information in the amount of $2,448.

They are working to update the highway map as the last one was done in 1999.

Waste Designation Ordinance Letter

Chris McConn, solid waste director, returned with the draft of the waste designation letter to be sent to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). This was tabled at the last meeting.

“This is to further secure the waste that we use to pay our revenues and our debt obligations for our solid waste program,” said McConn.

Commissioner Jon Kangas shared his observations and why he doesn’t support the ordinance. He explained that Wadena has higher than average tipping fees compared to neighboring counties. . . .

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