- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

WYNDMERE, N.D. (AP) - The City Hall in Wyndmere is a lonely place these days.

The city superintendent and city auditor are the only positions on the payroll, and they’ve been vacant for weeks. That means the town of 425 people doesn’t have anyone to handle tasks such as issuing water bills and plowing city streets.

Those responsibilities are falling to Mayor Nathan Brandt and four aldermen until new personnel are hired. Brandt said it’s happening at a bad time, since snow has been falling and state and federal tax information must be filed. The city also must start planning next year’s election.

“I don’t think it’s hit the council yet, what we have to do,” Brandt told The Daily News of Wahpeton (https://bit.ly/1PaIML3 ).

“There’s no, ‘I can’t do this,’ or ‘I can’t do that,’” said Brandt, who works full time with a union for heavy-equipment engineers. “I’ve taken off time from my job to do things. I don’t want to take vacation days to do city stuff, but it has to be done.”

Brandt also is worried about violating the state’s open meetings law while talking about how to get the necessary jobs done. It already happened once, when Brandt called aldermen after being informed that the auditor had been offered a different job.

“A lot of towns take these positions for granted. If you asked any town if they were in the same predicament, they would shrug it off and say they will handle it,” Brandt said. “But when they dig into what they actually have to do, I’d be willing to bet there would be a lot of open records violations with people talking.”


Information from: Wahpeton Daily News, https://www.wahpetondailynews.com

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