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Posted: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 3:00 pm | Updated: 3:07 pm, Thu Oct 4, 2012.

Decisions on a number of city issues were finalized by the Wahpeton City Council Monday evening.

The council made motions to adopt amendments and ordinances that had first readings at the previous meeting. The council approved an ordinance that would exclude limousines and buses from taxi licensing, approved an ordinance to have pawn shops electronically record transactions and report it to police, which will be put into effect Jan. 1, 2013.

The council also approved an amendment to prohibit composing, reading or sending an electronic message on a wireless device while driving. It also prohibits a minor from using a wireless device while operating a vehicle. The council also approved the fines applied to the prohibition, which would be $100 for an adult and $20 for a minor.

A decision was also made on the future for insurance for Wahpeton. The city could either stay with Bank of the West, or it could switch to Insure Forward, a Fargo agency whose agent Jeff Kleven formerly worked at Bank of the West and served the city of Wahpeton for 13 years.

Councilwoman Renelle Bertsch made a motion to switch to Insure Forward, however the motion was defeated in a 5-2 vote. The opposition to the motion based their votes on wanting to continue to support local vendors. The city will stay with Bank of the West.

The council had to decide on whether to keep or remove a public works operations manager position for the 2013 budget. Because the plans for what the position would do are not fully fleshed out Councilman Meryl Hansey made a motion to remove the position from the budget. The motion was carried by a 4-3 vote.

After removing the position, the council made a motion to adopt the 2013 budget. The motion was carried by a full vote.

The next city council meeting will be on Monday, Oct. 15.

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