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Published May 03, 2013, 05:27 PM

Otter Tail County Historical Society may soon gain access to Regional Treatment Center in Fergus Falls

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The Otter Tail County Historical Society may soon take over requests to gain access to the Regional Treatment Center in Fergus Falls.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The Otter Tail County Historical Society may soon take over requests to gain access to the Regional Treatment Center in Fergus Falls.

The city will soon be voting on a change that will save on city employee hours and money.

Fergus Falls City Administrator Mark Sievert says because of the demand to get in to the Regional Treatment Center in Fergus Falls, the city is leaning on the Otter Tail County Historical society for help.

Mark Sievert- City Administrator, Fergus Falls: “We've had I don't know 6 to 8 different entities that want to do paranormal investigations.”

Right now people looking to get in have to call the city to make plans.

Sievert: Almost on a daily basis I have either someone contacting me about going on a tour or getting into the building.

Sievert has to make sure the proper staff is there to open the building and turn on the lights.

Sievert: It's gotten to be such a drain on staff time, and particularly now when its getting nicer and building is going to occur, we're busy with a lot of other stuff.

The city does charge special groups a certain rate to make sure the bill doesn't fall on the tax payers.

Sievert: When you look at their wages and benefits it's about 40 dollars an hour.

Now instead of the City coordinating each request, the change to the amendment would allow people to go through the Historical society.

Chris Schuelke- Historical Society Executive Director: “Architecture students, school groups.”

Historical Society Executive Society Executive Director Chris Schuelke says this change will be a positive one.

Schuelke: “We're a non-profit organization so we will be charging a fee for individuals and groups to come by, we don't know yet what that will be, so we'll benefit a little financially, but the main goal is to continue to make the Kirkbride accesable to people.”

The committee unanimously agreed for this recommendation to this amendment. The council will vote on it May 6th.

An interested developer will also be at the meeting May 6th.

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