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Veterans seek city's approval to install lights at Flags of Honor in Willmar, Minn.

WILLMAR -- Local veterans are seeking City Council approval to install new lights at the Flags of Honor. The flags honor individuals who have served their country.

The flags and poles were moved from Sperry Park and placed at the current site on North Business 71 where veterans erected light poles more than 30 years ago to highlight the flags. However, the lights and poles and related equipment need replacing, according to Wayne Emberland, a spokesman for three veterans' organizations planning to raise money to replace the lights.

The site is owned by the city and the veterans needed permission from the city to do the work, said Public Works Director Holly Wilson.

Emberland and seven other veterans appeared before the council's Public Works/Safety Committee on Tuesday to request permission and the committee voted to recommend the council grant the request when the council meets again on March 19.

Emberland said the new lights will be mounted on 18-inch concrete risers. The risers will be built on top of the concrete footings that were originally poured for the old poles. He said new energy efficient lights will cut the energy bill by 75 percent. The work includes new underground wiring and control box.

Chairman Doug Reese praised the veterans.

The project is a joint effort of the American Legion Post 167, VFW Post 1639 and West Central Chapter 34 of the Disabled Americans Veterans.

In other business, the committee recommended the City Council make final payment of $41,306 to Kandiyohi County for the 2011 mill and overlay project on Seventh Street Southwest between Willmar Avenue Southwest to 19th Avenue Southwest.

The council on May 2, 2011, entered into an agreement with the county for the $83,647 street project.

David Little
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