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Council sets hearing for street work

WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council voted Monday night to declare costs to be assessed, ordered preparation of the assessment rolls and set June 16 as the date to hold assessment hearings on this year’s three proposed street improvement projects.

The council’s Public Works/Safety Committee recommended the action that was taken by the council.

Property owners benefitted by the improvements will be notified of their assessed amount and the hearing date.

Each project consists of proposed work on more than one street. The projects involve reconstruction, overlay and new construction. The projects are:


- Gorton Avenue Northwest from 10th Street Northwest to Seventh Street Northwest.

- Ninth Street Northwest from Campbell Avenue Northwest to Ella Avenue Northwest.


- 23rd Street Southwest, from Trott Avenue to 325 feet north of Trott Avenue Southwest.

- 10th Street Southwest, from Kandiyohi Avenue to Litchfield Avenue Southwest.

- Ninth Street Southwest, from Kandiyohi Avenue to Litchfield Avenue Southwest.

- Seventh Street Southeast, from 75 feet south of Willmar Avenue to Willmar Avenue Southeast.

- 25th Street Southeast, from Seventh Avenue to Fourth Avenue Southeast.

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- 12th Street Southeast, between 11th Avenue and Willmar Avenue Southeast.

- Industrial Park 4th Addition.

- Street lighting on Willmar Avenue Southwest, from 22nd Street Southwest to County Road 5.

Ron Christianson, Public Works Committee chair, asked if the hearing was the appropriate time when property owners, such as those on Ninth Street Northwest, could ask that their street be removed from the list of projects. He said the hearing will determine the cost per foot to be assessed against property owners.

City Clerk Kevin Halliday said the council will adopt the assessment roll after the hearing for all the projects. He said if Ninth Street is in or out, that decision would be made that night.

In other business, Willmar Fire Chief Gary Hendrickson administered the firefighters’ oath of office to Andrew Christensen, Jarad Ripperger and Jason Scheffler who completed their one-year probationary period with the department.

Hendrickson said the three on average worked 185 hours attending fire calls and an additional 182 hours attending training throughout the year to be operational and affective on an incident.

“I believe in today’s society, this is a sacrifice not only on the firefighters but also the families of the firefighters. As a firefighter, many birthdays and celebrations are missed as a result of the commitment to the community,’’ said Hendrickson, as he also thanked the families for their commitment.

Also, Hendrickson honored Jordan Hanson as an honorary Fire Department member for his commitment to the department during the 2014 school year as a student in Focus House.

Focus House is a program of the Willmar Public Schools that provides transitional training to students 18 to 21 years of age beyond meeting graduation requirements to further their skills in home and daily living, prevocational skills, recreation and leisure skills and community participation.

Hendrickson said the fire department has participated in Focus House in previous years. He said Hanson asked to participate at the fire department. Hanson initially worked 120 hours and then volunteered another 120 hours.

For recognition of his dedication, Hendrickson presented a firefighter’s helmet to Hanson. Hendrickson said many tasks would not have been completed without Hanson’s assistance.

The council also:

- Approved a permit application from Jody Freiborg to establish a private archery range at 508 34th St. N.W.

- Awarded a contract for seal-coating streets to Caldwell Asphalt Co. of Hawick in the amount of $23,365.

David Little
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