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Panel approves final payments for Willmar's street work

WILLMAR -- Final payments to a contractor and acceptance of two 2007 street improvement projects were recommended for approval Tuesday by the Willmar City Council's Public Works/Safety Committee. The full council will receive the committee's action on Feb. 2.

A final payment of $101,366 was approved for Duininck Bros. Inc. of Prinsburg for construction of curb and gutter, milling, bituminous surfacing, storm sewer, sanitary sewer and water mains. The total amount of the contract was $1,130,649.

The work was done on 19th Avenue Southeast, 10th Street Southeast, Country Club Drive, Sixth Street Southwest, 17th Avenue Southwest and Third Street Southeast. Before the vote was taken to approve the final payment, committee member Jim Dokken said he and residents on Third Street Southeast were not pleased with the boulevard restoration work.

Also, the committee accepted the project and approved final payment of $10,367 to Duininck Bros. for recently completed street improvements in the Water View Business Park. The total cost was $1,036,708.

In other business, committee member Ron Christianson asked Public Works Director Mel Odens to study the possibility of designating a one-way street for the proposed railroad quiet zone on 10th Street Southwest. With a one-way street, the quiet zone would only require one set of crossing gates and reduce the cost, he said.

Christianson said the idea was suggested to him by Willmar resident John Sullivan who had researched quiet zones.

Committee member Bruce DeBlieck said he opposed the one-way street idea.

The committee also:

- Accepted a recommendation from Determan Brownie Inc. of Minneapolis to replace anti-siphon valves on the jet fuel and low-lead fueling facility at the airport. The cost is $500. Also, the committee accepted a recommendation from Assistant City Engineer Holly Wilson to spend $500 for a security camera at the airport. The money was authorized in the 2007 budget but had not yet been spent.

- Rescinded a state loan agreement for financing airport hangar construction. Odens said the loan agreement was no longer needed because the city received a state hangar grant.

- Accepted a donation to the Fire Department of a treadmill and stair-stepper valued at $7,000 from Peter Taunton, formerly of Willmar, who operates Snap Fitness of Chanhassen.