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Willmar, Minn., Council OKs airport runway crack sealing and turf repairs

WILLMAR -- An $81,996 bid from Fahrner Asphalt Sealers of Eau Claire, Wis., for a crack-sealing project at the municipal airport was accepted this week by the Willmar City Council.

The Fahrner bid was the lowest of three bids received for crack repairs on the runway and taxiway.

City staff said crack sealing is needed to maintain the runway. The Minnesota Department of Transportation inspected the runway last year and said the work was needed. The airport opened in 2006.

Future crack-sealing improvements are proposed for the west taxi lane, east taxi lane, parking lot and airport access road.

The council also approved a $72,480 price quote from Kuechle Underground of Kimball for repair of the airport's turf runway. The quote from Kuechle was the lowest of two received by the city.

The funding source for the improvements is 70 percent state money and 30 percent local funds. The local share is included in this year's capital improvement budget. According to city staff, the projects must be under contract in 2012 in order to use state funds.

In other business, the council:

n Received an update from Mary Catherwood and Russ Bennett on efforts to establish a community-owned grocery, a cooperatively owned business promoting and selling locally grown foods and products and promoting and enhancing local economic development. They said the first stage of the membership goal has surpassed 300 and the second-stage membership goal is 600. The public is invited at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Willmar Public Library to a community forum about what a food co-op is.

n Approved the final plat of Fairacre Addition, located at 2721 15th St. S.W. The plat of the single-family residential development was approved by the Planning Commission.