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Willmar, Minn.,City Council elects committee chairs

WILLMAR — Willmar City Council members approved a resolution Monday night to elect chairs to the council’s four standing committees.

The council also approved a resolution designating the West Central Tribune as the city’s legal newspaper for publishing municipal minutes and notices.

Denis Anderson was re-elected Finance Committee chair. Other members are Tim Johnson, vice chair, and Rick Fagerlie. The committee’s fourth member will be the winner of the Feb. 12 special election to fill the Ward 4 council seat vacated by Doug Reese who resigned.

Ron Christianson was elected chair of the Public Works/Safety Committee, replacing Reese. Vice chair will be the winner of the Feb. 12 special election. Other members are Steve Ahmann and Bruce DeBlieck.

Ahmann was re-elected Labor Relations Committee chair. Vice chair is Jim Dokken. Other members are Christianson and Anderson.

Fagerlie was elected Community Development Committee chair, replacing Dokken. Other members are vice chair DeBlieck, Dokken and Johnson.

In other business, the council voted 7-0 to designate the Tribune as the legal newspaper. Christianson had suggested during the last council meeting that the city request proposals for publishing city notices and documents from the Tribune and from newspapers in Raymond and New London.

City Attorney Robert Scott said the city received three proposals. By state law, said Scott, the city has to designate the newspaper located in the city as its official newspaper, which in this case, he said, is the Tribune. Scott said neither of the other two newspapers that submitted proposals are located in the city.

During the council’s open forum, Jay Lawton said using the Raymond or New London papers did not serve the public interest because those papers have limited or very little exposure in Willmar.

Also, the council approved a resolution to hold the regular semi-monthly meetings at 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month during the next two years in the chambers at the Municipal Utilities Building, 700 Litchfield Ave. S.W.

The resolution stipulates meetings shall be no later than 11 p.m. A few exceptions to the time limit are allowed.

David Little
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