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Farm equipment dealership near Willmar, Minn., requests municipal water

WILLMAR -- A Willmar business just outside the city limits is requesting municipal water service, and a committee has given its approval of the concept.

Arnold's Inc., a farm equipment dealership just south of the city on U.S. Highway 71, is planning a major expansion to repair larger equipment, and John Arnold told a city committee this week that the business is required by state building code to provide a fire suppression system.

Arnold told the Public Works/Safety Committee that the least complicated and most economical option would be to connect to city water.

Planning and development director Bruce Peterson said current city policy restricts municipal water service to properties within the city limits, and providing water would be an exception to the policy.

Arnold said he hoped the water would only be used for fire protection and he hoped the city would grant an exception to the policy.

The exception, though rare, is not unheard of.

Peterson said before he became planning and development director, the city extended sewer and water service to the Kandi Entertainment Center. It had also been located just outside the city limits until it was annexed to the city.

The committee approved the concept provided the Municipal Utilities, which operates the water service, and city engineering department offer review and comment. Peterson said he would return to the committee with a developer's agreement which would spell out conditions under which Arnold's would receive city water.

David Little
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