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November 25, 2011
Explanation of Willmar City Charter draft with changes
Anything red and/or underlined is proposed new. Anything with a strike-through (no matter what the color) is proposed to be deleted. Yellow is for added emphasis.
November 25, 2011 - 12:00am
April 29, 2011
Charter Commission will reconsider Council's 'super majority'
WILLMAR -- The Charter Commission is recommending an amendment that would increase from 5 to 6 the number of affirmative City Council votes needed to override actions of the Municipal Utilities Commission, Rice Hospital Board and Planning Commission. Commission Chair Shawn Mueske...
April 29, 2011 - 12:00am
January 25, 2011
Letter: Willmar Charter debate clarified
I feel I must respond to the letter to the editor from Charlie Oakes concerning the Willmar Charter Commission considering a local businessman/woman who pays taxes on their business property and any fees associated, be able to serve on a board or commission in the city of Willmar. ...
January 25, 2011 - 8:42am
Letter: The definition of a resident in city of Willmar
The Willmar City Charter Commission has recently begun to consider expanding the definition of residents eligible to serve on commissions and boards to include business owners that live elsewhere because they pay property taxes to the city of Willmar. If they are included in...
January 25, 2011 - 8:40am
January 6, 2011
City Council, Commission session hits on residency requirement
WILLMAR -- Should the Willmar City Charter continue to require that people appointed to city boards and commissions live within the city limits? That's a question members of the Charter Commission and City Council discussed but reached no consensus on during a 90-minute work session...
January 6, 2011 - 12:00am
November 18, 2010
City Council responds to proposals of the Charter Commission
WILLMAR -- Most Willmar City Council members believe the mayor should retain the power to veto council action on ordinances and resolution. Council members made their thoughts known during discussion Wednesday about a Charter Commission proposal to extend the time period from 96...
November 18, 2010 - 12:00am
July 23, 2010
Editorial: Removing oversight of MUC is bad idea
The Willmar Charter Commission is recommending a number of changes to the City Charter. Among those proposed changes is a proposal to remove the Municipal Utilities Commission from direct oversight by the City Council. This change is not in the best interests of the city residents...
July 23, 2010 - 12:00am
July 20, 2010
City council, charter commission spar over proposal to remove MUC from council oversight
WILLMAR -- Members of the Willmar City Council are voicing reservations about a recommendation by the Willmar Charter Commission to remove the Municipal Utilities Commission from direct oversight by the city council. The revision is just one among numerous changes proposed to the...
July 20, 2010 - 12:00am
July 17, 2010
Council to hear Monday from city charter commission
WILLMAR -- A draft of recommendations to revise the city charter will be presented to the Willmar City Council on Monday. The council convenes at 7 p.m. at the Willmar Municipal Utilities auditorium, 700 Litchfield Ave. S.W. Members of the Willmar Charter Commission have been meeting...
July 17, 2010 - 12:00am
July 16, 2010
Charter commission will make its case to City Council Monday
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Charter Commission will present a draft of its proposed City Charter amendments on Monday. Commission Chairman Bob Bonawitz said at a Charter Commission meeting Thursday that he will make the main presentation about the commission's work for the past year and...
July 16, 2010 - 12:00am
July 9, 2010
Willmar Charter revisions may take a bit longer
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Charter Commission is running out of time to get a new charter ready for review by the City Council this fall. The revisions under discussion could represent at least one major change in city government. The commission is poised to propose that the City Council...
July 9, 2010 - 12:00am
March 29, 2010
Commission hits one-year mark of talks on charter amendments
WILLMAR -- Charter Commission members say their evaluation of the City Charter during the past 12 months has taken more time than they first thought. But members are making progress and studying possible changes that reflect current city practices and address future needs. The commission...
March 29, 2010 - 12:00am
December 14, 2009
Extended term limits take effect for Rice board members
WILLMAR -- Two members of the Rice Memorial Hospital Board are the first to have their terms extended under a newly revised provision of the Willmar city charter allowing longer tenure on the board. The provision, along with extended term limits for the Willmar Municipal Utilities...
December 14, 2009 - 12:00am
December 2, 2009
DFL senator seeking charter school building action
ST. PAUL -- A key legislator wants to crack down on Minnesota charter school-related organizations that build schools with public money but without...
December 2, 2009 - 12:00am
October 15, 2009
Rice officials: City must vote unanimously on its charter amendment
WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital officials want Willmar City Council members to understand they must vote unanimously on a charter ordinance amendment that would extend the term limits for Rice Hospital Board members. The importance of the 8-0 vote was stressed by Rice Board President...
October 15, 2009 - 12:00am