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August 13, 2011
Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities honors Heitke, Schmit
ST. PAUL -- Former Willmar Mayor Les Heitke and former Willmar City Administrator Michael Schmit have been honored by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities. Willmar is a Coalition member. Heitke received the Jack Murray Award for his excellence in service to greater Minnesota...
August 13, 2011 - 12:00am
July 29, 2011
Thanks to 'Mick' for fine city service
Willmar City Administrator Michael Schmit is retiring today after a long 37-year career as a public employee. Schmit always kept the city as his "first priority" and it shows in the many things that make Willmar an "All-America City." Under Schmit's management, Willmar has planned,...
July 29, 2011 - 12:00am
July 15, 2011
Willmar, Minn., seeks remedies to possible construction delays due to shutdown
WILLMAR -- The state shutdown could halt electrical and plumbing work on residential and commercial construction projects. Contractors are unable...
July 15, 2011 - 12:00am
July 11, 2011
Willmar, Minn., residents can rate city's performance
WILLMAR -- Willmar will be participating in a state-developed survey that will let local residents measure the performance of their city. The City Council voted to adopt performance measures developed by the state Council on Local Results and Innovations. The state council, created...
July 11, 2011 - 12:00am
May 28, 2011
City Council approves employment agreement with new city administrator
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has approved an employment agreement with Charlene Stevens as the new city administrator. Stevens will begin...
May 28, 2011 - 12:00am
May 4, 2011
City Council orders 19th Street Northwest improvement
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has ordered the improvement and reconstruction of 19th Street Northwest, which has been seriously damaged...
May 4, 2011 - 12:00am
April 13, 2011
Willmar panel OKs preliminary budget for western sewer line
WILLMAR -- The $4.97 million preliminary budget for the western interceptor sewer line has been approved by the Willmar City Council's Finance Committee.
April 13, 2011 - 12:00am
March 19, 2011
Willmar City Council committee recommends ending administrative citation ordinance
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council will be asked to repeal an ordinance that allows police officers to issue informal administrative citations rather than traditional criminal citations for violating certain petty misdemeanors. The request will be made to the council by the Public...
March 19, 2011 - 12:00am
January 15, 2011
City might begin work this year on wastewater collector
WILLMAR -- Construction could begin this summer on a new sewer line called the western collector as the city updates the wastewater collection sy-stem and plans for future development and growth. The western collector project is separate from the $86.2 million wastewater collection...
January 15, 2011 - 12:00am
January 5, 2011
Finance Committee reviews federal funding requests for local projects
WILLMAR -- The city asked congressional lobbyist David Turch last year to request $9.7 million in federal money for five local projects, including $2 million for the new wastewater conveyance and treatment system. None of the requests has yet been approved. City Administrator Michael...
January 5, 2011 - 12:00am
December 16, 2010
City Council looks to firm in its search for Schmit's replacement
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council on Wednesday voted 4-3 to hire Springsted Inc. of St. Paul to assist the council in the search for a candidate...
December 16, 2010 - 12:00am
December 15, 2010
Privatization of services is nothing new for Willmar
WILLMAR -- The idea of privatizing public services and programs is not a new phenomenon for the city of Willmar, says City Administrator Michael Schmit. As recently as the early 1990s, the city considered contractual agreements for managing or owning the wastewater treatment pla...
December 15, 2010 - 12:00am
December 2, 2010
Willmar committee debates costs of street sweeping
WILLMAR -- A private contractor's cost to sweep Willmar's streets is greater than the city's cost to sweep the streets, according to a summary prepared by the Public Works Department and presented to the City Council's Public Works/Safety Committee. But committee member Ron Christianson...
December 2, 2010 - 12:00am
December 1, 2010
Committee recommends challenging 'historic' determination on old airport
WILLMAR -- The Community Development Committee will recommend the Willmar City Council challenge a state agency's determination that the old...
December 1, 2010 - 12:00am
November 22, 2010
FAA stands firm on Willmar terminal
WILLMAR -- The federal government's release of former airport land to the city of Willmar continues to hinge on the historical significance of the old airport's deteriorating terminal building and the 4.5 acres of land surrounding it. That was the assessment of City Administrator...
November 22, 2010 - 12:00am