A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR -- A parking lot that should have lasted at least until 2020 is being rebuilt at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building. The $250,000 project began on Tuesday. It's expected to be completed by Friday. The parking lot was part of the 1995 construction of the county building.
ATWATER -- After doing some budget-cutting at its meeting Wednesday, the Atwater City Council gave preliminary approval to a proposed $321,874 tax levy for 2008, which is a 2.8 percent increase from 2007. The levy is less than the $347,692 that was initially proposed at the start of the meeting. Councilman Dale Tagtow said he wanted to reduce the levy so that the city would not be required to hold a Truth-in-Taxation hearing -- a public hearing at which citizens can voice their opinion about tax increases, levies, budgets, etc.
WILLMAR -- A special legislative session could be held in the next couple weeks, according to area legislators. Or it could not. "We are preparing for a special session," said Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar. "There's no question we need a special session ... and it should be done as soon as feasibly possible." Action is needed, said legislators, to deal with emergency funding for flood-stricken communities in southeast Minnesota and to address transportation funding problems, including the collapse of the I-35W bridge. The decision on whether or not to call a special session lies with Gov.
WILLMAR -- A two-year plan that will help Kandiyohi County keep children safe and bring economic stability to residents who are poor is open for public review until Sept.
WILLMAR -- Implementing a tax on aggregate mined in Kandiyohi County could generate between $48,000 and $72,000 a year in revenue that could be used, in part, to repair county, township and city roads. The figures were based on data provided voluntarily by local contractors on the amount of gravel mined from 2000 to 2006. During a hearing Tuesday, the Kandiyohi County Commissioners had a brief discussion about the pros and cons of a gravel tax but will not vote until Oct.
WILLMAR -- A preliminary 2008 budget of $55.7 million was approved Tuesday by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. The proposed net tax levy is $23,777,371. The final budget won't be approved until December.
WILLMAR -- The long trail of paperwork to get the new psychiatric hospital built in Willmar got significantly shorter this week. After months of legal wrangling to secure a lease with the Minnesota Department of Human Services and time spent to renegotiate a loan to finance construction of the 16-bed hospital, both issues were approved Tuesday by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. "It's an exciting day," said County Administrator Larry Kleindl. While the drawn-out process to finalize the state lease was frustrating, Kleindl said a delay in securing a loan with Wells Fargo Bank LLC
Chad Revier of New London may not be Linus from the Peanuts cartoon, who believed that the Great Pumpkin would "arise out of the most sincere Pumpkin Patch on Halloween night and deliver toys to all the true believing children," but Revier does have a really big pumpkin that did arise from a well-fertilized pumpkin patch.
WILLMAR -- A two-day work session that had the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners going over the proposed $55 million budget line by line was interrupted briefly Wednesday afternoon when a small child apparently pulled a fire alarm. The commissioners were closing in on the 2008 budget when the piercing alarm sounded throughout the building and employees started filing out of offices. Anticipating that it was likely a false alarm, the commissioners were ready to shrug it off and keep working.
WILLMAR -- A plan to replace nine bridges in Kandiyohi County during the next three years was approved Tuesday by the County Board of Commissioners. Depending on the availability of state funding, the replacement could be accelerated and completed within two years, said Gary Danielson, Kandiyohi County public works director.