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 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.
WILLMAR -- The roof is leaky, the insulation is wet and ceiling tiles are falling down in the building where the Kandiyohi County rescue squad stores its equipment and its crews are trained. On top of that, the foundation is cracked, the wiring is poor and water pipes freeze in the winter. The building, located on the east side of Willmar off U.S.
There are about 110 county and township bridges in Kandiyohi County, with at least nine that have sufficiency ratings that qualify them for replacement. At its meeting Tuesday, the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners will prioritize the list of bridges for future replacement. - A timber bridge located in New London Township on 153rd Avenue Northeast over the North Fork of the Crow River at the inlet to Nest Lake. - A timber bridge located in East Lake Lillian Township on County Road 2 over the South Fork of the Crow River. - A steel arch pipe located in St.
WILLMAR -- As inspections on state bridges have been taking place this week in response to a new state mandate, Kandiyohi County officials are inspecting county and township bridges and finalizing a list of bridges that need to be replaced. There are nine bridges so far on the priority list, said Ray Krossman, assistant engineer with the Kandiyohi County Highway Department. There are approximately 110 bridges in the county. The list will be presented Tuesday to the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners during the regular meeting.
ATWATER -- Public hearings will be held Sept. 5 to discuss whether the Atwater City Council should vacate an alley and a street and turn the property over to abutting landowners. At its meeting Wednesday, the council received a petition from residents and the Atwater Elevator, asking that an alley by the elevator be vacated. That alley goes through a slough and exists, for the most part, only on paper.
WILLMAR -- A conditional use permit for an outdoor shooting range in Lake Andrew Township was denied on a 5-1 vote Monday by the Kandiyohi County Planning Commission. The commissioners agreed with neighboring property owners, who cited noise and safety concerns. Although the zoning staff had recommended approving the site and some commission members teetered back and forth prior to the vote, Richard Larson cast the only yes vote. "As far as I see it, it's not a bad place for a range," Larson said. Those voting against the permit were Ed Huseby, Jerry Magnuson, Dennis Goehring, Gwynne Ander
SPICER -- Proposals to expand the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District to nearly 300 homes on three lakes near Spicer will be discussed during informational meetings today and Saturday. The Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners is considering a proposal to bring sanitary sewer lines to Nest, Henderson and George lakes to replace individual septic systems. Sewage would be treated at the Green Lake Sanitary Sewer and Water District facility east of Spicer.
WILLMAR -- Parties and paintball guns will be affected by action taken Tuesday by the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners. The commissioners approved an amendment to the county's existing ordinance on parties and adopted a new ordinance on the transportation and use of paintball guns within the county. The changes will go into effect upon publication. Paintball guns, which have been used to cause vandalism, especially during high school homecoming shenanigans, will now be treated the same as other guns when it comes to carrying them in vehicles. In recent years kids have hit homes, veh
WILLMAR -- The commissioners are continuing to seek information about the financial benefits of implementing a gravel tax. Don Walsh, a consultant who specializes in county gravel tax issues, told the commissioners on Tuesday that Kandiyohi County could generate $40,000 to $50,000 a year by taxing gravel that's mined in the county. He said Kandiyohi County's gravel is already being taxed by neighboring counties, including Meeker, Stearns and Pope.