David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- The time is nearing to test whether Willmar's new wastewater treatment plant located west of the city operates properly. Plant contractor Graham Construction Services on Monday will begin a seven-day test known as a systems demonstration. Graham is required under the contract with the city to demonstrate satisfactory operation of specific equipment systems and associated facilities before the plant can be considered to be substantially complete and the city can accept ownership. During the test, water will be run through the plant.
WILLMAR -- The city is taking steps to reduce the increase in the cost of liability and property insurance. The city's annual insurance premium was proposed to increase 21.8 percent from $124,922 in 2010 to $152,222 in 2011.
WILLMAR -- The president of the company that manufactured Willmar's two wind turbines will meet next week with officials of Willmar Municipal Utilities and members of the Municipal Utilities Commission. Bob Rugh, president of DeWind of Irvine, Calif., will meet Aug. 18 with utility officials and commission members. Rugh was encouraged by officials of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering of Korea, which bought DeWind last year, to visit DeWind customers.
WILLMAR -- Private property owners would be required to remove diseased trees, trees infected with emerald ash borer, or dead or hazardous trees under a revised ordinance that will be considered by the Willmar City Council. The public will have a chance to comment on the revised ordinance during a council hearing on Aug.16. The ordinance is being revised to combat the threat of the emerald ash borer, a non-native beetle discovered in the Detroit, Mich., area in 2002. The insect kills all ash trees in its path and spreads mainly by the movement of firewood and nursery stock, according to sta
WILLMAR -- Willmar City Council members approved a state grant application that includes the $1.8 million Becker Avenue redesign project, but not before debating whether the private sector should cover the 1 percent or $25,000 local share. The council voted 7-1 Monday night to authorize the Minnesota Department of Transportation to submit an application for a federal grant to assist in the Becker Avenue project.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council on Monday night approved a cooperative agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Kandiyohi County for construction of the proposed safety improvement at the Business 71/County Road 24/23rd Street Northeast intersection. The council's Public Works/Safety Committee had voted last week to recommend the council approve the agreement. The agreement calls for the city, the county and MnDOT to share equality in the cost of the improvement.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council on Monday night will consider a cooperative agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Kandiyohi County for construction of the proposed safety improvement at the Business 71/County Road 24/23rd Street Northeast intersection. The council's Public Works/Safety Committee voted Tuesday to recommend the council approve the agreement. The agreement calls for the city, county and MnDOT to share equally in the cost of the improvement.
WILLMAR -- Willmar officials will be enforcing city ordinance that prohibits the placement of campaign signs within the right of way of city streets.
WILLMAR -- Willmar's proposed Becker Avenue redesign project is one of seven projects in Minnesota that will be seeking federal grants under a Minnesota Department of Transportation "livability and sustainability initiative.'' If approved, the grant would cover most of the project's $1.8 million estimated cost.
WILLMAR -- Responses to a recent Willmar community budget survey indicate people are mainly concerned about public works and public safety issues. The July survey was authorized by the City Council to get community feedback as council members, Mayor Les Heitke and city officials prepare the 2011 budget, taking into account the possibility of more state aid cuts. The survey was made available online, in print and other media from July 7 through 21. Respondents were asked to list their top 10 municipal programs or activities. Respondents were also asked if they would support property tax inc