David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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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 and treatment facility that was completed last year. The western collector will serve the west and northwest areas of town and will allow the city to develop the eastern half of the proposed industrial park at the old airport and provide municipal sewer services for businesses that build there. The Wisconsin engi
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council is directing staff to research options other than the West Central Tribune for legal publication of ordinances, council minutes, notices and other city matters. The council voted 7-1 Monday to direct City Administrator Michael Schmit and Clerk-Treasurer Kevin Halliday to do the appropriate research and report back within 60 days. Those voting to approve the motion were Tim Johnson, Ron Christianson, Steve Ahmann, Bruce DeBlieck, Doug Reese, Rick Fagerlie and Jim Dokken.
Frank Yanish gaveled the regular meeting of the Willmar City Council to session Monday after he re-ceived a certificate of election from City Clerk-Treasurer Kevin Halliday and was administered the oath of office by District Judge Donald Spilseth. Yanish defeated Les Heitke for the four-year mayor's position in the Nov. 2 general election.
WILLMAR -- City officials thought the deteriorating Templo Mahanaim Assemblea de Dios Church building at corner of Seventh Street and Litchfield Avenue Southwest would have been demolished by now. However, a purchase a-greement be-tween the church and the buyer, who had applied for a permit to take down the 90-year-old building, apparently fell through. And MAAC Inc.
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 Wednesday night at the Fire Station. The idea of amending the residency requirement was raised at the Dec. 7 Charter Commission meeting by member John Sullivan, according to City Clerk Kevin Halliday. The commission did not discuss the issue but placed it on the catalog of items to be discussed at the Jan.
The city of Willmar rec-eived approximately 41 inches of snow from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1 compared with about 25 inches for the same period one year ago.
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 Schmit said the city asked for the wastewater money, recognizing that Congress has authorized but not appropriated the original $15 million request for the $86.2 million project. "We'll chip away at it if we can, but we all know what is happening at the federal and state level,'' Schmit told the City Council's
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission will negotiate a settlement rather than fight the U.S.
WILLMAR -- Willmar City Council members say they want questions answered about a water rate increase of 9 to 10 percent a year over two years being proposed by the Willmar Municipal Utilities. Council members would like to know why the utility did not enact smaller annual increases rat-her than wait two years before enacting a larger increase and they would like to know what the utility is doing to control costs. Finance Committee members asked the same questions when they met with Utility General Manager Bruce Gomm on Dec. 13.
WILLMAR -- Dean Peterson of Glenwood grew up in Kerkhoven but hung out as a kid on Fourth Street in downtown Willmar. "If you wanted to be where the action was, you went to Fourth Street,'' recalls Peterson, 55. "That was before the Kandi Mall was built. It was a happening place. All the main businesses were right there.'' One of those businesses was the Willmar Theater, a grand place to watch movies, as many locals will testify. The theater was closed in 1980 and the building was converted into office space known as Heritage Square.