David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- Jodi VandeSteeg has been in the field of property management for four months.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging more discussion by the City Council and the public on what the voters' intent was when they approved the city's half-cent local option sales tax six years ago. That was the message from Chamber officials who said their recent membership survey indicated nearly half of respondents understood that the tax would "sunset'' (end) based on whichever event happened first: when the tax raised $8 million or when seven years had expired. "We're not really sure what the voters' intent was when they went in and voted on this,'' Chamber
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce will address the City Council Monday night about the local option sales tax. The council will receive the Chamber's presentation during the regular meeting at 7 p.m.
WILLMAR -- The state shutdown could halt electrical and plumbing work on residential and commercial construction projects. Contractors are unable to have electrical wiring on residential and commercial projects inspected by a state electrical inspector because the state inspectors are not working. A contractor can actually start the electrical wiring in a building and work up until the point where the contractor would start to insulate and cover up the wiring, says Kelly TerWisscha, CEO of TerWisscha Construction of Willmar. "That's when the (state) electrical inspector would have to be the
WILLMAR -- Willmar Municipal Utilities' monthly principal and interest payments toward the planning process for the cancelled Big Stone II project have been reduced. The utility received a $50,464 refund from a fund balance and will use the refund to reduce the remaining monthly payments from $18,637 to $13,591, said Bruce Gomm, Willmar Utilities general manager. He said the payments will end Nov. 30, 2011. "That will be the finalization of the payments of the Big Stone project,'' Gomm told the Municipal Utilities Commission on Monday.
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 in 2010 by the Legislature to set performance benchmarks for city and county operations, in February released standards for counties and cities to measure the effectiveness of their services and to measure residents' opinions of those services.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has approved a series of ordinance amendments that alter the penalties for licensed liquor establishments that sell alcohol to minors.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has approved the Municipal Utilities Commission's request for a two-tier electric rate adjustment totaling 14 percent over the next 18 months. A 7 percent increase went into effect Wednesday for the remainder of 2011 and another 7 percent increase will go into effect Jan. 1 for all of 2012. The increases were approved by the utilities commission on June 13 but needed final approval from the council.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council Tuesday night approved a 14 percent increase in municipal electric rates over the next year and a half. Electric rates will go up 7 percent effective today for the remainder of 2011 and will go up another 7 percent effective Jan.
WILLMAR -- The city of Willmar could survive a short delay of several weeks or maybe a little longer in receiving the first of two local government aid payments if the budget stalemate between the governor and the Legislature results in a state government shutdown July 1. "It's a concern not only that there might be a delay in payments but sometimes I wonder if the real question is will there be a payment and that's what's really scary,'' says City Administrator Michael Schmit. Willmar is budgeted to receive LGA totaling $4.48 million in two payments, one in July and one in December.