David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- The Finance Committee is recommending the City Council approve a smaller increase in the city property tax levy than the increase that was proposed by Mayor Les Heitke in his 2011 budget. The committee is recommending the city property tax levy be increased by 3.5 percent instead of the proposed 6.9 percent increase. The council will consider the recommendation during the 7 p.m. meeting on Monday in the chambers at the Municipal Utilities Building, 700 Litchfield Ave. S.W. Heitke had proposed increasing the levy by $256,059 from $3,668,705 in 2010 to $3,924,764 in 2011.
WILLMAR -- A private contractor's cost to sweep Willmar's streets is greater than the city's cost to sweep the streets, according to a summary prepared by the Public Works Department and presented to the City Council's Public Works/Safety Committee. But committee member Ron Christianson says the cost comparison was unfair because the city's cost did not include trucking costs for hauling material swept by the city's sweeper, and he said the costs were skewed against the private contractor, Cleaning and Restoration Services Inc.
WILLMAR -- The Community Development Committee will recommend the Willmar City Council challenge a state agency's determination that the old airport terminal is eligible for historic preservation. The council will consider the committee's recommendation on Dec.
WILLMAR -- Republican Tom Emmer retained his lead over Democrat Mark Dayton in the race for Minnesota governor during the recount Monday of ballots cast in Willmar's 12 voting precincts during the Nov.
WILLMAR -- Store managers were generally pleased as hundreds of people waited for doors to open as early as 3 a.m. Friday for the start of the traditional holiday shopping season. Parking lots were jammed, and customers at the Kandi Mall Shopping Center and other stores along South First Street were pushing carts and carrying bags full of gifts. People were seen calling home to check whether they should buy a particular item.
WILLMAR -- Benjamin Carlson, 14, of Willmar has been interested in firefighting for as long as he can remember. "I've always wanted to become a firefighter,'' he said.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission is recommending a water rate increase of 9 to 10 percent per year in 2011 and 2012 to address a variety of needs in the Water Department. The commission voted Monday to approve the increase and to hold a hearing at the Dec. 13 meeting to take comments from the public. Actions of the commission require final approval by the City Council. If the increase is approved, the new rate would take effect by Feb.
WILLMAR -- The federal government's release of former airport land to the city of Willmar continues to hinge on the historical significance of the old airport's deteriorating terminal building and the 4.5 acres of land surrounding it. That was the assessment of City Administrator Michael Schmit who along with others from Willmar met last week with representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration at the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office in St.
WILLMAR -- Festivities begin at 3 p.m. Saturday on Becker Avenue in downtown Willmar for the annual Holidaze celebration. Events include food booths, sleigh rides, coffee and roasting chestnuts, prizes and costume contest. Linda Pate of the Minnesota Historic Preservation Office will lead the Willmar Walks historic walking tour through downtown at 3 p.m., starting at Selvig Park. Other events include: * 3 p.m. -- story time at Willmar Public Library. * 3-6 p.m. -- free hot chocolate at First Presbyterian Church. * 3-6 p.m. -- Memorial Room open at City Auditorium. * 3:15-6:15 p.m.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council this week received a report from the Public Works/Safety Committee on the first year of private street-sweeping service. The council in May voted to contract on a trial basis with Cleaning and Restoration Services of Willmar to provide additional street cleaning service in 2010 using its vacuum-type sweeper, and delayed a decision on whether the city should buy a vacuum sweeper. The city has a broom-type sweeper and was considering the possibility of buying a vacuum sweeper to remove finer particles from streets to comply with requirements under the state'