David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- The consultant working on a preliminary redesign concept of downtown Becker Avenue as a place for public festivals, markets, walkers and bikers believes investment by the public sector leads to investment by the private sector. "Anecdotally through working on projects like this for a couple of decades now, my experience is that when the public demonstrates a vision -- makes an investment in a public space -- private investment tends to follow that public vision,'' said Bruce Chamberlain, vice president of Hoisington Koegler Group Inc.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has approved an order requiring the owners of the Mahanaim Assamblea de Dios Church to either make city-required safety and structural repairs to the deteriorating church building within 30 days or have the building at Seventh Street and Litchfield Avenue Southwest razed and removed if the owners choose not to make the repairs. The order, allowed under state law, was prepared by City Attorney Rich Ronning and approved by the council Monday night. The order states that unless Mahanaim Assamblea de Dios takes corrective action or the owners serve an answer o
WILLMAR -- People who don't have bank checking or savings accounts know by "word of mouth'' they can have their employment checks cashed or money wired at alternative financial service providers such as Bennett Ventures Inc. of Willmar. "We have a loyal base of customers that really like our personal service, our ease of access,'' says Chris Bennett, business co-owner. "You don't have to park and walk and wait in line for 10 or 15 people. It's generally fast and we have a person who is smiling.
WILLMAR -- The City Public Works Department has completed a survey for possible safety improvements at the 23rd Street Northeast portion of the Highway 71/County Road 24/23rd intersection, according to Public Works Director Mel Odens. The next step will be putting a concept design together. Odens said the survey was completed recently.
WILLMAR -- The Mahanaim Assamblea de Dios Church has made an oral offer to give its deteriorating church property at Seventh Street and Litchfield Avenue Southwest to the city. The offer was reported to city officials on Thursday by Robert Trevino, a Realtor with All-Star Realty of Willmar. All-Star has listed the property for sale.
WILLMAR -- Lyle Sande of Willmar said he was surprised when a UPS driver delivered a letter-size package to his door last month. The package contained an invitation from the government of the Netherlands. Sande and six other U.S. Army veterans in Minnesota were to be honored for helping liberate part of central Holland 65 years ago in a dangerous mission that involved more than 20,000 paratroopers. Sande recalls the fighting was a tremendous battle. "The Germans were waiting for us. They were not going to leave the country of Holland.
WILLMAR -- Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission members were glum over the demise of the Big Stone II power plant project compared with the upbeat prospect expressed two weeks ago that another partner could be found to replace the project's principal backer. During the Oct. 26 commission meeting, Bob Schulte, chief executive officer of Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency of Blue Earth, indicated that a very strong prospect was being courted to take the place of Otter Tail Power Company of Fergus Falls. If steps proceeded positively, he said, Big Stone would be running in 2016.
WILLMAR -- Recently completed discussions with department heads have given the City Council's Finance Committee a better idea how budgetary reductions will affect community services next year. Committee members will use the information they've gathered over the past month to formulate a recommendation to the City Council on Mayor Les Heitke's proposed $22,086,858 budget for 2010. The committee will make the recommendation at a Nov. 23 meeting. The council will receive the recommendation on Dec.
WILLMAR -- Willmar Municipal Utilities General Manager Bruce Gomm says he's disappointed and worried about the demise of the proposed Big Stone II power plant and transmission line project. "We were counting on that not only for Willmar's needs but for the whole region.
WILLMAR -- Area real estate agents say a bill that would extend and expand the first-time homebuyer federal tax credit would definitely help the housing market. As part of the government's efforts to encourage people to spend money to help revive the economy, the House voted 403-12 Thursday to expand a popular tax credit for homebuyers.