David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- Four Willmar City Council members say they oppose a proposed change in the city charter that would remove the council's veto authority over the Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission. Council members Steve Ahmann, Bruce DeBlieck, Doug Reese and Denis Anderson say they do not support a Willmar Charter Commission recommendation to remove language that gives overriding power to the council over the Utilities Commission. Ahmann says he does not agree with the change, which would remove the council's right to oversee and have veto power over the Utilities Commission. DeBlieck says the
WILLMAR -- The city of Willmar will be designated as part of a statewide group that connects and coordinates organizations, agencies and companies to provide support for members of the armed forces and their families. Local leaders of HomeFront Connection will receive Willmar's designation as a Yellow Ribbon City, part of a comprehensive support program for service members and their families called Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. HomeFront Connection members Kammy Nelson of Willmar, coordinator, and Conrad Bostron of Spicer, chairman, will receive the designation on behalf of the city during a pro
Local pilots hope a family event on Sunday at the Willmar Municipal Airport will create in young people the same interest in flying that John Lambing of Willmar felt when he was a kid. "I'm a retired electrical engineer,'' said Lambing.
Willmar Chapter 1172 of the Experimental Aviation Association will host Willmar Regional Aviation Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Willmar Airport. The airport is located two miles west of Willmar on state Highway 40. Events will be held in the TerWisscha hangar. The public is invited. Members of the Willmar Experimental Aviation Association will provide free plane rides to young people ages 8 to 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In addition to the free plane rides, there will be a variety of experimental and general aircraft on display.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council may seek the services of an executive search firm to fill the city administrator's position. Seven of eight council members met in an informal work session Wednesday to discuss the process of filling the administrator's position. They talked about the possibility of doing the search process themselves or the possibility of hiring a firm. After about an hour of discussion, they reached consensus to seek the services of a firm to find a replacement for City Adm-inistrator Mi-chael Schmit who will be retiring at the end of July 2011.
WILLMAR -- A Willmar City Council committee is supporting the concept of consolidating the City Assessing Office with the Kandiyohi County Assessor's Office. The council's Labor Relations Committee will recommend the council approve the concept under which the City Assessing Office would close and the department's four employees would perform their duties at the County Assessor's Office in the downtown County Office Building. City Administrator Michael Schmit discussed the concept Tuesday with the committee, and the committee voted to support the idea. The concept will be presented to the f
WILLMAR -- Willmar's local option sales tax has so far raised $7.7 million for four local projects since the tax went into effect five years ago, according to information given to the City Council's Finance Committee. The half-cent tax was approved by voters on Nov. 2, 2004. As of June 30, 2010, the tax had raised $7,758,351, said City Finance Director Steve Okins. Okins clarified for committee members the language in the referendum and in state statute. He said there seems to be some confusion about the dollar amount that the law allows the city to raise.
WILLMAR -- A power supply study recommends Willmar Municipal Utilities buy power from a variety of sources to minimize costs and risk associated with economic uncertainties and environmental policy changes. The study by Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency of Blue Earth was designed to plan for long-term uncertainty in the electric power sector, specifically looking at the price of natural gas and the possibility of carbon regulation. The study developed power supply "portfolios'' that reflected the cost of possible carbon credits and price increases on coal, natural gas, hydro and diese
WILLMAR -- Eagle Lake area residents and landowners were given a chance Thursday to learn about and comment on Kandiyohi County proposals to construct and reconstruct portions of County Road 9 and County Road 26 along and east of the lake. Kandiyohi County is proposing to rebuild and realign County Road 9 Northeast affecting traffic flow and properties on, and east of, Eagle Lake.
WILLMAR -- Classes resumed this week at the Ridgewater College's Willmar and campuses and enrollment college-wide is up about 2.8 percent over last year, said Sam Bowen, college communications director. Official enrollment figures won't be known until the the semester's 30th day, he said. Bowen said the college is pleased with the increase. Last year's enrollment college-wide was 3,500 full-year-equivalents if all students were attending full-time year-round, and the headcount was a little more than 5,800. "We're up about 2.5 percent to 3 percent both for FYE and headcount,'' Bowen said.