David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- The City Council's Community Development Committee will be asking the council to declare the Mahanaim Assamblea de Dios Church at 707 Litchfield Ave. S.W.
WILLMAR -- There will be more debate on a proposed revision to the street closure policy when the City Council meets on Monday night. The revised policy would give council members discretion -- not allowed under the present policy -- to close a thoroughfare or collector street for a city-wide function or for a private function. The present council-approved policy states that only low volume residential streets, dead-end streets or cul-de-sacs may be closed.
WILLMAR -- People who call the fire department for service should pay for that service. That's the rationale behind a suggestion by Willmar City Council member Rick Fagerlie for implementing an ordinance that would authorize the city to charge for emergency fire protection services.
WILLMAR -- The four remaining partners in the proposed Big Stone II project hope to replace Otter Tail Power Company of Fergus Falls after Otter Tail withdrew from the project in September as a partner, lead developer and plant operator. If the partners are successful in recruiting a larger utility company to replace Otter Tail, Big Stone II will proceed, says Bob Schulte, chief executive officer for Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency of Blue Earth, one of the remaining partners. Schulte presented a status report on Big Stone II to the Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission on Monday.
WILLMAR -- A family of three escaped a fire early Sunday morning that destroyed their mobile home. Willmar Fire Chief Marv Calvin said the occupants had just bought the mobile home at Regency Estates West and moved in three days ago. They were identified in an initial complaint report as Jason Rodriguez, 19, Ana Silva, 18, and Jason A. Rodriguez, 5 months. Calvin said The Salvation Army was working with them to find shelter. Firefighters were called at 4:03 a.m. Sunday and were on the scene until 6:35 a.m. The fire began behind the stove.
ATWATER -- Atwater Fire Chief Gerald Schwartz says he will be using video recorded by surveillance cameras at the Bushmills Ethanol Inc. plant of Atwater to assist in the investigation of the cause of a fire on a flare pipe that occured at the plant Saturday morning. The incident was reported at about 7 a.m.
ATWATER - Officials at the Bushmills Ethanol Inc. plant of Atwater are investigating the cause of a fire Saturday morning on the small flare pipe used to burn volatile fumes evacuated from empty tanker trucks being loaded with the corn-based fuel. Bushmills General Manager Erik Osmon said the incident happened just before 7 a.m. Area fire departments including firefighters from Willmar and Atwater were dispatched and extinguished the fire, which was confined to the small flare pipe located near the ethanol load-out racks.
NEW LONDON -- Five fire departments were hauling water, and garbage was being dug up, in an effort to extinguish a fire smoldering in trash buried five years ago at the Kandiyohi County Sanitary Landfill in rural New London. Landfill clerk Mary Peterson said employees reporting for work Thursday morning saw smoke but no flames rising from the ground. The site was excavated and the New London Fire Department was called to put out the smoldering garbage. However, smoke was noticed again Friday morning.
WILLMAR -- A landscape architectural firm will be using comments from citizens to refine concepts for a redesigned downtown Becker Avenue. The 15 people who on Tuesday attended an open house sponsored by the Willmar Design Center were asked by consultant Bruce Chamberlain of Hoisington Koegler Group Inc.
WILLMAR -- Willmar Mayor Les Heitke made a pitch Wednesday afternoon for a multimillion-dollar state appropriation to help the city pay for the new $86.2 million wastewater treatment plant and conveyance system. "The city of Willmar is requesting $20 million in state funding to go toward the $86.2 million (project), the-reby reducing the future fin-ancial burden placed on Willmar's ratepayers,'' Heitke told members of the Minnesota House Capital Investment Committee. He said the new plant will replace failed technology at the existing 70-year-old plant, will reduce phosphorus loading in the