David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- Mayor Les Heitke warned City Council members Monday night the city could face an expensive and lengthy lawsuit after the council voted against signing a document that would pass a state grant through to the developer of the Westwind low-income housing project in southwest Willmar. A motion to authorize an official, pro-bably eit-her the mayor or city ad-ministrator, to sign the document was defeated 4-2. Council members voting against the motion were Ron Christianson, Tim Johnson, Steve Ahmann and Jim Dokken. Voting in favor were Bruce DeBlieck and Denis Anderson.
WILLMAR -- Public Works Department employees have been spending more time on snow-related activities this winter than in past winters, particularly removing snow piles at Willmar intersections. The piles have been obscuring the view of motorists venturing through and making turns at intersections this winter.
WILLMAR -- Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota is examining the potential acquisition and rehabilitation of the John's Supper Club building in downtown Willmar for office space. The intent by LSS to explore how the building could be economically converted for use as office and service space was made known this week in a letter sent by LSS Vice President of Finance Kenneth Borle to Randy Kardell, city building official. The building at the corner of Third Street and Benson Avenue Southwest is owned by Paul Kidrowski of Willmar.
WILLMAR -- Willmar City Council members Ron Christianson and Denis Anderson are suggesting possible changes in the penalties against establishments that violate the city's liquor ordinance. The suggestions grew out of a council work session held earlier this month to review the liquor license ordinance after some council members objected to penalties imposed on licensed establishments, such as restaurants, and employees that violated the ordinance during a police department compliance check last October. The council's Public Works/Safety Committee on Feb.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has approved a proposed ordinance amendment that would let the chief of police decide whether an off-duty officer is required to be present at an event where intoxicating liquor is served. The council took action after holding a public hearing on the amendment Monday night. Current ordinance requires the holder of a temporary liquor license to pay for an off-duty city police officer to be present at the location at all times during the time that intoxicating liquor is dispensed.
Junior and Kathy Nohl were looking for a cleaner and easier career after they closed their Hancock welding shop nine years ago. The Nohls found their new career in a small embroidery business they started five years ago in Willmar called Unique Embroidery. Their welding shop was making parts for an aircraft company when the company cancelled all orders after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. In one fell swoop, 80 percent of the shop's business was gone.
WILLMAR -- Laboratory workers at Willmar's Wastewater Treatment Plant will face more paperwork after the lab's standard operating procedures and quality assurance manual are rewritten this year to comply with new national lab accreditation standards. The rewrite is needed to comply with National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Certification (NELAC) standards.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council will take comments during a public hearing Tuesday night on a proposed ordinance amendment that would let the chief of police decide whether an off-duty officer is required to be present at an event where intoxicating liquor is served. The hearing will be at 7:02 p.m. in the chambers at the Municipal Utilities Building, 700 Litchfield Ave. S.W. The council meets Tuesday as Monday is the Presidents Day holiday.
WILLMAR -- The City Council is proposing an ordinance amendment that would let the chief of police decide whether an off-duty officer is required to be present if a club or organization sponsors an event where intoxicating liquor is served. Current ordinance requires the holder of a temporary liquor license to pay for one off-duty city police officer to be present at the location at all times during the time that intoxicating liquor is dispensed.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has directed staff to research funding options to reconstruct more streets this year. The council wants staff to research funding options for a 3.3-mile street improvement program rather than a smaller 2.4-mile improvement program. Both programs were discussed by the council's Public Works/Safety Committee on Jan. 26 and committee members indicated they supported the larger program. The key to proceeding with the larger program will be finding the city's $453,188 share of the $3,899,007 estimated cost.