David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council will accelerate a study of using the old wastewater treatment plant for storm water management purposes. The council voted Monday to speed up Barr Engineering's storm water management analysis to coincide with the decommissioning process being undertaken at the old treatment plant by Donohue and Associates.
WILLMAR -- Willmar businessman Bruce Vogel today announced he is a candidate for the Republican Party endorsement for the District 13B seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives. District 13B covers Willmar and the south half of Kandiyohi County. The seat is currently held by Rep. Al Juhnke, DFL-Willmar. Vogel has been married to his wife, Jeanne, for 27 years. They have four adult children and three grandchildren. Vogel has been a Realtor in Willmar for 10 years. He and his wife live just outside the city. Read more on this story Tuesday in the West Central Tribune
WILLMAR -- Possible changes to the city's liquor ordinance were discussed by five members of the Willmar City Council during a one-hour work session Wednesday, but no decisions were made. The discussion involved the possibility of changing some of the penalties against establishments that illegally sell alcohol to minors, possibly offering incentives to establishments that use best practices to train servers to check identification for minors, and the possibility of having the city attorney's office rather than the county attorney's office prosecute restaurant servers who illegally serve alco
WILLMAR -- Willmar officials will research funding options to reconstruct more streets this year if the City Council accepts a committee recommendation. The Public Works/Safety Committee is recommending the council direct staff to research local funding options for a larger rather than smaller improvement program. The key to proceeding with a 3.3-mile program, rather than a scaled-down 2.4-mile program, will be finding the city's $453,188 share of the $3,899,007 estimated cost. Under a policy adopted by the council in 1997, the city pays 25 percent of reconstruction costs.
The Meeker County Sheriff's Office said fire caused substantial damage to a garage at a rural Dassel residence early today. The sheriff's office was called at 12:03 a.m. today and responded, as well as the Dassel Fire Department, to the fire call at the residence on 309th Street. The sheriff's office said the fire started in a trash container. There were no vehicles in the garage, but there was a substantial amount of damage done to the building.
WILLMAR -- Funding has been approved to repair a major piece of the city Public Works Department's equipment. A $17,000 bill to repair the transmission on the 2001 John Deere grader will be paid with unspent funds remaining in the department's 2009 budget. The City Council's Finance Committee on Monday voted to transfer $17,000 in unspent funds from the department's 2009 budget to the department's 2010 budget to cover the repair bill.
WILLMAR -- Municipal Utilities Commission members have been wanting to stop payments for Big Stone II after plans for the proposed power plant were cancelled last October. But Willmar Utilities will probably continue making those payments until the end of the year, according to General Manager Bruce Gomm. "I believe we need to continue to making payments through December 2010,'' Gomm told the commission Monday. The payments are for the debt that was incurred to finance the permitting process for the former power plant project, he said. Big Stone II was cancelled Oct.
WILLMAR -- City officials will research the possibility of using Willmar School District property as the site for future city offices. The City Council this week approved a motion by council member Doug Reese directing city staff to explore and research the possibility of using any school property for city purposes and that discussions include representatives of Kandiyohi County and Willmar Municipal Utilities. During the Public Works/Safety Committee meeting Jan.
WILLMAR -- Former National Football League player and sportscaster Irv Cross says two people influenced his life. One was sixth-grade teacher Ruth Ewing who offered encouragement during a particularly stressful time growing up in Hammond, Ind. The other was Dr.
WILLMAR -- City employees will receive no wage adjustments in contracts approved Tuesday by the Willmar City Council. The contracts with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees General Unit and AFSCME Public Works cover staff at the City Office Building, the Public Works Department and at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.