David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- An $800,000 construction and remodeling project at Sommerset Apartments on 19th Avenue Southeast and other major projects are contributing to a healthy increase in this year's construction valuation in Willmar. Total construction valuation at the end of July this year is up nearly 350 percent, or just shy of $33 million worth of new construction compared with about $9.5 million to date in 2012.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council voted 7-1 Monday night to send back to committee an ordinance amendment that would regulate shooting a bow and arrow within the city limits. The council approved a motion by Steve Ahmann to return the issue to the Public Works/Safety Committee after he expressed concerns for the safety of neighbors living next to archers who may shoot in their backyards. The ordinance would require use of a backstop measuring at least 8 feet in height and 16 feet in width.
WILLMAR — The City of Willmar announced today that 19th Street Northwest between West Trunk Highway 12 to north of the BNSF railroad tracks will be closed starting at 7...
WILLMAR -- Consultants studying downtown parking say more parking spaces would be made available for shoppers by asking downtown employees and residents to park their vehicles on the fringe of the downtown core area. The downtown core is centered mainly on Litchfield Avenue and Fourth Street Southwest where people perceive there's a parking shortage. The consultants say more parking spaces in the core could be freed up for customers by enacting a permit program that allows long-term parking and by loosening parking restrictions on the fringes.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Public Works Department is now conducting the city's mosquito control program under new Minnesota Pollution Control Agency regulations. The new regulations require the city to obtain a permit to discharge pesticides for mosquito control and to submit a pesticide discharge management plan, says Scott Ledeboer, Public Works superintendent. Ledeboer said the city acquired the permit in April 2012. This year, the city submitted and received approval for the discharge management plan, which is required for cities over 10,000 in population.
WILLMAR -- Certain consumer products such as disinfecting wipes are touted as disposable and even flushable. But those and similar products are causing problems for operators of Willmar's wastewater collection system. The cloth-like wipes don't dissolve like toilet paper and can block sewer lines and clog lift station pumps. The clogs could result in sewage backup into people's businesses and homes. The problem impacts not only Willmar's wastewater collection system but collection systems in other cities, sources say.
WILLMAR — Willmar residents in the Garfield School neighborhood and residents living in the Westwind neighborhood in southwest Willmar will hold National Night Out gatherings this evening. … Archive Material...
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council voted Monday to hold a public hearing Aug. 19 on a proposed ordinance amendment that would regulate shooting a bow and arrow within city limits. The proposal would amend city ordinance regulating dangerous weapons and discharge of firearms. The intent of the amendment is to allow persons to participate in the sport of archery in the city in a safe and responsible manner that will not threaten the public health, safety and welfare
WILLMAR -- An estimated 500 people attended the funeral Saturday at Redeemer Lutheran Church for Lila Mae Warwick, the 79-year-old woman murdered one week ago in her home just outside Willmar. Pastor Greg Enterline said it's hard to believe that someone would take the life of a woman who cared so much about others and about her faith. He said many people are going to miss her. Enterline said Warwick left a positive impression on most people. She served as a Sunday school teacher, financial secretary, preschool volunteer and on the board of evangelism at Redeemer.
WILLMAR — Three Willmar teenagers made separate appearances Friday in Kandiyohi County District Court on murder charges relating to the strangulation and stabbing death of Lila Mae Warwick, 79, of...