David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- Demolition was under way Friday of an unused portion of the UMEC USA building in downtown Willmar. The portion being demolished is located on Third Street Southwest and had housed apartments but the units were in disrepair and had not been rented for a long time, said City Building Official Randy Kardell. He said UMEC received a building permit last week to perform the demolition. The exposed walls will have an exterior finish.
WILLMAR -- Willmar City Council member Ron Christianson has suggested that the council consider having more of its members being allowed to vote on the various boards and commissions on which they're appointed to serve. Christianson said he suggested the idea because Mayor Frank Yanish a few months ago asked council members for names of citizens to fill some vacancies on various boards and commissions. The mayor proposes and the council approves citizen appointments to various boards and commissions. In addition, the mayor appoints council members to serve as liaisons to boards and commissi
WILLMAR -- More homeowners, renters and businesses in Willmar were unable to pay their utility bills in 2011 compared with the number that did not pay their bills during the previous two years. Every year, Willmar Municipal Utilities writes off a certain amount of uncollected bills, also known as bad debt, from mobile homes, houses, apartments and businesses. Accounts that have no activity for three months past the final date are written off.
WILLMAR -- Dave Baker thanked members of the Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission this week for electing him president for 2012. Baker was absent when the commissioners held their organizational meeting and elected officers earlier this month. Baker replaces Doug Lindblad as president. "I will do my very best to get through a rocky time right now,'' he said. "A lot of deci-sions have to be made and we need a lot of good leadership these next several months, es-pecially in the next couple of years as well.'' The commission on Dec.
LITCHFIELD -- Bruce Cottington of Litchfield has been appointed state commander of the Minnesota chapter of the national Veterans of Underage Military Service. National Commander Dr. William C. Morgan of Galloway, Ohio, made the appointment. Veterans of Underage Military Service is an organization whose members were sworn into a branch of the U.S. armed forces before reaching the age of 17 for men, and age 20 for women, prior to 1948. Cottington was 16 when he joined the U.S.
WILLMAR -- A nearly $7 million project spread over four to six years is being proposed to improve the quality of water delivered by Willmar Municipal Utilities to its customers. The three-phase project would preserve the viability of the water system infrastructure and replace the core treatment process with biological filtration.
WILLMAR -- The owner of a fire-damaged house has 30 days to either repair or remove the structure at 201 Havana St. N.E. in Willmar. The City Council this week declared the house an unsafe structure. Bruce Peterson, planning and development director, said the city's next step after the council made its declaration is to notify the owner, Maria Pedraza, that the house must either be repaired or removed. Pedraza's last known address is 201 Havana St. N.E.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Charter Commission will be taking to the voters the amended City Charter that failed to win City Council support earlier this month. The nine-member Charter Commission voted Tuesday afternoon to place the amended charter on the Nov. 6 general election ballot and to ask City Attorney Rich Ronning to draft the ballot question. The question would ask Willmar voters whether or not they approve the charter as amended. Charter Commission members asked that the draft question be ready for their discussion at the next meeting on Feb.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council Tuesday night voted to order the city engineering department to prepare the 2012 improvement report.
WILLMAR -- Mayor Frank Yanish broke two City Council 4-4 votes Tuesday night that will lead to hiring two replacement police officers. Yanish's votes came at the end of nearly an hour of discussion on a motion from the Labor Relations Committee to the officers. The committee supported a request from City Administrator Charlene Stevens and Police Chief David Wyffels to fill a patrol officer position vacated in July of 2011 and to replace a patrol officer position that will be vacated as of Jan.