David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- Willmar Charter Commission members will convene in the next couple of weeks to discuss the next steps they might take after proposed charter amendments failed to receive the required affirmative votes of all eight City Council members to adopt the changes by council action Tuesday night. Charter Commission Chairman Shawn Mueske says those next steps can include a broad range of possibilities from taking the amended charter as defeated by the council to the voters in the November general election to making any kind of modifications that were requested by some council members and per
WILLMAR -- Paul Kidrowski has given officials a written schedule of construction activities that he must complete under a 90-day deadline extension granted last month by the Willmar City Council to rehabilitate the former John's Supper Club building in downtown Willmar. The council voted Dec. 19 to extend the Dec. 31 deadline by 90 days, provided Kidrowski submit a written schedule of construction activities he will undertake to have the rehab work completed by March 31.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission will meet at 11:45 a.m. Monday in the auditorium of the utilities building, 700 Litchfield Ave.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission on Thursday tabled consideration of proposals to assess the utility's organizational and management structure. The commissioners had written proposals from three firms that were contacted by Commissioner Dave Baker on the matter. The special noon meeting Thursday was called to select a firm to conduct the assessment. The commissioners agreed to table the proposals obtained by Baker and give the commission's Labor Committee an opportunity to determine the scope of the assessment.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission has elected Dave Baker president for 2012. Baker replaces Doug Lindblad. Baker served as vice president in 2011. During the organizational session of Thursday's special meeting, Commissioner Steve Salzer nominated Baker. Salzer said Baker, who was not present Thursday, previously indicated an interest in being president. Carol Laumer, who was newly appointed to a three-year term replacing Mary Kray, conducted the election.
WILLMAR -- An ordinance that would amend sections of the Willmar City Charter failed Tuesday to receive the required affirmative votes of all eight City Council members. A motion to adopt the amending ordinance, give it a number and legally publish it was defeated 6-2. Council members voting in favor were Doug Reese, Bruce DeBlieck, Steve Ahmann, Denis Anderson, Rick Fagerlie and Tim Johnson.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council at the regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday will resume consideration of an ordinance amending the City Charter. The council tabled the ordinance Dec. 19. Discussion will resume when the council votes to remove the ordinance from the table. The council delayed action at the last meeting because one of the eight council members was absent. The charter requires an affirmative vote of all eight council members to amend the charter by council action.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission on Tuesday rejected a motion to study the feasibility of a solar project for Willmar Municipal Utilities at this time. The commission defeated a motion to sign a nonbinding letter of intent with tenKsolar of Minneapolis to study the feasibility of a 600-kilowatt-hour project as a showcase to prospective national and worldwide customers. The study had been proposed by tenKsolar executives Joel Cannon, chief executive officer, and Jim Losleben, business development vice president. The commission Dec.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission on Tuesday approved the League of Minnesota Cities' selection of the St. Cloud law firm of Quinlivan and Hughes to investigate Utilities General Manager Bruce Gomm for possible misconduct. Commissioners placed Gomm on a 30-day paid administrative leave on Dec. 12. Commission Vice President Dave Baker said he had been in contact with the League and said the League moved forward with hiring an independent investigator.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission today approved the selection of the St. Cloud law firm of Quinlivan and Hughes by the League of Minnesota Cities to investigate Utilities General Manager Bruce Gomm for possible misconduct. Utilities Commission Vice President Dave Baker said the firm was retained to review operations at the utility and will be paid by the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust on behalf of the Willmar Utilities.