David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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LITCHFIELD — They selected a name. Now they’ll formulate a plan. Litchfield Downtown Restoration Commission was the name selected from 45 entries in a contest Thursday night to name the citizens group working to restore and rejuvenate downtown buildings. The next step will be working to designate Litchfield as a Minnesota Main Street. To achieve that end, the Litchfield Downtown Restoration Commission and interested citizens will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. today in the Crossroads Room at Zion Lutheran Church with Emily Northey, Minnesota Main Street program coordinator.
WILLMAR — Audrey Nelsen filed an affidavit of candidacy Thursday for the Feb. 12 special election to fill the two-year unexpired term of Doug Reese in Ward 4 on the Willmar City Council. Nelsen was employed in banking in the Willmar area for more than 25 years. She is currently employed by Peterson Brothers Funeral Home as a certified preplanning consultant/insurance agent. Also, she is a member of the Society of Certified Senior Advisors.
Willmar Municipal Utilities lineman Casey Jenny and crew chief Dick Thynes are glad they worked with more than 7,000 linemen from across the United States and Canada to help restore East Coast power knocked out by Hurricane Sandy Oct. 29. Thynes and Jenny volunteered for the relief effort. They drove a bucket truck on Nov. 2 to Rochester where they gathered with 21 linemen and 11 trucks from nine other Minnesota utilities for the two-day drive to Long Island, New York City.
WILLMAR — Attempts to restore funding requests for leadership and integration programs in Mayor Frank Yanish’s 2013 city budget failed to gain support from a majority of Willmar City Council members. During discussion Monday night to finalize the mayor’s $31.7 million budget, Doug Reese, Denis Anderson and Bruce DeBlieck tried to persuade the other five council members to restore $1,000 for the Leadership Perspectives program.
WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council took the advice of a citizens group concerned about city governance and voted to commit to doing an organizational study of city government. The council initially voted 7-1 Monday night to commit to the study with council member Ron Christianson voting against, but Christianson later asked to have his vote changed to a yes vote. The group, Moving Willmar Forward, issued a ‘white paper’ citing its concerns and recommendations which included authorizing city staff to issue a request for proposals from firms to do the organizational study.
WILLMAR -- A 15-member community group is offering strategies to develop an increased level of mutual respect, cooperation, trust and civility among the mayor, City Council, city staff and residents. The hope, according to the group called Moving Willmar Forward, is to re-establish a shared understanding of the roles and the responsibilities of each of these individuals and groups. Moving Willmar Forward member Wayne Nelson is slated to present the group's "white paper'' laying out suggested strategies during the Willmar City Council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.
WILLMAR -- The Public Works/Safety Committee is recommending the City Council approve an agreement with Eric's Aviation Services of Willmar to provide airport operations supervision. Without a desire to hire an airport manager, the Willmar City Council requested city staff to pursue a contract for airport operations supervision, said Bruce Peterson, director of planning and development services for the city. The city distributed requests for proposals and received two proposals: one from Eric's Aviation and one from Glacial Lakes Aviation, a new aviation business to be located at the Willmar