David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council will hold a public hearing on Sept. 6 to consider adopting a plan of ideas to extend and improve the city's biking and walking trails. The plan's goal is to have a trail and pedestrian-friendly community, according to Matthew Johnson, community development director for the Mid-Minnesota Development Commission in Willmar. The city's Community Education and Recreation Department took the lead in preparing the planning process and hired Mid-Minnesota to write the plan.
WILLMAR -- Reconstruction of four neighborhood streets severely damaged by frost boils should begin in late August or early September now that the Willmar City Council has approved the assessment rate for the work. Following a public hearing Monday, the council approved the assessment rate of $59.76 per foot against benefited properties along the streets. The rate is the same as the rate previously adopted by the council for other street reconstruction this year. The four streets were added to the contract the city previously approved with Duininck Inc.
WILLMAR -- Some people may believe the current mix of on-street parking, municipal parking lots and small private parking lots is adequate to meet the needs of Willmar's downtown businesses and customers right now. But the hypothetical question could be: What would people like downtown Willmar to be 20 years from now and does the current mix of parking fit that criteria? That's the question a long-range downtown parking need assessment could answer, the Willmar City Council's Community Development Committee was told Thursday afternoon. Steve Renquist, executive director of the Kandiyohi Cou
WILLMAR -- Most Willmar City Council members don't favor ending the local option sales tax early even though the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce believes they should. The tax approved by voters went into effect in 2006 and expires on Dec. 31, 2012.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging more discussion by the City Council and the public on what the voters' intent was when they approved the city's half-cent local option sales tax six years ago. That was the message from Chamber officials who said their recent membership survey indicated nearly half of respondents understood that the tax would "sunset'' (end) based on whichever event happened first: when the tax raised $8 million or when seven years had expired. "We're not really sure what the voters' intent was when they went in and voted on this,'' Chamber
WILLMAR -- Jodi VandeSteeg has been in the field of property management for four months.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce will address the City Council Monday night about the local option sales tax. The council will receive the Chamber's presentation during the regular meeting at 7 p.m.
WILLMAR -- The state shutdown could halt electrical and plumbing work on residential and commercial construction projects. Contractors are unable to have electrical wiring on residential and commercial projects inspected by a state electrical inspector because the state inspectors are not working. A contractor can actually start the electrical wiring in a building and work up until the point where the contractor would start to insulate and cover up the wiring, says Kelly TerWisscha, CEO of TerWisscha Construction of Willmar. "That's when the (state) electrical inspector would have to be the
WILLMAR -- Willmar Municipal Utilities' monthly principal and interest payments toward the planning process for the cancelled Big Stone II project have been reduced. The utility received a $50,464 refund from a fund balance and will use the refund to reduce the remaining monthly payments from $18,637 to $13,591, said Bruce Gomm, Willmar Utilities general manager. He said the payments will end Nov. 30, 2011. "That will be the finalization of the payments of the Big Stone project,'' Gomm told the Municipal Utilities Commission on Monday.
WILLMAR -- Willmar will be participating in a state-developed survey that will let local residents measure the performance of their city. The City Council voted to adopt performance measures developed by the state Council on Local Results and Innovations. The state council, created in 2010 by the Legislature to set performance benchmarks for city and county operations, in February released standards for counties and cities to measure the effectiveness of their services and to measure residents' opinions of those services.