David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council met in closed session for about 35 minutes Monday night with attorney Paul Reuvers of Bloomington to discuss the discrimination and breach of contract lawsuit filed Friday by fired Municipal Utilities General Manager Bruce Gomm. The council first approved a motion offered by council member Denis Anderson to add to the agenda the intention to hold a closed session to discuss the lawsuit. The council then approved a motion by Anderson to go into closed session pursuant to the attorney-client privilege as allowed by state statute Section 13D.05 to discuss the
WILLMAR -- The fired general manager of the Willmar Municipal Utilities has filed a lawsuit against the city of Willmar and the utilities alleging discrimination, breach of contract, fraud, and violation of the Open Meeting Law. The lawsuit filed by Bruce Gomm also alleges defamation and specifically alleges defamation by Mayor Frank Yanish and City Council member Ron Christianson. The lawsuit filed Friday by Gomm in Kandiyohi County District Court asks the court for a judgment of more than $50,000, for reinstatement of his position with front pay and back pay and for a full one year's sever
WILLMAR -- The 85-year-old Lakeland Hotel, the downtown home to traveling salesmen, lakes-area visitors and a variety of retail stores, has been named to the National Register of Historic Places. The Lakeland was nominated in November by the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office. The Minnesota Historical Society State Review Board approved and sent the nomination to the keeper of the National Register, who approved and added the Lakeland to the register on Feb. 14. The Lakeland was nominated for its local significance in the area of commerce.
WILLMAR -- Marketing is under way of the former Willmar airport terminal building and site. The city's effort to sell the terminal is a requirement of the Federal Aviation's Administration's release of hundreds of acres of the former airport to the city for industrial park development. "We're actually looking at selling the terminal building, the smaller hangar and 4½-acre piece of property,'' said Bruce Peterson, city planning and development director. In November, Peterson and marketing staff at the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission developed a plan that
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Design Center is seeking a solution to watering downtown flowers now that a city Public Works watering truck along with 14 other vehicles are being eliminated from the city's vehicle fleet. But Design Center hopes to plant flowers this spring will hinge on fundraising efforts as the center's subsidy from the city has steadily decreased. "The Willmar Design Center Commons-Promotion Committee is currently doing stakeholder and friends of downtown fundraising,'' said Beverly Dougherty, the Design Center's half-time project coordinator.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission on Monday will receive an attorney's report of the investigation into allegations of misconduct by General Manager Bruce Gomm. Commission President Dave Baker said each commissioner should have received a copy of the report. Under state law, discussion of the report must be conducted in a closed meeting unless Gomm requests it be open.
WILLMAR -- Mayor Frank Yanish has praised city staff for recommending a policy that will eliminate 15 vehicles from the city's fleet and save the city $281,652 in 2012 and an estimated $1,400 in insurance and licensing costs. In addition, the policy, adopted by the City Council Tuesday night, will reassign 9 vehicles as "general use'' vehicles that can be checked out and used by any city employee for city business. The mayor, in his annual State of the City message Feb.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council voted Tuesday to hold a hearing March 19 to take comments from the public on an ordinance that will redistrict the city's four wards. The ordinance would shift about 3.9 percent of the city's population into different wards and precincts to meet equal representation requirements. The shifting is the result of the 2010 Census, which the Constitution requires be conducted every 10 years to determine the number of representatives to Congress for each state based on the population. Census numbers are also used to provide equal representation for every state,
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Area Community Foundation announces it has been designated to receive the entire estate of Lake Lillian native and Willmar resident Alice Cox, who was 97 when she died Dec. 29. The gift of her estate, valued at more than $6 million, will double the Foundation's assets, according to a spokesman. "This is truly an extraordinary gift from an extraordinary woman," said Foundation Director Dean Anderson of Spicer.
GROVE CITY -- A Grove City organization wants people to know that financial assistance is available to businesses interested in setting up shop or expanding here. The Grove City Economic Development Corporation was established in 1986 with the goal of providing financial support to existing and prospective businesses in Grove City.