David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has approved a change order in the loan agreement with the Public Facilities Authority for decommissioning old wastewater facilities. The change order will separate the decommissioning work into two phases: decommissioning the old wastewater treatment plant, and decommissioning two sewer system lift stations that are no longer needed. The old wastewater plant is no longer treating industrial and municipal waste and the structures will be demolished. All waste is now flowing and being treated at the new plant, said Doug Reese, mayor pro tempore, at the cou
WILLMAR -- The month of October has been proclaimed Domestic Violence Awareness Month "in recognition of the important work'' done by Safe Avenues in Willmar, formerly known as Shelter House, and by domestic violence programs throughout the nation. The proclamation, signed by Mayor Pro Tempore Doug Reese, urges all citizens "to actively participate in the scheduled activities and programs to work toward the elimination of personal and institutional violence against women.'' The proclamation was read by Reese in the absence of Mayor Les Heitke during the Willmar City Council meeting Monday ni
WILLMAR -- Motorists will soon see that Willmar is part of a statewide group that connects and coordinates organizations, agencies and companies to provide resources and support for members of the armed forces and their families. Five signs declaring Willmar as a Yellow Ribbon City are expected to be placed at state highway entrances to the city in recognition of local efforts to care for military members and their families through various programs. Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a proclamation on Sept. 20 designating Willmar as a Yellow Ribbon City.
WILLMAR -- Dorothy Gaffaney, longtime Willmar Housing and Redevelopment Authority staff member and executive director, has resigned to take a position with the Glenwood Housing Authority. Gaffaney's last day at Willmar was Thursday. The Willmar City Council created the HRA in 1966 and Gaffaney joined the agency in 1970 as the assistant to Irv Rau and Roy Soderlund who were sharing the executive director's position.
WILLMAR -- In an attempt to establish a presence and ease residents' safety concerns, Willmar Police officers are "camping out'' on the southeast of town where a series of seven serious crimes occurred from Aug. 15 through Sept. 27, including a stabbing, a drive-by shooting and shots fired at an officer. A camp-out means an officer parks and sits in the squad car for a certain period of time, then moves down the street or around the corner or to another street. The officer may work on reports while sitting in the car.
WILLMAR -- Warranty repairs to stop water leakage are under way at the Willmar Municipal Airport terminal. The estimated $85,000 to $90,000 cost is being paid by airport consultant HNTB Corporation, architect Bonestroo Inc. and contractor Everstrong Construction of Redwood Falls under a memorandum of understanding ap-proved by the City Council in May. After the $21 million airport opened in September 2006, water could be found leaking into the terminal at numerous locations during heavy rainfall.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council's Finance Committee has added a twist to its annual budget discussion leading up to council approval of the 2011 budget and levy in December. Citizens who may want to offer their views about city finances will have the opportunity to do so during the committee's public forum. The public forum was the idea of committee Chairman Denis Anderson.
WILLMAR -- Construction is under way on the new 20,000-square-foot branch office and corporate headquarters for United FCS in Willmar. United FCS, a provider of financial services to farmers, has outgrown the current office located on Abbott Drive, according to Marc Knisely, chief executive officer. He said the space problem increased to the point that it was starting to hurt productivity. "We're excited to start this project,'' he said.
WILLMAR -- Staff at Willmar Municipal Utilities have completed 18 months of work on a state permit application seeking approval to make efficiency improvements at the local power plant.
WILLMAR -- Motorists will encounter lane closures on the Business 71 four-lane as a safety improvement project begins Monday at the Business 71/County Road 24/23rd Street Northeast intersection, announces the District 8 office in Willmar of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The new intersection design is expected to improve safety by reducing the number of injury crashes by approximately 80 percent, MnDOT said Friday. Northbound Business 71 traffic will be directed to the right lane and southbound Business 71 traffic also will be diverted to the right lane while crews construct the