David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- Earthwork is underway and installation of utilities will take place at the site of the new Mills auto dealership and car wash on U.S. Highway 71 South in Willmar. The site will be the new location for the Mills Auto Center Buick, Toyota, Nissan and Scion building currently located at the intersection of First Street and 19th Avenue Southwest. City officials anticipate construction of the building, preliminarily estimated at more than $5 million, will take place in the spring after a building permit has been issued.
WILLMAR -- One of the biggest challenges facing the city of Willmar is trying to find sufficient revenues to sustain growth, build infrastructure and provide services to residents at a reasonable cost, says Ward 2 City Council member Tim Johnson. Challenger Andrew Bjur believes the city can save money by instituting a number of energy conservation measures. Johnson and Bjur are running for the Ward 2 seat currently held by Johnson in the Nov. 6 general election. Johnson is seeking re-election to a second four-year term.
WILLMAR -- A two-story house connected to the family of early Willmar businessman John M. Spicer will be open for public viewing Saturday. The house at 836 Ella Ave. N.W. was built in the early 1900s and was the residence of Mason and Ella Spicer and Russell and Margaret Spicer. Mason and Russell were among eight children of John and Eliza Spicer. The elder Spicer was a railroad official and promoted land development in Kandiyohi County. The Willmar Republican Gazette of Feb. 5, 1903, published a story about the wedding of Russell and Margaret Spicer.
WILLMAR -- Officials of Willmar Municipal Utilities are continuing to study replacing high-pressure sodium streetlights with costlier but energy-efficient LED streetlights. LED stands for light-emitting diode. The utility this year bought three Phillips-brand LED units and placed one at each of three residential locations. Also, the utility received a sample GE-brand LED unit that was placed near a Phillips unit on 23rd Street Southeast for comparison purposes Sept.
WILLMAR -- Work is underway to find an oil leak and correct small maintenance deficiencies at the Willmar Municipals Utilities' north wind turbine after the turbine stopped turning Sunday due to a low oil indicator on the WinDrive, said Jon Folkedahl, power production supervisor. Technicians from turbine manufacturer DeWind arrived in Willmar on Monday, inspected the turbine and reported they cleaned up approximately 25 gallons of leaked oil from the catch basin and added 15 gallons of XMP 320. Folkedahl said they did not find the leak Monday and continued to work on it Tuesday and today if
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council is ordering the owner of an historic property to make exterior repairs to the building or the house may be demolished. Council members voted 7-1 Monday night to direct staff to file the formal order for exterior repairs to the house once owned by early Willmar businessman John M. Spicer, 515 Seventh St.
WILLMAR -- Two Willmar City Council incumbents and two challengers for those seats in the Nov. 6 general election responded to a question about the belief among some citizens that there is dysfunction on the council. The candidates responded to that and other questions during a Willmar League of Women Voters forum Tuesday night at the Municipal Utilities Building Auditorium. The hour-long forum was broadcast on radio station KWLM, moderated by station news director J.P.
WILLMAR -- After considerable discussion Monday night, the Willmar City Council voted 8-0 to select Bollig Inc. of Willmar over the staff-recommended firm Donohue and Associates of Willmar as the engineering firm to design construction of the proposed Lakeland Drive sewer, lift station and street reconstruction project. Bollig's $320,261 proposal was the lowest cost of proposals submitted by six firms that included Donohue.
WILLMAR -- City officials are pleased by the level of commercial and industrial development in Willmar in 2012, even though economic times for the business sector are uncertain. The total value of projects so far this year, including the $2.2 million addition at Assembly of God Church in late 2011, is nearly $11 million. "Looking to the future, and knowing what we have presented to us as pending projects, it is anticipated that there is another $24 million in projects on the horizon for 2013,'' said Bruce Peterson, director of planning and development services for the city. "In recognition
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council's Public Works/Safety Committee has approved a $3,069,585 contract with Geislinger & Sons Inc. of Watkins for construction of the western interceptor sanitary sewer line. Also, the committee approved a $505,769 contract with Geislinger & Sons for construction of a storm sewer line that will run parallel to a portion of the western interceptor. The Geislinger bid was one of seven bids opened in July for the project. The highest bid was $4,855,182. The engineer's estimate was $4,381,880.