David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities had a good year in 2010 with the underground conversion project in which overhead power lines are buried. Total underground miles are up by 2.78 miles and total overhead miles are down by 2.59 miles.
WILLMAR -- Jim Dokken made his first report as chairman of the Community Development Committee during the Willmar City Council's regular meeting Monday night. Dokken takes over from longtime committee chair Bruce DeBlieck. Committee chairmanships are decided every two years after an election, with chairs usually retaining their seats. Council members gathered an hour before the regular Jan.
WILLMAR -- A small company's purchasing agent was having personal financial difficulties and worked out a deal with a vendor in which the agent would buy only the vendor's product. In return, the agent would overcharge the company and pocket the difference. The scheme continued for about a year and half until the company noticed that its gross profit margin was going down. The company investigated and discovered it had lost more than $100,000. The fraudulent scheme described above is among the cases studied by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners in its 2010 report.
WILLMAR -- Construction could begin this summer on a new sewer line called the western collector as the city updates the wastewater collection sy-stem and plans for future development and growth. The western collector project is separate from the $86.2 million wastewater collection and treatment facility that was completed last year. The western collector will serve the west and northwest areas of town and will allow the city to develop the eastern half of the proposed industrial park at the old airport and provide municipal sewer services for businesses that build there. The Wisconsin engi
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council is directing staff to research options other than the West Central Tribune for legal publication of ordinances, council minutes, notices and other city matters. The council voted 7-1 Monday to direct City Administrator Michael Schmit and Clerk-Treasurer Kevin Halliday to do the appropriate research and report back within 60 days. Those voting to approve the motion were Tim Johnson, Ron Christianson, Steve Ahmann, Bruce DeBlieck, Doug Reese, Rick Fagerlie and Jim Dokken.
Frank Yanish gaveled the regular meeting of the Willmar City Council to session Monday after he re-ceived a certificate of election from City Clerk-Treasurer Kevin Halliday and was administered the oath of office by District Judge Donald Spilseth. Yanish defeated Les Heitke for the four-year mayor's position in the Nov. 2 general election.
WILLMAR -- City officials thought the deteriorating Templo Mahanaim Assemblea de Dios Church building at corner of Seventh Street and Litchfield Avenue Southwest would have been demolished by now. However, a purchase a-greement be-tween the church and the buyer, who had applied for a permit to take down the 90-year-old building, apparently fell through. And MAAC Inc.
WILLMAR -- Should the Willmar City Charter continue to require that people appointed to city boards and commissions live within the city limits? That's a question members of the Charter Commission and City Council discussed but reached no consensus on during a 90-minute work session Wednesday night at the Fire Station. The idea of amending the residency requirement was raised at the Dec. 7 Charter Commission meeting by member John Sullivan, according to City Clerk Kevin Halliday. The commission did not discuss the issue but placed it on the catalog of items to be discussed at the Jan.
The city of Willmar rec-eived approximately 41 inches of snow from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1 compared with about 25 inches for the same period one year ago.
WILLMAR -- The city asked congressional lobbyist David Turch last year to request $9.7 million in federal money for five local projects, including $2 million for the new wastewater conveyance and treatment system. None of the requests has yet been approved. City Administrator Michael Schmit said the city asked for the wastewater money, recognizing that Congress has authorized but not appropriated the original $15 million request for the $86.2 million project. "We'll chip away at it if we can, but we all know what is happening at the federal and state level,'' Schmit told the City Council's