David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council is beginning the process of terminating and repealing the city's half-percent local option sales tax. The council voted Monday night to notify the Minnesota Department of Revenue that the seven-year tax will be terminated on Dec. 31. Further, the council voted to set a public hearing Oct.
WILLMAR -- Local investors have given new life and a new look to a South First Street retail location. Willmar 10 Investors, a commercial real estate investment partnership, has updated the site of the former Runnings Farm and Fleet store into a modern retail and office building called Plaza One North, located in the 1300 block of South First Street. Plaza One North is located across the parking lot and just north of Plaza One, another retail location owned by Willmar 10. Construction planning took place in November and December 2011.
WILLMAR -- An agreement with a consulting firm to perform the duties of the city engineer and an agreement with a consulting firm to cover duties performed by a city engineering technician/surveyor are being recommended by the Willmar City Council's Public Works/ Safety Committee. Both agreements will be considered by the full council during its regular meeting on Monday. The committee is recommending the council approve an agreement with Bolton and Menk, Inc.
WILLMAR -- Construction began this week on a new 22,600-square-foot Goodwill-Easter Seals retail store at the corner of First Street and 19th Avenue Southwest. Willmar 10 Investors, a commercial real estate investment partnership, has owned the corner property since 2007. Willmar 10 will own and lease the building to Goodwill, according to Willmar 10 partner Dion Warne. The project cost including land and building is close to $3 million, said Warne. The property had been vacant for a number of years until Goodwill approached the investor group with the store proposal.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission on Monday tabled the employment contract with recently appointed general manager Wesley Hompe until final details are worked out. The commission tabled the contract after Commission President Dave Baker said some small details remain to be settled. Baker said he wanted the full three-member Labor Relations Committee to finish work on the contract before presenting it to the commission. Baker said the committee has met with Hompe "and we are very close to having full agreement on everything.
WILLMAR -- Some of the 36 men walked in scandals, some in pumps, others in high heels and a few in their own shoes. Regardless of the footwear, all participants walked, jogged or ran to raise awareness and funds to provide safety and healing for victims of abuse and sexual assault during the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event Saturday morning at the Willmar Middle School track. The event is part of a 10-year international movement in which tens of thousands of men have slipped into women's shoes and raised tens of thousands of dollars to support their local agencies that provide services to vict
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has rejected the lone bid that had been received for an airport runway improvement project. The council voted to advertise for new bids to be opened Sept. 20. Only one bid was received for sealing and filling about 50,000 linear feet of cracks in the runway, taxiways and other areas around the airport and for reestablishing the grassed runway turf. The council's Public Works/Safety Committee recommended rejecting the $223,495 bid from Interstate Improvement of Faribault.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has approved a Labor Relations Committee recommendation to fill a vacant full-time Assessing Department position by promoting an individual from current clerical staff. At the same time, the council asked officials to explore the possibility of hiring a township assessor if a current employee is not promoted. The clerical duties and responsibilities would be shifted to other employees and the position would not be filled, under council action Tuesday. If no one from current staff is interested, officials will return to the committee with other options.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has approved assessments totaling $2,506.55 in unpaid costs for mowing grass and weeds on 14 properties. The city hires contractors to mow grass and weeds in response to complaints about the lack of timely mowing by property owners. The council takes comments from affected property owners before approving the assessments. The current charges will be assessed for collection in 2013. Local businessman Bill Graves, owner of a former motel property at 609 Litchfield Ave. S.E., contested the $133.89 charge against the property he bought on Nov.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council on Tuesday received highway signs designating Willmar as a participant in the Safe Cities program. The city was designated for public education, promotion, awareness and early intervention in cardiac arrest. The signs were presented by Bill Snoke, director of emergency medical services for Allina Health of the Twin Cities. Snoke said Willmar is one of 10 cities in the state to receive the designation. Also participating in the presentation was Brad Hanson, Willmar Ambulance Service manager.