David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- Willmar City Council members approved a state grant application that includes the $1.8 million Becker Avenue redesign project, but not before debating whether the private sector should cover the 1 percent or $25,000 local share. The council voted 7-1 Monday night to authorize the Minnesota Department of Transportation to submit an application for a federal grant to assist in the Becker Avenue project.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council on Monday night approved a cooperative agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Kandiyohi County for construction of the proposed safety improvement at the Business 71/County Road 24/23rd Street Northeast intersection. The council's Public Works/Safety Committee had voted last week to recommend the council approve the agreement. The agreement calls for the city, the county and MnDOT to share equality in the cost of the improvement.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council on Monday night will consider a cooperative agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Kandiyohi County for construction of the proposed safety improvement at the Business 71/County Road 24/23rd Street Northeast intersection. The council's Public Works/Safety Committee voted Tuesday to recommend the council approve the agreement. The agreement calls for the city, county and MnDOT to share equally in the cost of the improvement.
WILLMAR -- Willmar officials will be enforcing city ordinance that prohibits the placement of campaign signs within the right of way of city streets.
WILLMAR -- Willmar's proposed Becker Avenue redesign project is one of seven projects in Minnesota that will be seeking federal grants under a Minnesota Department of Transportation "livability and sustainability initiative.'' If approved, the grant would cover most of the project's $1.8 million estimated cost.
WILLMAR -- Responses to a recent Willmar community budget survey indicate people are mainly concerned about public works and public safety issues. The July survey was authorized by the City Council to get community feedback as council members, Mayor Les Heitke and city officials prepare the 2011 budget, taking into account the possibility of more state aid cuts. The survey was made available online, in print and other media from July 7 through 21. Respondents were asked to list their top 10 municipal programs or activities. Respondents were also asked if they would support property tax inc
WILLMAR -- Step inside Steve Fladeboe's downtown business and you'll see not only a restored produce warehouse but a growing photo collection showcasing early business people. Fladeboe is enhancing the showroom's beautiful old brick and timber architecture at his Excel Overhead Door with photos of decades-past street scenes, businesses and their owners and family members. "There are a lot of different pictures that are in the works and when people seem to hear it, all of a sudden the pictures kind of show up,'' Fladeboe said.
WILLMAR -- One of Willmar Municipal Utilities' two wind turbines is out of service until repairs can be made, a utility spokesman said Wednesday. The turbines are located just north of Willmar Senior High School. On July 1, technicians from turbine manufacturer DeWind were dispatched to investigate an alarm that indicated communication failure in the hub of the north turbine, said Wes Hompe, staff electrical engineer with the Willmar Municipal Utilities. Upon investigation, it was discovered that the computer in the hub had become dislodged and was damaged.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has approved conducting a community survey to assist the council in determining city budget funding priorities for 2011. The council approved the survey Tuesday night. "The City Council just felt that in the process of dealing with the 2011 budget and in anticipation that there may be more difficulty with the Local Government Aid program they wanted to get some feedback from the residents of Willmar with regard to what they think the city's priorities should be.
WILLMAR -- Willmar will have a new police chief. The City Council on Tuesday approved the appointment of Capt. David Wyffels to the position of chief of the Police Department. He will replace Jim Kulset who will retire on July 23 after 33 years of police work, including 11 years as chief. Wyffels' appointment will take effect July 24. As the appointing authority, City Administrator Michael Schmit recommended Wyffels for the job.