David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- One of three finalists for the position of general manager of the Willmar Municipal Utilities has withdrawn his name from consideration. Edward Bielarski, general manager of Panther Creek Partners of Carbon County, Pa., withdrew from consideration for personal reasons, a spokeswoman for Springsted Inc. of St.
WILLMAR -- Work has begun toward reconstruction of the Burger King restaurant at 1201 First St. S.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission will interview three finalists for the vacant general manager's position on Aug. 27, says Steve Salzer, utility commission vice president. He said the commission's Labor Committee interviewed five semifinalists on Aug.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council voted Monday night to approve a request to reallocate $55,000 in the 2012 Police Department budget to buy 11 bulletproof vests and 27 .223-caliber rifles. The purchase was recommended by Police Chief David Wyffels and the council's Finance Committee. The funds will be reallocated from unspent full-time and part-time salaries due to two employee vacancies in the Police Department. According to Wyffels and City Administrator Charlene Stevens, equipment purchases have been deferred for some years to reduce budgetary costs as requested by the council.
WILLMAR -- The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota has named the Willmar Design Center a preservation award winner for the center's work with improving downtown business facades through the Main Street Design Project. The project assisted 11 businesses. The downtown project was funded partly with $365,137 from an $814,790 federal Small Cities grant to the Willmar Housing and Redevelopment Authority in 2010.
WILLMAR -- Ernie Rousseau's motto is reduce, reuse, recycle and reupholster. Rousseau, owner of Prairie Upholstery of Willmar, believes in the value of American craftsmanship. "If you have something that's more than 7 or 8 years old, then it came from the United States, and our craftsmanship in furniture is far above and beyond (what is found elsewhere),'' he says. "That's why people are interested in re-upholstery.'' Rousseau, who worked as a manager for a company in the Twin Cities, has been interested in upholstery as a hobby for many years, recovering furniture for family, relatives an
WILLMAR -- Jad Zoughbi is a Palestinian Christian who believes communication is the way to peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Zoughbi, a counselor at Green Lake Bible Camp's Shores of St. Andrew near Sibley Park, graduated from Bethlehem University with a degree in occupational therapy. He was an occupational therapist for seven years in Bethlehem and organized a wheelchair basketball team of Palestinian youth. Once a month, Zoughbi's team played in Tel Aviv with an Israeli team.
WILLMAR -- The third and fourth weeks in July were bad weeks for Willmar traffic signals after vehicular accidents damaged signals at two city intersections. A sport-utility vehicle knocked out the control cabinet July 16 at the intersection of Willmar Avenue and Lakeland Drive Southeast. Police Chief David Wyffels said the crash was a case of driving while impaired. Because the signals cannot be operated until a new control cabinet is installed, a four-way stop sign was placed in the middle of the intersection to control traffic, said Public Works Director Holly Wilson.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council's Labor Relations Committee voted Wednesday afternoon to recommend the council fill the position of fire chief/fire marshal that Marv Calvin will hold until Aug.
WILLMAR -- Standards are being proposed for Willmar residents who want to raise chickens, pigeons and rabbits on their property. The proposed standards describe the location, shelter, care, treatment, and number and type of chickens, pigeons and rabbits allowed with minimum square footage of each. The City Council, which in the past has approved permits for chickens on a case-by-case basis, directed city staff to write standards to make the process, rules and housing of chickens, as well as pigeons and rabbits, more uniform. The standards are part of a proposed animal ordinance that would r