David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council approved motions Monday declaring the old airport terminal unsafe and requesting the Federal Aviation Administration to release the decades-old terminal to the city so it can be demolished. The motions were based on a consultant's analysis that showed the old terminal had extensive mold and structural problems that city staff estimated would cost between $600,000 and $1.3 million to bring up to code. The terminal has been at the center of a disagreement for the past couple of years be-tween the city and state and federal aviation and historic officials ove
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council's Community Development Committee is recommending the council declare the old airport terminal building unsafe. The committee will also recommend the council request that the Federal Aviation Administration immediately release the terminal property to the city to allow for abatement of the health hazard and demolition. The council will receive the recommendations at 7 p.m.
WILLMAR -- Unspent 2008 funds would pay for Swansson Field and Taunton Stadium improvements, if the Willmar City Council approves a recommendation from the Public Works/Safety Committee. The improvements were proposed by Steve Brisendine, director of Community Education and Recreation, and Ron Gilbertson, public works superintendent. They proposed the funds be reappropriated for two projects that could be done yet this fall. One project is installation of an irrigation system in Swansson's yellow softball field.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council's Finance Committee on Monday met with Steve Wright of Westside Liquor to discuss Westside's failure of a recent compliance check during which a store employee sold alcohol to an underage person. Westside was the only alcohol retailer out of 20 on-sale and off-sale liquor establishments in the city that sold alcohol to someone under the legal age of 21 during the Willmar Police Department's compliance check on Oct.
The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission has delayed voting on a proposed overall rate increase of 16 percent in city water rates. Water rates were last increased in 2007 by an overall 8.5 percent.
KANDIYOHI -- Kandiyohi Mayor Craig Aurand says he's proud of the city's new wastewater pipeline and pumping system and is pleased that most of the cost was covered by federal stimulus funds. "We were probably 60 percent of the way in our engineering design and they said if we can get a shovel in the ground by Aug. 1, you can have it. We scrambled and we got it done.
WILLMAR -- As a Willmar City Council member from Ward 2, Andrew Bjur believes he can do a lot of good for the city and says he'll be a champion for all citizens. "I feel like I can get things done. I know (city) staff really well. I've worked with them and we've accomplished things in the past,'' says Bjur, who is running against incumbent council member Ron Christianson in the Nov. 2 general election. Bjur feels he has a good chance of unseating Christianson, who is in his 16th year on the council.
WILLMAR -- Ward 2 City Council member Ron Christianson says he wants to be where the decisions affecting his block, his ward and his city are made. "I'm here to serve the people and to be a spokesman for them,'' Christianson said. "I'm the kind of guy that's not afraid to ask the questions. People know me by that. If they're happy with me serving, I'll probably get voted in.'' Christianson, who first ran in 1994 and is completing his 16th year on the council, is being challenged by Andrew Bjur. They are running in the Nov.
WILLMAR -- Candidates for mayor and City Council in the Nov. 2 general election responded to questions about budgets, land use, immigration enforcement and improving downtown during a debate Tuesday sponsored by the Willmar League of Women Voters and broadcast over KWLM and televised on WRAC-8. J.P. Cola, KWLM news director, asked questions submitted by some of the two dozen people watching the event in the council chambers at the Municipal Utilities Building and from questions sent by e-mail or called in over the phone. Two candidates participated in the mayoral debate.
WILLMAR -- The cost of Willmar's new wastewater conveyance and treatment facility is expected to be $3 million under budget, according to an official with facility consultant Donohue and Associates. "We expect to be in the range of $3.1 million under budget,'' said Ken Sedmak, Donohue senior project manager.