David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
- Member for
- 4 years 7 months
WILLMAR -- Analysis of air, soil and water samples taken by Community Christian School students from the nearly Ramblewood Slough indicate the slough is healthy and in good condition, according to teacher Sam Green. Green's eighth-grade earth science students took the samples last fall and this spring at three sites around the slough. The purpose of the study was to check for pollution and water quality.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council will take comments from the public Monday night on a request from Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership of Slayton to approve a tax abatement for Southwest's proposed $3.6 million Lakeland Hotel redevelopment project. Southwest is proposing to rehabilitate and operate the historic former hotel building as a mixed use commercial and residential property in downtown Willmar. Southwest is proposing to buy the building from Bremer Bank.
WILLMAR -- Mayor Frank Yanish was all smiles when he announced Friday the Federal Aviation Administration has approved the city of Willmar's request for the first phase of the old airport land release. "We're just pleased to announce that we finally do have the land release on the first phase and that it will be approximately 90 acres,'' Yanish said. "Seven years in the making. We're just really happy about it. It's finally happened. We're on the way.'' A letter dated Tuesday from Steven J.
WILLMAR -- Mayor Frank Yanish announced today the Federal Aviation Administration has approved the city of Willmar's request for the first of a three-phase land release of the old airport property. "We're just pleased to announce that we finally do have the land release on the first phase and that it will be approximately 90 acres,'' Yanish said. A letter dated Tuesday from Steven J.
WILLMAR -- A proposal supported by the Willmar City Council's Public Works/Safety Committee would reinstate payment of fees for repeat false fire alarm offenders. The proposal will be considered by the council Monday. Fire Chief Marv Calvin requested reinstatement of the fee policy, which would be aimed mainly at a few businesses that have alarm systems which are monitored by outside alarm companies.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council's Public Works/Safety Committee has approved two permits for keeping chickens in the city, but denied a third. The committee this week approved one-year permits for Maria Hernandez, 612 15th St. S.W., and for Heather King, 1001 18th St. S.W., to keep chickens on their property. The committee voted to deny a permit for Carey Hodapp, 805 11th St. S.W., to keep chickens due to objections from neighbors. Public Works Director Holly Wilson acknowledged committee members' interest in developing a more specific policy on keeping fowl or other livestock.
WILLMAR -- Wesley Hompe, interim co-manager of Willmar Municipal Utilities, said Wednesday that wind turbine generator No. 4 (south tower) will be out of service from Tuesday through Saturday to allow for both regular maintenance and to replace worn parts that were discovered during the initial maintenance visit on Tuesday. Estimated re-energization is planned soon after delivery and installation of replacement parts. Parts are expected to arrive on Friday. In the meantime, normal maintenance will be performed this week on both wind turbines, Hompe said.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission is delaying for now the multimillion-dollar power plant improvement project. The purpose of the project was to allow the utility to generate power by burning both corn cobs or other biomass and coal in boiler No. 3, according to Wesley Hompe, interim co-manager. Boiler No.
WILLMAR -- Swenson Motor Company owners Marguerite and Rollie Swenson are waiting for the insurance settlement before deciding whether to rebuild or reopen in the same location after their Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep dealership on U.S.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has authorized City Administrator Charlene Stevens to negotiate an agreement with Kandiyohi County to provide construction pl-an review and building inspection services to the county. The council authorized the agreement after the county came to the city looking for assistance with plan review and inspection services due to a retirement at the county offices, according to Stevens. She said city staff would offer up to eight hours per week of services, initially two 4-hour morning sessions.