David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- The City Council voted Monday night to reallocate $12,983 from the non-departmental budget to provide car allowances for three department directors to comply with car allowance obligations under the labor contract. The funds were reallocated as follows: police chief -- $4,200; fire chief -- $4,261; and public works director -- $4,521. The employees had been issued city-owned vehicles. But those vehicles were taken away when the council voted in February to cut 15 vehicles from the city's fleet.
WILLMAR -- A trial has been scheduled for Jan. 15 in Kandiyohi County District Court to hear the discrimination and breach of contract lawsuit filed by Bruce Gomm, former Willmar Municipal Utilities general manager, against the city of Willmar and the Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission. The scheduling order signed by District Judge Michael J.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council voted unanimously Monday night to adopt the new downtown plan.
WILLMAR -- Peterson Brothers Funeral Home of Willmar, 700 Becker Ave. S.W., will be creating a landscaped green space where a church once stood at the corner of Seventh Street and Litchfield Avenue Southwest. Lance Peterson, president and owner of Peterson Brothers Funeral Home, said Friday the funeral home purchased the vacant property at about Thanksgiving last year after the church was demolished on Feb.
WILLMAR -- The city will be requesting proposals from consultants to design the Lakeland Drive sanitary sewer improvement project. City Public Works Director Holly Wilson says requests for proposals are being prepared and will be sent out around July. Design services are being requested up through the bidding process. City staff would review proposals and probably recommend a consultant to the City Council in September, said Wilson. The project would upgrade the current 24-inch diameter sewer line to a 30-inch line from Willmar Avenue Southeast to about Civic Center Drive Northeast.
WILLMAR -- The city may change the level of services next year as officials begin the task of balancing 2013 budget expenditures and projected flat revenues. "The projected revenues for the city are flat for 2013 and it requires that we have essentially flat expenditures or reduced expenditures,'' said City Administrator Charlene Stevens.
Minnesota Orchestra members will participate in more than 30 events including three full concerts during their Common Chords festival May 22-26 in Willmar. The festival, the result of an extensive year-long planning process by a committee of Willmar community leaders and orchestra staff, is part of the multi-year Common Chords project, which establishes partnerships between the orchestra and communities outside the Twin Cities area, each culminating in its own unique festival week. Willmar is the second city to host Common Chords; the inaugural festival was in October 2011 in Grand Rapids.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission on Monday approved the general manager's job description as proposed by consultant Springsted Inc. of St. Paul. But the commission held off accepting a Springsted proposal to conduct and recruit for the general manager position and also delayed action on accepting Springsted's organizational assessment. The commission will be looking to replace Bruce Gomm who was terminated as general manager on Feb.
WILLMAR -- Owners of aging Mooney aircraft are having their leaky fuel tanks repaired with a unique process developed by a local business at Willmar Municipal Airport. The process removes the old sealant in the fuel tank with a chemical stripper that's sprayed into the tank by a special machine. The chemical strips the old sealant down to bare metal. The tank is then washed, dried and resealed, adding many years of useful life to the aircraft. The process replaces the task of scraping out the old sealant by hand -- and nicking one's knuckles on rivets and sharp edges.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has approved a plat that will allow the Willmar Area Food Shelf to increase parking and provide space for future possible building expansion. The council approved a preliminary and final plat that combines the lot currently owned by the food shelf with an adjacent lot to the west, which the food shelf is purchasing from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway to provide parking for clients and space for future expansion. The food shelf needs the space to provide better truck access and parking for employees and visitors, said Bruce Peterson, Willmar direc