David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- Motorists will encounter lane closures on the Business 71 four-lane as a safety improvement project begins Monday at the Business 71/County Road 24/23rd Street Northeast intersection, announces the District 8 office in Willmar of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The new intersection design is expected to improve safety by reducing the number of injury crashes by approximately 80 percent, MnDOT said Friday. Northbound Business 71 traffic will be directed to the right lane and southbound Business 71 traffic also will be diverted to the right lane while crews construct the
WILLMAR -- A former sign company site contaminated with a low level of mercury from destruction of fluorescent light bulbs could possibly be reused for commercial purposes as long as the soil is not disturbed, says a city official. Nearly 1,000 pounds of fluorescent light bulbs were removed from the former Ace Sign Company site, located in the 300 block of 14th Street Southwest. The business closed several years ago and the property was cleaned up by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency due to mercury from the light bulbs. The property is small, measuring 70 feet deep by 90 feet wide.
WILLMAR -- Police Chief David Wyffels wants the public to know that five major criminal offenses that have occurred on the city's southeast side during the last month -- including last Wednesday incident in which a police officer and squad car were shot at -- are not connected to one another. "It's been brought up that the southeast side has been plagued with a series of serious crimes, and I want the public to know that what we have been experiencing over there is not connected to one another,'' Wyffels told the Willmar City Council on Monday night. "Each event we've been handling recently
WILLMAR -- The digital copy machine that routinely prints and reproduces your documents may pose a privacy risk if you don't take proper steps at trade-in or disposal time. Just about every copy machine made in the last decade contains a hard drive, and even if you don't use the hard drive to save copy or print jobs, every copy or print job is actually stored on the drive.
WILLMAR -- Your lawn must be cut before it reaches 7 inches in height, and lawn clippings or leaves are not to be placed in the street. Grills and open flames may not be used on or under balconies, and recreational fires in a 3-foot diameter bowl are allowed provided certain guidelines are met. Your sump pump must not discharge into the sanitary sewer system without a permit from the City Engineer's office and payment of a fee. Also, you may not park vehicles in your front yard.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Design Center is seeking City Council support for a partnership between the Design Center and a statewide organization that assists cities in revitalizing their historic business districts. The Design Center is asking the council to support a partnership agreement between the center and the Minnesota Main Street Program.
WILLMAR -- An oil leak sidelined one of Willmar Municipal Utilities two wind turbines over the weekend. The problem surfaced late Wednesday when turbine No.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities had a net investment of $2.6 million in the city's new $86.2 million wastewater treatment project.
WILLMAR -- Construction activities could begin next year on the 1,200-acre Grass Lake restoration project, even though the city of Willmar is no longer a participant. The city had been working with Kandiyohi County, state agencies and other groups for the past 20 years on an initiative to restore Grass Lake, located adjacent to Willmar on the southeast side of the Highway 71/23 bypass.
WILLMAR -- A local architectural firm will prepare a report for the Willmar City Council on the condition of the Garfield School building.