David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- Mayor Frank Yanish asked Willmar City Council members Monday night to discuss the possibility of recording council committee meetings for presentation on the city's WRAC public access television system. During last fall's mayoral campaign, Yanish raised the idea of recording committee meetings. Council members reached no final decision but everyone agreed to discuss the idea when council members hold their upcoming planning retreat. The chambers at the Municipal Utilities Building where the council meets twice a month is permanently equipped with cameras and control equipment for
WILLMAR -- The deteriorated Templo Mahanaim Assemblea de Dios Church at the corner of Litchfield Avenue and Seventh Street Southwest is tentatively scheduled for demolition Feb. 13 and 14, a city official says. Bruce Peterson, city director of planning and development services, says the demolition permit that had been issued to Chad Monson of Monson Excavating of Willmar has now been assigned to MAAC Inc.
WILLMAR -- Flood insurance is not available to property owners in the city of Willmar under the National Flood Insurance Program. However, many insurance policies do cover water damage from sewer or drain backup. "There are many misconceptions ab-out insurance coverage and flooding,'' says Bob Johnson, president of the Insurance Federation of Minnesota.
WILMAR -- Six streets in the Vos Park area in the northwest part of town are proposed for reconstruction in the preliminary 2011 street improvement report approved by the Willmar City Council's Public Works/Safety Committee. The Vos Park streets were built between 1978 and 1980 and are rated in poor condition with surface cracking, some rutting and other signs of wear and tear, according to the report presented by Public Works Director Holly Wilson to the committee Tuesday night. The streets are: - 33rd Street Northwest, from First Avenue to Third Avenue. - Third Avenue Northwest, from 30t
WILLMAR -- A new organization has opportunities for younger individuals who want to make friends, build client and colleague networks, and improve their abilities, knowledge and skills. NeXt -- an organization for people age 19 to 40 -- hopes to attract and retain the community's young talent while developing the next generation of leaders. The organization's name is kind of catchy, says Bob Mathiasen, chief credit officer at Heritage Bank in Willmar and NeXt Leadership Team chair. "We're the next generation, we're the next business leaders, we're the next employees, we're the next resident
WILLMAR -- Jim Dokken made his first report as chairman of the Community Development Committee during the Willmar City Council's regular meeting Monday night. Dokken takes over from longtime committee chair Bruce DeBlieck. Committee chairmanships are decided every two years after an election, with chairs usually retaining their seats. Council members gathered an hour before the regular Jan.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities had a good year in 2010 with the underground conversion project in which overhead power lines are buried. Total underground miles are up by 2.78 miles and total overhead miles are down by 2.59 miles.
WILLMAR -- A small company's purchasing agent was having personal financial difficulties and worked out a deal with a vendor in which the agent would buy only the vendor's product. In return, the agent would overcharge the company and pocket the difference. The scheme continued for about a year and half until the company noticed that its gross profit margin was going down. The company investigated and discovered it had lost more than $100,000. The fraudulent scheme described above is among the cases studied by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners in its 2010 report.
WILLMAR -- Construction could begin this summer on a new sewer line called the western collector as the city updates the wastewater collection sy-stem and plans for future development and growth. The western collector project is separate from the $86.2 million wastewater collection and treatment facility that was completed last year. The western collector will serve the west and northwest areas of town and will allow the city to develop the eastern half of the proposed industrial park at the old airport and provide municipal sewer services for businesses that build there. The Wisconsin engi
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council is directing staff to research options other than the West Central Tribune for legal publication of ordinances, council minutes, notices and other city matters. The council voted 7-1 Monday to direct City Administrator Michael Schmit and Clerk-Treasurer Kevin Halliday to do the appropriate research and report back within 60 days. Those voting to approve the motion were Tim Johnson, Ron Christianson, Steve Ahmann, Bruce DeBlieck, Doug Reese, Rick Fagerlie and Jim Dokken.