David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- In an attempt to establish a presence and ease residents' safety concerns, Willmar Police officers are "camping out'' on the southeast of town where a series of seven serious crimes occurred from Aug. 15 through Sept. 27, including a stabbing, a drive-by shooting and shots fired at an officer. A camp-out means an officer parks and sits in the squad car for a certain period of time, then moves down the street or around the corner or to another street. The officer may work on reports while sitting in the car.
WILLMAR -- Warranty repairs to stop water leakage are under way at the Willmar Municipal Airport terminal. The estimated $85,000 to $90,000 cost is being paid by airport consultant HNTB Corporation, architect Bonestroo Inc. and contractor Everstrong Construction of Redwood Falls under a memorandum of understanding ap-proved by the City Council in May. After the $21 million airport opened in September 2006, water could be found leaking into the terminal at numerous locations during heavy rainfall.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council's Finance Committee has added a twist to its annual budget discussion leading up to council approval of the 2011 budget and levy in December. Citizens who may want to offer their views about city finances will have the opportunity to do so during the committee's public forum. The public forum was the idea of committee Chairman Denis Anderson.
WILLMAR -- Construction is under way on the new 20,000-square-foot branch office and corporate headquarters for United FCS in Willmar. United FCS, a provider of financial services to farmers, has outgrown the current office located on Abbott Drive, according to Marc Knisely, chief executive officer. He said the space problem increased to the point that it was starting to hurt productivity. "We're excited to start this project,'' he said.
WILLMAR -- Staff at Willmar Municipal Utilities have completed 18 months of work on a state permit application seeking approval to make efficiency improvements at the local power plant.
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.