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WILLMAR -- Belle Plaine's experience with crash-reducing safety improvements at a highway intersection has apparently convinced the Willmar City Council to support similar safety improvements at the Business 71/County Road 24/23rd Street Northeast intersection. The council voted 8-0 Monday to support the design improvements known as No.
WILLMAR -- Margaret Latcham of Willmar and her brother, Francis Whetston of Lake Lillian, say they enjoy eating at McMillan's Restaurant in Willmar. Latcham says the wait staff is friendly "and Ron is really nice.'' Latcham was referring to Ron Guetter, who won't be leaving McMillan's anytime soon. He and his wife, Mary, both longtime McMillan's employees, recently bought the South First Street restaurant where they plan to continue providing good food and friendly service. The Guetters have been working at McMillan's since the restaurant opened 30 years ago.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council will be asked Monday to support the Business 71/County Road 24/23rd Street Northeast intersection safety design it rejected April 5. The council's Public Works/Safety Committee voted this week to recommend council members support the design known as No. 3½ with the understanding that the city, Kandiyohi County and Minnesota Department of Transportation would share equally in the construction cost currently estimated at $363,210 and that MnDOT would be responsible for project coordination including design, bidding and letting, and construction management.
WILLMAR -- City officials say they've found the revenue they need to cover both a $286,032 reduction in this year's Local Government Aid and an unexpected $32,000 reduction in this year's property tax levy. The combined $318,032 loss will be covered with $320,269 in revenue from a variety of sources. The revenue cuts, and the solution to funding those cuts, were presented to the City Council's Finance Committee on Monday by City Administrator Michael Schmit and City Finance Director Steve Okins. The committee approved their recommendation to amend the 2010 city budget to reflect the budgeta
WILLMAR -- Willmar Municipal Utilities estimates it will save thousands of dollars by hiring an assistant engineer to work on electrical system and power plant upgrades and projects rather than hire outside engineering consultants to plan the projects. The utility has 13 projects pending for 2010. Hiring an outside consultant would cost an estimated $516,000, but the utility would save an estimated $320,000 by hiring an assistant engineer if all of the projects are done this year.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has approved an airport land cost repayment agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics. The agreement lets the city use proceeds from the sale of old airport land for projects at the new airport, rather than use those proceeds to repay part or all of $824,380 given by the state to the city over the decades to acquire land at the old airport site. The agreement, approved by the council Monday night, says those proceeds will be used to pay down the owed amount. Any amount remaining by June 30, 2012, must be paid to the s
WILLMAR -- City officials are trying to arrange a meeting with Kandiyohi County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation now that the Willmar City Council voted not to support a county and MnDOT preferred alternative for reducing crashes at the Business 71/County Road 24/23rd Street Northeast intersection. The council Monday night defeated a motion supporting a proposed design alternative known as No. 3½ that MnDOT and the county feel is the best solution to reduce severe damage and injury from crashes at the intersection. The 5-3 vote was taken during a 4-hour and 15-minute meeting.
WILLMAR -- Willmar Municipal Utilities General Manager Bruce Gomm discussed utility projects and issues with the City Council on Monday.
By David Little email@example.com WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council does not support a proposed design favored by Kandiyohi County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation to improve traffic safety and reduce crashes at the Business 71/County Road 24/23rd Street Northeast intersection. The council Monday night defeated a motion supporting a proposed design alternative known as No. 3½ that MnDOT and the county feel is the best solution to reducing severe vehicle damage and injury from crashes at the intersection. The vote, taken during a 4-hour and 15-minute meeting, was 5-3.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council should decide if safety improvements will be made this year at the Business 71/County Road 24/23rd Street Northeast intersection. That's the advice of city officials who were told this week that a proposed improvement design favored by the city lacks support from Kandiyohi County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Some severe crashes, one of them fatal, during the past couple of years focused the attention of officials and the public on improving the intersection's safety. Willmar Public Works Director Mel Odens said MnDOT and Kandiyohi Count