David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission is recommending a water rate increase of 9 to 10 percent per year in 2011 and 2012 to address a variety of needs in the Water Department. The commission voted Monday to approve the increase and to hold a hearing at the Dec. 13 meeting to take comments from the public. Actions of the commission require final approval by the City Council. If the increase is approved, the new rate would take effect by Feb.
WILLMAR -- The federal government's release of former airport land to the city of Willmar continues to hinge on the historical significance of the old airport's deteriorating terminal building and the 4.5 acres of land surrounding it. That was the assessment of City Administrator Michael Schmit who along with others from Willmar met last week with representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration at the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office in St.
WILLMAR -- Festivities begin at 3 p.m. Saturday on Becker Avenue in downtown Willmar for the annual Holidaze celebration. Events include food booths, sleigh rides, coffee and roasting chestnuts, prizes and costume contest. Linda Pate of the Minnesota Historic Preservation Office will lead the Willmar Walks historic walking tour through downtown at 3 p.m., starting at Selvig Park. Other events include: * 3 p.m. -- story time at Willmar Public Library. * 3-6 p.m. -- free hot chocolate at First Presbyterian Church. * 3-6 p.m. -- Memorial Room open at City Auditorium. * 3:15-6:15 p.m.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council this week received a report from the Public Works/Safety Committee on the first year of private street-sweeping service. The council in May voted to contract on a trial basis with Cleaning and Restoration Services of Willmar to provide additional street cleaning service in 2010 using its vacuum-type sweeper, and delayed a decision on whether the city should buy a vacuum sweeper. The city has a broom-type sweeper and was considering the possibility of buying a vacuum sweeper to remove finer particles from streets to comply with requirements under the state'
WILLMAR -- Most Willmar City Council members believe the mayor should retain the power to veto council action on ordinances and resolution. Council members made their thoughts known during discussion Wednesday about a Charter Commission proposal to extend the time period from 96 hours (four days) to seven days during which the city clerk must present to the mayor a record of the proceedings of any adjourned council meeting. No change is being proposed to the following seven-day time period in which the mayor can approve or veto council action. City Clerk-Treasurer Kevin Halliday said seven-
WILLMAR -- Tom Lindemann is bullish on the future of commercial development in Willmar. Lindemann, Realtor and owner of Pro 1 Realty Professionals in Willmar, handles about 80 percent of all commercial transactions within a 30-mile radius and is the only full-time commercial real estate company in this quarter of the state. Lindemann works closely on development issues with Kandiyohi County officials and staff and City of Willmar officials and staff, including Steve Renquist, executive director of the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission, and Bruce Peterson, c
Walk around downtown Willmar, see points of interest and get some exercise -- all at the same time. That's the theme of Willmar Walks, three exact-mileage fitness and historic walking routes in and around the downtown area. The routes and 18 points of interest along the routes are shown on a banner hanging at Selvig Park downtown at Fourth Street and Becker Avenue Southwest. Brochures are available at Willmar Public Library, Lulu Bean's and Rick's Cycling & Sports Center. The routes are marked by triangular pavement logos.
Mayor-elect Frank Yanish says he's received a mandate from Willmar voters. Yanish, who easily defeated incumbent Mayor Les Heitke in the Nov. 2 general election, will be sworn in for the four-year term as mayor at the Jan. 10 City Council meeting. "We do believe that the people have spoken. We're going to do the best job that we can for the city of Willmar,'' he said. "In my opinion, we have received a mandate.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council's Finance Committee will recommend that council members approve 12 leases on farmland surrounding the old and new airports and the new wastewater treatment facility. The committee will make its recommendation to the council at the 7 p.m. meeting on Monday in the chambers at the Municipal Utilities Building, 700 Litchfield Ave. S.W. Airport Manager/City Planner Megan Sauer told the committee this week that the city opened sealed bids on Sept. 10 from farmers interested in operating various tracts of land ranging in size from 10.62 acres to 162.36 areas.
WILLMAR -- Community Christian School in Willmar is asking the city to improve safety for students who cross busy 19th Avenue Southwest to get to and from the school. School Administrator Del Brouwer says more students are now crossing 19th Avenue because the state eliminated crossing hazardous streets as a reason for busing students. Because of this, the school now has more students that walk, ride bike or are driven by parents, he said. Brouwer discussed his concerns with the City Council's Public Works/Safety Committee this week. He said 21 students live south of 19th Avenue.