David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- Two Willmar City Council members who are home builders are not pleased with a new state law that will require them and other contractors to be certified in construction practices that prevent lead contamination. Steve Ahmann and Ron Christianson made their thoughts known during a city discussion this week on a proposed $10 fee.The city would charge the fee to contractors to cover the cost of time to research computer data records to verify contractor certification in lead-safe practices in homes and other structures built before 1978. They are opposed to a U.S.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has approved the transfer of a tax abatement agreement to the new owner of Gurley's Foods. Gurley's parent company, Consolidated Biscuit Company of McComb, Ohio, was purchased May 11 by Hearthside Food Solutions of Downers Grove, Ill. The transfer was recommended by the council's Community Development Committee and was approved by the council Monday night. Hearthside controller, Joe Reiter of Willmar, along with a letter from Hearthside Foods, requested the transfer.
WILLMAR -- Asbestos removal is underway in preparation for demolition of the deteriorating Mahanaim Church at the corner of Seventh Street and Litchfield Avenue So-uthwest. Contractor Chad Monson of Willmar, se-cured a demolition permit last week for the work. MAAC Inc. of Montevideo is removing the asbestos from the 89-year-old building. Dennis Larson, company president, said Tuesday that about a dozen workers are removing the hazardous material.
WILLMAR -- Robin Sult is doing her part to teach medical professionals around the world about the benefits of laser treatment. Since opening Aesthetics Inc., in Willmar with her husband, Dr. Tom Sult, about 10 years ago, Robin Sult, a registered nurse, has been actively involved with clinical research and development of protocols in laser aesthetics. She is also a frequent presenter at both domestic and international laser conferences. She has acquired more than 6,000 hours of operator time with the use of Fotona laser systems.
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County Fair officials are grateful for the public's cooperation in evacuating the fairgrounds Thursday evening as a severe thunderstorm moved eastward from Swift County toward Willmar. President Tom Gustafson and Secretary Cheryl Johnson said the fair had had a good day going until about 6 p.m. when law enforcement officers said a severe storm with 70-mph wind was 53 minutes away. "I saw the little hook on the radar.
WILLMAR -- The time is nearing to test whether Willmar's new wastewater treatment plant located west of the city operates properly. Plant contractor Graham Construction Services on Monday will begin a seven-day test known as a systems demonstration. Graham is required under the contract with the city to demonstrate satisfactory operation of specific equipment systems and associated facilities before the plant can be considered to be substantially complete and the city can accept ownership. During the test, water will be run through the plant.
WILLMAR -- The city is taking steps to reduce the increase in the cost of liability and property insurance. The city's annual insurance premium was proposed to increase 21.8 percent from $124,922 in 2010 to $152,222 in 2011.
WILLMAR -- The president of the company that manufactured Willmar's two wind turbines will meet next week with officials of Willmar Municipal Utilities and members of the Municipal Utilities Commission. Bob Rugh, president of DeWind of Irvine, Calif., will meet Aug. 18 with utility officials and commission members. Rugh was encouraged by officials of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering of Korea, which bought DeWind last year, to visit DeWind customers.
WILLMAR -- Private property owners would be required to remove diseased trees, trees infected with emerald ash borer, or dead or hazardous trees under a revised ordinance that will be considered by the Willmar City Council. The public will have a chance to comment on the revised ordinance during a council hearing on Aug.16. The ordinance is being revised to combat the threat of the emerald ash borer, a non-native beetle discovered in the Detroit, Mich., area in 2002. The insect kills all ash trees in its path and spreads mainly by the movement of firewood and nursery stock, according to sta
WILLMAR -- Willmar City Council members approved a state grant application that includes the $1.8 million Becker Avenue redesign project, but not before debating whether the private sector should cover the 1 percent or $25,000 local share. The council voted 7-1 Monday night to authorize the Minnesota Department of Transportation to submit an application for a federal grant to assist in the Becker Avenue project.