David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- The City Council's Community Development Committee will ask the council to declare two abandoned mobile homes unsafe in violation of city exterior storage and exterior maintenance ordinances. Both homes are in Regency East and Regency West mobile home parks, owned by Churchill Group of Carbondale, Colo. The Willmar City Council tonight will consider the committee's recommendation to declare the mobile homes at 1400 Lakeland Dr. N.E., Lot 7, and 401 30th St.
WILLMAR -- Willmar City Council members might consider taking comments from local citizens into account as officials and Mayor Les Heitke begin the process this summer of discussing and putting together the city's 2011 budget. The idea of possibly taking a community survey was raised by Finance Committee Chairman Denis Anderson.
WILLMAR -- City Public Works Director Mel Odens will resign his position to take a job with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. His last day with the city is July 9. Odens will become the district st-ate aid en-gineer at the District 8 office in Willmar. He has been the city's public works director for nearly 14 years. He started on Oct. 28, 1996.
WILLMAR -- The manufacturer of Willmar's two wind turbines will receive final payment on its $6.2 million contract. The $237,400 payment approved Monday by the Municipal Utilities Commission to DeWind Co.
WILLMAR -- Concorde Bank will celebrate 100 years in business and family involvement on Thursday at the Willmar office and on Friday at the Blomkest office. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. Concorde Bank traces its history to 1910 when three officers of the Bank of Willmar decided to start their own bank. They selected the southern Kandiyohi County village of Svea as the site to be closer to rural customers at a time when traveling any distance was not as easy as today. "At that time it was difficult for farmers to come into town on a daily basis.
WILLMAR -- For the second time this year, heavy rain caused street and neighborhood flooding at the intersection of 10th Street and Kandiyohi Avenue Southwest in Willmar Friday morning. Rainfall amounts ranging from 3.12 to almost 4½ inches between about 4:30 to about 8 a.m. also caused temporary flooding in other low-lying parts of town. Water covered the front lawn, flooded the back yard and entered the basement through a rear trap door at Catherine Kallevig's home located just west of the intersection.
WILLMAR -- Two local citizens say they support the possibility of sending a Willmar police officer to a federal immigration enforcement training program. Errol Bluhm and Ron Maurer of Willmar told the City Council during the meeting's open forum this week that immigration laws should be enforced and they spoke in favor of sending a police officer to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement 287(g) program. The purpose of the program is to identify and process for removal criminal aliens who pose a threat to public safety or a danger to the community.
WILLMAR -- Willmar Municipal Utilities is investigating the sequence of events and equipment failure at the south substation that caused a two-hour power outage May 18 in Willmar and parts of Kandiyohi County, according to Bruce Gomm, utility general manager. Gomm discussed the outage Monday night with the City Council. The outage was the largest in city history since the utility began keeping detailed records in 1993. The outage occurred while utility employees were performing a planned and budgeted equipment replacement and upgrade at the 40-plus-year-old substation, Gomm said.
Swimmers will know at a glance this summer if Willmar's Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center is open or closed. If they see a green flag flying, the pool is open. If they see a red flag flying, the pool is closed. If they see a yellow flag, the pool may close early.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council on Monday night approved assessments to help pay the cost of this year's street improvements. Each year, the city reconstructs and overlays a certain number of streets and 75 percent of the costs are assessed against benefited property owners. The total cost of this year's improvements is $2,084,176, of which $1,294,842 will be assessed to property owners. Costs are assessed per lineal foot of property benefited by a project. This year's assessment cost of $55.88 per foot for reconstruction is below the 2009 assessment of $57 per foot.