David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- The League of Minnesota Cities has elected Willmar City Administrator Charlene Stevens to the League's board of directors. She was elected last week during the League's annual conference in St. Paul. Stevens and other candidates were interviewed Tuesday. She is filling a one-year unexpired term that runs until June 2014 and will have the opportunity if she chooses to be interviewed and run for a three-year term. Stevens said she was approached by a couple of colleagues to submit her name.
WILLMAR -- The power outages in Willmar from Friday morning's storm were limited, but the local cooperative had some customers without power and some structural damage at the headquarters as well. The storm did not cause any major power disruption in Willmar because much of the city's power lines are underground. Municipal Utilities General Manager Wesley Hompe said only two customers near Lakeland Drive lost power. "As far as we're going, we're OK,'' said Hompe.
WILLMAR -- A late Friday afternoon thunderstorm brought more heavy rain and damage to the west central area. Willmar received 2.58 inches of rain between 5:55 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service website at the Chanhassen office. The city received over 3 inches early Friday morning. Willmar Public Works Superintendent Ron Gilbertson said he was sure the heavy rain caused some temporary flooding in low-lying areas Friday night, but Gilbertson said he did not receive any calls from the Police Department about flooding.
WILLMAR -- The second and fourth Friday mornings of every month during the school year were special for Robin Isaacson's second-graders at Roosevelt Elementary School. The mornings were also special for senior citizens at the Willmar Community Center. At those 10 o'clock gatherings, the chatty youngsters filed off the bus with pencil boxes in hand and into the Community Center. They'd grab their name tags and eagerly join a handful of older adults for an hour and half of intergenerational activities and projects.
WILLMAR -- Mark Yungerberg was interested in hearing Monday afternoon how next year's proposed U.S. Highway 12 reconstruction project near the Highway 71 bypass will affect highway users. Yungerberg manages live-haul for Jennie-O Turkey Store. He said many semi-trucks haul turkeys from Atwater and Litchfield area farms into Willmar for processing. The route into town includes driving over the rough one-mile section of roadway slated for reconstruction.
WILLMAR -- Willmar Mayor Frank Yanish has posted a "white paper" on the city of Willmar's website in which Yanish proposes a third alternative to two options suggested in a consultant's organizational assessment of the city. Yanish is proposing what he calls Option C, under which the city, the Willmar Municipal Utilities and Kandiyohi County develop a single human resources management department. Yanish said neither the utilities nor the city uses a "professional human resources management group.''
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WILLMAR -- Willmar City Council members now have a policy to guide their decisions on granting or rejecting tax abatements for business and economic development. The policy was recommended by the Community Development Committee and approved by the council Monday night. The council had asked Bruce Peterson, director of planning and development services, to draft a policy to be used as a guide to review and evaluate tax abatement requests.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council is proposing wastewater rate increases that would rely less on water consumption and more on fixed charges to pay debt service, operations and maintenance on the 2½-year-old, $83 million wastewater treatment facility and on the western interceptor sewer project. The council discussed the proposed increases Monday night and voted to hold a hearing June 17 to take public comments and voted to propose a $10-per-month increase in the meter charge to help meet revenue needs.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council on Monday night approved a Labor Relations Committee recommendation to authorize advertising and filling the vacancy for the Public Works Department superintendent. The committee had supported City Administrator Charlene Stevens' request for authorization to fill the vacancy due to the pending July 8 retirement of longtime superintendent Ron Gilbertson.