David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council's Finance Committee could be nearing the end of its discussion on proposing higher sewer rates to pay debt service, operation and maintenance of the $83 million wastewater treatment facility. The committee asked finance consultant Springsted Inc. of St. Paul to study the effect of shifting more of the increase onto the water meter charge. Whatever revenue can be captured on the meter charge could be reduced on the consumption charge.
WILLMAR -- A Willmar business just outside the city limits is requesting municipal water service, and a committee has given its approval of the concept. Arnold's Inc., a farm equipment dealership just south of the city on U.S. Highway 71, is planning a major expansion to repair larger equipment, and John Arnold told a city committee this week that the business is required by state building code to provide a fire suppression system. Arnold told the Public Works/Safety Committee that the least complicated and most economical option would be to connect to city water.
WILLMAR -- The city of Willmar's Public Works/Safety Committee has approved plans and specifications and called for bids to improve a portion of the north side recreational trail. A trail grant will pay 75 percent of the estimated $130,000. The trail begins at the southwest boat landing at Robbins Island, continues along Business 71, through a redesigned crossing at Ella Avenue, and over the First Street Bridge. The segment will be widened to a 10-foot bituminous path.
WILLMAR -- No one has yet proposed establishing a small brewery here with a taproom where the beer is consumed on-site. But if someone does, the city could have an ordinance ready to allow it. The Public Works/Safety Committee is recommending the City Council direct the city attorney to draft a new ordinance amending city code to establish an on-sale brewer taproom license category. The full council will consider the recommendation at its regular meeting Monday night.
WILLMAR -- Willmar City Council members had mixed reactions to a consultant's preliminary report of an organizational study of city government. Summing up what he heard during a two-hour meeting Wednesday night, Richard Fursman of Brimeyer Fursman of Maplewood said he heard council members say the council is not viewed by the public in a very good light and that there's an opportunity to solve issues and problems.
WILLMAR — A consultant’s preliminary report of an organizational assessment of city government finds employees and staff are feeling a significant amount of stress, confusion and anxiety related to their...
WILLMAR -- City Council member Steve Ahmann is requesting the city develop a strategy and action plan if companies announce local plant closings. Ahmann made his request to the City Council and staff Monday night in response to the April 16 announcement that longtime promotional products manufacturer Molenaar LLC was being sold, that the local plant will close in June, and that 90 employees would be affected.
WILLMAR -- Contracts totaling $3,804,505 have been awarded by the Willmar City Council to low-bidder Duininck Inc. of Prinsburg for the city's 2013 street improvement program. The program consists of reconstructing a downtown city parking lot and portions of six streets totaling 0.83 mile; overlaying 12 street segments totaling 3.2 miles, up from 2.36 miles in 2012; sidewalk construction; and construction of a railroad quiet zone at the Trott Avenue Southwest crossing. Council member Rick Fagerlie asked if other construction companies submitted bids.
WILLMAR — After one year and eight months on the job, City Administrator Charlene Stevens has received a favorable job performance evaluation from the Willmar City Council. … Archive Material...
WILLMAR — A “bigger and better’’ Goodwill store in Willmar will open to the public May 18, the organization has announced. Goodwill-Easter Seals marketing director Lisa Ritter said the time...