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By David Little firstname.lastname@example.org WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council does not support a proposed design favored by Kandiyohi County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation to improve traffic safety and reduce crashes at the Business 71/County Road 24/23rd Street Northeast intersection. The council Monday night defeated a motion supporting a proposed design alternative known as No. 3½ that MnDOT and the county feel is the best solution to reducing severe vehicle damage and injury from crashes at the intersection. The vote, taken during a 4-hour and 15-minute meeting, was 5-3.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council should decide if safety improvements will be made this year at the Business 71/County Road 24/23rd Street Northeast intersection. That's the advice of city officials who were told this week that a proposed improvement design favored by the city lacks support from Kandiyohi County and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Some severe crashes, one of them fatal, during the past couple of years focused the attention of officials and the public on improving the intersection's safety. Willmar Public Works Director Mel Odens said MnDOT and Kandiyohi Count
WILLMAR -- The Kandi Racing Association had a good year at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds race track in 2009. KRA spokesmen say all races were completed before or at curfew times, attendance was good and drivers participated from as far away as Eau Claire, Wis., and eastern North and South Dakota. "We had a good year, surprising with the economy.
WILLMAR -- The city of Willmar and the state of Minnesota have reached an agreement for the city to repay state money used to acquire about 700 acres of land for the old airport. State law requires a municipality to repay the State Airports Fund if any airport land acquired with state money ceases to be used for aviation purposes. The city opened the new airport on Sept. 5, 2006, and the old airport was closed and is being developed by the city into an industrial park. The agreement calls for the city to pay $824,380 to the Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council will be asked next week to approve a phosphorus trade agreement between the city of Willmar and the city of Mankato for 2010 to reduce Minnesota River pollution until Willmar's new wastewater treatment plant begins operation this fall. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency requires Willmar to reduce phosphorus at the old treatment plant in 2008, 2009 and 2010 to comply with a Minnesota River Basin national discharge permit. Rather than spend thousands on phosphorus-reduction improvements at the old plant, Willmar can buy phosphorus credits from another wa
WILLMAR -- Charter Commission members say their evaluation of the City Charter during the past 12 months has taken more time than they first thought. But members are making progress and studying possible changes that reflect current city practices and address future needs. The commission first met March 5, 2009.
WILLMAR -- Donations to Friday's Radio for Relief food and fundraising effort benefitting the Willmar Area Food Shelf exceeded last year's donations. Food Shelf Executive Director Christie Kurth said $29,763 and 12,460 pounds of food were donated for a combined total of 42,223 dollars and pounds. During last year's Radio for Relief effort, combined donations of dollars and pounds totaled $33,053, Kurth said. Radio for Relief is sponsored by the four Lakeland Broadcasting radio stations and was held at the Willmar Fire Station. Kurth was pleased the effort. "It was awesome,'' she said.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities finished 2009 with net assets of almost $600,000 after all revenues and operating expenses and other costs were calculated, according to the annual audit presented Monday to the Municipal Utilities Commission. The audit, presented by Larry Wepplo of Conway, Deuth and Schmiesing of Willmar, was accepted by the commission.
WILLMAR -- The city of Willmar has completed and submitted an environmental assessment review that officials hope will lead the Federal Aviation Administration to release its authority over the old airport and let the city redevelop it into an industrial park. The land release formally releases the city from any obligations under previous FAA grant agreements that existed for the airport property, said Bruce Peterson, director of city planning and development services. "That's why they call it a land release, and it allows us to take full control of it and it eliminates any interest at all b
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has approved extending the intergovernmental transfer payment agreements with Rice Memorial Hospital and the Municipal Utilities, each for another three-year term through 2012. Rice pays the city an amount equal to .40 percent of 1 percent of prior year net assets for the following year. The minimum amount of the annual payment would not be less than $200,000.