David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- Spokesmen for Somali merchants who must vacate their leased space in the eastern portion of the downtown Centre Point Mall because the building has been sold have asked Mayor Frank Yanish and the City Council for any possible assistance. Yusaf Ahmed, director of the African Development Center in Willmar, and community leader Abdi Duh asked Yanish and council members if the elected officials could talk to the bank which is selling the building to extend the Sept. 30 deadline for vacating the premises and help business owners find new locations.
WILLMAR -- A majority of Willmar City Council members discussed but did not act during a special Tuesday night session on any recommendations in a consultant's $25,000 organizational study that a minority of council members said would create operational efficiencies.
WILLMAR -- An $800,000 construction and remodeling project at Sommerset Apartments on 19th Avenue Southeast and other major projects are contributing to a healthy increase in this year's construction valuation in Willmar. Total construction valuation at the end of July this year is up nearly 350 percent, or just shy of $33 million worth of new construction compared with about $9.5 million to date in 2012.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council voted 7-1 Monday night to send back to committee an ordinance amendment that would regulate shooting a bow and arrow within the city limits. The council approved a motion by Steve Ahmann to return the issue to the Public Works/Safety Committee after he expressed concerns for the safety of neighbors living next to archers who may shoot in their backyards. The ordinance would require use of a backstop measuring at least 8 feet in height and 16 feet in width.
WILLMAR — The City of Willmar announced today that 19th Street Northwest between West Trunk Highway 12 to north of the BNSF railroad tracks will be closed starting at 7...
WILLMAR -- Consultants studying downtown parking say more parking spaces would be made available for shoppers by asking downtown employees and residents to park their vehicles on the fringe of the downtown core area. The downtown core is centered mainly on Litchfield Avenue and Fourth Street Southwest where people perceive there's a parking shortage. The consultants say more parking spaces in the core could be freed up for customers by enacting a permit program that allows long-term parking and by loosening parking restrictions on the fringes.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Public Works Department is now conducting the city's mosquito control program under new Minnesota Pollution Control Agency regulations. The new regulations require the city to obtain a permit to discharge pesticides for mosquito control and to submit a pesticide discharge management plan, says Scott Ledeboer, Public Works superintendent. Ledeboer said the city acquired the permit in April 2012. This year, the city submitted and received approval for the discharge management plan, which is required for cities over 10,000 in population.
WILLMAR -- Certain consumer products such as disinfecting wipes are touted as disposable and even flushable. But those and similar products are causing problems for operators of Willmar's wastewater collection system. The cloth-like wipes don't dissolve like toilet paper and can block sewer lines and clog lift station pumps. The clogs could result in sewage backup into people's businesses and homes. The problem impacts not only Willmar's wastewater collection system but collection systems in other cities, sources say.
WILLMAR — Willmar residents in the Garfield School neighborhood and residents living in the Westwind neighborhood in southwest Willmar will hold National Night Out gatherings this evening. … Archive Material...
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council voted Monday to hold a public hearing Aug. 19 on a proposed ordinance amendment that would regulate shooting a bow and arrow within city limits. The proposal would amend city ordinance regulating dangerous weapons and discharge of firearms. The intent of the amendment is to allow persons to participate in the sport of archery in the city in a safe and responsible manner that will not threaten the public health, safety and welfare