David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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WILLMAR -- The Public Works/Safety Committee is recommending the City Council accept a federal grant to place security cameras on public infrastructure in high-crime areas. Police Chief Jim Kulset said the cameras purchased with the $48,394 Safe Neighborhoods Enhanced by Video Technology grant would be another tool in the box to enhance safety and security in public areas. The po-lice department is collaborating with the Kandiyohi County Sh-eriff's Of-fice in ob-taining the grant and the cameras.
WILLMAR -- Two Willmar City Council members say they want more information before they decide whether to support a request to buy a second street sweeper for the Public Works Department. City officials say a second sweeper would help the city comply with a state pollution control requirement to reduce the amount of sediment, leaves and other materials entering storm sewers. Council member Ron Christianson said he wants a written comparison of the cost of a new sweeper and the cost of renting a sweeper from a private contractor. "I'd like to see something in writing,'' he said during discuss
WILLMAR -- The Storm Water Task Force says a draft 1998 city watershed management plan should be updated to properly evaluate the effect of the task force's five recommendations for solving flooding problems during heavy rains. Task force member Karen Thibault says the 1998 plan by Barr Engineering remains in draft form.
WILLMAR -- Willmar Municipal Utilities officials are finalizing plans for a program to dedicate the city's two new wind turbines. Utilities General Manager Bruce Gomm said local and state officials, members of Congress and Gov. Tim Pawlenty will be invited. The program would include an open house for the public to see the turbines. The event may also be tied to a program by Citizens Energy Plan, a Willmar-area group promoting establishment of a national energy plan. Construction of the two $10 million turbines began in early June at a site just north of the Willmar Senior High School.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council has approved a $260,630 contract with wastewater project consultant Donohue and Associates to design a major sanitary sewer line to serve the western area of the city. Called the western collector sewer, the line would route wastewater flow directly to the new treatment plant being constructed west of town. The collector would connect to areas west of Foot Lake and north of U.S. Highway 12, would serve developed areas, and would serve areas proposed for future development, such as the new industrial park. It would cross under U.S.
WILLMAR -- The City Council has denied a request to allow free use of the city's portable Showmobile band shell for a weekend fundraiser. But organizers of a dance to benefit the Willmar High School music program will probably get free use of the Showmobile anyway if council members voluntarily donate enough money out of their own pockets to cover the cost. The council voted 4-3 Monday night to deny a request from Music Matters to waive the fee for use of the Showmobile at this coming Saturday night's Hangar Dance at the Municipal Airport.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council voted Monday night to fill a police department patrol officer position and an engineering department technician/surveyor position. Although the city has a hiring freeze due to state aid cuts late last year, this year and projected in 2010, the council approved staff recommendations to fill the positions. The patrol officer position will open because an officer will be promoted from within the detective division to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Sgt.
Family members and friends are mourning the death of Spc. James Wertish, 20, of rural Olivia, who was one of three Minnesota National Guard soldiers killed Thursday evening at a military base near Basra in southern Iraq. The soldiers from the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division were killed during a missile attack on the base around 9:15 p.m. Thursday. Wertish's death was confirmed Friday evening by The Rev. George Schmit, pastor of St. Mary's Church of Bird Island where Wertish attended with his parents, David and Kim of rural Olivia, and two sisters and one brother. James Wertish attended St.
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WILLMAR -- A solution will be sought to complaints by neighbors about disruptive weekend noise coming from the Double D Club on Willmar's east side. Doug Reese, chairman of the City Council's Public Works/Safety Committee, suggested Police Chief Jim Kulset and Double D Club owner Duane Duenow of Arlington discuss noise concerns raised by neighbors during the committee's meeting Tuesday afternoon. The noise issue was referred to the committee by Mayor Les Heitke after neighbors Tom Schriener and Jessica Buer first brought their complaints to the City Council last week.