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WILLMAR — Despite some misgivings about the unfair advantage tax increment finance districts give certain developers, the Willmar City Council set a public hearing for the Oct. 16 city council meeting, to consider forming a new redevelopment TIF district along 1st Street South near downtown. The council gave preliminary approval for this new district back in June. The motion to set a public hearing on the TIF district passed 6-1, with Councilor Ron Christianson voting against. Councilor Ron Fagerlie was absent.
WILLMAR — The city of Willmar has decided to suspend Bob Skor, the host of the Kandi Rapper show which aired on the Willmar Regional Access Channels, for at least three years, for violating the city's rules and procedures for the use of the WRAC facilities, services, equipment and channels.
SPICER — Thirty-five Willmar residents, of different ages, gender, races and backgrounds gathered at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center Friday to begin the Willmar Community Assembly process, lead by Hamline University and the Jefferson Center. Willmar was one of the three cities in Minnesota chosen to host a Community Assembly, with the main goal to educate residents about its local government and assist them in making recommendations on how to make it better and more efficient.
WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council unanimously approved a resolution to set the preliminary 2018 tax levy to $4,974,245, a 3 percent increase, or $144,880, over the 2017 levy. With the council's approval, this is the maximum the levy can be for 2018. The city can, however, reduce the levy before the final approval in December.
WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council will meet Monday evening, starting at 5:15 p.m for the work session. The regular council meeting will follow at 7 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the council chambers at the Willmar Municipal Utilities building, 700 Litchfield Ave. S.W.
WILLMAR — While June 24 marked the grand opening of the Robbins Island playground, it wasn't the end of the project. Even three months later there is still work to be done, as Dave Baker announced during the Sept. 5 Willmar City Council meeting. "We are still working through the process to make sure all the little things are getting done," Baker said. Baker helped lead the fundraising for the steering committee to build the approximately $800,000 Destination Playground at Robbins Island. It was built in May with the help of community volunteers.
WILLMAR — Following its successful run of four Rockin' Robbins concerts this summer, the Willmar Rotary has decided where the proceeds from the concerts will go. The civic organization wants to help beautify the entrance to Robbins Island, including a new sign, plantings and three flagpoles. "Rotary is committed to the beautification of Robbins Island," said Steve Brisendine, director of Willmar Community Education and Recreation and also a Rotary member himself. A preliminary plan was presented during the Sept. 5 Willmar City Council meeting.
WILLMAR — Ike Holland has been city administrator for the city of Willmar for about four months and he already has a list of ideas and projects he thinks can make the city an even better place to live. "I love planning. I love laying out a city," Holland said Wednesday to a group of business people during the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce's Lunch with Leaders.