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WILLMAR CITY COUNCIL

A country music festival may take place on Robbins Island in September if a use agreement is finalized between the City of Willmar and festival promoter Steve Peppin. The Willmar City Council passed a motion of support Monday and will later consider the use agreement.
Steve Peppin is seeking Willmar City Council approval to host a country music festival Saturday, Sept. 10
A housing task force was created at the May 2 Willmar City Council meeting. A group of 15 to 16 people is expected to work for three months, or even less, and report back to the city and other partners trying to promote the availability of more housing. Although more apartment complexes are under construction, single-family housing has been identified as a particular need.
The Willmar City Council approved the purchase of a 2022 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck for the Parks and Recreation Department to replace a 1998 Ford F-150.

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Gary Manzer, who has been serving as interim director of the Willmar Public Works Department, received the Willmar City Council's approval Monday, May 2, to become the permanent director.
The Willmar City Council meets Monday and will consider forming a task force to study strategies to address the city's housing needs.
The City of Willmar will be paying $900,000 more than what the city engineer's estimate was to eliminate the U.S. Highway 12 lift station on the western edge of the city. Wastewater staff said the project is imperative, and the City Council approved the project.
Funding for several projects outlined by Willmar Parks and Recreation were approved by the Willmar City Council at its April 18 meeting.
Cleanup is needed on a downtown Willmar lot slated to be the home of an apartment complex, including petroleum, a fuel tank leak and solvents used by a former dry cleaning business.
The Willmar City Council approved the new hire of a deputy to the city administrator at a special City Council meeting Friday.

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Two finalists for the new post of city operations director were introduced to the Willmar City Council on Monday, with a hiring decision expected Friday during a special meeting.
The Willmar City Council approved an early access agreement with Nexyst 360, an agricultural distribution company that wants to purchase 137 acres in the Willmar Industrial Park. The agreement would allow Nexyst 360 to begin developer activities such as surveys, environmental assessments and soil investigations prior to any land sale being completed.
At its scheduled meeting Monday, the Willmar City Council will interview two candidates for the city operations director position, including current Olivia City Administrator Dan Coughlin.

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