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WILLMAR CITY COUNCIL

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Willmar City Council approved the preliminary levy and budget for 2023, which was presented by Mayor Marv Calvin, at its Sept. 19 meeting. This amount may decrease before the final levy is approved after the Truth-in-Taxation public hearing Dec. 5, 2022, but it cannot increase.
At Monday’s Willmar City Council meeting, the proposed Lakeland Drive Northeast project was nearly derailed by the possibility of not holding the public hearing for creation of a tax increment financing district. The council later agreed to conduct the hearing as a delay would have made the project financially unfeasible for the developer. He has financing with a locked-in interest rate, but the project needs to begin this fall.
Plans for a tiny home development in the city of Willmar are moving forward with the developer seeking bids. The sale of city land was approved in August, and the developer shared concept plans Thursday with the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission.
Two hearings are related to the sale of city-owned property, two are related to the potential Unique Opportunities apartment complex, and the last is regarding the proposed THC ordinance in the city of Willmar.
It has come to the city of Willmar’s attention that there is a segment of landlords in the community who have been taking advantage of non-English speaking tenants by deferring maintenance requests and neglecting their properties.
The City of Willmar is seeking a Game Time matching grant to install new playground equipment at Hanson and Bjorsell parks next year.

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The assessment hearing for Willmar's 2022 street improvement projects began during the Aug. 15 meeting of the Willmar City Council and was continued to the Tuesday, Sept. 6, meeting. The council on Tuesday will continue the hearing during a special council meeting Oct. 11.
A report detailing the condition of the Willmar City Auditorium shows repair costs ranging into hundreds of thousands of dollars, and construction costs for the potential reuse of the Works Progress Administration building could range from $620,000 to $3.62 million. Grant funding and tax credits are available.
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