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City of Willmar to hold improvement hearing

WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council will hold a 2016 improvement hearing Monday during its meeting. The meeting is at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Willmar Municipal Utilities building.The hearing will be for street reconstruction and ove...

WILLMAR - The Willmar City Council will hold a 2016 improvement hearing Monday during its meeting. The meeting is at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Willmar Municipal Utilities building.
The hearing will be for street reconstruction and overlay projects to take place this year.
The reconstruction projects are for 7-1/2 Street Southwest: 19th Avenue Southwest to Willmar Avenue Southwest; 15th Avenue Southwest: Eighth Street Southwest to Seventh Street Southwest; and Second Street Southwest: Minnesota Avenue Southwest to Trott Avenue Southwest. The overlay projects are Lakeland Drive Northeast: U.S. Highway 12 to Civic Center Drive; Ella Avenue Northwest: Seventh Street Northwest to First Street (Road and Path Surfaces); and Minnesota Avenue Southwest: 18th Street Southwest to First Street.
The total estimated project costs is $2,638,032. The costs will be assessed to property owners who benefit from the improvements.
The hearing is to give those with concerns or questions a chance to be heard.
The council will also look at final approval for the purchase of the new document management system and upgrading the city website. The finance committee recommended approval of both.
Also up for council approval is LED retrofit lighting for the public works garage and purchase of turnout gear for the fire department.
The light project for the public works garage will convert the garage’s fluorescent lights to energy efficient LED lighting. Quotes were solicited for the LED conversion kits and installation.
The finance committee recommended accepting the quote from Etterman Enterprises for $17,420 for the conversion kits and the quote from Kim’s Electric for $6,840 for the installation, for a total cost of $24,260.
The 2016 Capital Outlay Program included $35,000 for the LED lighting project. Staff is also looking into rebates for the conversion kits.
The fire department requested, and the finance committee recommended approval, the purchase of five complete sets for firefighting turnout clothing, for a total cost of $10,145.
Turnout gear is the standard firefighting protective clothing, such as the pants, coat and boots.
The Willmar Fire Department tries to replace its gear every 8 to 10 years, or when it is no longer safe to use or can’t be repaired.
The council will be acknowledging and accepting a donation to the Willmar Police Department, as well as considering an updated donations protocol.
The protocol would have the city acknowledging donations by letter and regularly informing the council of donations to the city. State statute requires donations be accepted by a resolution.
The new protocol would have the council accepting all donations at the end of the year.

Related Topics: WILLMAR CITY COUNCIL
Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.


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