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Editorial: Willmar needs flooding solution

Willmar needs to find a solution to the storm-water flooding problems within the city. Fortunately, the City Council is trying to find a funding solution that will pay for the cost of any storm-water projects.

Willmar needs to find a solution to the storm-water flooding problems within the city. Fortunately, the City Council is trying to find a funding solution that will pay for the cost of any storm-water projects.

After failing to enact a the natural gas franchise fee which was targeted to fund some storm-water solutions, the City Council has to start over on finding a funding source.

At a work session this week, council members put forth different suggestions for funding. Council members Steve Gardner and Jim Dokken proposed the most concrete suggestions. This is encouraging.

The city currently is proposing two storm-water detention ponds be constructed in 2008: one at Trott Avenue Southwest near the BNSF Railway tracks and one at Garfield School.

Mayor Les Heitke stated at the work session that funding for these projects will be identified.

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We are encouraged by Heitke's commitment to find a funding solution.

There is no question that storm-water flooding is a problem in some areas of southwest Willmar. The city must continue to find potential solutions to help address this flooding concern.

Finding a workable funding solution for any storm-water project is a critical step that needs to be completed.

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