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Willmar council delays city hall vote, sets April 29 special meeting

The City Hall Task Force last week made its site recommendation for a new city hall – city-owned property adjacent to the Willmar Fire Station – and the matter was on the City Council agenda for possible action Monday night. The council delayed action pending a public input meeting Tuesday and moved consideration of the site to a special meeting April 29.

WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council has delayed action on choosing a site for a new city hall pending a public input meeting Tuesday.

The City Hall Task Force last week made its site recommendation — city-owned property adjacent to the Willmar Fire Station — and the matter was on the City Council agenda for possible action Monday night.

However, Willmar City Councilor Kathy Schwantes, chairwoman of the task force, on Monday requested the planned vote be removed from the agenda and added to the agenda for a newly scheduled special meeting on April 29.

The vote Monday was delayed because a public input meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the training room at the Willmar Fire Station. The public is invited to attend and share their input on the Fire Station property as the location for a new city hall.

A facilities study completed in 2016 showed the Willmar City Offices building needs significant repairs and updates. The building has suffered water damage in recent years.

The task force was formed to sift through several possible sites for a new city hall and recommend one to the council for approval.

The task force has met several times to review possible sites downtown.

Over the course of the past few meetings, the Fire Station site — along South First Street between Trott Avenue and Minnesota Avenue Southwest — had moved to the top of the list.

The task force last week completed a strengths-weakness-opportunities-challenges analysis of the site before finalizing its choice.

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