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Willmar’s 2016 capital spending proposal reviewed ahead of report to be given at Monday meeting

WILLMAR -- Willmar City Council members asked questions about suggested spending next year for equipment and projects as listed in the proposed $7.9 million capital improvement program that Mayor Marv Calvin presented to the council this week.

WILLMAR - Willmar City Council members asked questions about suggested spending next year for equipment and projects as listed in the proposed $7.9 million capital improvement program that Mayor Marv Calvin presented to the council this week.
Calvin said the areas of focus for the 2016 capital improvement program are transportation and pavement management; facilities review and maintenance; vehicle replacement; stormwater and surface water management; and the community park plan.
Calvin said those priorities were given to Interim City Administrator Kevin Halliday and Finance Director Steve Okins for their consideration in preparing the budget.
Okins said a staff committee reviewed, scored and ranked all requests using six criteria. The primary sources of funding for capital improvements are bonding, cash (general revenues), special revenue, and state and federal aid.
Okins said the city has about $900,000 that will be carried over from the 2014 budget that can be used for the 2016 capital improvement program. Additional dollars come from other unspent capital projects.
The council raised a number of questions about projects and funding sources, which include public works reserve from the $4 monthly infrastructure utility fee; waste treatment revenues; and future levies or reserves set by the council.
During a meeting Thursday afternoon with the full council, Calvin asked that the council receive the spending proposal as information for review and discuss it in greater depth when he presents the 2016 budget later this year.
The meeting was conducted in the council chambers at the Municipal Utilities Building and was recorded for playback on Willmar Regional Access Channels.
The report on the capital improvement program will be presented during the 7 p.m. council meeting Monday in the chambers at the utilities building, 700 Litchfield Ave. S.W.
In other business Monday, the council will consider filling the Ward 4 council seat that was vacated by the resignation of Jim Dokken on July 22.
According to Halliday, the vacancy must be filled. Halliday said the council must act within 45 days - on or before Sept. 5 - to either appoint an eligible person to fill the remainder of the term, which ends in January 2017, or schedule a special election within 90 days to fill the vacancy for the remainder of the term.
Among other agenda items, the council will receive reports of the Finance Committee and Labor Relations Committee; will consider subcommittee vacancies; and will consider setting a public hearing for an ordinance amendment to allow the Windstream office to close.

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