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WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council will hold a work session and regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22. The meeting has been moved to Tuesday due to the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The work session will begin at 5 p.m. with the regular meeting to follow at 7 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the boardroom on the second floor of the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, 2200 23rd St. N.E. in Willmar.
WILLMAR — It had been six months since the Willmar City Council had any serious discussion about a new city hall, a project considered one of its top priorities following several retreats in the first half of 2017. During last week's two-day retreat, the issue again rose to prominence, with a lengthy discussion during the second day. "We haven't talked about it at all," City Administrator Ike Holland said as the discussion began. "I need to get a feel for where the council is at now."
WILLMAR — As temperatures drop, heating bills usually rise, putting a strain on those with set or limited budgets. The Minnesota Department of Commerce's Energy Assistance Program is available to assist.
WILLMAR — The official kickoff for the 2020 United States census — April 1, 2020 — is still over 430 days away. However, the city of Willmar has already started planning for the once-a-decade population count, which impacts everything from the state's congressional delegation to how much money Willmar could get in local government aid. "The census is about three things. It is about power, money and data," said Andrew Virden, director of census operations and engagement with the Minnesota State Demographic Center.
WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council and city department heads met for several hours Friday and Saturday in a council retreat, where they discussed not only upcoming projects and priorities but how to work better as an organization. "Let's start off 2019 united behind similar goals and plans," City Administrator Ike Holland said. Bruce Miles, of Big River Group, LLC, facilitated the retreat held at the Bremer Bank in Willmar.
WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council will hold a work session at 5 p.m. Monday in the county board room in the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Service Building. The agenda includes discussion on the replacement of the backup generator for the fire department, updating the job description for the city planner and information on the bike share grant with the Willmar Area Community Foundation. There will also be a review of the council retreat.
WILLMAR — The city employees who were eligible to take advantage of Willmar's now discontinued early retirement program still have a chance to receive the health insurance benefit the program offered — if they formally notify city administration by March 31 that they plan to retire by July 1.
WILLMAR — Construction is scheduled to begin this spring on the first major market-rate housing project to be built in Willmar for several years. Over the past week, both the Willmar Planning Commission and the Willmar City Council made decisions that significantly move the housing project forward.
WILLMAR — The Willmar City Council will hold its winter council retreat Friday and Saturday. As the entire council is scheduled to be in attendance, the retreat is a public meeting. Friday's session will be from 3 to 7 p.m. at Bremer Bank, 500 Willmar Ave. S.E. in Willmar. Saturday's session is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, again at Bremer Bank.