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When it comes to government, things could be worse

This column is dedicated to all county commissioners and city council members to remind you that things could be worse. These are (condensed) minutes of a special meeting of the Willmar Village Council May 29, 1883.

This column is dedicated to all county commissioners and city council members to remind you that things could be worse. These are (condensed) minutes of a special meeting of the Willmar Village Council May 29, 1883.

"Present: Ald. Manning, Lien, Korthe, Marlow, Magnuson and Mr. President. Minutes of the last meeting read and approved as amended. Twelve bills for work on streets, ranging from $11.25 to $32.25 were ordered paid. The bill of H. Kjolsing, for 2.5 days hauling manure $7.50 The bill of H. Goldhahn as marshall and street commissioner for May $60.00 The bill of Ole Olson, jailer, nine meals for prisoners $2.25 Several other smaller bills were included the report, and all the bills were paid."

"The petition of A. B. Hanscom and others (and the statement of Hanscom that he expected Block 24 in said village would be built up next year) asking the council to give the petitioners till next year to build a new sidewalk six feet wide on the north side of Benson Avenue from Third Street to Fourth Street, being on the south side of said Block 24, was presented and, on motion, was granted."

"A resolution of Ald. Magnuson, asking an appropriation of $100 for the purpose of employing a competent practical engineer to ascertain the cost and facilities for draining the principal streets of the village of Willmar, was taken up, discussed and, upon vote being taken there was one "aye" and five "nays".

"The petition of A. B. Robbins and others with a resolution to carry out the wish of said petitioners to build a sidewalk eight feet wide on south side of Litchfield Avenue from John Paulson's residence east to the east limits of the village was presented. Petition and resolution laid on table."

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"The petition of O. Paulson and others asking for a street crossing across Litchfield Avenue on the east side of First Street, granted."

"Resolved: That a two-plank crossing be laid across 2nd street on the south side of Pacific Avenue. Adopted."

"Resolved:That a crossing be laid across Pacific Avenue on a line with the west side of Fourth street. Adopted."

"Resolved: That the necessary grading be done and a sidewalk six feet wide be laid on the west side of Second Street, from Becker Avenue to Minnesota Avenue, with necessary crossings. Adopted.

"Resolved: That a sidewalk six feet wide be laid on the west side of Seventh Street, from Atlantic Avenue to Campbell Avenue, and that Gorton Avenue be graded from Seventh Street. Adopted."

"Resolved: That the grading be done for a sidewalk six feet wide on the east side of Nelson Avenue (Ed. Note - now N. Seventh Street) from Park Avenue to L. O. Thorpe's, and that a crossing across Nelson Avenue be built to the northeast corner of Perkins' lot. Adopted."

"Petition of Peter Rasmussen asking for a license to open a pistol gallery on his property for the balance of the year, for five dollars. Granted."

"Resolved: That a special committee be appointed to examine the cistern on the corner of Fifth Street and Benson avenue, and report at the next meeting. Adopted. President appointed on said committee Ald. Lien and Manning."

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"Ald. Manning asked to be excused as a member of the street committee from and after this date. Excused."

"Ordinance No. was then taken up and had its second reading, and was then referred to the engrossing committee."

Resignation

Village of Willmar, May 29, 1883, To: P. M.Quist, President of the Village Council of the Village of Willmar:

My Dear Sir: I hereby tender my resignation of the office of marshal and street commissioner of said village.

Most Respectfully Yours, etc.

(S) Henry Goldhahn

Vote called for. Ayes and noes demanded. Roll called: ayes Marlow, Korthe, 2; noes: Lien, Manning, Magnuson and Mr. President, 4.

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"On motion, council adjourned. A. K. Maynard Recorder"

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