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Spring completion for sewer pond repair


November 22, 2018

Willow River’s secondary sewer pond repair, damaged from the 2016 flood, is nearly finished, minus the seeding and sodding, which will take place in the spring. Councilor Vickie Whitehouse described a recent delay and the potential completion at the Willow River City Council meeting November 5. The liner was not adhering due to the application of an herbicide which is petroleum-based. She said the liner company was working to rectify the issue, and it was hoped that testing could begin this week.

Fire Chief Gerard Bennett said he is seeking grants for more radios and pagers for the department. He reported that Tanker No. 5 is getting two pumps installed at the federal correction institution (FCI) in Sandstone, and they are close to ordering a compressor. The bulk of that cost will be paid for from the Fire Relief Association, he said. He also mentioned upcoming department fundraisers, the gun raffle and the Gobble Wobble.

Former mayor, realtor and property owner Tom Jensen approached the city of Willow River with a proposal to sell some of his property behind city hall for city use. The council tabled the proposal in order to have the city’s attorney, Mike Bjerke, review it.

Kathi Bennett, water and sewer billing clerk, reported the results of a survey sent regarding the preferred method of payment for water and sewer bills. The majority of respondents indicated they preferred to pay by check or cash, with only a few residents preferring to pay online or automatically through the bank.

The Willow River Community Club sent a letter to the city requesting a donation toward their annual Santa and Easter events held at the school. Whitehouse said she didn’t think the city is able to make such a donation because the club is not an arm of the city.

Other business

It was reported at the meeting the city of Willow River received no bids for snowplowing, and the city is still looking to hire someone for the work.

The city council approved an increase from $700 to $950 per year of service per member to the Fire Relief Association annual pensions. Those who have served at least 20 years as a volunteer firefighter are eligible for the benefit. Rick Borchardt spoke on behalf of the association, explaining they have more than enough surplus in the fund to support the increase.

The city council arranged to canvass the election on November 13 at 5 p.m.

The city is seeking volunteers to put up Christmas lights. Those interested should contact city council members. A date will be determined when weather permits, and volunteers will be notified.

The council approved liquor licenses for the Squirrel Cage and Corral bars.


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