Willmar

(Willmar MN-) After lengthy debate, the Willmar City Council Monday night approved changes to the design for the new Robbin's Island Shelter. They decided to add a polished concrete floor, air conditioning and spray foam insulation, which put the final price tag at over a million dollars. A state grant of $606,000 will help pay for the project. The council took more than $200,000 from money budgetted for an amphetheater and some new mowers. Council members Kathy Schwantes and Vicki Davis voted no on both motions. Schwantes said the price has increased more than 100,000 dollars...

... A combination of factors have caused a delay in final approval of the shelter. The grant was approved in 2015, and since that time, the scope of the shelter has changed, the city's committee structure has changed, the city got rid of the position of community ed and rec director and replaced it with a park and rec director, but Mayor Marv Calvin said the increased price for the shelter is not the fault of new park and rec director Rob Baumgarn. He said as the city begins to plan millions of dollars worth of projects through the local option sales tax, they need to listen to the recommendations of staff...

...The council also set a hearing date of September 3rd on whether the city should join the National Flood Insurance Program, and authorized the hiring of an architect for the Glacial Lakes Curling Club building to be built next to the Willmar Civic Center.