Valiant

(Willmar MN-) There wasn't a great deal of substance accomplished at last weekend's Willmar City Council retreat, but it was a good opportunity for the council members to get to know each other better. In November Willmar voters chose three new council members: Justin Ask, Mike O'Brien and Tom Butterfield. At the same time, the council voted to do away with the committee structure, eliminating an opportunity for those new council members to get better acquainted with their colleagues. City Administrator Leslie Valiant, who is also a newcomer, says COVID-19 also eliminated some of those get-to-know-you opportunities...

...Valiant says while at the retreat, they took advantage of the opportunity to discuss ways to work better together...

...The council briefly talked about the need to hold work sessions dedicated to issues like staffing, street improvements and the city hall/community center project. Valiant says there is still a lot more work to be done on deciding which of possible sites should be the future location of a new Willmar city hall and community center. She says they also need to figure out if they need a city engineer and need to build the public works department back up again.