Willmar council to consider recommended increase in water rates during Monday, Nov. 21, meeting


— The planned increase in water rates to help pay for an expansion of the city's Water Treatment Plant will be in front of the Willmar City Council for a public hearing Monday, Nov. 21.

The council will then consider an ordinance amendment reflecting the new rates.

A water rate study was completed as part of planning for the expansion of the treatment plant on Lakeland Drive Northeast, and the Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission voted Oct. 10 to recommend the rates for water services be increased.

According to the agenda materials for Monday's regular council meeting, the recommendation is to increase existing rates by 20% effective Jan. 1, 2023; an additional 5% above the 2023 rates effective Jan. 1, 2024; an additional 4% above such 2024 rates effective Jan. 1, 2025; and an additional 3% above such 2025 rates effective Jan. 1, 2026.

The City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the board room at the Kandiyohi County Health & Human Services Building in Willmar.

Other items on the agenda include receiving the report for 2023 improvements to streets and other infrastructure, and ordering the improvement hearing for Dec. 19; and considering a contract with David Drown & Associates to update job descriptions and classifications for pay equity reporting purposes.

The council also on Monday will consider a new facilities coordinator job description in the Parks and Recreation Department. In light of the greater recreation space available with the completion of the Events and Recreation Center and the additional fields at the Willmar Civic Center, another position is needed to coordinate facility use and new programming for all recreation spaces, according to the agenda materials.

The full agenda and other meeting materials can be found on the city website at