What is the City Doing
We are Implementing MDH recommendations - The City of Willmar is following the guidelines outlined by the CDC including social distancing measures with staff and the public, and reducing or canceling some meetings and activities. We are also working closely with Kandiyohi Emergency Management, and public safety officials, along with EMS, and county and state partners to protect our community.
We are Planning - Like all Minnesota cities, the City of Willmar takes the COVID-19 pandemic extremely seriously and is proactively working to minimize public health risk. Essential services — including public safety, emergency services, public works, and water and sewer utilities — will continue, as usual, however, as of Tuesday, March 17th., the City of Willmar has temporarily closed all City Buildings to the public to protect our citizens and staff during this pandemic. If a citizen needs to conduct business, please contact the numbers listed below for each respective building/department, and City Staff will make every effort to assist you. As of May 22nd, all City Playgrounds and Dog Park have reopened for public use.
Current News and VALUABLE Information
Brush Site Rules during COVID-19
Changes have been made in order to follow social distancing guidelines when citizens visit the
Brush Site. Get the information here.
Public Health Updates
Download the Kandiyohi County Emergency Management & Public Health Resource Page which lists contact information for many essential services and programs in Willmar and the Kandiyohi County area.
For the latest updates from Kandiyohi County, Public Health visit the Emergency Management website.
Willmar City Administrator's Updates
City Administrator Update 3/27/2020
Willmar Mayor's Updates
- VIDEO Watch the Mayor's Press Conference on Emergency Preparedness for COVID-19 3/18/20
- VIDEO Watch the Mayor's COVID-19 Update 3/24/20
- VIDEO watch the COVID-19 Update from Mayor Marv Calvin, and Council Member Vicki Davis 4/6/20
- PRESS RELEASE read the Mayor's News Release 4/10/20
- VIDEO Watch the COVID-19 Update from Mayor Marv Calvin & Council Member Fernando Alvarado 4/29/20
- VIDEO Watch the COVID-19 Update from Mayor Marv Calvin & Rep. Dave Baker in Somali 5/2/20
Sign and Deposit Fees Waived for Business Owners
In order to assist businesses that might want to place temporary signage indicating that they are “Open for Business” during the peacetime state of emergency caused by COVID-19, the City of Willmar has temporarily waived the sign and deposit fees for this permit. Businesses are asked to contact Sarah Swedburg, City Planner to identify the business location/address of the temporary sign and to obtain the application.
What Can You Do
To protect the public's health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, Governor Walz issued an executive order directing Minnesotans to stay at home and limit movements outside of their home beyond essential needs. This order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 27, and ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 10. The Governor’s two-week order to stay home is forecasted to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and allow the state to make key preparations for the pandemic. These preparations include building hospital capacity, increasing access to life-saving equipment like ventilators, increasing testing, planning for how to care for vulnerable populations, and assessing public health data to determine which community mitigation strategies are most effective.
For Frequently Asked Questions about the Stay Home Order visit the state of Minnesota FAQ page.
Don't Flush That
Paper Towels, Napkins, Disinfecting Wipes, Baby Wipes, Personal Hygiene Products, should never be flushed down the toilet. These items are solid waste and must be disposed of in the trash. Even wipes that are labeled as “flushable” can completely block the sewer and cause messy, and very expensive sewer backups into homes at the homeowners' cost.
Use our Dropbox
Because our Buildings are closed to the public, documents such as Permits, Applications, and even Parking Tickets can be submitted by placing these items in our Dropbox on the south side of the building.
Playground and dog park reopened
Effect 5/22/20 the City of Willmar has reopened all playground equipment and the Willmar Dog Park for public use. All Willmar parks are open for public use as well. Please follow the guidelines set by Minnesota Department of Health:
- Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet at all times from others, except for members of the same household.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; if soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing) should stay home and not engage in outdoor activities.
- Play at your own risk.
- No gathering of 10 or people at one time.
City Services Contact Information
Administration/Human Resources/City Clerk: 320.235.4913
Planning and Development/Building and Rental: 320.235.8311
Engineering/Public Works: 320.235.4202
Parks and Recreation: 320.235.1454
Fire Department Non-emergency: 320.235.1354
Willmar Wastewater Treatment Facility: 320.235.4760
PUBLIC WORKS GARAGE
Willmar Public Works: 320.235.3827
WRAC TV STUDIO
WRAC Local Access TV: 320.231.0594