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Mayor's Update

 

MAYOR'S UPDATE
 

March 13, 2014

Willmar’s City Charter, states that the Mayor is the Chief Executive Officer of the City.  If that is so, why is it that I knew nothing or was not invited to the discussions with Jennie-O about their expansion?  This is not the first time this type of thing has happened.  It may not have changed much if I had been in on the decision, but it may have added to the credibility. I believe there are other members of the City that knew about this long before I did.  If my constituents' want a Mayor that is ceremonial only, that is fine, but then the media should blame the people who are responsible for the decisions when things go wrong.

On another note, our City is growing by leaps and bounds and MinnWest Technology continues to make strong strides.  There is a good possibility of a new Charter School opening on the MinnWest Campus this fall.

Keep the faith.
Until next time…..

Frank Yanish

 

 

MAYOR' S STATE OF THE CITY MESSAGE

 

December 9, 2013

I had made up my mind to veto the budget presented by the finance committee until it was brought to my attention that all eight council members voted to reinstate the budget cuts I had made. Believe me when I say it was a difficult decision to make, especially since I had no response from any of the council members. I am disappointed, to say the least that we were not able to control (what I consider) some of the excess spending.

Thanks for listening

Frank Yanish
Mayor - City of Willmar

P.S. Below is a copy of some of the things that have been accomplished since taking office in 2011 - so the public can see that we do not have a "do nothing" council.

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MAYOR'S UPDATE

December 2013

Well, the Budget for 2014 is settled and it didn't turn out as I had hoped. I had hopes that the staff and council would see what I consider excessive spending of taxpayer money going to conferences, etc. The Council voted to reinstate most of the cuts that I had made - I tried, but majority rules!

Speaking of majority, we also had our retreat that received some bad press. The Council and I were called dysfunctional, but a majority of 5 Council members agree on most things, so I'm not sure where the dysfunction comes in at. If all the Council members agreed on everything all the time, we would not need eight people on the Council, we would only need one. Enough said.....

Thanks for listening

Frank Yanish
Mayor - City of Willmar

October 15, 2013

The 2014 Budget should be settled soon. I am receiving some "blow back" because of some of the cuts I have suggested. I do want the public to know that I am NOT opposed to training and updating ones skills, as I believe that is a very vital part to each persons job and a service to our citizens. Please, please, please - give your council person a call to express your thoughts and ideas. If you need to find out who your council person is, you can call City Hall at 235-4913.
A copy of the proposed budget is available at City Hall.
We will have to wait and see how this all plays out.
Thanks for your comments and thanks for listening!

Frank A. Yanish
Mayor - City of Willmar

MAYOR'S UPDATE

August, 2013

The annual city budget is a hot item right now. I have proposed substantial cuts in travel allowances, memberships, dues, and professional services which include consultant fees. I am also cutting other items I consider to be fluff. The final decisions on adjustments to the budget rest with the city council. We have, (in my opinion) for too long been spending way too much time and money on these items, and I would appreciate your input. Please phone your local council person with any comments or suggestions you may have,

Thanks for listening- until next time.

Frank A. Yanish
Mayor -City of Willmar

MAYOR'S UPDATE

August 5, 2013

It's early August, the Willmar Stingers are playing great baseball, sweet corn is at market and Willmar is hosting the annual Kandiyohi County Fair. I want to express my pride in the city's ability to host this great event, and express my gratitude to our friends and neighbors near the Fairgrounds, who put up with the additional traffic, congestion and noise during this time.

Willmar's annual budget preparations are also beginning.

Last month, I proposed Willmar and Kandiyohi County take a comprehensive look at opportunities to cooperate in sharing expenses, to reduce the burden on us taxpayers. As an example, I suggested combining human resource departments which was greeted with skepticism from the Tribune and various officials.

I was elected your Mayor to rein in spending in Willmar city government.

I am excited about the potential of all this, so I am assembling a plan to reduce city spending substantially without affecting our great city services. You can be part of the solution; talk to me.

The consultant who recommended the taxpayers foot a new bill to increase the size and cost of city management, for no improvement in services, is suggesting more of the same - increasing government spending to which I am opposed. That is why I suggest an alternative.

Soon, I will ask your City Council to create a committee to explore more opportunities to share costs; with the Municipal Utilities Commission, Rice Hospital, the County Assessor's office - a project which was in the works at one time and then promptly dropped; bundling health insurance purchasing for City and County employees; to look in every nook and cranny, under every rock, for ways to cooperate with our county and sister agencies.

This is not to say we will turn a blind eye to the needs of our city that have yet to be addressed fully. The days of blind entitlements and excessive spending must end.

Thanks for listening.

Frank A. Yanish
Mayor - City of Willmar