Council moves forward with TTCWORTHINGTON — The Worthington City Council accepted a Federal Economic Development Administration Grant for construction of the Bioscience Testing and Training Center at its Monday meeting.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington City Council accepted a Federal Economic Development Administration Grant for construction of the Bioscience Testing and Training Center at its Monday meeting.
The grant will provide $779,886 toward the project; the city’s share is about $220,000. Council also authorized project architect Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. to proceed with the construction documentation and construction phases of the project.
The center will be located at the northeast intersection of U.S. 59 and Interstate 90 and will include one to three classrooms, 13 offices and three business incubator spaces.
In response to non-resident demand on the City of Worthington Aquatic Center, the council also established a non-resident summer pass and annual pool-only pass to the center for the same cost as passes for city residents.
“For people who trade and pay taxes in Worthington, it really should be one rate,” commented Alderman Mike Kuhle. The other councilmen agreed the center should be more inclusive of non-residents.
The council had earlier voted to establish lower rates for Worthington taxpayers because they helped fund the center’s construction.
“One of the things I’m concerned about is having more choices,” said Andy Johnson, executive director of the Worthington Area YMCA. “The more choices, the more confusing. It would be my suggestion that you do that at the same rate.”
In other business, the council on Monday:
- Learned the Beach Nook at Centennial Beach will be open from Thursday to Aug. 15.
- Approved an agreement with Ruby Development that sets a one-year timeline for removal of the 10th Avenue grain elevator.
- Reassigned the Neighborhood Services Officer position to the Public Safety Division and approved an amended job description, renaming the position Community Services Officer and adding communication and coordination with the police department as among position responsibilities.
- Approved the Job Opportunity Building Zone amendment and Subordination and Non-Disturbance Agreement that will allow for the creation of New Bedford Technology LLC, an expansion of the current Bedford Technology.
- Tabled work plans for a number of projects identified as priorities through the city’s strategic plan.