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City council approves memorial auditorium sign

WORTHINGTON -- At the regular Monday meeting, the City Council approved the authorization to use trust funds to purchase and install a stone sign at the Memorial Auditorium.

"At the May 2013 meeting, the Memorial Auditorium Advisory Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve the purchase of a Memorial Auditorium sign to be placed directly in front of the existing flagpole at the Auditorium with funds for the project to come from the Vance Trust," explained City Administrator Craig Clark.

Bids were obtained from Randy Traylor and from Jasper Stone Company for the project and project design. After reviewing the bids, the Memorial Auditorium Advisory Board of Directors recommended the sign be purchased from the Jasper Stone Company.

The only sign currently at the Memorial Auditorium is located above the former main entrance of the building.

"This certainly is probably a wise addition to the facility," Clark added. "It's just a matter of financial resources -- that's my only caution."

"This was discussed at length at two Auditorium meetings," reported Council Member Diane Graber. "It was definitely unanimous that the sign was appropriate and that everyone was in agreement."

After discussion was held regarding funding of the new sign, Graber moved that signage be funded for the auditorium with feedback from the city administrator about the best way to fund it. The motion passed unanimously.

The council also unanimously approved a conditional use permit for 1451 Joosten Road. Smith Trucking requested the permit to construct a fence along the north property line that would vary between six and fifteen feet in height and be constructed with telephone poles and sheet metal.

Brad Chapulis, director of community and economic development explained that Smith Trucking plans to build the fence to reduce the amount of noise and dust coming onto their property from the business to the north.

Oberloh raised concerns about the durability of the structure given the high winds in Southwest Minnesota.

Chapulis explained that the structure would be required to comply with the State Building Code and be designed by a state licensed structural engineer.

Following discussion, the permit was approved unanimously.

The council also approved:

• the proposed ordinance vacating a portion of the public utility easement at 2177 Castlewood Drive.

• the designation of Mayor Oberloh to act as city representative to Cuero, Texas for the 2013 Turkey Fest and to Crailsheim, Germany in September and the authorization for reimbursement of his expenses.

• a temporary on-sale beer license for the King Turkey Day Mixer to be held on September 9 at Pioneer Village.

• a temporary on-sale liquor license for the 2013 King Turkey Day celebration.

The council also went into closed session to discuss the stump grinding contract awarded to Prairie Landscaping of Worthington on July 8.

Alyson Buschena
Alyson joined the Daily Globe newsroom staff after spending a year in Latin America. A native of Fulda and graduate of the University of Northwestern, she has a bachelor's degree in English with a dual concentration in Literature and Writing and a minor in Spanish. At the Daily Globe, Alyson covers the crime beat as well as Pipestone and Murray counties, community news and feature stories. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking. More of Alyson's writing can be found at
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