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Council denies bituminous plant expansion

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington City Council unanimously voted Monday evening to deny an application from I-90 Truck Wash Inc. that would allow the business to construct and operate a bituminous plant at the former Bob's Truck Stop property, locat...

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington City Council unanimously voted Monday evening to deny an application from I-90 Truck Wash Inc. that would allow the business to construct and operate a bituminous plant at the former Bob’s Truck Stop property, located west of U.S.59/Minnesota 60 and south of Okabena Street.

 

I-90 Truck Wash sought to make an amendment to the city’s comprehensive plan land use map to allow heavy industrial development on the property.

 

The Worthington Planning Commission voted unanimously on March 7 to deny the requested amendment, as members believed allowing for heavy industrial development within the area would be in direct conflict with the city’s economic development goals.

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“I was at that meeting,” council member Amy Ernst said. “There were several people in attendance from the community who were all not in favor.”

 

Mayor Mike Kuhle was happy the company wants to expand, but like other council members, was not a fan of the proposed location.

 

“I think it’s very important we try to find a way to help Smith Trucking expand,” Kuhle said. “But the property brought forward wouldn’t work for the city of Worthington as far as visibility, land use and collaboration with potential neighbors along the beltline.”

 

Council members discussed other potential locations for the plant, but all of them impeded housing and other economic development.

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In a separate vote, the council approved a Nobles Home Initiative application from Larry Davis for the construction of two single-family dwellings on Grand Avenue.

 

The estimated construction cost is $175,000. The NHI abates all taxes on the property for five years for newly constructed housing.

 

“This will be houses number three and four Davis will be completing on Grand Avenue,” said Community and Economic Development Director Brad Chapulis.

 

The council also agreed to sponsor the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. Bioscience Conference, which will take place April 6-7 at the Worthington Event Center.

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The city supported the event at the gold sponsorship level, which costs $2,500 and provides three admission tickets and reserved seating.

 

The council used part of $86,000 allocated for Miscellaneous Professional Services in the Economic Development Authority Fund to fund the sponsorship.

 

In other news, City Administrator Steve Robinson said the city’s bill to extend the local option sales tax will be heard by the House committee Wednesday and the Senate Thursday.

 

The Nominating Committee met March 3 and made the following recommendations for appointments:

 

  • Appoint Maria Parga to replace Pat Henderscheidt, Julie Buntjer to replace Carole Wiese and re-appoint Nancy Hofstee to the Center for Active Living committee.

 

  • Re-appint Dan Greve and Doug Tate to the Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund committee.

 

  • Re-appoint Dan Reeves to the Memorial Auditorium Advisory Board.

 

  • Re-appoint Joe Anderson, Jacoba Nagel and Scott Langerud to the Park & Recreation Advisory Board.

 

  • Re-appoint Bob Bristow and appoint Chris Kielblock to replace Ken Moser on the Planning Commission.  

 

  • Re-appoint Gary Hoffman and appoint Deb Weg to replace Jim Elsing on the Water and Light Commission.
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