WORTHINGTON - The Worthington City Council moved closer Monday to completing its Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with PBK Investments LLC to purchase land for a new movie theater.

Kevin Donovan, a member of the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. Board of Directors, spoke for the project, saying that if all went to plan, “a year from now or so or sooner you’ll be watching movies at that area.”

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Council member Rod Sankey was concerned about the location of parking at the event center, which is further away from the theater than the Comfort Suites parking lot.

  • Approved an application for the Nobles Home Initiative tax abatement submitted by South Lake Development LLC for the construction of a duplex southeast of the intersection of Knollwood Drive and First Avenue Southwest. It’s the first of nine duplexes the developer will be constructing.

  • Approved a storm sewer utility rate increase of 2.5 percent. On average, residential lots will pay 12 cents more per month. The increase in revenue will provide a $72,828 increase in reserves designated for future capital improvements, such as the County Ditch 12 flood mitigation project.

  • Approved the proposed 2017 sewer charge system. The usage charge per 1,000 gallons will increase 2.6 percent for non-industrial users.

  • Approved a lease agreement with Tri-State Truck Wash to utilize unoccupied space on the city-owned parcel that is the site of the 300,000-gallon water tower located on Joosten Road.

  • Approved a burning permit for Wayne Scholtes so he can remove a pile of tree branches that has accumulated on his property located north of South Lake Street.

  • Re-authorized its agreement for the police department to be part of the Child Sexual Predator Program Task Force, which helps police find criminals involved with child pornography. The renewal will be effective through May 31, 2019.

  • Accepted the donation of four park benches. The Winter Family will place a bench in Sunset Park in memory of Charles “Chuck” Winters. The Mike Patrick Memorial Fund will place a bench in Centennial Park, west of the basketball courts, in memory of Mike Patrick. Wayne Klumper will place a bench in Olson Park, along the trail near the disc golf course, in memory of his parents John and Myrt Klumper. Dorothea Klumper will place a bench in Olson Park, along the trail near the disc golf course, in memory of her parents Ken and Ruth Hein.