City accepts $30.3 million loan to proceed with wastewater treatment plant improvements

New signage also approved for JBS Field House.

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These water filtration domes at the Worthington wastewater treatment plant are expected to be replaced when a planned new plant comes online in 2023. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

WORTHINGTON — In a brief meeting Friday noon, the Worthington City Council approved a resolution accepting a low-interest loan through the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority (PFA) to finance improvements to the city’s wastewater treatment facility.

Worthington Public Utilities (WPU) and the city will receive $30,322,821 from the PFA to pay for the project. Repayment of the loan will be at 1% interest over 20 years.

“The state will issue tax-exempt bonds,” noted WPU Manager Scott Hain. WPU will repay the note with funding reserves and revenues generated from water users.

In other business, the council:

  • Approved a temporary on-sale liquor license for the Nobles County Fair Association for a Sept. 19 event at the Worthington Speedway.

  • Accepted two estimates for a sign to be placed at the new JBS Field House along Second Avenue. The first, in the amount of $50,697, is for Harvey Sign Service to construct a monument sign; and the second, in the amount of $48,370, is for Daktronics to install a 4- by 8-foot, double-sided high definition digital display into the monument.

Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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