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City awards bid for Buss Field complex

WORTHINGTON -- The city's plans to renovate Buss Field into a soccer complex took another step forward Monday night when the Worthington City Council awarded a contract to Henning Construction, Adrian, to construct three grass fields and a concre...

WORTHINGTON -- The city’s plans to renovate Buss Field into a soccer complex took another step forward Monday night when the Worthington City Council awarded a contract to Henning Construction, Adrian, to construct three grass fields and a concrete-paved parking lot at a bid of $1,085,057.

Henning Construction was the lowest of seven bidders on the project. Worthington City Administrator Steve Robinson said the bid was approximately $63,600 below the engineer’s estimate.

The bid does not include sod placement, which will be performed by a separate contractor. The engineer’s estimate for that work is $61,000. Blue Valley Sod of Blue Earth will harvest, transport and place the sod on site.

The project will be funded through the city’s existing levy, using money that was directed toward Prairie View Golf Links, Robinson said.

In other action, the council:

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  • Approved a 2 percent pension adjustment for the Worthington Firefighters Relief Association, effective Jan. 1, and adopted a policy of a 1 percent annual increase to be implemented every other year, in odd-numbered years. The last pension adjustment was made in 2015 at 1 percent.

“I believe we get a good deal with our volunteer fire department,” Mayor Mike Kuhle said.

  • Renewed a boat lift storage agreement between the city and Tru Shine Truck Wash for storage of boat lifts on a city-owned gravel parking area across from Sunset Park. Mark Thier, owner of Tru Shine, will pay the city a $500-per-year fee to store up to 30 boat lifts on the site. This is a three-year renewal.

Robinson recognized Thier for his help in moving the city’s boat dock, as well as placing the pontoon platform the city uses for its July 4 fireworks display.

  • Approved the grant agreement between the city and the Federal Aviation Administration to fund the crack and joint repair and seal coating on Taxiway C at the Worthington Municipal Airport.

  • Approved the conveyance of title to vacate Sixth Avenue, between 10th and 11th streets, and the alleys within the Sanford Hospital site to Sanford Health Network. This action takes the city out of any claim to ownership, although the city still has a utility easement to the alley that is being vacated.

  • Received an update from Marty Seifert of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities. Seifert said the goal of the organization is to see businesses grow and flourish in rural Minnesota. He talked about the impact of the legislature’s failures to pass a tax bill, transportation bill and bonding bill this past session, and said LGA funding to the city will remain the same as it was this past year.

  • Approved a resolution authorizing the Nobles County Attorney to sign a master subscriber agreement for Minnesota Court Data Services for Governmental Agencies.

  • Approved the third reading of a proposed ordinance opting out of requirements for temporary family health care dwellings.

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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