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City council OKs purchase of building for WPU

WORTHINGTON -- After some discussion, a shorthanded Worthington City Council agreed to take ownership of a 600-square-foot building located north of the easterly water tower on Nobles County 5.

WORTHINGTON - After some discussion, a shorthanded Worthington City Council agreed to take ownership of a 600-square-foot building located north of the easterly water tower on Nobles County 5.

The building will be used by Worthington Public Utilities (WPU) for additional storage. As WPU cannot own property, the city will take ownership of the building once the sale closes before Oct. 1.

Council members briefly debated the case item, taking issue with a lack of details about the sale.

“I think the general public deserves to know the price of the property and I was really surprised to not see it in here,” said council member Alan Oberloh.

The agreed-upon price was $137,000, said Steve Robinson, city administrator. Council members ultimately approved the motion, noting it doesn’t control what WPU does with its funds.

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“The way this is set up in the city of Worthington, I don’t have any say over public utility dollars,” said council member Chad Cummings.
In other news, the council:

  • Approved three Nobles Home Initiative tax abatement applications. Those included two 1,297-square-foot duplexes located on 1885 and 1887 First Ave. S.W. (South Lake Development) from Dan Krueger, a 1,720-square-foot single-family home on Donavon Drive from Kenny and Jana Willers, and a 4,400-square-foot two-story single-family home on Plotts Avenue (Six Fairway View) from Al Drost.
  • Approved a new legal services agreement with the Nobles County Attorney’s Office that expires Dec. 31, 2023. The agreement stipulates that it can be terminated by either of the two parties or by mutual consent.
  • Authorized a certificate of completion for the Grand Terrace Apartments project as the Economic Development Authority.
  • Authorized a lease agreement with Minnesota West Community and Technical College to allow students to use the Worthington Police Department pistol range.
  • Heard a report on the city’s 2017 audit from Wayne Drealan. He said the city has a clean audit opinion, and noted the city’s property taxes per capita was $259 - 200th highest of 229 comparable Minnesota cities.
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