WORTHINGTON — City council members made progress on a number of community improvements at their regular council meeting Monday night.

The council hosted a public meeting to solicit feedback regarding whether or not to issue a senior housing revenue refund note to The Meadows of Worthington, a branch of Ecumen. A senior housing revenue refund note allows the senior housing facility to use the city's bond rating in order to get a lower interest rate on a bond. It doesn't affect the city's rating or bonding capacity.

The Meadows is asking for not more than $6.2 million, most of which will go toward refinancing existing bonds, and $445,000 of which will be used for improvements to the north building.

Nancy Garvin, executive director of Ecumen, appeared at the hearing to answer questions.

"We are really excited about the improvements," she said.

Hearing no other community feedback, the council voted unanimously to award the senior housing revenue refund note.

In other housing business, council members passed a third reading of — and therefore adopted — a resolution to change the zone of a certain parcel within the proposed Dugdale Property from R1, one-family detached, to R2, one-family low density, which would allow for the construction of town homes.

Council members also voted in favor of the third reading of a change of zone for the parcel that will be home to the planned 28,000-square-foot entertainment spec building. The successful third reading means the resolution was adopted.

Director of Public Works Todd Wietzema notified the council that the city has received a grant from the Minnesota Department of Transportation to purchase and install a new hangar door at the Worthington Municipal Airport. The state grant will cover 70% of the cost, equaling $29,089. The city will cover the remaining $12,466.

The city has also been awarded grants from MnDOT and the Federal Aviation Administration to replace the apron pavement, which will begin next year.

Council member Chad Cummings told the council that the splash pad is now in the testing stage and is on track to be completed before the July 3 Beach Bash.

Other council actions Monday:

  • The council hosted a preliminary assessment hearing on the East Avenue sewer improvement. It is expected to cost $80,163, of which $10,850 (13.5%) will be assessed to local residents.
  • Council members adopted a resolution on their third reading to vacate a portion of Eighth Street.
  • City council members approved a resolution designating Worthington as a Yellow Ribbon Community, meaning it will develop a network for supporting veterans and their families.

  • Mindy Eggers was appointed as interim city clerk as a result of the retirement of Janice Oberloh at the end of this week.

  • The council approved a purchase agreement with Tsadkane Mariam Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.

Given the significant number of projects in the works, City Administrator Steve Robinson said that city staff have compiled a presentation entitled "There's Nothing to Do in Worthington and City Council Won't Do Anything About It." He and Cummings delivered the presentation to Bedford Industries employees and were well received.

This week, they will do the same presentation at JBS. They also plan to make their way through the community's other major employers and organizations.