WORTHINGTON — The Worthington City Council approved two changes in city expenses during its regular meeting Monday evening.

Worthington Police Capt. Kevin Flynn presented an amendment to the annual budget in the category of squad car purchase. He explained that three police squad cars are up for replacement this year. Ford Motor Co. could not fulfill the demand Minnesota Law Enforcement had for 2019 Police Package Explorers, and many police departments across the state were forced to wait for the 2020 models.

Flynn said 2020 Police Package Explorers are now available at Marthaler Ford, but they are $4,500 more per vehicle than was budgeted for squad car replacement. He added that the 2019 partitions, cages, consoles and light bars on hand for repairs do not fit 2020 models, which may incur an additional expense.

WPD asked for $15,000 to be allotted to cover the cost of squad car replacement.

Worthington Director of Public Works Todd Wietzema also asked for additional funds. He presented seven change orders to the Public Works remodeling project that total $22,209.05 more than previous planned expenses. Adding the change orders still puts the project under the original architect's estimate of $2,035,710.

Wietzema said with the change orders, the new project completion date is Oct. 26, but he guessed it would actually be finished by Sep. 15.

Both requests were unanimously approved.

Other city council business included:

  • Appointment of Mindy Eggers as city clerk.
  • Approval to advertise for the position of administrative services secretary and accounting clerk.
  • Approval of plans for East Avenue sewer improvement.
  • Approval of plans for 2019 sanitary and storm sewer improvements.
  • Approval of a professional services agreement for the construction of a Centennial Park pedestrian bridge that would replace the existing structure.