WORTHINGTON - The Worthington City Council heard a number of zoning ordinance requests during its regular meeting Monday night.

A second reading of a proposal to allow L-zoned properties to have water-based structures that connect to sewer and water facilities was passed. Council member Amy Ernst, who sits on the Planning Commission, explained that rather than continuing to grant variances to allow this individually, the commission feels that it would make more sense to just change the ordinance.

Council member Alan Oberloh was opposed, citing the lack of requests from the public to make the change.

The council also heard a request to change the zone of property that’s home to Golden Horizons Assisted Living, allowing for a 16-unit memory care addition.

After some discussion, the city council voted 4-1 (Larry Janssen opposed) to change the zone from R-4 to R-5.

Worthington Director of Community Development, Planning, Zoning and Building Services Jason Brisson reported to the council that there’s an update on the course of the Hotel Thompson. He said that a private party has expressed interest in the building and would like to fix the roof itself. The party asked for some time to prepare all the financial information necessary.

For now, the city council took no action, including deciding not to act on its previous decisions to re-roof the Thompson and to evict the residents.

Also on the agenda:

  • The council awarded leases on two plots of airport agricultural land.
  • Mayor Mike Kuhle was selected as the representative to Cuero, Texas for the community’s Turkeyfest celebration.
  • The council established guidelines for awarding subsidies on projects.

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