Yellow Ribbon Community status, Hotel Thompson discussed at council meeting
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington City Council conducted a public hearing as part of its regular meeting Monday night to solicit community feedback regarding the storm water pollution prevention plan.
The city’s municipal separated storm sewer system permit is up for renewal this year, and a few minor adjustments have been made to increase efforts to prevent pollution.
No members of the public commented on the plan that was presented.
Council members heard a third reading of an ordinance to vacate a part of Ninth Street, with property ownership passing to the owners of abutting properties. The ordinance was passed unanimously.
Council members considered a number of zone changes, all of which moved forward without dissent.
The council heard a proposal for Worthington to apply to become a Yellow Ribbon Community, a designation that means the city would create a network of support for current and past veterans and their families. All members of the council supported the idea.
City Administrator Steve Robinson presented the current schedule and budgets for the city’s local-option sales tax projects. The 2019-2020 projects are the field house and the Centennial Park pedestrian bridge.The 2020-2021 projects are the aquatic center, the 10th Street plaza and other parks and recreation projects.
Director of Community Development, Planning, Zoning and Building Services Jason Brisson explained further developments on the Hotel Thompson. The receiver, Lighthouse Management Group, has accepted an offer on the property, but the offer is contingent upon the buyer securing financial aid from the city to improve the sirw. City council members wanted to wait until the next regular meeting to vote, saying that they would discuss the matter further at next week’s work session.
Also on the agenda:
- The council approved the Center for Active Living’s request to adjust its meeting schedule.
- New Worthington police officer Madison Stearns was introduced to the council and sworn in.
- Council members awarded bids for the Homewood Hills Street Improvement Project and the 2019 Seal Coating Project.
- Council members approved plans for the 2019 bituminous improvements and the replacement of the Centennial Park Pedestrian Bridge.
- Council approved conditional use permits for the entertainment spec building and for the Tsadkane Mariam Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church.
For more on Monday's council meeting, see Wednesday's print edition and dglobe.com.