WORTHINGTON — The awarding of a bid for this year’s bituminous overlays and the authorization of advertising for bids on the 10th Street Plaza were among the items Monday night on a light Worthington City Council agenda.
With regard to the bituminous work, council members unanimously approved a bid in the amount of $345,411.45 from Duininck Inc., which was the lone bidder. The project includes the overlay of the following street segments: Apel Avenue (Dover Street to Oxford Street), Elmwood Avenue (Liberty Drive to West Oxford Street), Knollwood Drive (First Avenue Southwest to South Shore Drive) and West Gateway Drive (a spot patch near U.S. 59/Minnesota 60).
The Duininck bid came in at slightly more than $30,000 above the engineer’s estimate of $314,659.70 for the work.
The 10th Street Plaza project, meanwhile, is part of the initial phase of new and improved amenities made possible by the half-cent local option sales tax approved by voters in 2018. The Community Growth Committee, including council members Amy Ernst and Alan Oberloh, had previously approved the design for the project, which includes reconstruction of the paved area near the intersection of 10th Street and Second Avenue, a new shelter building, public restrooms, green space, a 10-foot trail and an area at the terminus of 10th Street dedicated for an art exhibit. The placeholder budget for the project is $1 million.
The council’s action Monday night formally approved the plans and authorized advertisement for bids to be received July 22 for consideration during the July 27 council meeting.
In a separate matter, council members unanimously approved the acceptance of a $30,000 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act grant for Worthington Municipal Airport. The grant is a product of congressional assistance for airports, awarded as a result of lost revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Worthington City Administrator Steve Robinson explained that the grant will be used for maintenance projects at the airport, and the funds must be utilized by 2024.
In other business, the council:
Accepted the 2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report as presented by Ellen Hoefkler of Drealan Kvilhaug Hoefker & Co. P.A.
“The city definitely maintains consistency and looks really good throughout the report,” Hoefker summarized at the conclusion of her presentation. She noted that “no significant problems” were found, and all information was provided accurately.
Approved 2019/2020 on-sale liquor, club on-sale, on-sale wine and Sunday on-sale liquor license renewal applications for the following: On-Sale/Sunday Liquor Licenses — Worthington Event Center, The Ground Round Grill & Bar, The Tap, Mini Market Lupita, Hickory Lodge, GreatLIFE Golf & Fitness, Forbidden Barrel Brewing Co., La Azteca Restaurant, Long Branch Saloon. Club On-Sale Liquor Licenses — VFW 3958, Worthington Eagles Club #3282, Worthington Elks Lodge #2287, Historic Dayton House. Wine Licenses — Worthington Comfort Suites.
Approved a private dock on public property permit application from Clarence Kremer, 916 W. Lake Ave. The applicant was a permit holder in 2019 and meets all city dock policy requirements.
Approved an application for an exemption from lawful gambling permit submitted by King Turkey Day Inc. for its annual raffle.
Approved the closure of the following sidewalks from 9 a.m. Thursday through 5 p.m. Saturday for the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce’s Reopening Event: 10th Street sidewalks from Second Avenue to Fifth Avenue, Third Avenue sidewalks in front of Adorn 1024; Fourth Avenue sidewalks from 10th Street to alleyway and parking stall in front of Family Value (closest to alleyway).