WORTHINGTON — In a brief special meeting over the noon hour Monday, the Worthington City Council voted unanimously to approve bids for phase 2 of the JBS fieldhouse and recreation center and authorized construction manager, Tri-State Construction of Jackson, to execute contracts related to the project. The action keeps both development projects in the community moving forward.

Worthington City Administrator Steve Robinson said Tri-State solicited bids from subcontractors to perform specific scopes of work within 13 areas of specialty construction. The total bid for the base project was $1,793,663.30, an amount which included a 4,000-square-foot office addition, site improvements and a parking lot for the Second Avenue building, located at the bottom of the hill from the Worthington Fire Hall.

A bid for alternate work — a mezzanine inside the fieldhouse — was $313,384.70, making a new total of $2,107,048.

“We’re pleased to report that this amount was at our estimate,” said Robinson, adding that city staff will pursue additional furnishings for the project including the turf field, netting, security system, signage and office furnishings.”

Mike Pigman, director of construction and design at Tri-State Construction, was in attendance Monday, and was asked about the project’s time frame from council member Alaina Kolpin.

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“We’re shooting for the first of the year,” Pigman replied. “We’ve got a few items we need to check out as far as timeline deliveries on them, but we’ll get started right away. Speaking with Steve (Robinson), that’s kind of the council goal as well — to get it open sooner rather than later.”

In the other matter on the agenda, council members approved a change order for the Glenwood Heights project that allows for site grading and utility work in connection with the construction of nine additional “move-up” lots to be developed in the neighborhood. The mitigation of a wetland area has made it possible to complete construction of Campbell Boulevard, which is resulting in an increase from 28 to 37 new lots. It’s anticipated the new lots will be available for home construction by mid-summer.

Project engineers Bolton and Menk reviewed the additional work that’s now necessary to complete and prepared a change order for site grading and utility in the amount of $158,448.30. Additional engineering fees are an estimated $45,000, Robinson said.

In an unrelated matter, Robinson said a walk-through on the trail system through Olson Park was to take place later that afternoon with a representative from the engineering firm Short Elliot Hendrickson. The trail is in need of improvements and may be reconfigured, but Robinson said it would not be removed from the park.