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$162,675 Aquatic Center change order reduced by $10,268, then approved by the City Council

The change order was requested after it was discovered that drain tile needed to be installed around the new aquatic center — as well as the existing pool.

Construction at the aquatic center continues behind the Worthington Area YMCA Wednesday, July 20, 2022.
Construction at the aquatic center continues behind the Worthington Area YMCA Wednesday, July 20, 2022.
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WORTHINGTON — After receiving a proposed change order from Tri-State General Contracting earlier this month that increased the aquatic center’s total cost by $162,675, the Worthington City Council learned Monday evening that the contractor agreed to lower the cost of the change order by $10,268. Previously, engineering firm SEH and pool designer USA Aquatics agreed to reduce its contract by $12,500.

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The change order was requested after it was discovered that drain tile needed to be installed around the new aquatic center — as well as the existing pool — due to ponding water.

“We found a lot of deficiencies in the existing (aquatic center),” said Worthington City Administrator Steve Robinson.

In addition to drain tile, lift pumps will also be installed.

The council approved the new change order, in the amount of $152,407.

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In other business, the council:

  • Awarded a $241,035 contract to Duininck, Inc. of Prinsburg to complete several bituminous overlay projects within the city. The projects include Clary Street, from North Fredrick Avenue to McMillan Street; Fifth Avenue, from 10th to 11th streets; and 14th Street, from Second Avenue to First Avenue. The bid came in 17% below the engineer’s estimate of $290,273.

Council member Amy Ernst asked that the Clary Street project be looked at, with consideration to extend the overlay farther west from Fredrick Avenue as the road has degraded.

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  • Approved a request from Jonathon and Keturah Scribner to change the zone on their property at 370 Nobles County 5 from Transitional Zone to R-4 (medium density residential). The parcel, which has one house and about 7 acres of farmland, is located north of Nobles County 35, and on the east side of Nobles County 5. The owners sought the zone change in advance of possibly splitting the homestead portion from the farmland.
  • Approved hiring the engineering firm of Bolton & Menk for professional services in planning the reconstruction of the municipal liquor store parking lot. The existing lot is blacktop and has some drainage issues. Public Works Director Todd Wietzema said it will be replaced with a concrete lot and drainage will be improved.
  • Accepted several park bench donations, with benches to be placed in city parks and along the bike trails. The following requests were approved: King Turkey Day, Inc. to place two benches at the 10th Street Plaza in memory of Danny Huls; the Oberloh family to place two benches at the Chautauqua Park Bandshell in memory of Ervin and Delia Oberloh; Chris Thier to place a bench at the Chautauqua Park Bandshell in memory of James Cook; Friends of Albert to place two benches at the Chautauqua Park Bandshell in memory of Albert Matthiesen; Worthington Concert Association to place a bench at the Chautauqua Park Bandshell celebrating its history; and the Haas and Lang families to place a bench along the Crailsheim Road Trail, remembering the Lang and Haas Family Bakery.

“These park benches are a really nice amenity in the parks and along the trails,” said Mayor Mike Kuhle. “It’s a great program.”

  • Approved the first reading of a text amendment to city code that would require a conditional use permit in the B-2 Central Business District for parking lots, parking, terminals and cleaning uses. The amendment was previously agreed upon by the city’s planning commission, and is being done to restrict certain uses in the downtown area now that the retail shopping overlay district was removed from city code.
  • Approved a Nobles Home Initiative application from Marco Ramos for five-year tax abatement on construction of a new single-family home on Lots 6 and 7 in Block 3 of the Cecilee Street Addition.
  • Authorized staff to perform criminal history employment checks for city employees who have jobs in which they interact with children, such as at the JBS Field House and other recreational facilities owned or managed by the city. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is the only agency authorized to perform the background checks, and do so at a cost of $10 per individual. The fee will be paid for by the city.
  • Reclassified an accounting position from assessment accountant to assessment clerk. The reclassification lowers the standards for education and experience in hopes of attracting applicants. The pay grade was also lowered to non-exempt Grade 6, with a midpoint salary of $27.86 per hour.
  • Authorized staff to analyze parking regulations and gather public input for potential changes in parking restrictions in the city.
  • Thanked Rick Von Holdt for his service as honorary council member.
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Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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