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City Council approves creation of spot-zoning for future downtown warehouse

The Worthington City Council convened for their annual meeting on monday night.

Worthington city hall

WORTHINGTON — During a meeting that lasted just 45 minutes, the Worthington City Council approved all three case items that had gone before the city’s planning commission the week prior, including the approval of a change of zone request for The Globe’s former printing facility.

The request had passed the planning commission on a 4-2 vote, despite city staff recommending it be denied, and would allow for the building to be used as a warehouse and storage facility for local business owner Efrain Patino, who first submitted the request to the planning commision.

“I think the zoning (change) needs to occur,” said Mayor Mike Kuhle, citing that there were economic development and public safety advantages to approving the request. “This is a unique piece of property, you know. It’s not something that we just had built and allowed — it’s here.”

The request was approved unanimously by the city council. A second change of zone request and a conditional use permit were also approved.

In other action, the council:

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  • Approved annual appointments, including Mindy Eggers as City Clerk, Angela Thiner as Assistant City Clerk, and designated The Globe as the official newspaper for all matters required by law to be published. Annual committee appointments were also approved.
  • Approved 4M Fund (League of Minnesota Cities-sponsored money market), Ameriprise Financial, Bank of the West, First State Bank Southwest, Edward Jones Investments, Fulda Area Credit Union, Rolling Hills Bank, SWS Financial Services and United Prairie Bank as official depositories for the city of Worthington.
  • Elected Chad Cummings to serve as Mayor Pro Tem to preside over meetings of the City Council should the mayor be absent or unable to attend.
  • Appointed Jesse Flynn as the City Attorney and Jeff Flynn as Assistant City Attorney for a one-year period from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31.
  • Passed a resolution approving a memorandum of agreement between the state of Minnesota and the city of Worthington authorizing participation in national opioid settlements. Settlement funds may be used for abatement strategies such as treatment or prevention, or other strategies such as law enforcement expenditures related to the opioid epidemic. Funds available for use by the city will be distributed through Nobles County, although it was noted that at this time no damages have been identified in the city of Worthington.
  • Approved a resolution to vacate a stormwater utility easement, which will allow for the expansion of the Independent School District 518 administration office at 1117 Marine Ave.
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