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Worthington City Council approves change orders of nearly $283,000 for aquatic center

The council met Monday, May 9.

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Worthington City Hall (Brian Korthals/Daily Globe)
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WORTHINGTON — Two change orders for the Worthington Aquatic Center were brought before the Worthington City Council Monday evening, having been proposed by the project's contractor, Tri-State General Contracting.

The first change order is for the removal and replacement of the existing outdoor pool deck and drains, as well as four bathroom doors that were difficult to use due to rust buildup. The proposed cost for this is $158,172.

The second change order is for the existing pool at the YMCA aquatic center, and includes removal and replastering of the pool, repairs to minor cracks, and replacement of any damaged tile. Additionally, a six-inch tile band to the perimeter of the pool will be added, as well as the installation of new depth markers. The second change order will cost an estimated $124,695, bringing the city’s total contract price to $6,622,744.01 for the project. Additional funds for the change orders will be secured through sales tax proceeds, pool reserve funds, or a combination of both.

Retail Overlay District

While the final reading of the proposed ordinance that would amend the city’s code by removing Worthington’s retail shopping overlay district was on the agenda for Monday night’s meeting, council members moved to table the discussion until June 13. This was done to give local business owners — particularly in the downtown corridor — additional time to give feedback on the removal of the overlay district.

Eighth Avenue reconstruction

The council also accepted a construction contract for the Eighth Avenue reconstruction project Monday night. The project consists of the complete reconstruction of Eighth Avenue, starting at Ninth street and including the replacement of the water main on Eighth Avenue between Ninth and 10th streets.


Two bids were received for the project, and the City Council awarded the contract to LCS, Inc. of Worthington. The contract includes a base bid for all work except the pavement construction and the option of concrete pavement, which came in $190,042.05 below the engineer’s estimate.

In other action, the council:

  • Welcomed Honorary Council Member Rick Von Holdt.
  • Approved two Nobles Home Initivave applications for Dan and Tanya Wagner, who were seeking tax abatement for the construction of single-family homes on lots 5 and 6, block 1, of the Wagner addition. 
  • Approved a text amendment to allow food trucks to obtain an annual operating license in the city of Worthington, rather than the current seasonal license.  Additional readings of this amendment are necessary, and if passed, a resolution to change the required fee from $500 to $750 will be brought forth for consideration.
  • Approved a conditional use permit for Alan Oberloh to operate a venue space at 1815 East Ave., as recommended by the planning commission during its last meeting. 
  • Awarded the contract for the Olson Park Trail rehabilitation project to Duininck, Inc. at $661,296.25. The project includes reconstructing the paved trail from Crailsheim Road to Bay Street, decorative fencing along the trail near any slopes, connections to the new walk bridge, and new ADA handicap crossings. Engineers estimated the cost for the project at $639,862.00.
  • Approved construction services from Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc., for the Olson Trail Project. They will provide construction observation, administration and recordkeeping of the project, and completion of close-out paperwork, among other services, for $49,239.
  • Approved an agency agreement with the Minnesota Department of Transportation for Master Partnership contracts, which will allow for the exchange of goods and services between MnDOT and local agencies.  The city’s previous agreement was for the years 2018 to 2022, and the new agreement will extend to 2027. 
  • Awarded construction contracts for the federally funded TAP trail projects located at Prairie Elementary and Cecilee Street to Duininck Inc. for $177,540. An agreement with Short Elliott Hendrickson for professional services on this project was also approved at an amount not to exceed $24,655. 
  • Approved plans to construct a right turn lane along the west side of Country State Aid Highway 10 and widen CSAH 35 on the north side of the road to construct a left turn lane on the north side of the Middle School.

    The Economic Development Authority met prior to the city council meeting and approved the sale of the following:

  • Lots 1-5, 7 and 8 of Block 1 of the Glenwood Heights Second Addition,
  • Lots 1-6 of Block 2 of the Glenwood Heights Second Addition,
  • Lots 1-4 of Block 3 of the Glenwood Heights Second Addition,
  • Lots 1-4 of Block 4 of the Glenwood Heights Second Addition,
  • Lots 1-6 of Block 5 of the Glenwood Heights Second Addition,
  • Lots 1-6 of Block 1 of the Glenwood Heights Third Addition, and
  • Lots 1-3 of Block 2 of the Glenwood Heights Third Addition.

    The sale of EDA-owned property at 1040 27th Street to Cemstone Concrete Materials was also approved.

After bids for the project came in at 34.6% and 38.4% higher than the engineer's estimate, the city is reassessing its options for the jointly-funded project.
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Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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