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Worthington City Council explores impounded vehicle storage options for Prairie Justice Center

Worthington City Council met for under 30 minutes on Monday night.

WORTHINGTON — The Worthington City Council approved plans to explore the development of a storage building to house vehicles impounded, forfeited and confiscated by the Nobles County sheriff and Worthington police departments during its Monday night meeting.

The 40 to 50 vehicles, on average, are parked outside on the west and south sides of the facility and visible to the neighboring residential area. They are exposed to the elements and generally unprotected. A proposal to local engineering firm SEH to develop a concept building and site design layouts, as well as cost estimates, were requested for two building options. One would see a building placed on the Prairie Justice Center site currently owned by Nobles County, while the other would explore the possibility of acquiring three to four acres of land on the north side of Airport Road.

“(The second option) would entail possibly cheaper building costs,” said Councilman Chad Cummings, “because it's not in city limits. And so wouldn't have to meet all of the city building code.”

The lump sum fee for the proposed architecture services to be performed is $6,400, plus reimbursable expenses. The cost for professional services will be shared between Nobles County and the City of Worthington.

In other action, the Council:

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  • Approved revised loan agreements for the Bioscience Industrial Park parcel distribution due to an error made in the original calculations for the forgivable loan and delays in submitting the new plat to Nobles County. 
  • Approved plans to begin the next phase in the Nobles County Ditch 12 drainage improvements, including reviewing additional modeling and improvements, and preparing a cost-benefit analysis for each scenario to determine if the improvements may be eligible for FEMA funding.
  • Accepted a $1,000 donation from Tricia and Joel Mikle to the Worthington Police Department. Funds are likely to go toward the purchase of a new taser. 
  • Approved plans for a bridge replacement on Fox Farm Road. The new structure shall have a concrete surface over the culvert for load distribution and the bituminous road surface will be restored. The completion date for this project is Aug. 26, and the estimated cost of the project, including engineering and contingencies, is $334,230. The funding for this project comes from $179,230 in state bonds and $155,000 in local funding.
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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