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City council expected to award Oxford Street bid Monday

The Worthington City Council is scheduled to award the construction contract for the federal Oxford Street reconstruction project during its meeting Monday night.

Bids were opened May 4 for the project. Two were received, with the low bid being $5,034,162 from Duininck Inc. of Prinsburg. The other bid was for $5,173,778.20 from Hulstein Excavating Inc. of Edgerton.

The engineer’s estimate was for $3,738,774.50. The low bid was $1,295,387.50, 34.6% higher than the estimated cost.

The State of Minnesota is designating additional federal funding to cover 80% of the added costs. The remainder of the costs -- $250,077.50 -- will be split per the agreement between the city and Nobles County. The additional city share will be around $125,000.

In connection with the project, the city council is also slated to approve a professional services agreement with Short Elliot Hendrickson for an amount not to exceed $262,463.

In another matter Monday, council members are expected to consider a petition for annexation from Ridley Inc. for property it owns abutting the city of Worthington on the east side. Ridley’s intent is to build a storage building on the subject property served by Worthington utilities. The area proposed for annexation is approximately 7.9 acres.

The Worthington Planning Commission voted unanimously during its June 7 meeting to recommend the council approve the annexation. It’s noted by city staff that the city will have to reimburse Lorain Township for lost revenue for two years following the annexation in accordance with state statute. The city would pay two equal payments of $201.82 (the town’s share of taxes for 2022).

Also Monday, the council will consider an amendment to the current Worthington Cable Television Public Access Channels Joint Powers Agreement. The joint powers board is recommending that the agreement be amended with the transferring of operations and management to Worthington Independent School District 518 effective July 1. Persons employed in connection with the local cable television operation shall be employees of District 518 rather than the city of Worthington.

A review of the evaluation of Worthington City Administrator Steve Robinson is also on the agenda.

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