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City council OK's agreement for use of county attorney

Among the items addressed during a special Worthington City Council meeting Wednesday afternoon was a legal services agreement between the city and the Nobles County Attorney's office.

The county attorney's office prosecutes criminal offenses and processing of associated forfeiture procedures on behalf of the city. A legal services agreement in place had an expiration date of Dec. 31 of this year, and council members moved Wednesday to approve a new five-year legal services agreement starting on Jan. 1, 2024 and continuing through Dec.31, 2028.

Compensation for legal services will be 30% of the annual budgeted operating costs for the Nobles County Attorney's office, which represents an increase of the previous figure of 20% and is said to be a more accurate reflection of the county attorney office's work on city-related matters.

The county attorney will meet with the City Council in April or May of each year to give notice of the county's estimated operational costs for the following year. The final approved operating cost shall be set when the county's budget is approved by the county commissioners.

Also Wednesday, the council passed a resolution that approves a State of Minnesota joint powers agreement with the city of Worthington on behalf of Worthington's city attorney and police department. The agreement allows the city to use systems and tools available over the state's criminal justice data communications network.

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