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Council approves Law Enforcement Center agreement

The Worthington City Council on Monday approved an amended lease and operations agreement for the Law Enforcement Center.


The Law Enforcement Center Joint Powers Committee had reviewed the lease and recommended amending changes to the city's rent and capital reimbursement payments. Annual rent will be $1, due and payable on or about Jan. 1 of each year. Capital reimbursement annual payments of $197,500 from the city to Nobles County will be due and payable on or about Jan. 1 of each year and, beginning Jan. 1, 2025, the remaining balance will be amortized annually by the county incorporating a simple interest value equal to the federal long-term rate set on July 1 of the previous year. That rate was 5.03% as of Dec. 1.


The city's current principal balance for capital improvements at the Prairie Justice Center is $1,196,269.52.


In other business, council members approved the annual contract with the Worthington Area YMCA to promote, manage and operate the city’s summer youth recreation programs. Ther fee to be paid to the Y for 2024 will be $64,500, a 5% increase over this year.


Also approved was an increase in fees at the city’s Water World Aquatic Center by 3% for all season passes and additional rental rates for certain functions. Council members then OK’d 2024 park user fees and Olson Park campground fees. There will be no changes in park user fees, while each category of campground fees will have increases. Nightly rates for individual sites will go up either $1 or $2; weekly rates will go from $195 to $200 and monthly rates from $500 to $700.


Also on Monday, the council:


  • Approved a professional services agreement with Ehlers Public Finance Advisors for them to provide independent investment advisory services. Ehlers services include seeking the best short- and long-term investments based on the current portfolio and the city's investment objectives. The annualized rate for less than $5 million under management is 0.250. The advisory fee decreases to a minimum of 0.125% when assets under management exceeds $25 million. The city has $4,971,830 in Treasury Bonds maturing in December.

  • Adopted the state legislature-mandated earned sick and safe time policy. The Minnesota Legislature passed the omnibus jobs and economic development bill that included Senate File No. 3035, Earned Sick and Safe Time. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Tim Walz in May and becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2024.

  • Approved the reinstatement of the Deputy Chief position within the Worthington Police Department. This position replaces the Captain position and is intended to better represent the responsibilities of the person serving as second in command of the department.





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