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Council approves pair of new ordinances, COVID relief funds

In additional business during the Worthington City Council earlier this week, the council approved the third and final reading of a proposed ordinance that would rezone property within the Cecilee Addition from R-2 (one-family low density) to R-4 (medium density residential district).

The property in question includes two of the planned residential lots in the Cecilee Addition. The Worthington Housing Redevelopment Authority (HRA) intends to purchase the lots and subsequently build two, two-family homes.

A third and final reading of a proposed city ordinance that changes city code to effectively remove an unenforced setback requirement was also approved. It previously stated that stockpiles had to be 200 feet from any property line, except 50 feet from a street line. This has been deleted from city code.

The council also approved a resolution to accept $693,048.58 in American Rescue Plan Act funds, a total which represents half of what will ultimately be received by the city. The second payment, which will come in the same amount as the one approved Monday, will arrive in approximately 12 months for a total award of $1,386,097.16. City staff is reviewing U.S. Treasury Department guidance for eligible uses of these funds and will bring recommendations forward to council for its consideration in the coming weeks.

Also passed Monday night by the council was a second amendment to the city’s sublease with the Worthington Area YMCA regarding the expanded outdoor aquatic center. The change states that the city shall reimburse the YMCA for 50% of the premium the YMCA pays to the insurer of the building and 100% of the premium referable to the outdoor facility. The City of Worthington will be solely responsible for any increase in the premium for the outdoor facility.

Council member also moved to accept a $7,500 donation from the American Kennel Club (AKC) Reunite Adopt a K9 Cop matching fund program. The money will be utilized in a future purchase of a dog for the city’s K-9 program.

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