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Council moves forward on flood mitigation plan

The Worthington City Council, following a closed session Monday night, approved the potential purchase of two properties that will assist in flood mitigation in the city.


One parcel of property poised for purchase is located along Minnesota 60 and is used by JBS for wastewater management. The other property, located behind the W-2's Quality Meats building along Oxford Street, is owned by Kelly Properties. That purchase would also include property behind Platinum Insultation, just east of the Kelly Properties building.


The properties planned for purchase are slated for future construction in phase two of the Nobles County Ditch 12 flood mitigation project for stormwater diversion. The work is set to remove a total of 74 residences from the city’s flood plain.


In additional business Monday, the council passed a resolution to order a feasibility report on the East Ninth Avenue Sanitary Sewer Extension project. The improvement is slated to extend from 11th Street to 10th Street.

Proposed improvements involve regrading, replacement of the sanitary sewer main and sanitary services, temporary pavement and permanent pavement restoration. The permanent pavement restoration will be 100% assessed against the property owners, given that the project is initiated by petition and no street reconstruction is necessary. This restoration is scheduled to take place in the year 2025.


Also Monday, the city agreed to pay $50,000 in preliminary engineering costs related to the construction of the East Lake Okabena Trail. The trail alignment goes from Second Avenue to Nobles Street at Trunk Highway 60. The trail will cross under the Union Pacific Railroad through an existing underpass, and Union Pacific requires the underpass to be evaluated for potential impacts to the railroad operations.




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