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Council OKs proposals for compensation and City Hall improvements studies

The Worthington City Council on Monday night approved a proposal from Abdo Solutions of Edina to complete a comprehensive compensation and classification study for the city.

The work will be performed for a fee of $59,950 and will be funded with unallocated American Rescue Plan Act funds.

Abdo Solutions had been hired in April 2023 to perform an initial review of the city’s compensation plan, which was adopted in 1988 and had minor revisions in 1991 and 2021. Worthington City Administrator Steve Robinson said Monday that Abdo’s review resulted in several key recommendations. With the engagement of Abdo Solutions for additional work, the plan is to have any changes to the compensation plan adopted by council ahead of the current bargaining unit agreements termination on Dec. 31 of this year.

Another proposal approved by council members Monday was for an architectural and engineering study of City Hall improvements. This will be undertaken by Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) and include review of interior finishes, exterior cladding, windows, HVAC systems and controls, lighting, security and access improvements.

SEH will provide the city with a written report outlining current building conditions, recommended improvements and estimated cost of the improvements. The architectural, mechanical and electrical engineering work will be performed for a fee of $6,500.00.

Among other business items, the council renewed the Worthington Police Department’s membership in the Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The WPD has been a member of the task force since December 2008. The task force partnership provides expertise and assistance and has been instrumental in local convictions for crimes related to the possession of child pornography. The WPD assigns a detective as a representative to the task force for local cases.

The council also approved multiple Nominating Committee recommendations for city committee and Charter Commission appointments and reappointments.

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