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Council opts for concrete surface on Shell Street project

The Worthington City Council, following a public hearing attended by no residents of the affected project area, moved Monday night to go ahead with a concrete paving option for planned Shell Street pavement work. Plans were submitted that accounted for concrete and bituminous pavement surfaces.


The city share for concrete on the project is at $377,645.17, which represents 78.44% of the total project cost of $481,420. Assessments receivable for the concrete option are estimated at $103,774.83, or 21.56% of the total cost. While the bituminous option was less costly, Worthington Engineer Steve Schnieder recommended the concrete option to council members, stating that it represented a better long-term financial investment for the city. The total cost for the bituminous option was $409,370.


In other business Monday, the council approved:

  • A change order for the aquatic center project in the amount of $20,242 for adding sod at the site instead of grass seeding. The total contract price is now $6,795,572.67; Tri-State General Contracting is the contractor on the project. The aquatic center, known as Worthington Waterworld, is scheduled to open Saturday.

  • An amendment for the construction portion of a project that replaces the roof on Worthington Municipal Airport’s maintenance hangar. The city of Worthington was recently notified that it has been awarded a Minnesota Department of Transportation Grant for the work. The proposed state grant will pay for 70% of the total project cost, equaling $147,939.00, while the local share will be $63,402.

  • The second of three required readings for the following change of zone requests: a property located at 1477 Knollwood Drive from ‘I’ Institutional to ‘R-1’ Single Family Detached Residential; the property on which the Prairie Justice Center is located from a ‘TZ’ Transition Zone to ‘B-3’ General Business District; and property located along the north and south side of Cecilee Street from ‘R-2’ Single Family, Low Density Preservation Residential to ‘R-4’ Medium Density Residential.

  • An agreement with Bolton and Menk in the amount of $120,000 for professional services involving the reconstruction of Second Avenue from 10th Street to 12th Street.

  • A resolution accepting a Minnesota Department of Transportation Airport Maintenance and Operations Grant. The city biannually enters into a grant agreement for partial reimbursement of its airport maintenance and operation cost. This grant will cover the state fiscal years of 2024 and 2025 and the city will be paid for 75% of the eligible maintenance and operations cost, not to exceed $77,251.00 of state aid for each fiscal year.



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