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Council schedules hearing for planned Shell Street work

The Worthington City Council on Monday accepted a feasibility report and called for a public hearing for later this month to consider the improvement of the Shell Street project.

Planned work includes removal of existing pavement, curb and gutter, walks, and the base of the pavement; replacement of water main, and sanitary services; concrete curb and gutter and pedestrian walks; and street pavement.

Shell Street, constructed in 1985, has remained untouched for nearly four decades and has exceeded its expected service life. The street is now exhibiting signs of distress that city staff says warrant a comprehensive feasibility study for reconstruction. The primary concerns include the presence of alligator cracks and water ponding due to pavement deterioration. Additionally, sanitary services are more than 80 years old.

The public hearing on the Shell Street project will place at 5:30 p.m. May 22 in the City Hall Council Chambers.

Also Monday, council members approved the third and final required reading that amends a portion of city code that removes the requirement that auto repair shops must screen all inoperable vehicles behind a six-foot screening fence.

The council also approved three separate change of zone requests on Monday.

A property located at 1477 Knollwood Drive goes from ‘I’ Institutional to ‘R-1’ Single Family Detached Residential. The property was previously operated by a non-profit and was zoned accordingly for its use. The house eventually sold and is being used as a single-family dwelling.

The property on which the Prairie Justice Center is located changes from a ‘TZ’ Transition Zone to ‘B-3’ General Business District. This will allow for subdivision of the property. Property located along the north and south side of Cecilee Street also changes from ‘R-2’ Single Family, Low Density Preservation Residential to ‘R-4’ Medium Density Residential. The area included in this request encompasses only the newer addition to the street. The change may allow two-family units on certain lots.

Also Monday, the Worthington City Council awarded the contract for the reconstruction of Second Avenue from 10th Street to 12th Street to Henning Construction of Adrian. Henning Construction submitted the lowest of two bids for the project at $1,456,460.

In another engineering matter, council members approved plans for 2023 mill and overlay, including Lake Street from Second Avenue to Third Avenue, Nobles Street from East Avenue to the Union Pacific Railroad and Bantom Place. In an administration agenda item, Jason Johnson was re-appointed to a second three-year term on the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board (with the new term to expire on May 31, 2026) and former mayor Mike Kuhle to fill the unexpired term of Mike Johnson on the Housing & Redevelopment Authority Board (with the term to expire Oct. 31 of this year).

The Worthington Economic Development Authority, prior to Monday’s city council meeting, accepted a $500 check on behalf of the city in recognition of an award given by Dakota Business Finance.

Lisa Moeller, a loan specialist with Dakota Business Finance, presented a check for $500 for second place as part of the organization’s Rural Initiative Community Awards program. The award recognized a loan coordinated between Dakota Business Finance and Brad Meester of First State Bank Southwest to ABRA of Worthington that represented a total financing of $356,000.

Lisa Moeller and Mayor Rick von Holdt.

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