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Council takes action on four engineering-related items

During a Monday Worthington City Council meeting filled with agenda items, council members advanced four engineering-related measures.

The council moved to award the contract for 2023 mill and overlay work on Lake Street from Second Avenue to Third Avenue, Nobles Street from East Avenue to the Union Pacific Railroad and Bantom Place from Miles Drive to the North Termini to the lowest of two bidders. Duininck Inc. bid $245,602.25 for the project, slightly under $57,000 less than Minnesota Paving Materials. The estimated cost for the project was $259,151.

Also approved was a task order with Bolton and Menk for the firm to provide preliminary engineering service for construction of the East Lake Okabena Trail located between Second Avenue and Lake Street and Trunk Highway 60. The total project cost is estimated at $885,000; the project is proposed for 2027. The terms of the task order include right of way acquisition, project design, permitting and environmental review. The cost is not to exceed $127,500.

Additionally, plans and specifications and the advertising for bids for the improvement of Shell Street from Lake Avenue to Ninth Avenue was approved. The project will include the removal of the surface and base, replacement of the water main and sanitary sewer services, and construction of a drainable base and concrete pavement. The starting date will be July 24 with an anticipated substantial completion date of Oct. 13. Bids are scheduled to be opened at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 7 at City Hall.

In another matter, council members set a public meeting for review of the city's storm water pollution prevention plan. The city will host a public meeting on its Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP) at 5:30 p.m. July 24.

Prior to the city council meeting, the Worthington Economic Development Authority approved two more facade improvement matching grant program applications.

The first to be approved was an application for work to be done at the Nobles County Heritage Center building at 225 Ninth St. Work includes replacing two over-head doors with full-view style doors that will face Ninth Street and allow for the doors to function more as windows, allowing the inside to be better utilized for meeting space and other activities. Signage will also be installed though no bid was submitted.

Based on the bid, the applicant was eligible for and given the maximum award of $10,000. Program guidelines state that for-profit and not-for-profit entities are eligible to apply as long as the grant is used for a commercial building.

The second application approved Monday was for work to take place on the Third Avenue side of the Thompson, located at 1009 Third Ave. Significant work is planned for the entire exterior of the building, but the scope of the first project includes replacing the cornice along the top. The cornice is rotten and is now sagging significantly, and it has become a safety hazard for pedestrians. Temporary cables were installed to hold it in place, but the cornice needs to be replaced or fixed this year.

The applicant was eligible for and awarded the maximum amount of $10,000. Both the Heritage Center and Thompson projects received only one bid for work, and it was from Johnson Builders and Realty in each instance. The Worthington company has already been involved with significant work at both locations.

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