WORTHINGTON — After receiving a proposed change order from Tri-State General Contracting earlier this month that increased the total cost of the aquatic center by $162,675, Worthington City Council learned Monday evening that the contractor had agreed to reduce the cost of the change order by $10,268. Earlier, engineering firm SEH and pool designer USA Aquatics agreed to cut its contract by $12,500.
The change order was requested after it was discovered that drain pipes needed to be installed around the new aquatic center – as well as the existing pool – due to water accumulation.
“We found many gaps in the existing (aquatic center),” said Worthington City Administrator Steve Robinson.
In addition to the drains, sump pumps will also be installed.
The board approved the new change order in the amount of $152,407.
In other cases counsel:
- Awarding of a $241,035 contract to Duininck, Inc. of Prinsburg to carry out several asphalt paving projects in the city. Projects include Clary Street from North Fredrick Avenue to McMillan Street; Fifth Avenue, from 10th to 11th Street; and 14th Street, from Second Avenue to First Avenue. The bid was 17% below the engineer’s estimate of $290,273.
Council member Amy Ernst requested that the Clary Street project be reviewed, considering extending the paving further west to Fredrick Avenue, as the road has deteriorated.
- Approved a request by Jonathon and Keturah Scribner to change the zone on their property to 370 Nobles County 5 from the transition zone to R-4 (Medium Density Residential). The parcel, which has a house and approximately 7 acres of farmland, is located north of Nobles 35 County and east of Nobles 5 County. farmland farm.
- Approved the engagement of the engineering firm Bolton & Menk for professional services in planning the reconstruction of the municipal liquor store parking lot. The existing lot is paved and has drainage problems. Public Works Director Todd Wietzema said it will be replaced with a concrete pitch and drainage will be improved.
- Accepted several donations of park benches, with benches to be placed in city parks and along bike paths. The following requests were approved: King Turkey Day, Inc. to place two benches at 10th Street Plaza in memory of Danny Huls; the Oberloh family to place two benches at the Chautauqua Park Bandshell in memory of Ervin and Delia Oberloh; Chris Thier will place a bench at the Chautauqua Park Bandshell in memory of James Cook; Friends of Albert to place two benches at the Chautauqua Park Bandshell in memory of Albert Matthiesen; Worthington Concert Association to place a bench at the Chautauqua Park Bandshell celebrating its history; and the Haas and Lang families to place a bench along the Crailsheim Road trail, in remembrance of the Lang and Haas family bakery.
“These park benches are a great convenience in parks and along trails,” said Mayor Mike Kuhle. “It’s a great program.”
- Approved the first reading of a city code amendment that would require a conditional use permit in the B-2 central business district for parking lots, parking lots, terminals, and cleaning uses. The amendment was previously approved by the city’s planning commission and is underway to restrict certain uses in the downtown area now that the retail store overlay district has been removed from the city’s code.
- Approval of a Nobles Home Initiative application by Marco Ramos for a five-year tax abatement on the construction of a new single-family home on Lots 6 and 7 in Block 3 of the Cecilee Street Addition.
- Personnel authorized to conduct employment criminal background checks for city employees who have jobs in which they interact with children, such as at JBS Field House and other city-owned or operated recreational facilities. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is the only agency authorized to perform background checks, at a cost of $10 per person. The fee will be paid by the city.
- Reclassification of an accounting position from valuation accountant to valuation clerk. Reclassification lowers education and experience standards in hopes of attracting applicants. The pay grade was also lowered to non-exempt 6th grade, with a median wage of $27.86 per hour.
- Staff authorized to analyze parking regulations and gather public feedback on potential changes to parking restrictions in the city.
- Thanked Rick Von Holdt for his service as an Honorary Board Member.