WORTHINGTON – In a meeting that lasted only 45 minutes, Worthington City Council approved all three files submitted to the city’s planning commission the previous week, including approving an application change of zone for the former Globe printing house.
The request was passed by the Planning Commission on a 4-2 vote, despite city staff recommending that it be denied, and would allow the building to be used as a warehouse and storage facility for local business owner Efrain Patino, who first submitted the application to the planning committee.
“I think the zoning (change) needs to take place,” said Mayor Mike Kuhle, citing that there were economic development and public safety benefits to approving the request. “It’s a unique property, you know. It’s not something we just built and authorized – it’s here. “
The request was approved unanimously by the city council. A second request for a change of zone and a conditional use permit were also approved.
In another action, the advice:
Approved annual appointments, including Mindy Eggers as City Clerk, Angela Thiner as Deputy City Clerk, and designated The Globe as the official journal for all matters required by law to be published. Annual committee appointments were also approved.
Approved 4M Fund (League of Minnesota Cities sponsored money market), Ameriprise Financial, Bank of the West, First State Bank Southwest, Edward Jones Investments, Fulda Area Credit Union, Rolling Hills Bank, SWS Financial Services and United Prairie Bank as as official depositories for the Town of Worthington.
Elected Chad Cummings as mayor pro Tem to chair city council meetings in the absence or inability of the mayor.
Appointed Jesse Flynn City Attorney and Jeff Flynn Deputy City Attorney for a one-year period from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.
Passed a resolution approving a Memorandum of Understanding between the State of Minnesota and the City of Worthington authorizing participation in national opioid colonies. Settlement funds can be used for reduction strategies such as treatment or prevention, or other strategies such as law enforcement spending related to the opioid epidemic. Funds available for use by the Town will be distributed by the County of Nobles, although it has been noted that at present no damage has been identified in the Town of Worthington.
Approved a resolution to cancel a storm water service easement, which will allow the expansion of the Independent School District 518 administration office to 1117 Marine Ave.