Nobles County Commissioners ask city of Worthington to keep library site question off 2014 ballotPublished by on
WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday morning unanimously approved a motion to ask the Worthington City Council not to put a question on the 2014 general election ballot about transferring park property where the old pool was located to the county for use to build and operate a public library.
The city charter requires voter approval to release the land from park status, but the commissioners expressed concern that the $30,000 to $50,000 it would cost to put the question on the ballot would be spent needlessly. Several of the commissioners said the issue of the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System and bonding that could possibly have to take place to get Worthington tied into the project had shifted their priorities.
Commissioner Gene Metz pointed out that there were school issues likely to appear on the ballot this year, and all of the commissioners agreed that although they support the idea of a new library, the prospect of Lewis and Clark funding issues hanging over their heads means water has to remain high on that priority list.