City Council approves land annexation

NEW ULM — The New Ulm City Council formally approved the annexation of 44.62 acres of land at 2204 Jacob St. into the city.

This land is located north of U.S. Highway 14 and west of Somsen Street and the Airport Industrial Park. The city purchased the land earlier in the year for a planned industrial district at a total cost of $1.45 million.

Prior to the annexation vote the council authorized the land be zoned as I-1 Industrial District. Both votes were unanimous.

In other news, the council approved a conditional use permit application from Breanne Te Grotenhuis to allow her to operate a small baked goods business from her home on Dacotah Drive. The permit was previously approved by the Planning Commission. No comments were made during last week’s public hearing, and staff recommended approval.

The city once again approved a citizen satisfaction survey for city and public utility operations. The city has conducted this survey each year for the last six years. In the past the survey has been sent to 75 people in each ward for a total of 300 surveys. Each survey allowed residents to rate services they received and provide comments they deem appropriate.

City Manager Brian Gramentz said the survey comes at no cost to the city as the expense is covered by the state of Minnesota and the information gathered by the survey is valuable to the city staff.

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