Council to select city manager finalists today

NEW ULM–The New Ulm City Council is expected to begin the interview process for the next city manager.

The City Council will approve a list of finalists for the position during its meeting in the New Ulm City Hall today.

In August, former City Manager Brian Gramentz announced he was ending his employment with New Ulm. Gramentz’s last day was Nov. 15.

Gramentz’s departure was sudden as the city had only hired Chris Dalton as assistant city manager in April. Dalton has been appointed city manager until a permanent hire is found.

In addition to selecting the finalists to interview, the council will decide which components should be included on the candidate interview.

In other business, the council will consider a resolution to allow the encroachment of an existing building into the adjoining rights-of-way. The request comes from Black Forest Properties for an existing building at 201 First N. St. into the adjoining N. Valley Street and First N. St. rights-of-way.

The building is the current location of New Ulm Wholesale and is owned by A. H. Hermel Candy & Tobacco Company. Black Forest Properties has a purchased agreement to acquire the property which encroaches less than a foot on the First N. Street and N. Valley Street side.

The building was constructed on the property in 1916 and has not proven to be a problem with the city, but a permit is required. The city has previously approved requests for encroachments in the right-of-way.

The council will also consider authorizing ARR Construction to complete repairs to the drill tower at the Goosetown Station for $38,201.90. Funds were allocated in the 2019 budget for this project.