NEW ULM - The New Ulm City Council approved two existing hydronic furnace change-outs, totaling $9,000, at its Tuesday meeting.
However, one of the furnace owners indicated to the council after the vote that he and his wife aren't going to take the deal.
Jeff Wesselmann had signed off on the agreement to take $4,000 as a change-out amount, but that was before he learned that the city was going to pay Mr. and Mrs. Shane Krause and Mr. and Mrs. Jared Haynes $5,000 to replace their existing hydronic furnace.
In his parting remarks, Wesselmann didn't mention the Kraus/Haynes change-out, but he complimented Council President Charles Schmitz for voting no against both change-out agreements.
The council approval of the Wesselmanns' furnace gives them two weeks in which to change their minds; otherwise they get nothing.
Wesselmann told Schmitz that he appreciated the fact that Schmitz thought those furnaces should be grandfathered in by the ordinance regulating the use of such furnaces.
In other action, the New council, after conducting a public hearing, ordered in four sidewalk installations, two on the south side of the city and two toward the north end.
The projects are completing three blocks, from 13th North to 16th North Streets, on the east side of Franklin Street; the uncompleted west side of Highland Avenue from Lee Avenue to Seventh North Street; the uncompleted east side of Washington Street from 15th South to 16th South streets, and the uncompleted east side of Franklin Street from 15th to 16th South streets.
Conditional use permits
The council approved the requests for conditional use permits from Larry Mack and Jeff Gulden which allows them to construct two new apartments units above the former Larkspur Market at 16 N. Minnesota St.
Dan Kurth received a CUP to operate a youth wrestling club at 1815 N. Spring St.
When the council learned that Randy Danielson hasn't paid his 2008 property taxes on his portion of the Marktplatz Mall, the council denied his CUP to operate a convention and exhibition hall for wedding dances, dinner theater and other similar uses in his part of the mall at 101 N. German St.
If the taxes are paid, and as City Attorney Hugh Nierengarten noted, the first half of his 2009 property tax on the mall property also will be delinquent after May 15, Danielson can re-apply for a CUP because the councilors thought his idea for using the mall was a good one.
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