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EDA addresses Garden Terrace I repairs

January 12, 2011
By Josh Moniz Staff Writer

NEW ULM - Recent leaks and other problems at the Garden Terrace I Apartments have accelerated the New Ulm Economic Development Authority's (EDA) plans for improving the complex.

At the Tuesday meeting of the EDA, city staff was authorized to obtain plans and specifications for fixing the problem.

Assistant City Manager Thomas MacAulay said he was aware of deficiencies in the building that had been vaguely noted when a different leak in the tower was being repaired. He said he did not know the details of the deficiencies, but had planned to bring an improvement plan before the EDA in the spring.

However, MacAulay was notified by the building's caretaker on Dec. 22 that water was leaking into the lobby. MacAulay contacted the architect firm for the tower repair project, Brunton Architects, and had them perform an inspection of the building.

The leak was caused by ice damming. While examining the attic of the building to find the exact cause of the ice damming, Brunton Architects found an extensive list of problems and inefficiencies, including lack of enclosure and insulation around recessed lights and building dormer ventilation deficiencies.

MacAulay said that the problems individually would not be big enough to be urgent, but the combination was significant. He presented a motion to authorize staff to retain Brunton Architects to prepare plans and specifications for repairs. Brunton Architects were chosen because of their previous experience with the building. The EDA approved the motion.

The recent leak occurred after the one that was repaired with the completion of the previous siding and window replacement project.

The project is expected to cost an estimated $40,000 in repairs. The motion allows staff to perform the preliminary work.

In other business, the EDA received a schedule for the submission of the Fiscal Year 2011 Annual Plan/Revised 5-Year Plan and Schedule Public Hearing. The two plans are designed to provide information about the EDA's operations. The plans are updated every year and every five years, respectively. The public hearing is schedule April 12.

The EDA also approved a resolution adopting the new Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Administrative Plan, which updated language to reflect the current times.

Finally, two new commissioners, Peter Guggisberg and Jason Wohlers, were sworn into office at the beginning of the meeting. They are replacing Patrick Brennan and Daniel Braam.

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