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Council accepts Olson’s resignation

March 21, 2012
By Josh Moniz - Staff Writer , The Journal

NEW ULM - New Ulm City Councilor Todd Olson announced Tuesday his official resignation from the New Ulm City Council.

Olson will be relocating to Onalaska, Wis. to take advantage of an offer to run an Edwards Jones office in the city. He will be moving at the end of this month.

"It's been an honor and a privilege to have been able to serve this community," said Olson, "I'm sure my wife and I will be back to visit this community many times."

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New Ulm Mayor Bob Beussman presented Olson with an official plaque thanking him for his service.

City Attorney Hugh Nierengarten explained to the Council that the next step, according to the City Charter, is for the Council to appoint a replacement for Olson's position until the next municipal election in November. The position will then be filled by city election for the remaining two years of Olson's term.

Councilors decided they will determine the process and date for appointing Olson's replacement at the first meeting in April. City Manager Brian Gramentz said the process typically takes a month to complete.

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New Ulm City Councilor Todd Olson (left) accepted a recognition of his service from New Ulm Mayor Bob Beussman (right) after announcing his resignation from Council at Tuesday’s meeting.

Liability insurance

The Council also approved setting the minimum liability insurance limit/tort cap for contracts provided to or by the City of New Ulm to $1 million.

Gramentz said the prior minimum requirement was a $1.5 million insurance policy, which is inconvenient because most insurance providers only offer $1 million or $2 million policies. He said the Council approves so many requests that the city only need the $1 million policy.

Tax collections

Finally, the Council received a report that the City collected approximately $992,000 in sales and excise tax in 2011. In six of the 12 months, the City collected record amounts of sales and excise tax, although 2011 was not an overall record year. Gramentz said lower funds may be generated in 2012, but he said the sales tax has been growing nicely over the last few years.

MLC senior housing

The Council approved several motions for the planned 50-unit senior housing facility on the Martin Luther College grounds. The Council approved a final plat for the subdivision, a variance on the land density requirements and a variance to allow a lower number of parking stalls than is typically required. Councilor Les Schultz said the lower stall count was requested by the builders because there would be fewer seniors with cars living at the facility.

Cigarette License

The Council approved issuing a cigarette license to Smokes 4 Less New Ulm Inc. for 1704 Westridge Road No. 4. Because no representative of the business spoke at the meeting, information isn't immediately available about the plans for the business.

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