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Nehls Park

August 3, 2012
The Journal

To the editor:

Regulation No. 05-033 states that to the city essential to maintaining a healthy and desirable environment and is significantly enhanced by the presence of such park and open space amenities.

Dec. 16, 1975 Denis J. Warta a motion was unanimously passed stating "that the Nehls property is not available for a site of a water reservoir."

I don't think the City and its engineers asked themselves enough questions.

1. Where do we envision the most growth of New Ulm, north or south?

2. Where does New Ulm have its water shortage problems, north or south end?

3. How do we calculate hydraulics and friction loss to justify a tower 4 miles away from our water problems one mile past Walmart West?

If north, somewhere in a triangle from O'Reilly Auto Parts and Royal Tire South? The golf course is off limits at this time. On the other side of the Cottonwood River? Yes, possible, then on hill above the old Poor Farm would pose no more of an air traffic problem than the Nehls Park area.

Water towers located now are 1- Golf Course; 2 - Hermann Heights; 3 - Heinenhill Street; 4 - airport.

The first is just one block from our home and on the golf course. Nehls Park lies less than one block.

Hermann Park: one tower and one that was in disrepair and used to write on. Housing around tower was built after towers were built and no problem indicated. If Hermann Park is to grow larger, have you considered a tour bus turnaround, if not you cannot back up to a blind corner and trees need to be trimmed to 13 feet.

Heinenhill Street; don't know condition.

Airport: evidently GPS systems don't bother airport traffic.

Nehls Park is better maintained this year than the last two years but overall the 11 to 14 parks we have in the city system seem to be a maintenance problem and you want to grow Hermann Park and put up with more repair from vandalism and people disrespecting public taxpayers' property. Plus a maintenance road will have to be added.

Put water reservoirs and towers where they are needed - not four miles away from your problem and a hydrant past Somsen Wildlife Area?

P.S. New Ulm has a hard time sticking to its word.

Please reconsider.

Les Fluegge

New Ulm



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