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PUC approves plans to bond for water tower project

Information sought on country club site for new water tower

August 29, 2012
By Josh Moniz - Staff Writer , The Journal
NEW ULM – The New Ulm Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved a resolution to bond for several upcoming projects, including the Nehls Park water tower. The bonding is expected to be between $2 million and $2.5 million. The water tower project is expected to consume $1.5 million of the bond. Additionally, the bonding will fund a variety of other long-awaited projects. These projects include pressure booster stations, repainting the airport water tower and upgrading the SCADA water system, which is 25 years old. After the meeting, PUC Engineer Pat Wrase provided some updated information on the status of the Nehls Park water tower project. Wrase said officials are currently looking into the potential pricing of building the new water tower on the Comcast land in the New Ulm Country Club area. A decision to look into the cost came after numerous requests to do so at the last New Ulm City Council meeting. He contacted Comcast last Thursday, but he has not received an official reply yet. Nehls Park remains the preferred site, Wrase said. The price of the Comcast land would not only have to be feasible for the project, but it would also need to compensate for the cost of additional piping that must be installed to the site. If the Comcast site were to proceed, approval from the golf course would be necessary. “We in control of our own destinies in Nehls Park,” said Wrase. Regarding the Nehls Park site, Wrase said the PUC has told its consulting firm to begin drawing up the feasibility study for that location. The PUC did not take up the grievance appeal by a Water/Steam Department employee because the issue had been resolved after the agenda was posted. (Josh Moniz can be e-mailed at


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