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NU Council OKs Flandrau plan

DNR proposes .81 acre buffer

November 21, 2012
By Fritz Busch - Staff Writer ( , The Journal

NEW ULM - The New Ulm City Council approved a resolution Tuesday endorsing the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) boundary expansion proposal of .81 acres as a buffer along a wooded hillside.

Landowners Robert and Patti Bode requested their land west of the shop and electric campground be included in the park's boundary, according to a Nov. 15, 2012 letter from state park manager Gary Teipel to the City Council.

The property, located south of 10th South Street and east of South Highland Avenue, is wooded with steep slopes. Flandrau State Park abuts the south and west sides of the parcel, according to the Request for Council Action (RCA).

Current market value of the property is $2,100. In 2012, the parcel paid $40 in property taxes. The City's share was $18.49. The property will likely remain undeveloped whether in public or private ownership, according to the RCA.

The Council unanimously approved:

A resolution approving with conditions the final plat of City Ridge Industrial Park, 6 Somsen Street. Applicant is Dale Bushard. Property is located east of Somsen Street and north of North Highland Avenue in the Airport Industrial Park. Elkay Wood Products Company is located to the west.

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Renewed the Kiesling House Lease to The Grand Center for Arts & Culture Inc. (GCAC) of New Ulm, for offices and galleries as it was this past year. After the GCAC finishes preparing the Grand Hotel building for their arts center, they plan to vacate the Kiesling House, according to the RCA.

The City would continue to own and maintain the Kiesling House and Park with no rent payment. The Lessee pays all utilities, provide required insurance, the first $50 of any minor building repair, all general maintenance and custodial service and all applicable real estate taxes.

City Park & Recreation Director Tom Schmitz said the City just received a $7,000 grant to create an exterior restoration plan for the Kiesling House.

Regarding parking fines, staff would like to take the following year to meet with the Chamber of Commerce for downtown parking fine feedback and receive more information from other cities regarding other fines on the ticket, according to the RCA.

Staff reviewed the gravel pit fee and increased it $100 to $350 for time spent answering questions and gravel pit inspections, according to the RCA.

A routine maintenance agreement No. 02453 with the Minnesota Department of Transportation. City Engineer Steve Koehler said the agreement, calls for the City and State of Minnesota to provide snow removal service on the roundabout that is part of the Menard's and municipal improvements project on U.S. Highway 14 on the west edge of town.

A resolution authorizing New Ulm Police to renew the Multi-Agency Law Enforcement Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.

A resolution regarding League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust (LMCIT) Liability Coverage Options for 2013, to "not waive" the monetary limits on municipal tort liability established by Minnesota Statutes 466.04, accepting liability coverage limits of $1,500,000 from LMCIT, effective Jan. 1, 2013, and authorizing the City Manager to execute the waiver for and on behalf of the City.



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