NEW ULM - The New Ulm City Council will meet today at 5 p.m in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
The Council will consider enacting an ordinance related to the conducting of criminal history background checks. The ordinance will lay out the regulations for doing background checks.
Applicants for jobs with the City who can be subject to background checks will include any full-time or part-time City employee, volunteer firefighter positions, volunteer police reserve officer positions and anybody working with children or vulnerable adults. Applicants or nominees to City boards or commissions will not be included.
Applicants for a liquor license, housing assistance administered by the City and for rental housing owned or managed by the City will also be potentially subject to criminal background checks.
The criminal background checks will not be conducted without the written consent of the individual, and the background checks are not mandatory. An individual may be rejected based on the results of the criminal background check only if it involves a matter directly related to the application and does not violate state laws.
In another matter, the Council will consider an ordinance to expand the Park and Recreation Commission from eight members to nine members. A Council representative will fill the new spot with full voting rights.
The Council will also consider authorizing plans for building and installing interior vapor impermeable membrane for the Recreation Center's indoor swimming pool. Because moisture from the pool deteriorates the walls of the pool area over the years, the project seeks to mitigate some of that damage. The planning firm RSI quoted $12,000 for drawing up plans. The project is estimated to cost $50,000. The Park and Recreation Commission has $200,000 budgeted for the project.
Also, the Council will consider a resolution to designate Block 41, south of Center Street as South German Alley. The request is an effort give an address that more accurately reflects the location of properties in that area, such as the property owned by the company Bondal, Inc.
Finally, the Council will consider approving a fireworks license for Menards. The two-year fee for the license is $200.