NEW?ULM - The former Tauschek grocery store at 526 S. Minnesota St., will become the site of a cooperative grocery store after the City Council approved a Conditional Use Permit on Thursday.
The CUP application was submitted by Katy Hemberger, on behalf of the New Ulm Community Market and Cooperative. The Planning Commission had previously approved the CUP during its Jan. 30 meeting.
"For the property to be maintained it has to be used," said Councilor Ruth Ann Webster. "You can't let a historic site like this sit empty without it deteriorating."
The council approved a request from former New Ulm Police Department Corporal Andrew Leif to purchase his assigned duty weapon, which was a Smith & Wesson M&P 40-caliber semi-automatic.
This weapon was assigned to Leif eight years ago. City Manager Brian Gramentz explained the city has a tradition of declaring a retired officer's handgun surplus to allow the officer to take the weapon as a memento. By agreeing to dispose of this as city property, Leif could take possession of the handgun. Leif will purchase a new, identical weapon for the city at a cost of $439.
NUHS outdoor dance
Blake Piotter, a representative from New Ulm High School, appeared before the council to request permission to hold an outdoor dance/music event at the NUHS campus on Friday, May 16, from 8 p.m. to midnight. A variance will be needed because this event is in conflict with New Ulm's restrictions on amplified noise between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. A public hearing will be held on the matter, and notification of the hearing will be sent to all property owners that live within 500 feet of noise source.
In other action, the council:
Received the report on the 2013 Special Archery Hunt Deer Control Program. This is the 22nd consecutive year of the program. Sixty-one deer were taken. The Council authorized continuing the program in 2014.
Appointed Councilor Lisa Fischer to the Heritage Preservation Commission as a voting member to replace the previously appointed Planning Commission member. Donna Shipp was appointed to the Economic Development Authority as Resident Board Member.
Approved two county projects in New Ulm City Limits. Both projects involve reconditioning segments of County State Aid Highways. The first project is on CSAH 13 from Camelsback Road to south city limits. The second project is on CSAH 29 from Highway 14 to the northwest city limits.
Accepted an Orion GPS tracking system from the Eagan Police Department. This system would be used by the Police Department for court-approved, covert tracking of criminal suspects.
Scheduled the 2014 Board of Appeal and Equalization Meeting for Monday, May 5, at 9 a.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers.