NEW ULM - Two public hearings will be held during today's City Council meeting.
The first hearing is a variance to allow amplified music for a street dance hosted at the Senior High Campus on South Payne Street. The proposed dance would start at 10 p.m., Friday, May 16 and end at midnight. The 11 residents living within 500 feet of the noise source have been notified by mail of the hearing.
The other hearing deals with the proposed 2014 Improvement Project. The preliminary engineering report was reviewed and approved on Jan. 7. The improvements are for North Highland Avenue from Highway 14 to County State Aid Highway 29. The improvements include storm sewer modification, grading, aggregate base, concrete curb and gutter, concrete sidewalk, recreational trail, boulevard trees, and street lighting to meet State Aid Standards and a storm water treatment pond to satisfy federal and state storm water regulations. Estimates place the cost at $2,756,075 with a bonding need of $496,125.
In another matter, City Attorney Hugh Nierengarten will brief the council on the status of ongoing litigation for the acquisition of property for the expansion of the New Ulm Municipal Airport and review settlement options. If no settlement is reached, the matter will go to trial.
In other action, councilors will consider:
Allowing the city website to be designated as the official publishing location for State of Minnesota's mandated public notices and minutes. If approved, some information regarding public meetings and hearings would be posted New Ulm's website.
Authorizing City Manager Brian Gramentz to prepare specifications and solicit bids for the full roof replacement and gutter repair of the Public Works building. City Staff recently installed a rubber overlay on the roof to prevent leaking, which has been successful thus far.
Approving a development agreement with Melvin Schugel, Jr. for the property to be platted as Sarah Hills Third Addition. The undeveloped property totals 3.62 acres at Maplewood Drive and Airport Road. If approved, the property be used for residential construction.
Approving a recommendation to purchase three 2014 Ford Explorer all-wheel-drive vehicles from Chuck Spaeth Ford at a cost of $83,548.43. The vehicles will be integrated into the marked patrol fleet and three vehicles nearing the end of service life will be declared surplus.
Approving a conditional use permit for a dog grooming business at 1115 3rd North Street, which will be operated by Jaculin Rohde.
Approving an application from Bill Pekrul on behalf of Martin Luther College for a variance to erect a sign 8 square feet larger than the allowed 30 square feet. The actual display, which is electronic, meets the 30 square foot code; however, the display is set inside a monument-type structure increasing the sign's surface area.