City mulls survey, purchases

NEW ULM — Tonight the City Council will consider whether or not to proceed with a citizen satisfaction survey of city and Public Utilities operations.

The city has conducted this type of survey every year for the past five years. The survey is sent to 75 people in each ward for a total of 300 surveys. Each survey allows residents to rate the City and PUC services they receive and provide any comments they deem appropriate. New Ulm does receive reimbursement from the State of Minnesota in the amount of $1,800 for expenses related to submitting the survey.

A design service proposal from the ISG architecture firm will be discussed. ISG has submitted a proposal for security renovations to the Finance Department, Engineering Department and Council Chambers. The design also requires an approval for 1st Choice Security to install a card access system at various city buildings. The estimated cost of ISG’s proposal is $98,059.35. The card access system is estimated to cost $65,715. The city has budgeted for both projects.

BoCo Real Estate, owned by Eric Bode, is remodeling the building at 518 Center Street and has requested a public right-of-way license for construction activities associated with the project from Jan.18 to May 15. A dumpster for the removal of debris would be placed on Center Street in two parking spots directly in front of the building. The license would only apply when the right of way was needed for construction purposes.

Herbergers is requesting a dumpster be located in a public parking lot stall for two weeks starting Jan. 17. The department store wants to place the dumpster in the stall to aid in the disposal of old fixtures. The dumpster would be located behind Herbergers in the lot at the corner of German and South 2nd Street.

Green Mill & Best Western Plus will request the extension of their liquor license to the parking lot for a Bock Fest After Party outside event to be held on Saturday, March 4, and the scheduling of a public hearing for a noise variance to allow live bands to perform.

The Fire Department is expected to request an order for bids and quotes for a replacement for Engine 60 with a wildland firefighting slide-in unit. The anticipated cost is $64,000. This request is included in the 2017 budget with adequate funding. The Fire Department will also request replacement of the Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) equipment. In 2005, the Fire Department received a grant through FEMA to purchase SCBA equipment. The grant stipulation requires the equipment be replace after 10 years. This upgrade will bring the equipment up to National Fire Protection Association standards.