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Blight on city agenda

NEW ULM — The New Ulm City Council will consider amending Chapter 8 of the New Ulm City Code to enhance penalties for multiple violations of the blight code, Tuesday.

In September, the Blight Committee discussed the problem of multiple violations of the blight ordinance by the same property owner. The committee recommends the council amend the appropriate provisions of the code. The change would create a graduated scale of fines for multiple violations over 12 months. The first violation carries a $100 fine, the second offense, $300 and the third, $500.

The council will designate polling places for the 2020 election. The proposed polling places are Redeemer Lutheran Church for Ward 1, New Ulm Community Center for Ward 2, New Ulm Civic Center for Ward 3 and St. John’s Lutheran Church for Ward 4.

Due to future construction schedules for the RENU projects at Vogel Arena, the staff is recommending that St. John’s Lutheran Church be designated as the polling place site for Ward 4 during the 2020 election.

The council will consider authorizing a request for proposals (RFP) to deliver the Palmer Avenue Roadway and Utility Extension Project. Minnesota National Guard is proposing to construct a Field Maintenance Facility on a 30-acre parcel in the southeast quadrant of the U.S. Highway 14 and Palmer Avenue intersection. To serve this development, the city will need to extend the water main and sanitary sewer main from the roundabout on Highway 14 and Palmer Avenue a distance of 150 feet to the south and construct road improvements.

Another RFP will be reviewed for the delivery of the 20th North Street Reconstruction Project. The city has been programmed to receive a grant of $1.36 million in federal fiscal year 2022 to fund the reconstruction of 20th North Street from Broadway to Front Street and Front Street from 20th North Street to 19th North Street.

Two public hearings will be held. One is on the final plat approval of the Puhlco Addition at 227 1st S. St. The other is on the final assessment rolls for the 2018 utility, street and alley improvements.

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