Council to look at zoning change
NEW ULM — The New Ulm City Council will consider an amendment to the city code allowing residential uses in the B-2 (Service Business) zoning district, Tuesday.
The Planning Commission previously conducted a public hearing on this amendment and recommended approval. There are four half-block and two partial half-block areas zoned B-2 in the downtown area. Recently, the city received a letter from an owner of a property in the downtown area requesting first-floor residential use in the B-2 zoning districts adjacent to the downtown area.
The council will consider approving the changes to New Ulm Fire Department by-laws. The major change to by-laws was regarding attendance at fire calls. The new by-laws require firefighters to attend 50% of fire calls and attend 70% of regularly scheduled monthly department meetings, training, drills, operator meetings and community outreach events.
Previously firefighters needed to attend 70% of fire calls, but excused absences were allowed. Under the new 50%, by-laws, excused absences are not allowed, save for medical leave.
The council previously considered the by-law changes but tabled the decision. The council wanted more time to consider the changes. There was a concern the new by-laws could hurt the city’s insurance rating or cause firefighters to leave the department.
The council will go into closed session at the end of the meeting to discuss labor negotiation strategy.