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City to OK $300K in state bonds for amphitheater

NEW ULM — The New Ulm City Council is expected to authorize a change order for up to $300,000 for the German Park Amphitheater project, to include a shade structure system, Tuesday.

Recently the Minnesota House of Representatives and the Minnesota Senate passed a bonding bill that would include funding for the shade structure.

The city has been attempting to obtain this state funding for six years. The first phase of the amphitheater project was completed this summer and was funded by $900,000 of donations. The shade structure for the project is phase two and, through this bonding, is funded.

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The council will consider approving a Residential Rental Fire Inspection Agreement between the City of New Ulm and the City of Hanska.

The agreement would provide services of a qualified inspector to inspect rental properties located in the city of Hanska and determine if the properties are in compliance with fire and other related building codes. It would authorize the City Manager and the Finance Director to sign the agreement on behalf of the City of New Ulm.

With this agreement, the city of Hanska would pay New Ulm $65 per hour for the time spent traveling to Hanska and conducting the inspection, in addition to mileage reimbursement.

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A public hearing will be held on the final assessments for the 2019 Utility, Street and Alley Improvements Program. Improvements on this project include:

• Front Street from 7th South Street to 13th South Street, the reconstruction of the existing water main, sanitary sewer main, sewer and water end services, and reconstruction of the existing roadway section, including excavation and replacement of subgrade, aggregate base, bituminous paving, pavement sub drains, storm sewer modification and inlet structure reconstruction, concrete curb and gutter, pedestrian sidewalk ramps, concrete sidewalk infill, street lighting and selective replacement of concrete driveway pavement and sidewalk.

• Second South Street from Broadway to Washington Street, the reconstruction of the existing water main, sanitary sewer main, sewer and water end services, and reconstruction of the existing roadway section including excavation and replacement of subgrade, aggregate base, bituminous paving, concrete curb and gutter, concrete driveway pavement, pedestrian sidewalk ramps, and selective replacement of concrete sidewalk.

• Spring Street from 20th North Street to 21st North Street in the Prairie Land First Addition, the grading, aggregate base, bituminous base, concrete curb and gutter, concrete sidewalk, concrete driveway pavement, bituminous surfacing, boulevard trees, boulevard restoration and street lighting.

• Spring Street from 19th North Street to 20th North Street, the grading, aggregate base, concrete curb and gutter, bituminous surfacing, concrete sidewalk, concrete driveway pavement, boulevard restoration and street lighting.

• Alley, Block 136 North of Center Street, the grading, aggregate base, bituminous surfacing, 7-inch concrete alley approach pavement, storm sewer, miscellaneous removals and restoration necessary to construct a residential alley pavement section (improvement petitioned).

• National Guard Armory and FMS, storm sewer extension from North Highland Avenue to the MNARNG site.

• Schell’s Road, reconstruction/stabilization of a portion of Schell’s Road.

• Concrete sidewalk and ADA improvements, to complement the improvements scheduled within the 2019 Surface Reconstruction Project by reconstructing pedestrian sidewalk ramps to meet current ADA requirements.

If approved, these project assessments are payable over 10 years along with a 3.4% simple interest charge on the unpaid balance.

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