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Sveine to be sworn in

NEW ULM — Terry Sveine will officially take the oath of office as mayor at the start of the Tuesday, June 15, New Ulm City Council meeting.

The council conducted seven interviews for the mayor vacancy on Tuesday, May 25. Sveine was a top choice for the position. The council appointed him to the position on June 1, but Sveine was unable to take the oath until the June 15 council meeting.

Sveine will finish the unexpired term of Robert Beussman. His term expired on December 31, 2022.

The council will hold the second reading of an amendment to the blight ordinance. The amendment would change the city code, extending the time for junk cars, household furnishings stored on public or private property to be declared a nuisance in a business or industrial zone. Currently, the code allows for seven days before it is declared a nuisance. The amendment would allow 30 days for a business or industrial site to move blight material. In addition, licensed vehicle dealers are exempt from the prohibition of placing or storing unlicensed or unregistered motor vehicles, trailers or recreational vehicles kept as part of sales inventory.

The council will consider seeking bids for the German Park Amphitheater shade structure with a bid opening date for Wednesday, July 28.

The 2020 state bonding bill included a $300,000 funding agreement for the project. The shade structure must be complete by Dec. 31, 2023.

The council will conduct two public hearings. The first hearing is on the reassessment of the unpaid 2005 Lakeside Village Addition special assessments. The assessments include sanitary sewer main, water main, storm sewer, site grading and stormwater quality pond.

These improvements were previously assessed Dec. 20, 2005. After making some initial payments, the developers did not pay any taxes or special assessments for five years and the bulk of the subdivisions went to tax-forfeited land.

The assessments include $6,266.97 on Lot 17 of Block 1, Lakeside Village Addition; $8,355.94 on Lot 12 of Block 2, Lakeside Village Addition; $9,748.59 each on Lots 3, 4 and 5 of Block 4, Lots 1, 5 and 6 of Block 5, Lots 14, 16 and 17 of Block 6 all of Lakeside Village Addition.

If accepted, final assessments would be payable over 10 years with a 5.5% simple interest.

The second public hearing is for the final plat of Korth’s 2nd Subdivision. The planning commission recommended approval in May.

The property is located at 213 KC Road, south of KC Road and west of Boundary Street. The 2.51-acre plat would subdivide the parcel into two lots.

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