Council Approves Signs 18 Aug 11

The New Ulm City Council accepted an over $62,000 bid from Heymann Construction Company for installation of four “Welcome to New Ulm” signs. The project has come in well over its estimated cost.

City Manager Brian Gramentz said the project has been anticipated to go over the budgeted $72,000. He said the city was surprised to find the cost of concrete and dirt work for the bases of the signs was more than double the $32,000 budgeted.

Options to offset the cost would be how the signs are constructed. The accepted bid does not cover the cost of the signs’ lettering, electrical power and lighting. The council decided to postpone a decision on sign design for further consideration.

The council also awarded a bid to remove the temporary berm along the Minnesota River. Selly Excavating of LeCenter was awarded the bid for over $129,000.