New Ulm Flood Levee 04 Apr 12

It was standing room only Tuesday evening at city hall when the New Ulm City Council held a public hearing on a proposed flood levee for the city. The hearing started with a Bolton and Menk Project Engineer laying out the reasons a berm is needed in New Ulm. Those reasons included at least 4 instances of the Minnesota River flooding in New Ulm in recent years. The proposed dike to hold back future floods would be 2-feet higher than the 100-year flood level, with a 12-foot wide top. It would stretch from 9th South to 19th South Street in New Ulm, at a cost of around $2.26-million. A Minnesota DNR grant will cover a million of that cost, with the city then assessing the affected property owners for the cost of about a quarter of the project. Many residents were confused by the formula the city used to determine the assessments. City Manager Brian Gramentz explained that they determined the threat of flood damage to each residence when determining the amount to be assessed. Those assessments range from around $500 to as much as $10,000 per parcel. The council approved a motion to move the project forward following the public hearing. Bids will be opened July 13th, with construction starting by the end of July and being completed by the end of October. The final assessment hearing on the cost to affected landowners will be held November 20th.