NU City Council Recap 18 Apr 12

The New Ulm City Council spent the majority of it’s meeting Tuesday discussing a proposal to have the state help purchase a state-of-the-art $12,000 river gauge. The city would then be responsible for the $13,000 annual maintenance costs of the unit as well.

New Ulm City Manager Brian Gramentz told the council that the readings from the automated gauge would be helpful to state and federal agencies, but not necessarily to the city with the construction of a berm likely happening this year.

The council unanimously voted against purchasing the unit. In other business, a temporary liquor license for the August Schell Brewing Company’s new Lager Lauf Run/Walk event in May was approved after the council’s concerns on the use of Nehl’s Park were addressed.

Brewery Spokesperson Kyle Marti told the council that Nehl’s Park will simply be a half-way point in the event, and that only small cups of beer would be handed out, it would not be a celebration. The council also moved the plan to construct a Menard’s in New Ulm forward by approving measures to construct a “Roundabout” on Highway 14.

The contract for over $1.5-million worth of improvements to parts of South Valley Street was approved as well. Work will take place from early May through September.