The New Ulm City Council moved forward with the proposed construction of a permanent flood levy on the Minnesota River during a special meeting on Monday. The council had been prepared to discuss possible Eminent Domain proceedings in order to acquire the property needed to construct the levy on the south end of town, but all homeowners are now reportedly ready to sign off on the easements. The total cost of the easements on 23 properties comes to nearly $169,000. The cost of the entire levy project is over $2-million, with the city paying about half of that. A detailed assessment system has been worked out for affected property owners to pay a portion of the costs as well. With the last homeowner agreeing to grant easement rights to the city, a date for receiving bids on the project will be set soon.