City Council Gets A Raise 05 Jul 12

The New Ulm City Council unanimously approved a raise for both city councilors and the mayor during Tuesday’s council meeting.

Each councilor will get an additional $2,000 a year beginning in 2013, for a total of $8,000 per-councilor annually. The mayor’s salary will increase by $3,900, to $10,500 per-year. The increases add nearly $14,000 to the city’s budget.

The last time the positions received a pay raise was 2007. In other business Tuesday, the council awarded the contract for the Minnesota River Flood Levee Project, meaning work on the city’s new 10-block dike will get underway soon.

City Engineer Steve Koehler says that the contractor should get mobilized on the project by late July, with work expected to be completed by the end of October.

The state will be paying for $1-million worth of the $2.1-million project. The sole bid on the levy came from Mathiowetz Construction of Sleepy Eye, and was 8% below the engineer’s estimate.

Also on Tuesday the council decided to look into the cost of buying the Marktplatz Mall electronic message board on North Broadway from its current owners and determining the cost of either making it operational or upgrading to a better board.

The board has been inoperational for approximately 2 years.