New Ulm Park Water Tower 22 Aug 12

The New Ulm City Council on Tuesday voted 4-1 in favor of authorizing the use of Nehls Park for the location of a new water tower. The new tower will replace the aging tower at Hermann Heights Park, allowing for future development at that historic site. City officials say it will have a minimal impact on Nehls Park, and will not affect any of that park’s current amenities. New Ulm Park and Rec Director Tom Schmitz says that the new 30-foot diameter, 160-foot tall tower will also not be visible from the rustic campground at Flandrau State Park. City Manager Brian Gramentz says that numerous sites were considered for the new water tower prior to Nehls Park being selected, but FAA regulations limited the options due to interference with air traffic. He says the deterioration of the Hermann Heights tower forced the city to act early, and that the new tower will serve the Hilltop area. The proposal was opposed by numerous neighborhood residents, several of whom spoke at the meeting prior to the vote. Councilor Ken RockVam, whose Ward the new tower will be located in, voted against the measure. In other business, the Council approved a motion supporting the future construction of a dog park in New Ulm. The move allows an account to be set up in order to accept donations towards the proposed dog park.