NU Unlawful Animal Permit 03 Oct 12

The New Ulm City Council on Tuesday issued the city’s first “Unlawful Animal Permit” to allow a popular horse to continue to reside within the city limits. The council recently approved a new ordinance that allows for the permits after a controversy earlier this year concerning the horse “Chammy” and it’s manure. New Ulm City Manager Brian Gramentz says that the manure collection requirements were left up to the council. There were several other requirements the council approved in order to allow Dr. Charles Hintz to keep Chammy on South Payne Street. Following the regular meeting, the council continued discussions on the city’s 2013 budget and tax levy. Several preliminary budget cuts were discussed, including cutting a city custodial position and ending subsidies to the Lind House and Wanda Gag House. The tentative cuts discussed so far would bring the proposed 19% tax levy hike down to around a 5% tax hike. The final budget and levy will be approved in December.