NU City Council Approves Fees 21 Nov 12

The New Ulm City Council approved an ordinance setting the city’s fees for next year during its brief meeting on Tuesday. Some fees were left alone, such as the snow-removal fee and the downtown parking fees, but Park and Rec fees and some cemetery fees were increased by the ordinance. Proposed increases for the city’s liquor license fees will be addressed at the December 18th city council meeting. In other business Tuesday, the council approved a DNR request to expand the boundary of Flandrau State Park. The under-an-acre parcel is otherwise undevelopable. The council also approved of renewing the lease for the Kiesling House to The Grand Center for Arts and Culture for offices and galleries, and learned that the city is receiving a $7,000 state grant to develop a plan for the exterior renovation of the Kiesling House. The historic structure in downtown New Ulm is one of the few buildings in the town that survived the Dakota War of 1862, and is the only wood-frame building from that time period that is still standing in it’s original location. The building will be vacated by the Grand Center for Arts and Culture when it’s Arts Center in the Grand Hotel is completed, which is likely still over a year away.