New Ulm City Council Recap 06 Mar 13

The New Ulm City Council on Tuesday agreed to amend the City Code to allow alcoholic beverages to be sold during amateur athletic events at the New Ulm Civic Center. The city had previously forbidden any alcohol at amateur events, but state law allows for it if all of the athletic participants are over 18. The request to change the City Code came from New Ulm’s roller derby team, but Park and Rec Director Tom Schmitz told the Council that other amateur organizations have previously expressed interest in selling alcohol at their events, and he recommended the city follow the state law. Once approved, the revised city code would not be in effect until at least mid-May. In other business Tuesday, the council approved a development agreement with Frontier Labs that includes a tax abatement program. A utility easement for a proposed 22-unit upscale apartment complex across from Hy-Vee on the south side of New Ulm was also approved, along with a nearly $8,000 dollar building analysis of the Kiesling House in downtown New Ulm. That project is being funded through a pair of grants, and will determine what work would be needed to preserve the historic structure