New Ulm City Council Recap 03 Apr 13

The New Ulm City Council on Tuesday held the second reading and then approved an ordinance that changes city policy on alcoholic beverages at amateur sporting events. The city will now allow adult beverages at such events on city property as long as everyone participating is 18 years old. This brings the city in line with state law on the matter. The change was requested by New Ulm’s roller derby team for upcoming home bouts, but other organizations have reportedly wanted to sell alcohol at their events also. The revised city code will go into effect in 30 days. In other business Tuesday, the New Ulm City Council agreed to continue to discuss a Tax Increment Financing request from Martin Luther College for a 50-unit senior housing project scheduled to be built this year. A portion of the property taxes the apartments pay would be reimbursed by the county under the TIF proposal, which will be decided over the coming months. The council also expressed its support for Bills in the Minnesota Legislature dealing with Local Government Aid reform and street improvement assessments, and approved Brown County’s plan for selling New Ulm housing lots obtained through tax forfeiture. The Dakotah West and Minnesota River Valley Subdivision lots will be auctioned off April 30th, with the proceeds being split between the city, county and school district.