The New Ulm City Council on Tuesday agreed to move forward with a proposal to sell the electronic Marktplatz Mall sign in the city hall parking lot. The sign has not been operational for over a year, and the city took ownership of it after the lease ended without renewal. An unidentified downtown business wants to purchase and repair the sign, and would give the Chamber of Commerce 25% of the sign’s advertising time as part of a purchase agreement. The council agreed to begin drawing up sale and lease documents. In other business, the Council approved a request to re-name North German Park to “Hans Joohs Park” in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Sister Cities exchange program. North German Park is the small park area between the New Ulm Community Center and 7th North Street. The council also approved an application for a tobacco shop in the former Smokes-4-Less location on the west end of town, with an understanding that the license would be revoked if the business was found to be selling synthetic marijuana.
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