The New Ulm City Council on Tuesday tentatively approved a lease agreement for M-R Paving to manage the city’s compost and burn site, but asked that the contract be re-worded before the final approval. New Ulm Public Works Superintendent Tom Patterson says that the agreement will save the city around $30,000 annually. The 11-acre site will be rented to M-R Paving for $5,500 the first year of the 5-year agreement, with a 3% increase each following year. New Ulm residents will still be able to drop off yard waste at the site, although M-R will be selling the compost. It will be a couple of months before the agreement is finalized. In other business, the council agreed to partner with the DNR to improve the Minnesota River access at Minnecon Park. Park and Rec Director Tom Schmitz says that the DNR approached the city about funding the improvements, which will include a paved parking lot, improved boat launch, and fishing sites. The council also authorized the city attorney to seek litigation over the ownership of the Marktplatz Mall sign next to city hall after the city’s claim to the sign was challenged by the owner of the south end of the mall, Randy Danielson, despite the mall’s lease on the sign having expired. An unnamed business had expressed interest in purchasing and repairing the sign.