The New Ulm City Council held a Public Hearing on Tuesday concerning the city’s 2013 Surface Reconstruction Projects. New Ulm City Engineer Steve Koehler says that work will include repaving 12 blocks for $415,000, or $1,350 per-residential parcel. Work will take place at some point between June and September. The council also awarded a contract for this year’s Utility, Street and Alley Improvements to MR Paving & Excavating. The company’s bid of $2.6-million came in 5.7% below estimates. In other business the council approved a request from KNUJ to use the open-air city parking lot behind the former Ben Franklin building for the Monday evening downtown New Ulm Farmers Market this summer. Councilor Les Schultz expressed interest in making the weekly event even bigger as well. He cited other Farmers Markets that include music, crafts and food. The council also approved the plans and specifications and called for bids on a project to repair the walls of the swimming pool at the New Ulm Recreation Center. The estimated cost of the project is $250,000.