The New Ulm City Council on Tuesday spent well over an hour discussing alleged noise violations by New Ulm Steel and Recycling. The company began using an industrial metal shredder this year, and several nearby residents have complained about the noise and vibration caused by the machine. During the debate Tuesday, the owner of New Ulm Steel and Recycling talked about being in compliance with the city’s noise ordinance, alleging that the company was being unfairly targeted because the shredder was “something new.” This led City Council President Chuck Schmitz to direct city staff to learn more about the machine and how other communities have dealt with the issue. The noise issue was tabled until city staff have more information on the shredders. There are only around 4 other such machines in the state. New Ulm Steel was also directed to begin to explore possible further options for limiting the noise and vibration at the facility.