The New Ulm City Council on Tuesday approved the proposed capital improvement projects for the city for 2014. The work on utilities, streets and alleys in New Ulm this year is expected to cost around $7-million, plus another 2-and-a-half million for work on the New Ulm Airport taxiway that was budgeted for last year. City Engineer Steve Koehler says that the list of projects will be available online, and that the special assessments for individual properties will be determined later this year following public hearings. In other business Tuesday, the council approved a request to use the historic building at 5th North Street and Broadway that formerly housed Weeds and Reeds as a real estate office. The council also agreed to hire a company to deal with contaminated soil at a property on Minnesota Street that the city is selling to a developer planning to construct residential apartments on the site. There had formerly been a gas station and dry cleaner at the site.