NU City Council Meeting Recap 19 Feb 14

The New Ulm City Council on Tuesday spent around 30 minutes discussing New Ulm Steel and Recycling noise complaints. The facility has not been in compliance with city noise ordinances since installing a metal shredder last year, but the company has been taking steps to cut down on noise and vibrations as well as additional safety measures. The council discussed several other possible solutions on Tuesday, including allowing an up-to 12-foot fence to be built around the shredder and modifying city code to match state standards. Council President Chuck Schmitz was in favor of compromise. The shredder will be allowed to continue operating for now, and the issue will come back before the city council during the second meeting of March, at which time the variance for the fence and modifications to the city noise ordinance will be considered. In other business Tuesday, the council set March 18th as the date for a Public Hearing on 2014 Utility, Street, and Alley Improvements scheduled to take place in New Ulm this year. The projects include pedestrian-friendly upgrades at the intersection of Center and Garden Streets.