New Ulm City Council Recap 07 May 14

The New Ulm City Council on Tuesday agreed to allow New Ulm Steel and Recycling to build a 12-foot fence around part of its facility. Councilor Ruth Ann Webster said that certain conditions will be met. The council also held the first reading of an ordinance revising New Ulm’s noise laws to state and federal standards, a move which Webster said some residents are not happy about. The issue will be revisted later this month. In other business Tuesday, the council awarded the contract for around $2.6-million worth of construction projects to low-bidder MR Paving. Their bid came in 13% below engineers estimates. The council also voted to continue replacing deteriorating paver stones and sidewalk bricks in downtown New Ulm with asphalt crosswalks and concrete bricks, and approved a pay raise for election judges in anticipation of the upcoming minimum wage increase. The Council also accepted over $7,800 in donations for the City Dog Park, a project that has been in the works for over a year. Councilor Les Schultz say that over $15,000 has now been raised, and the fence for the New Ulm Dog Park is expected to be in place within around 3 weeks.