Frontier Lab tax abatement on council agenda

NEW ULM – The New Ulm City Council will meet at 5 p.m. today in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

The Council will consider approving a development agreement with Frontier Labs MN for the approved tax abatement program. The program is intended to assist the laboratory in setting up operations in New Ulm by helping with some costs by rebating set portions of taxes paid by the property. The rebate will at $4,114 per year, with terms of not exceeding 15 years and not exceeding $59,392. Frontier Labs will be required to create four full-time jobs at a minimum of $14 per hour plus benefits.

The Council will consider a request by Goosetown Roller Girls, New Ulm’s roller derby team, to amend City Code stating “the sale or dispensing of alcoholic beverages shall not be allowed to any persons attending or participating in an amateur athletic event or activity.” The team requested the change to be able to serve alcohol during its home games at the New Ulm Civic Center.

The Council will also consider retaining the firm RSI at $12,000 for drawing up specifications for the interior vapor, impermeable membrane project for the walls of the indoor swimming pool at the Recreation Center. The project is aimed at tackling the problem of moisture from the pool deteriorating the wall facade by installing a barrier against the moisture. The project itself is estimated at around $250,000 in construction costs.

The Council will consider approving an easement that will relocate a sanitary sewer pipe and vacate the current utility easement for Highwaymen Truck Stop and Restaurant, Inc. for the proposed upscale 22-unit apartment across from Hy-Vee. The owners are willing to cover the cost of the sewer pipe move, and the PUC reported the change should not disrupt the system.

The Council will also consider approving a $7,980 building analysis of Keisling House by Claybaugh Preservation Architect, Inc. The project will determine the condition of the Keisling House and any work needed to preserve the structure, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The project is funded by a $7,000 grant from the Minnesota Historical Society, which was received last year, and $1,000 in matching funds reserved by the local Historical Preservation Commission.

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