Council OKs dog park grants

NEW ULM – The New Ulm City Council approved applying for two grants on behalf of advocates of New Ulm’s new dog park Tuesday.

The grants are for $4,500 with the New Ulm Area Foundation and $2,000 with the Room to Run Nutro Pet Food Company. The funds will go towards the $15,000 needed to build the official fence around the dog park. Advocates for the park have already raised $6,000 for the project.

Councilor Les Schultz said he has been very impressed with the fundraising efforts for the park and expressed his hope that an impressive dog park will succeed.

Advocates for the dog park are also planning to fundraise for lighting and installation of running water at the park in the future.

Eagle Development Apartments

The Council approved modifying the purchasing agreement between the City of New Ulm and Eagle Development for the purchase of City land in the 100 block of South Minnesota Street. The purchase was originally slated to take place by Sept. 1 to facilitate the construction of an apartment complex. The modification pushed the date back to Dec. 1 to allow more time to work on details of the project.

Parking Stall

The Council approved a modified version of the request to establish a handicapped parking space on the west side of German Street, just north of 1st North Street at the New Ulm Public Utilities administration building.

The change to the proposal moved the handicapped parking stall across the street to the front door of the building, where a space dedicated to PUC vehicles currently exists. The move was sought over concerns about how far people that need the space would have to walk. The PUC stall was moved forward into the next regular stall to replace the one lost, though the Council noted the PUC can request the space be moved to another spot in the area if it prefers.

(Josh Moniz can be e-mailed at

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