Council modifies TIF for Eagle Development

NEW ULM – The New Ulm City Council approved Tuesday a modification to the Tax Increment Financing Plan for the Eagle Development Housing Project at 103-119 S. Minnesota St.

The modification sets the date that Eagle Development, LLC, would begin to receive reimbursements for its tax payments on the projects to 2017. The change puts the TIF project in phase with the proposed construction schedule for the 39-unit rental project.

Jim Kretsch, speaking for Eagle Development, said construction on the project will probably get started next spring instead of this year.

In other business, the council held the first reading Tuesday of an ordinance that would raise the penalties for liquor establishments that violate the city code for sale of liquor.

The changes would increase the minimum penalties for violations including: sale of liquor to an underage person, sale of liquor to an obviously intoxicated person, after-hours sale/display or consumption of liquor, illegal gambling on the premises, failure to take reasonable steps to stop someone from leaving the premises with an alcoholic beverage (for those without an off-sale license), or failure to pay penalties incurred within 30 days.

Under the regular penalty grid, a first violation would result in a $500 fine (up from $250) and a five-day license suspension. A second violation would be a $750 fine (up from $500) and a ten-day suspension. A third violation would be a $1,000 fine and a 15-day suspension, and a fourth violation would lead to revocation of the license.

For license holders who are certified as best practices licensees, a first violation would be a $350 fine. A second violation would be a $750 fine (up from $500) and a three-day suspension (there was no suspension before). A third violation would return the establishment to the regular penalty grid and off the best practices list for a year. A fourth violation would mean revocation.

Violators who are not on the best practices list would have 90 days after the violation to meet the requirements. Failure to do so would result in the suspension of the license until all requirements are met.

The council also:

Approved the 2012-2013 special assessments for weed and snow removal and sidewalk replacement charges. It did table the assessment for one property at 601 S. Jefferson St. The son of property owner Lillian Meine said he had the yard mowed on June 10 and 11, about the time the city sent out a notice to him to have it done by June 17. The council tabled the matter to the next meeting to have a Street Department representative explain its reason for the $324 charge.

Issued a lawful gambling permit to the Church of St. Mary to conduct raffles on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

Declared 40 sets of New Ulm Fire Department turnout gear and rubber boots, which have been worn and replaced, as surplus property to be disposed of.

Reappointed Paul Macho to the position of Fire Chief for the New Ulm Fire Department.

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