Final hearing on levee assessments on council agenda

NEW ULM – The New Ulm City Council will hold a final public hearing on the city’s Minnesota River Levee Project assessments today.

The hearing is being held to correct the listing for one parcel of property, which was listed incorrectly in the assessment roll during the hearing for the project held in October.

The property is owned by Jerry and Bonnie Ubl, who have sent a letter to the city contesting their assessment. The Ubls say that when they were planning to build their home in 2007, city officials told them the city would not be providing assistance for a berm or sandbags if the river would flood again. To meet city and FEMA requirements, the Ubls built their home with no basement or crawlspace, and filled the building site so their ground floor was at an elevation of 814.7 feet, about the same as the levee. The city then built a levee in 2011.

The Ubls claim the levee provides no benefit to their property, so they shouldn’t have to pay an assessment.

The city council will also receive a report on city regulations for recycling and shredder operations in other Minnesota cities. The report was requested after the city dealt with complaints about the noise and occasional explosions at the metal shredder at New Ulm Steel and Recycling.

The report includes copies of reports and complaints relating to the New Ulm Steel and Recycling operation, results of visits to other communities with similar shredders, and copies of regulations from other cities. The reports show a wide variety of noise levels allowed and different ways of measuring the noise, with different limits for day and night operations.

The city council is being asked to receive and file the report.

In other business, the city council is being asked to:

Approve a 2 percent wage adjustment for non-unionized, full-time employees.

Hear the first reading of an ordinance change affecting the membership of the city’s Heritage Preservation Commission.

Approve the final plat of the Sarah Hills Third Addition

Approve a conditional use permit for the placement of fill within the flood fringe district at 2300-2414 North Broadway to construct a water treatment basin;

Give final approval to the New Ulm City Budget for 2014. The budget was reviewed at the Council’s Dec. 3 meeting.

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