NU Council to discuss noise at recycling business

NEW ULM – The New Ulm City Council will address noise complaints related to New Ulm Steel and Recycling (NUSR) during its meeting today.

Several neighboring residents to the recycling business have reported excessive noise, including explosions. Owner Josh Luneburg confirmed at least four explosions have occurred since operations began. The explosions were caused by vehicles being crushed on site with gasoline still in the tank.

In order to prevent further incidents, Luneburg informed the City that no vehicles would be accepted unless the fuel tanks were removed. In addition, a barrier would be established around the site to prevent any debris from becoming airborne.

The Council will decide whether further requirements are needed to ensure noise levels are under 400 Hertz as established in the City Code.

In other business, a date for the Public Hearing on the 2014 Utility Street and Alley Improvements Group 1 Project will be set. The hearing will address numerous reconstructions of existing water main, sanitary sewer and road repairs. This improvement project was part of the Preliminary 2014 Capital Improvement Program Engineering Report adopted by the Council on Jan. 7.

In addition, the Council will discuss an extension to the Comcast Cable Television franchise agreement. The extension would authorize staff to begin negotiation for another 15-year franchise agreements with both Comcast and NU-Telecom.

The Council will consider approval of an agreement between the City and Prairie Land Development for property platted in the Fairhills Firth Addition. This agreement will cover the platting and development of the 22-lot residential subdivision. The property is located west of Ashland Road, north Maplewood Drive and south U.S. Highway 14.

The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at City Hall.

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