Street improvements on NU Council agenda

NEW ULM – A public hearing on the proposed 2014 Utility, Street and Alley Improvements is planned for tonight’s meeting of the New Ulm City Council.

The preliminary engineering report for the improvements was approved in January. Affected roads are sections of South Franklin, 2nd North, 12th North, Garden Street, and 8th South Street. The proposed changes would eliminate a section of on-street parking on the west side of Garden Street and on the south side of 8th South Street. The improvement project will also include various alley restorations off Center Street.

Noise Ordinance

Review

The Council will review a proposed amendment to the city’s noise ordinance.

This issues comes in response to noise complaints associated with the New Ulm Steel and Recycling (NUSR). A few months earlier the City received several complaints of excessive noise and explosions from a machine that crushes vehicles. Owner of NUSR, Josh Luneburg, confirmed at least four explosions occurred since operations began. The explosions were caused by vehicles being crushed on site with gasoline still in the tanks. A study on the noise level at NUSR indicated the business had violated the noise ordinance.

Despite the violation, the Council felt the existing noise ordinance was relatively strict compared to other communities. The Council chose to compromise and make changes to the noise ordinance if the recycling company would make efforts to reduce noise. Those efforts include constructing a fence to reduce noise and to block potential flying debris.

Dog Park Donation

and Application

The Council will consider accepting donations to Park and Rec as well as consider approving the grant application to Bank Midwest Dog Park Development. The donations are intended for the city Dog Park. At this time the Dog Park volunteers have raised more than $7,000. The funds will be used to build a chain link perimeter fence around the park. The estimated cost of the fence is $15,000.

The council meets at 5 p.m. in city hall.

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