Change in noise ordinance on council agenda tonight

NEW ULM – The City Council is scheduled to adopt changes to New Ulm’s Noise Ordinance during its meeting today.

The decision to change the ordinance follows complaints regarding noise and explosions associated with the recycling and shredding operation at New Ulm Steel and Recycling (NUSR). A study determined that the business violated noise ordinance with frequencies exceeding 400 Hertz.

However, it was also discovered that the City noise ordinance was more strict than most cities in Minnesota. The Council chose to revise the ordinance to be in compliance with the standard used by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). If approved, the amendment will be forwarded to the Planning Commission for a public hearing.

In other business, the Council is expected to set public hearing dates for surface reconstruction for 11th North and 4th North Street from Broadway to Garden Street. The reconstruction project will be specially assessed at the rate of $1,350 per residential parcel. The total assessment is estimated at $99,900. If the City decides to specially assess the benefits of resurfacing, a second public hearing must be held.

In other business, the Council will consider approval of the application for a Conditional Use Permit to operate a CrossFit fitness center at 509 North 20th Street. The property is currently zoned as Planned Industrial District. However, the Planning Commission previously recommended approval on the grounds that similar facilities have been located in industrial zoned districts in the past without problems.

The fitness center is located in the building formerly occupied by Twin Rivers Archery and Outdoors.

The Council meets at 5 p.m. at City Hall.

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