Change in noise ordinance advances

NEW ULM – The City Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to amend the City Noise Ordinance.

The decision to change the ordinance followed complaints about the recycling and shredding operation at New Ulm Steel and Recycling. It was determined the business violated the ordinance with frequencies above 400 Hertz.

City officials discovered that the noise ordinance was more strict than most cities in the state. The Council directed City Attorney Hugh Nierengarten to draft an amendment to the Noise Code to reflect state standards. This preliminary approval allows the Planning and Zoning Commission to hold a public hearing on the issue at its April 24 meeting. If approved, the amendment will return to the Council for final action.

CrossFit Zoning Approved

The CrossFit fitness center at 509 North 20th Street was granted a Conditional Use Permit (CUP). The property was originally zoned as a Planned Industrial District, but it was determined by the Planning Commission that similar facilities have operated in industrial zoned districts without problems.

CrossFit owner Jeffery Toomer described the business as a fitness facility that uses a classroom setting. Toomer estimated the facility could accommodate five to 10 classes per day, operating from 4:30 a.m. to 7:30 p. m. CrossFit is located in the building formerly occupied by Twin Rivers Archery and Outdoors.

2013 City Survey Results Released

The 2013 Survey of Public Services and Performances Measurement report was received by the Council. The survey is randomly sent to 300 residents, 75 in each ward, to determine satisfaction with services. About 52 percent of the surveys were returned. The results indicate that all departments were ranked on average as satisfactory or better.

City Manager Brian Gramentz explained that the State would like the City to use this information during budgeting. The surveys could be used to determine the distribution of funds.

Survey results will be posted on the City’s website today.

Surface Reconstruction Public Hearing Scheduled

The public hearing date or surface reconstruction projects on 11th North and 4th North Street from Broadway to Garden Street was set for Tuesday, May 6 at 5 p.m. Assessments are estimated at $1,350 per residential parcel, for a total of $99,900. If the City decides to specially assess the benefits of resurfacing, it will be necessary to hold a second public hearing at a later date.

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