Request for chickens in city limits on NU Council agenda

NEW ULM – Chicken is on the agenda for tonight’s City Council meeting.

A request will come before the Council to allow residents or property owners the right to raise/maintain chickens within the city.

The Happy Hen Committee has submitted a request to amend the current ordinance. If approved, restrictions will likely be put in place that would set limits on the number of chickens allowed on a residence, whether to allow roosters, size of coop allowed, sanitation requirements and permit costs.

In other business, a resolution approving plans and specification for the 2014 MSAS Improvement Project, which deals with state aid for local transportation, is on the agenda.

The Council received written and oral comments at the March 4 public hearing on this project. The plans and specification have been approved by MnDOT Office of State Aid. The preliminary estimate of the project is $2.8 million with $300,000 coming from a 2014 bond issue. When the project is approved, the Council will order advertisement for bids, set a bid opening date and authorize staff to receive bids.

The Council will also discuss a motion concerning the 2007 special assessment for a lot in Dacotah West Addition and set a public hearing. This addition was previously assessed on a unit basis at $25,921.51 per lot in December 2007. The developer did not pay any taxes or special assessments for a period of five years and the bulk of the subdivision went to tax-forfeited land. As of April 28, a certificate of occupancy has been issued for new construction on Lot 1, Block 1, of the addition. The Council could begin the reassessment process for that parcel by approving the $25,921.51 amount and setting a public hearing date.

Before the Council meeting, councilors and members of the Public Utilities Commission will meet at 4 p.m. to review audited financial statements for 2013. The regular scheduled City Council meeting will follow at 5 p.m.

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