Council to consider repairs to city infrastructure damaged by June flooding

NEW ULM – The New Ulm City Council will consider today declaring a State of Emergency in response to damage caused by heavy rains from June 14 to June 19.

A preliminary damage assessment Brown County and the state of Minnesota indicated the potential for FEMA public assistance funding in New Ulm.

A preliminary estimate of costs associated with this flooding is $ 195,000 for infrastructure repairs only.

Proposed projects include:

Reconstruction of failed storm sewer infrastructure on County Highway 13 near the west City Limits. A storm sewer manhole was overcome by water pressure and a hole blew out the side of the structure, causing a washout of the ditch and roadway pavement. Replacement and restoration of the structure and roadway is estimated at $75, 000.

City staff has contacted four qualified contractors for this project, but only received one proposal for the emergency repair work. It came from M R Paving & Excavating, Inc. in the amount of $75,067.72.

Reconstruction of failed storm sewer outfall structure and piping adjacent to Milford Street. A storm sewer outfall, piping and structures became inundated with storm water and were washed away along with part of the ravine that the system outlets into. Replacement and restoration of the structure and ravine is estimated at $120,000.

In other business, the council will consider an extension of the closing date on the sale of property for an apartment complex on South Minnesota Street to July 1, 2015.

In a related issue, council will consider modifications to the Tax Increment Financing District plan for this housing project, which is known as the City Center Apartments.

Another agenda item includes the approval of an amendment of the City’s Comprehensive Plan to allow “Industrial” land uses in place of “Medium Density Residential” and “High Density Residential” land uses for property generally located in Milford Township.The land abuts the current city limits and is located off Highway 29.

The council meeting starts at 5 p.m. today in city hall.

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