NU City Council OKs one permit, tables condos for a future meeting

By Clay Schuldt

Staff Writer

NEW ULM – The City Council approved a Conditional Use Permit on Tuesday for Rick Apitz to locate a single apartment unit in a building at 419 2nd South Street. The property was zoned as General Business (B-3) and required the CUP for occupancy.

A zoning request for a condominium development at 301 N. German St., was tabled because only three councilors were present and the zoning change required four-fifths approval.

The rezoning request came from Eric Bode on behalf of Vaharoslee, Inc. Rezoning would allow Vaharoslee to build the condos on the site, which would require an additional permit. The Planning Commission had previously recommended approval of the permit and rezoning.

The first reading of an ordinance change regarding the keeping of chickens was also tabled until a full council was present.

A simple lot division at 1722 Boettger Road was approved. It was requested by Martin Luther College, which had an unused piece of land that could be sold to a neighboring property.

Summit Avenue

Reconstruction

Councilor Ken RockVam requested an update on Summit Avenue. He asked if a time table was set for the reconstruction of the roadway.

City Engineer Steven Koehler said his department had several discussions with the contractors and a schedule will be delivered. A small patch has been done and is being monitored.

Koehler said that he did not want to do a complete fix only to turn around and need to reconstruct the roadway a second time.

In other action,

the Council:

Appointed Lonnie Carpenter to the Energy Awareness Commission and Dale Gluth to Monuments & Cemetery Commission.

Approved two temporary construction easements for the 2014 MSAS Improvement Project and authorized payment. A professional service agreement with Braun Intertec to provide material testing services was also approved.

Approved a resolution accepting a Federal Aviation grant for land acquisition for the proposed runway extension. The grant will cover 95 percent of the cost of the land.

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