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Employee photo by Clay Schuldt The city council will consider an offer of USD 109,700 for the new roof project at the New Ulm Recreation Center. Gag Sheet Metal is the low bidder and they are also the on-site contractor for a new addition.

NEW ULM – New Ulm City Council will discuss the development of a fixed route bus route for Brown County on Tuesday.

The city is looking for a permanent bus service for residents, employees, visitors and students. The city has partnered with Brown County Heartland Express, the transit carrier that operates a demand response service in New Ulm and across Brown County.

The fixed route bus service would operate on a set schedule with stops at key local destinations along a set route through the community.

Brown County is in the process of assembling its proposed transportation budget for the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). As part of the budget, they would like to introduce a new fixed route bus service to MnDOT.

Draft routes have been created, but the final route must be determined using Heartland Express. The proposed round trip would take no more than 90 minutes. If approved by MnDOT, the city would be responsible for 15% of the route costs and would have a two-year commitment.

The Council will discuss whether to submit the MnDOT proposal.

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The city council will consider an offer of USD 109,700 for the new roof project of the New Ulm Recreation Center.

The staff looked at the roof of the old pool section on December 8th and found that the rubber was peeling off in some places. The employees received a call from the roofer on site for the newcomer that there were some problems with the old pool roof.

The staff looked at the roof and one of the seams of the rubber was torn and the insulation had shifted in numerous places on the roof. It is believed that the winds from the snow storm in late December caused the problems.

The roof was replaced in November 1998 and had a 10 year warranty. The roof is 23 years old and has reached its expected lifespan.

The city received two offers for the roof replacement. Gag Sheet Metal is the low bidder. There is also the option of a deduction on the $ 19,600 bid for the deck vapor barrier. If the vapor barrier is found to be in good condition, there is no need to install a new one.

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The council will receive a summary of the deer control program for special archery hunts in 2020 and is expected to re-approve the special hunt for 2021.

The city has conducted the hunt every year since 1992 to help curb the problems of deer mining in the city. A total of 81 deer were harvested in 2020, the majority in program history.

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The council will hold a public hearing on improvements to utilities, streets and alleys in 2021. There are nine improvement projects on the list.

The first project is Jefferson Street from 7th North Street to 12th North Street. The city will reconstruct the aqueduct, sewer system, sewer system and water supply, and reconstruct the street, the rainwater sewer extension, the concrete edge and gutter, and the sidewalks.

The second project is Washington Street from 4th North Street to 5th North Street and includes underground reconstructions, street and sidewalk improvements.

The third project is State Street from 16th South Street to 17th South Street. This project consists of the expansion of the water supply and sewerage.

The fourth project is Maplewood Drive from Red Bud Road to Ryan Road. This project consists of underground conversions, road and sidewalk improvements.

The fifth project is the logging of trees on 20th North Street. Trees will be removed in the expected construction limits for the 20th North Street 2022 2022 construction project.

The sixth project is the alley repair north of Center Street, alley from 7th North Street to 8th North Street between Garden Street and Payne Street. This project consists of the reconstruction of the existing lane pavement section including grading, aggregate base, bituminous surface, 7 inch concrete lane access, subsoil, various removals and restorations.

The seventh project is alley improvements north of Center Street, alley from 9th North Street to 10th North Street between Garden Street and Payne Street. This project consists of the reconstruction of the existing section of alley paving, including grading, aggregate base, bituminous surface, 7 inch concrete alley paving, subsoil, various removals and restorations.

The eighth project is the repair of the Cottonwood River Outfall OC-23. The project consists of repairing a damaged sewer and stabilizing the river bank at the drain.

The final project is a concrete sidewalk and ADA improvements. This project consists of improvements to the ADA pedestrian ramp as a complement to the improvements planned as part of the surface reconstruction project 2021 in order to meet the current ADA requirements according to the ADA transition plan adopted by New Ulm.

Residents are allowed to make public comments on these projects during the hearing.

The council will hold a second public hearing on the last square of Airport Industrial Park 3rd Addition on Jacobs Street.

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