Nicollet City Council December Meeting

Nicollet City Council December Meeting

City Receives Complaints About Chickens and Home Based Business, Council Officially Adopts Final 2024 Tax Levy

According to a report in the New Ulm Journal, Nicollet residents complained at a recent Nicollet City Council meeting about chickens and home occupation businesses being a nuisance. The Siemonsma/Scheurer residence on the 400 block of 4th Street was a target for its backyard chickens, the report noted. Another complaint was lodged against the Hanel residence on the 300 block of 4th Street because the owner is alleged to be possibly operating a home-based business.

Nicollet Mayor Fred Froehlich was on record to say that a city ordinance already exists that prohibits keeping chickens in town. The city clerk read the nuisance ordinance that prevents poultry and farm animals in city limits, the report also stated. Another council member said he saw a coup but no chickens, while another speculated the birds were moved indoors due to cold temperatures. 

The council advised the city clerk to prepare a letter, along with a copy of the nuisance ordinance. The city will give the farm animal owners a month to relocate or remove from city premises the fowl in question. The council will discuss further action in January should the owners not respond and take action. 

The owner of the residence on the 300 block of 4th Street who is suspected of running a business from home should expect a visit from a councilmember or city staff regarding what is allowed to be stored in his shed and outside. They have been also given a month to clear their property of items, according to reporting.

In other Nicollet City Council news, Derek Wahl, 300 block of Elm Street, wants to relocate his driveway by tearing down the existing garage and build a two-stall garage accessible via 4th Street. Council member Mary Wels opined it would be safer with the relocation and Council member Ostermann told Wahl he should check with Nicollet County to see if they require any additional permits. The council approved Wahl’s request, who will be responsible for the accompanying curb and gutter work required. 

The Nicollet City Council also discussed meter software that will soon be obsolete after June 30 of the new year. The software is used to read water meters and is integrating with billing. The purchase for the new system will cost the city $11,000 plus $1,800 per year and a new tablet computer for $300. The data is stored in the cloud, the report noted. 

The council also discussed a Joint Powers agreement between Nicollet Township Board, who wanted to meet at the firehouse once per month, due to a conflict with the Nicollet City Council last month, in which they maintained their presence conflicted with a city hearing. 

The city also discussed the purchase of a new tanker for  $375,000, infrastructure plans and the final adopted the 2024 Tax Levy for $610,524.  The budget called for a $100,000 General Fund, $25,000 Water Fund, $25,000 Fire Capital Fund, $50,000 Capital Improvement Fund, $410,524 for Debt Service and was adopted with a revenue estimated to be $1,502,822, according to the report.

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