Archive for New Germany

Obit: Angela Stender, 42

NEW GERMANY, MAYER, MN – Angela L. Stender, 42, of Richfield, formerly of New Germany, passed away Monday, Aug. 24, 2020.

A memorial service took place Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020 at 6 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia, with Rev LeRoy LaPlant officiating. Visitation was two hours prior to the service.

Arrangements were with Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. www.johnsonfh.com.

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Funeral notice: Vernice Menth, 97, formerly New Germany

Vernice A. Menth 97 of Alpena, MI, formerly of New Germany, MN, passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2020.
Funeral service to be held Monday, August 31, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany with Rev. LeRoy LaPlant officiating. Visitation  is one hour prior to the service, at the church. Interment at St. Mark Lutheran Cemetery in New Germany.

State, local health officials offering free COVID-19 testing in Glencoe August 20

GLENCOE – In response to the increase in COVID-19 cases in McLeod County, the State of Minnesota is partnering with the City of Glencoe, and McLeod County Public Health, to offer free COVID-19 testing Thursday, Aug. 20. Testing is free, and available to anyone who wants to be tested.

With the increase in cases in the county, this testing will offer critical insight into the degree of spread in the area. While many who contract COVID-19 experience mild or even no symptoms, some suffer life-threatening complications. All who contract the virus are contagious. The results of this testing will provide data to guide future efforts to combat COVID-19, and protect those who are most vulnerable to serious complications.

Date:         Thursday, August 20
Time:        2 to 9 p.m.
Location: Glencoe City Center
1107 11th Street East
Glencoe

Anyone who wants to be tested is encouraged to come, even if they don’t have symptoms of COVID-19. No insurance or identification is needed. Residents of McLeod and neighboring counties are eligible to be tested. Those who live farther away are encouraged to be tested at their local clinics.

Pre-registration is advised. Visit McLeod County Community COVID-19 Testing: Schedule Your Appointment for more information, and to sign up for an appointment.  People may also call 855-612-0677 for assistance with signing up for an appointment.

New Germany ordinance: zoning amendments

ORDINANCE NO. 116
(Zoning Ordinance Amendments)
CITY OF NEW GERMANY
CARVER COUNTY, MINNESOTA
August 4, 2020
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 154.011 PERTAINING TO DEFINITIONS, SECTION 154.082(F) PERTAINING TO ACCESSORARY BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES, AND ADDING NEW SECTIONS 154.092(G) AND 154.092(H) PERTAINING TO ACCESSORY BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES OF THE NEW GERMANY CITY CODE.
THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW GERMANY, CARVER COUNTY, MINNESOTA, ORDAINS:
Section 1.  The definitions of Solar Electric System, the Solar Electric System, Retail, and the Solar Electric System, Wholesale, of Section 154.011 (Definitions) of the City Code of the City of New Germany are amended to read as follows:
SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM.  A device or set of devices whose primary purpose is to collect and convert or transfer solar energy into another form of energy.
SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM, RETAIL.  A solar energy system established for the primary purpose of meeting all or part of the energy needs of the host building, whether residential, commercial, industrial, or agricultural.
SOLAR ELECTRIC SYSTEM, WHOLESALE.  A solar energy system established for the primary purpose of generating and selling the converted or transferred energy directly to a third party.
Section 2.  Section 154.082(F) of the City Code of the City of New Germany pertaining to accessory buildings and structures is amended to read as follows:
(F)  Structures utilizing pole style construction methods shall have concrete floors.
Section 3.  Section 154.082 of the City Code of the City of New Germany pertaining to accessory buildings and structures is amended by adding a new subdivision (G) to read as follows:
(G)  Shipping containers, storage containers, fabric/poly/plastic covered structures, and hoop framed structures shall not be used as permanent accessory structures.
Section 4.  Section 154.082 of the City Code of the City of New Germany pertaining to accessory buildings and structures is amended by adding new subdivision (H) to read as follows:
(H)  Siding and roof covering materials for accessory structures that are regulated by the Minnesota State Building Code be of the same style siding and roofing materials as the principle building.
Section 5.  Section 154.092 of the City Code of the City of New Germany pertaining to Solar Electric Systems is amended in its entirety to read as follows:
§ 154.092 SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS.
(A)    Solar energy systems require an interim use permit in all zoning districts.
(B)    Wholesale solar energy systems shall be limited to the I – Industrial District.
(C)    Retail solar energy systems in the R-1 – Single-Family Residential District and R-2 – Multiple Family Residential District shall be limited to rooftop systems.  Rooftop solar energy systems shall be installed in accordance with the MN State Building code and shall not occupy more than 75% of the area of the roof plane it is affixed to.
(1)    Rooftop solar energy systems mounted on roofs with slopes greater than two units vertical in 12 units horizontal shall be mounted parallel to the plane of the roof, shall not extend more than one foot above the plane of the roof, and shall not be located any closer than three feet from any side or bottom edge of the roof.
(2)    Rooftop solar energy systems mounted on roofs with slopes of two units vertical in 12 units horizontal shall not project more than four feet above the plane of the roof and there shall be a minimum 6-foot-wide clear perimeter around the edges of the roof.
(D)    Retail solar energy systems located in the A – Agricultural District, B – Business/Commercial District and I – Industrial District may include rooftop systems and ground mounted systems and shall be installed in accordance with the MN State Building Code.
(1)    Rooftop solar energy systems mounted on roofs with slopes greater than two units vertical in 12 units horizontal shall be mounted parallel to the plane of the roof, shall not extend more than one foot above the plane of the roof, and shall not be located any closer than three feet from any side or bottom edge of the roof.
(2)    Rooftop solar energy systems mounted on roofs with slopes of two units vertical in 12 units horizontal shall not project more than four feet above the plane of the roof and there shall be a minimum 6-foot-wide clear perimeter around the edges of the roof.
(3)    Ground mounted solar energy systems shall not exceed 15 feet in height, shall not be located in any front yard area, shall not be located closer than 15 feet to a side or rear yard, and shall not be located closer than 100 feet to an existing adjacent residence.  Ground mounted solar energy systems shall not exceed 10% lot coverage of 10,000 square feet, whichever is less.  The square footage of the ground mounted solar electric system is calculated by the area encumbered by the outermost measurements of the solar equipment layout.
(E)    Wholesale solar energy systems shall be set back a minimum of 50 feet from roadways and a minimum of 50 feet from all property lines.  The maximum height of wholesale solar energy system equipment, structures and accessory appurtenances shall not exceed 15 feet.  Wholesale energy systems shall be enclosed in accordance with Subdivision (N) of this section.
(F)    Wholesale solar energy systems shall not be lighted, except for shrouded, downcast security lights on major equipment or storage buildings.  Signage shall be limited to equipment labeling, security warnings and messages, entrance identification and directional signs and a single site identification sign.  No individual sign shall exceed 36 square feet in area or extend more than 15 feet in height.
(G)    No solar energy equipment or solar energy systems shall create or cause unreasonable glare on other property or public roadways.  Unreasonable glare shall mean a public safety hazard as determined by the Board of Supervisors or the appropriate roadway authority.
(H)    No solar energy system shall create or constitute a public nuisance, as regulated in this chapter.
(I)    Electric power lines within all ground mounted solar energy systems shall be buried underground.
(J)    All solar energy systems, supporting structures or other buildings shall be consistent with applicable State Building Codes, State Electrical Codes, State Fire Codes and State Plumbing Codes.
(K)    All applicable solar energy equipment shall be certified by either the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or Canadian Electrical Code (CSA 22.1) or the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) for thermal systems.
(L)    All solar energy systems unused, abandoned or inoperable for more than 12 months shall be removed by the system owner or the property owner.  The property shall be returned to a condition comparable to that prior to the installation of the solar energy system.
(M)    In addition to the site plan review application submittal requirements, solar energy system applications shall include the following details:
(1)    Grading plan;
(2)    Location of access roads;
(3)    Locations of overhead and underground electric lines;
(4)    Dimensions, location and spacing of PV panels;
(5)    Description of the racking method, including fixed or tracking technology;
(6)    Description and location of buildings, inverters, transformers, disconnects and combiners and other structures and equipment;
(7)    Typical elevations or photos of sample solar arrays;
(8)    Site lighting and signage;
(9)    Decommissioning plan and site restoration plan, including financial assurances; and
(10)    Fire Department access.
(N)    Fencing (a minimum of six-foot in height), landscaping, and other approved screening shall be required for any ground mounted solar energy systems.  Such fencing, landscaping and other approved screening shall provide visual impairment of the solar energy system from adjoining properties and roadways.  Other screening methods shall be determined approved or not approved during the application process.  Deviations from dimensional standards (including setbacks) may be considered through public hearing procedures for permitting, based upon mitigation of off-site impacts through fencing, landscaping, screening or other mitigation measures.
(O)    All ground mounted solar energy systems shall prepare a storm water management plan consistent with the county’s Watershed Management Organization requirements.  Any site grading shall be accompanied by an erosion and sedimentation control plan consistent with best management practices for control components.
(P)    All permit applications for ground-mounted solar energy systems shall include a description of the vegetation or material under the solar system components and the method of ground care and vegetative maintenance.
This Ordinance shall be in full force effective upon its adoption and publication according to the law.
Passed and adopted by the City Council of the City of New Germany this 4th day of August, 2020.
Steve VanLith, Mayor
ATTEST: Twyla Menth, Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal on Aug. 14, 2020.

New Germany ordinance: amending miscellaneous sections of city code

ORDINANCE NO. 115
(Amending Miscellaneous Sections of
New Germany City Code)
CITY OF NEW GERMANY
CARVER COUNTY, MINNESOTA
August 4, 2020
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING MISCELLANEOUS SECTIONS OF THE NEW GERMANY CITY CODE; SECTION 50.01 PERTAINING TO GARBAGE AND RECYCLING, SECTION 51.02(I) PERTAINING TO PROHIBITED WASTE, SECTION 91.02 PERTAINING TO UNSAFE BUILDINGS, SECTION 91.03 PERTAINING TO INSPECTIONS, SECTION 92.03 PERTAINING TO PUBLIC NUISANCES, AND SECTION 92.20 PERTAINING TO ABANDONED, DISABLED OR UNLICENSED VEHICLES.
THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW GERMANY, CARVER COUNTY, MINNESOTA, ORDAINS:
Section 50.01 of the New Germany City Code is amended to read as follows:
Residents shall use the City’s contracted garbage hauler for garbage and recycling pick up.  Garbage and recycling pick up is mandatory within the city limits.  Commercial use businesses are exempt from using City’s contracted garbage hauler.
Section 51.02(I) of the New Germany City Code is amended to read as follows:
Prior to change of ownership of any building(s) within the city, the seller shall have the building(s) certified for compliance with this section prior to the closing of the sale or transfer.  It is the responsibility of the seller or seller’s agent to notify the city of a proposed change of ownership.  Any building(s) that has not been certified as compliant shall be assumed to be non-compliant with this section.  If a property is found to be non-compliant after a property is transferred, the city shall enforce this section according to the provisions in subdivisions (F) and (G) above, unless it has been demonstrated that an escrow for the completion of the repair has been established as a condition of the Purchase Agreement.
Section 91.02 of the New Germany City Code is amended to read as follows:
A building or structure or part thereof declared structurally unsafe or hazardous by an authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) may be restored to safe condition; provided that, if the damage or cost of restoration and re-construction is in excess of 50% of the value of the building or structure, the building or structure, if re-constructed or restored, shall be made to conform to the requirements for building and structures contained in this Code.
Section 91.03 of the New Germany City Code is amended to read as follows:
(A)    It shall be the duty of the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) to inspect or cause to be inspected, not less than four times a year, all buildings and premises, except the interiors of private dwellings, for the purpose of ascertaining and causing to be corrected any conditions liable to cause fine.
(B)    Whenever the (AHJ) shall find in any building or upon any premises or other place, combustible or explosive matter or dangerous accumulation of rubbish, or any highly flammable materials, and so situated as to endanger property, he or she shall order the same to be removed or remedied.
Section 92.03(Q) of the New Germany City Code is amended to read as follows:
(Q)      Shipping containers, storage containers, temporary structures, and the storage of boats, campers, trailers, and other recreational related items shall not remain in one area for more than 180 days.  Items that are required to be licensed shall be currently licensed and shall be parked on an impervious, concrete or asphalt surface.
Section 92.20(C)(1)(d) of the New Germany City Code is amended to read as follows:
The vehicle shall be parked on an impervious, concrete or asphalt surface.
This Ordinance shall be in full force effective upon its adoption and publication according to the law.
Passed and adopted by the City Council of the City of New Germany this 4th day of August, 2020.
Steve VanLith, Mayor
ATTEST: Twyla Menth, Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal, Aug. 14, 2020.