NEW ULM - The New Ulm City Council will meet today at 5 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
The Council will consider the variance application by Dr. Charles and Roberta Hintz for their horse Chammy, which drew significant media attention last May and June after the Hintzes were asked to remove the horse due to city ordinances.
The application is part of the City of New Ulm's new animal ordinance allowing animals that have long remained on residential property before Jan. 1, 2012, to remain in the city limits until their deaths. Animals brought into residential areas after that date will not be allowed to stay. This application is the last hurdle in allowing Chammy to stay within the city limits.
The Council will address several issues while considering the application, including whether the manure pile that generated the initial complaint is being properly dealt with, whether the animal is being kept in a humane manner and whether the animal's fence is being properly maintained.
After the meeting, the Council will continue discussion of the 2013 budget. This meeting will involve making decisions on cuts or changes in the budget to reduce the total increase of the property tax levy for the coming year.