SLEEPY EYE - The Sleepy Eye City Council held preliminary and a first reading of a 2013 plat on Tuesday.
Located around a cul-de-sac, one block south of U.S. Highway 14 in the $2.5 million project, 19 lots - 10 business-industrial and nine residential lots - will be platted in the northwest corner of the project at the east end of town.
City Engineer Dave Palm said contractors completed 82 days of work on the project that began Oct. 1, 2012. They are allowed 120 calendar days to complete remaining roadwork.
The city council also:
- Directed Palm to buy wetland bank property for $26,136 an acre plus Board of Water and Soil Resource (BWSR) fees from Jim Hoppe in Watonwan County. Wetland fill costs were estimated at $18,538. Palm said other available wetland bank property costs range up to $28,314 an acre plus BWSR fees in Le Sueur County.
Councilor Joe Schieffert said the project lots would be more attractive to buyers if there are near wetlands.
City Manager Mark Kober and Councilor Judy Beech said a number of people have voiced interest in buying highway frontage property in the Snow Farm project over the past few years.
Palm said environmental regulations allow the city to restore wetlands but not create new ones.
"Most of the area was a lake years ago," Beech said.
Mayor Jim Broich said he had old photos of a lake between the project property and the Sleepy Eye mill site.
- Approved a 1 percent 2013 pay raise for city employees including police union employees.
- Approved hospital board salaries of $900 a year for the president and treasurer and $800 for other board members.
- Approved a $3,000 2013 subsidy request by the Sleepy Eye Area Historical Society.
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