SLEEPY EYE - In an effort to offset 2009 and 2010 Local Government Aid (LGA) cuts, the Sleepy Eye City Council approved a resolution Tuesday for legislative support of a bill allowing the establishment of a Street Improvement District (SID).
City Manager Mark Kober said the SID would be much like the existing sewer reconstruction district that now has $1.3 million in LGA money and $1 million in local monies.
"I'm excited about the chance to do a street district," Kober said. "We saved residents about $330,000 in direct assessments for the 2007 street and utility project because we had money drawing interest in the bank."
The street district would include the entire community.
The SID would allow cities to collect fees from property owners to fund municipal street maintenance, construction, reconstruction and facility upgrades.
In recent legislative sessions, the League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) and the City Engineers Association of Minnesota has requested such authority from all cities.
Resistance has come from statewide business associations, the LMC said in its Jan. 30, weekly legislative update.
In other action, the council:
- Held a preliminary hearing for a $467,076 2009 Street and Utility Project.
The project includes curb and gutter as well as bituminous surfacing for Scott Street between 2nd and 4th Avenues; surfacing on Ellsworth Street and 1st Avenue South south of Ellsworth; plus new 8-inch water main and 4-inch edge drain, storm sewer and catch basins on 12th Avenue N.W.
The project includes connection to a 5-mile-long sewer line from Essig.
At issue is how to pay for the final 600 feet of the line in the northeast corner of Sleepy Eye (Burda Commercial Addition) that Essig residents hope will be funded for 2009.
"We need the project for future growth," said Councilor Judy Beech.
Kober said part of the project will be funded by bonds lasting up to 10 years.
- Approved using the State Revolving Loan Fund for a new $4,500,000 or as-bid cost water treatment plant.
- Approved the first reading to amend the city snowmobile ordinance to include ATVs (all-terrain vehicles). Neither type of vehicle can be driven on county roads and must be driven only on roads straight out of and back into town.
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