By Fritz Busch
SLEEPY EYE - Nobody voiced any comments Tuesday at the 2012-13 Street and Utility Improvement Project hearing at the Sleepy Eye City Council meeting.
City Engineer Dave Palm said the $4,420,364 project was 95 percent complete. Interest-free final assessment payments are due in the City Office by Dec. 15, 2012. Property owners have the option of paying part of the assessment up front or allowing part or all of it to be added to their property taxes at 3.5 percent simple interest over 10 years.
Palm said the project's final tar lift will be done on Sleepy Eye streets between June 15 and July 31, 2013.
"It was great construction weather this summer, but a difficult project due to several setbacks, mostly due to sub-contractors," City Manager Mark Kober said. "The project was done on time. There was even asphalt laid on a Sunday afternoon. I'd like to thank everyone for their patience."
The city council also:
Discussed reserving space in the Ross Lake area on the east end of town to dump snow to save time and expense of hauling it farther away. City Street Superintendent Bob Elston said snow could be dumped on the former Snow Farm property in January and February if fall Snow Farm construction work is done on time.
Discussed annexation of the remaining 216 acres of the former Snow Farm property south and west of the existing newly-annexed Snow Farm city property. Kober said it would make more sense for the city to annex the property to keep taxes within the city, which provides services for the property instead of paying it to Home Township and Brown County. The council will re-visit the issue with city, township and county tax figures at its December meeting.
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