SE City Council considers Wi-Fi agreement

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council will consider a services agreement for limited, free, public Wi-Fi service in Sportsman’s Park Tuesday, June 11.

Under the agreement, the City of Sleepy Eye would allow NUVERA Communications, Inc. use of site resources such as poles, electricity, buildings and any structure agreed upon in advance of equipment being installed by both parties to mount equipment and signage in exchange for public Wi-Fi services for a period of five years from the initial service activation date.

The city council will also consider:

•A resolution dedicating $1,760,240.00 from Public Utility Funds to the 12th Avenue N.E./St. Mary’s Street Project.

• A Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) grant agreement for airport improvements including a runway lighting system. Project costs will not exceed $251,546.76. The State of Minnesota’s 95 percent cost share is $239,000. The City of Sleepy Eye’s share is $12,546.76.

• City Council correspondence includes a May 9 letter from Sleepy Eye Brewing Company President Judd Walter to Sleepy Eye Economic Development Authority (EDA) Coordinator Kurt Kramer about what the EDA may have to offer for brewery equipment costs.

Kramer told the EDA he toured the proposed microbrewery in The Pix theater building on Main Street. He presented information to the EDA Finance Committee that could make a recommendation to the EDA board.

Walter wrote the brewing company is interested in a matching grant and an interest buy-down for part of the funds.

“While this request does not fit a current EDA program, it certainly fulfills the mission and purpose of the EDA to revitalize downtown. This business will create jobs and bring people to Sleepy Eye,” Walter wrote.

Walter explained the theater building’s long, narrow footprint does not work for most available brewery equipment and due to lack of outside space, additional special equipment will be needed to locate a chiller for indoor fermentation.

Kramer reported the EDA got an assistance request from Illegal Amigos, a business interested in opening a food trailer in Sleepy Eye later this year or early next year.

Kramer recently told the EDA board Casey’s corporate officials are listing the former Main Street building and property at $40,000. Kramer said a number of parties are interested in the property.

• City Attorney Alissa Fischer will report on rental property inspections, surveying and a food truck ordinance.

• City Engineer Dave Palm will report on the 2020 Street & Utility Project, the 12th Avenue railroad crossing and the 12th Avenue S.E. project.

• The city council meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the council chambers.

Fritz Busch can be emailed at fbusch@nujournal.com.

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