SE City Council OKs Wi-Fi agreement

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

Under the agreement, approved on a motion by councilor Larry Braun, seconded by councilor Doug Pelzel, the City of Sleepy Eye allows Nuvera Communications, Inc. use of site resources to mount equipment and signage in exchange for public Wi-Fi services for five years from the initial service activation date.

Internet Wi-Fi users would be able to get advanced services for a fee by creating an account with a username and password.

The city council also unanimously approved;

• The first reading for a land swap between the City of Sleepy Eye and Timothy and David Schieffert who wish to swap 42.05 deeded acres in the northeast corner of Sleepy Eye for 70 acres in the southernmost portion of the “Snow Farm.”

The Schiefferts intend to farm the acres they receive beginning with the 2020 crop year. The City of Sleepy Eye intends to develop the east end of Elm Street with the land acquisition and will cover all legal costs of the transaction.

“I think it’s a no-brainer. We want to develop Elm Street and create lots,” councilor Pelzel said, making a motion for the first reading, seconded by Councilor Joann Schmidt.

• A resolution to clear a Snow Farm residential lot now occupied by July 1, 2020, motion by councilor Schmidt, seconded by councilor Nate Stevermer.

• Setting a workshop for noon, Monday, June 24 in the council chambers to work on a rental inspection ordinance and several other subjects.

• The second reading of a surveying ordinance drafted by City Attorney Alissa Fischer, motion by Schmidt, seconded by Stevermer.

• Discussed a food truck ordinance with Fischer. She will present a resolution at the July city council meeting.

• Approved the 2018 Audit Report by accountant Sara Oberloh of Redwood Falls, motion by Schmidt, seconded by Braun. City assets are $70,112,128, according to the report.

“Most reserve funds rise slightly over the years. You’re looking solid, even with the money you’ve spent down over the last few years,” Oberloh said. The report read that there are no non-compliance instances required to be reported under Government Accounting Standards.

• A $251,546.76 Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Aeronautics Division grant agreement for airport runway light improvements, motion by Pelzel, seconded by Stevermer. The State of Minnesota will pay $239,000 and the City of Sleepy Eye $12,546.76 for the project.

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

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