SE City Council considers dog park funding request

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council will consider a funding request on Tuesday, Sept. 10 for a dog park proposed to be located at Prairie View Park.

According to a July 8 letter to Sleepy Eye Mayor Wayne Pelzel, signed by Ken Brody and the Friends of Sleepy Eye Dog Park, the small citizen group is encouraging the City of Sleepy Eye to fund the necessary fencing for a space within the park designated for an enclosed dog run.

“Toward this end, we will solicit backing from other Sleepy Eye residents, encouraging them to make known their support of the project and contribute funds to help defray costs,” read the letter.

The city council will also consider:

• A resolution approving the issuance of hospital refunding bonds, Series 2019A, not to exceed $3,250,000. Proceeds will be used with any additional City funds that may be required for all or a portion of the Jan. 15, 2021 through 2037 bond maturities.

Northland Securities, Inc. will purchase the bonds in an arm’s-length (independent), commercial transaction with the City and prepare an official statement related to sale of the bonds. Preliminary interest rates as of Sept. 4, 2019 would be used to refund $4,265,000 in General Obligation Hospital Refunding Bonds, Series 2012A.

Debt service comparison over an 18-year period creates a $388,428.81 savings, according to the resolution. The refunding delivery date is Nov. 12, 2019.

• A garbage pickup discussion at about 7:15 p.m.

• Adoption of the 2020 budget. The 2020 preliminary budget amount of $4,769.885 is $142,400 less than the final 2019 budget that included $350,000 for a new police station and a $340,000 street capital plan.

The 2020 preliminary budget’s $1,415,065 preliminary levy is a seven percent ($92,580) increase over the 2019 budget.

• Amendments to the dangerous dog ordinance and amending the number of dogs allowed per residence.

The meeting starts with an open forum at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday. The council meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the council chambers.

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

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