SE City Council OKs SE Brewing liquor license

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council unanimously approved a liquor license resolution Tuesday that would allow Sleepy Eye Brewing Co. to sell and serve on and off-sale beer.

Action came on a motion by councilor Nate Stevermer, seconded by councilor Doug Pelzel for a license pro-rated at $700 if beer sales begin Dec. 1. The annual license fee is $1,200. Licenses expire at the end of June each year.

The business recently opened as a coffee shop and restaurant in the former Pix theater after an extensive remodeling project.

The city council also unanimously approved:

• Issuing $616,000 in general obligation capital improvement bonds to replenish general fund reserves to about 80 percent of annual general fund operating expenditures, motion by councilor Joann Schmidt, seconded by Pelzel. Last year, the city used general fund cash reserves to remodel city hall and the former off-sale liquor store into a new police station.

City Manager Bob Elston said the bonds would allow for the purchase of a used motor grader to replace a 1983 model that has worn out tires and is becoming obsolete.

• Working with River Valley Sanitation to return to trash pickup as it used to be with alley pickup or other places upon request, motion by Stevermer, seconded by councilor Gary Windschitl.

Elston said Nov. 15 is the last compost day this year and alley pickup begins Nov. 18.

• Maintaining the number of dogs allowed in a single residence at two or one cat and one dog. Up to four pets would be allowed in a multi-unit dwelling, motion by Pelzel, seconded by Schmidt.

• At a public forum before the meeting, Reg Wick talked about a recent email from a constituent to a city councilor. The city councilor said they hear from constituents regularly and that it was not an issue.

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