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SE City Council considers funding requests

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council will consider funding requests from the Sleepy Eye Chamber of Commerce and Sleepy Eye Historical Society on Tuesday, Jan. 12.

In a Nov. 20, 2020 letter to Sleepy Eye Mayor Bob Elston and the Sleepy Eye City Council, Sleepy Eye Historical Society Director Debbie Joramo requested a $500 annual funding increase to $4,200.

“We have had several hardships with our fundraisers. Several of them were not able to be done last year that we anticipated for funding,” read the letter. “This year, we are excited to announce we have a new Microreader to share with the community to enjoy Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch newspapers from 1890 to 2008, plus the Progressive Paper from 1917 to 1942. Our endeavor is to keep Sleepy Eye history alive for future generations.”

Joramo added that without city funding, the historical society couldn’t function. She added that other historical society funding comes from donations, memberships, a gift shop, grants and fundraisers.

Other city council agenda items to consider include:

• Council permission for the city clerk and city manager to invest city funds.

• One-year rural fire contract extensions.

• An agreement for a bait vending machine at Sportsman’s Park.

• A Snow Farm lot offer.

• Street and utility project updates including the 2021 1st Avenue reconstruction project.

• The meeting starts at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 12 on Zoom. The meeting ID is 848 7771 5906. The passcode is 896220. The public may call in at 1-312-626-6799.

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

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