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SE City Council OKs bait vending machine agreement

SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council unanimously approved a bait vending machine agreement at Sportsmen’s Park Tuesday.

Action came on a motion by Councilor Doug Pelzel, seconded by Councilor Scott Krzmarzick for an agreement at $120 per year.

City Manager Bob Elston said the vending machine would be similar to a pop machine and suggested it be located between the fish cleaning shack and covered benches in Sportsman’s Park.

“Sounds good,” said Councilor Nate Stevermer.

“Sounds like a good addition to the lake,” said Councilor Gary Windschitl.

The city council unanimously approved:

* 2021 Sleepy Eye Fire Dept. officers and trustees, motion by Stevermer, seconded by Windschitl. Scott Krzmarzick abstained.

Officers are Chief Ron Zinniel, 1st Asst. Chief Aaron Schauman, 2nd Asst. Chief Jeff Zinniel, Secretary Jesse Fischer, Fire Marshall Al Windschitl and Asst. Fire Marshall Scott Krzmarzick.

Trustees are Shane Martinka and Leon Steffl through 2023 and Clark Trebesch through 2021.

* One year rural fire contract extensions at $177/section, motion by Stevermer, seconded by Councilor Christina Andres.

* First reading of a $58,000 Snow Farm lot offer by Rob and Vicky Schumacher for a lot on Maple St. S.E., near 12th Ave. S.E., advertised to sell for $59,564.

“I think it’s a fair offer,” said Elston.

* An ordinance establishing the Twice Addition.

* Second reading of the Sleepy Hollow 6th Addition, called by Stevermer, seconded by Councilor Doug Pelzel.

* Second reading of an ordinance amending council salaries to $6,000 for mayor and $5,000 for councilors, effective Jan. 1, 2023, motion by Stevermer, seconded by Windschitl. Elston said it was the first council salary raise since 2008.

* Funding the Sleepy Eye Chamber of Commerce at $9,000 per year and the Sleepy Eye Historical Society at $3,700 per year, as budgeted, motion by Windschitl, seconded by Pelzel. Andres abstained.

* Police Chief Matt Andres said he asked officers to watch for any speeding on the two new roads in town and said they did not find anyone driving more than 30 mph.

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

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