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SE City Council tables ATV, snowmobile ordinance

SLEEPY EYE — Citing the need for more research, the Sleepy Eye City Council tabled an ordinance regulating ATV (all-terrain vehicles) and snowmobiles on city roads Tuesday.

Ordinance 184 would prohibit ATV or snowmobile operation on a city road except to travel from the owner’s residence or where the ATV or snowmobile is stored, in a direct route, and crossing to and from a destination, provided it is where the vehicles may be lawfully operated. The ordinance includes a 10 mph speed limit and ATVs and snowmobiles would not be driven in the city between midnight and 7 a.m.

The city council unanimously approved:

• Donations of $1,500 for a new dock bench in memory of Lois M. Tauer from her family, $1,000 each to Sleepy Eye Ambulance from the Sleepy Eye Sportsman’s Club and Mathiowetz Construction, a $300 fireworks donation from the Sportsman’s Club, $150 from Brown County Master Gardeners for a Sleepy Eye Park Dept. tree and $100 for city hall flowers, motion by Councilor Scott Krzmarzick, second by Doug Pelzel.

• Offers of $32,000 each for Lots 6 and 8 of Block 4 in Sleepy Hollow 5th Addition, and $85,000 offer for Lot 3, Block 1 of the Snow Farm, first reading approved by Councilor Nate Stevermer.

• An amendment to Ordinance 80 requiring a plumbing license issued by the City of Sleepy Eye was tabled.

• A second reading of Ordinance 181 to sell a 70 feet by 335 feet parcel along the north property line of Sleepy Eye Medical Center Allen and Jodi Arneson, motion by Pelzel, seconded by Andres.

• A second reading of Ordinance 183 to amend the square footage required per unit of a multi-family facility as it relates to lot size, motion by Doug Pelzel, second by Stevermer. Requirements are a minimum of 9,000 square feet plus 3,000 square feet for each additional dwelling unit.

• A $12,500 Home Cemetery funding request, motion by Stevermer, seconded by Christina Andres.

• Police Chief Matt Andres reported on surveillance camera details.

“It’s the wave of the future. It’s a (crime) deterrent,” said Andres.

City officials will consider surveillance cameras as part of the 2022 budget process.

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

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