Sleepy Eye moves to adopt new dangerous dog ordinance

SLEEPY EYE – The Sleepy Eye City Council approved the first reading Tuesday of proposed ordinances for dangerous dogs and potentially dangerous dogs.

The subject surfaced at last month’s council meeting after a dog bit a man walking on a sidewalk, causing a wound serious enough for him to miss a number of work days. Sleepy Eye Police Chief John Schueller told the council Tuesday that the dog that caused the wounds to the man has since been “put down.”

The proposed ordinance calls for the immediate seizure of dogs defined as dangerous. Such dog owners would be liable for all costs incurred in the maintenance, impounding and boarding of the dog. Schueller said the New Ulm Veterinary Clinic would house the dog because the City of Sleepy Eye has no secure place for such a dog and would require fees paid prior to the dog being impounded.

Owners of dangerous dogs would have 14 days to comply with regulations including registering the dog for an annual fee of up to $500, purchasing a microchip to be implanted in the dog and purchasing $300,000 worth of liability insurance. Owners may appeal the action, but they must pay all associated fees in the meantime.

In other action, the council approved:

Snow Farm project improvements, assessments, deferrals and a 4 percent interest rate over 10 years. Property owners pay all street surface grade and gravel, sanitary sewer main, service, water main and water service costs. The City of Sleepy Eye pays for storm sewer costs for the $1.9 million project. The City of Sleepy Eye bought the 284-acre Snow property for $1,610,000 in May 2009.

The Herb Schreiner property was added to the assessment roll because his sanitary sewer service was connected to the new sanitary sewer main on the new East Water Street extension. Brad Berkner’s property was added because his water service was connected to the new water main on the new East Water Street extension. Costs will be deferred until the Schreiner and Berkner property is annexed into the City.

Issuing $1,330,000 General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2013A to be dated Dec. 1, 2013 and mature Feb. 1, 2015 through 2022 by Northland Securities of Minneapolis. The average interest rate is 2.0937 percent.

The bonds are being issued to current refund $2,580,000 General Obligation Crossover Refunding Bonds, Series 2005A; and current refund the $1,330,000 General Obligation Equipment Certificates of Indebtedness, Series 2008A. The average interest rate of 2005A bonds is 3.77 percent and 4.16 percent on 2005A bonds. Total net present value savings of the new bonds is $80,872 with a total net debt service reduction of $88,239.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at

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