Sleepy Eye OKs e-cigarette sales moratorium

SLEEPY EYE – The Sleepy Eye City Council unanimously approved a moratorium on new account sales of e-cigarettes and related products Tuesday.

Two American Lung Association (ALA) in Minnesota representatives presented information about e-cigarettes at the meeting.

Poison control center calls have doubled since e-cigarettes came out, they said.

“It’s like the wild west. This is a poisonous product without regulations,” said ALA Program Manager Erin Simmons. “I could make this stuff in the trunk of my car and sell it.”

“Frankly, there are people who don’t think it’s harmful,” said Sleepy Eye City Manager Mark Kober. “There are some stores in town selling them now.”

The city council approved:

A farm lease on the north part of the Snow Farm property between the City of Sleepy Eye and Bradley Berkner, Bryan Berkner, Brad Hoffmann and Dean Hoffmann for about 140 acres of tillable land for $300 an acre, acreage to be negotiated in 2015 and at a rental rate to be determined in 2016. No sugar beets will be raised on the land during the lease.

A sewer and storm water reconstruction fund report. Kober said the sinking fund saved city taxpayers $967,000 in assessments sewer and storm water project assessments. It also enabled the city to complete $8.4 million in projects since the fund began. The fund grows by $230,000 a year.

“It’s working,” Kober said.

Changing zoning from residential to business industrial on lots 5, 6, and 7 of Block 1, Nelson’s 2nd Addition to allow for construction of personal storage buildings on the south side of the 800 block of Walnut St. S.W. (near Del Monte Corp.)

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