Sleepy Eye approves hearing for tax abatement

SLEEPY EYE – The Sleepy Eye City Council unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday to hold a Snow Farm First Addition tax abatement hearing at its Tuesday, April 8 meeting.

The amount of taxes proposed to be abated by the City will be determined annually based on the increased property value from construction of new buildings and facilities on the property and the expected City property tax rate for the coming year. The total maximum abatement over 15 years was estimated at $890,548.

Copies of the abatement resolution and business subsidy agreement as proposed will be on file and available for public inspection at City Hall.

In other action, the council:

Authorized City Engineer Dave Palm to request proposals for final plans and specifications for a hard surface road and curb and gutter on gravel roads in the Snow development and to hold a preliminary assessment hearing for property owners on April 8. A resolution to reimburse the City up to $1.85 million for the project with incentive programs was approved.

Tabled consideration and second reading of a tobacco licensing ordinance until a League of Minnesota Cities template is available.

Supported a holiday lighting project at Sportsmen’s Park with estimated start-up costs of $15,000 to $20,000 as proposed by Shari Hittesdorf and Mike Suess. Their first goal is to find a local organization to support the project. Possibilities include setting up a park cabin for kids to visit Santa, offering sleigh and sled rides, skating on the lake and playing games.

Approved the retirement of City Park & Recreation Director Daryl Bergs and Police Chief John Schueller as of April 30.

Bergs retires after 34 years service to the City and Schueller at 36 years service, the last 6 1/2 years as police chief.

Kober said two Sleepy Eye officers are interested in the chief position and will be interviewed Thursday. Kober said a Park & Recreation Department employee is interested in the director job and he is advertising the position.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at fbusch@nujournal.com).

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