SE Council approves Snow Farm abatements

SLEEPY EYE – Without any public objections Tuesday, the Sleepy Eye City Council unanimously approved a resolution approving property tax abatements for Snow Farm First Addition Project parcels.

The City established a 15-year, $890,548 tax abatement program for taxes payable 2016 through 2030 to promote commercial and industrial development, create jobs and expand the property tax base, authorized by state law.

The City Council expects the abatement benefits to at least equal the costs to fund infrastructure improvements, increase or preserve the City tax base, help retain and expand commercial and industrial development and provide employment opportunities.

Northland Securities of Minneapolis Public Finance Senior Vice President Tammy Omdal said the abatement recaptures city taxes and infrastructure development costs in a $4.1 million total build out project. “The City can repay itself for land costs,” Omdal said.

In other action, the Council:

Approved a Zoning Variance Hearing for Schieffert Properties, LLC, reducing from 25 feet to 15 feet on the north side of the bus garage building at 800 Main St. East. Tim Schieffert said the company wishes to build a pole-type building to house four full-size school buses side by side.

Approved a fireworks sales permit by Scott Vrabel of Dairy Queen. A first reading of an amended permit allowing fireworks sales in a 10×24-foot tent from June 30 through July 4 will be read at the May City Council meeting. Vrabel said he plans to sell fireworks inside a tent with a fire extinguisher and water hoses nearby.

Approved a preliminary hearing for the $722,400 Snow Farm First and Second Addition infrastructure work including $513,000 for9-ton bituminous road surfacing.

Approved a $94,632.50 seal coat bid from M.R. Paving, Inc. of New Ulm, 11 percent below the engineer’s estimate and less than 1 percent below the second low bidder, $94,935.60 from Caldwell Asphalts Co. Inc. Hawick.

Swore in new patrolman Shawn Bohnen and Police Chief Matthew Andres and recognized retiring Park and Recreation Director Daryl Bergs and Police Chief John Schueller.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at

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