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SLEEPY EYE — The Sleepy Eye City Council called for first reading of an ordinance for a land sale Tuesday.

Action came on a motion by Councilor Nate Stevermer to approve a $95,000 offer by Doug Miller of Miller Sellner Implement to purchase five acres of land just south of the implement dealership on the south edge of Sleepy Eye.

The dealership at 22024 State Highway 4 sells International brand equipment and implements, in addition to other smaller, non-vehicle equipment.

The purchase price of the land is based on the current zoning of agriculture, so it would be rezoned if the property will be used for the dealership.

A second reading of the ordinance will take place at the June City Council meeting. A property sale closing date could be set after the second reading of the ordinance, with the rezoning following that.

The City Council unanimously approved:

* Continuing the Sleepy Eye Lake study by Minnesota State University-Mankato for another year. City Manager Bob Elston praised Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s High School science teacher Mary Beth Botz’s students for their Adopt a Storm Drain program that is helping keep city storm drains clean before stormwater drains into the lake or into a nearby slough.

“They do a great job with the lake,” Elston said.

* A $300 donation from H&D Underground to the Sleepy Eye Fire Department, on motion by Councilor Gary Windschitl, seconded by Stevermer.

* A first reading to amend a variance request by Kevin Losleben to build a second story addition, motion by Stevermer.

* Calling for a public hearing to vacate an alley and consider deeding a driveway between lots 3, 4 of Block 2, in the First Snow Addition, motion by Doug Pelzel, seconded by Stevermer.

(Fritz Busch can be emailed at [email protected])

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