The City of Sleepy Eye is planning for the Sleepy Eye Lake Trail Phase II Improvements project to begin in the near future.
The project will improve the safety of pedestrians who now use the west shoulder of Highway 4 to continue around Sleepy Eye Lake. The project will include construction of approximately 1,800 linear feet of a 10 foot wide bituminous trail.
City Engineer Dave Palm explained that the first phase of the lake trail consisted of 2.76 miles of trail around the south, west and north parts of Sleepy Eye Lake.
The city has requested MnDOT Cooperative Agreement Funding (CAP) for the trail. Funding was requested for a portion of the construction, construction engineering and for the wetland banking required by the DNR for the project. The total amount requested from the MnDOT CAP funding is $236,391. Other funding sources for the project include the City of Sleepy Eye and Federal Enhancement Funds through the STIP program.
“Its a lot bigger project than we had originally bid, but when its done it will be done right and it will allow room between the trail and the highway,” said City Manager Mark Kober.
The council approved to move forward with the project.
In other news, the council approved:
- to hire two new firemen, Nick Windschitl and Brandon Havemeier after they have been cleared by physicals.
- to purchase an additional police ARMER hand-held radio.