The Sleepy Eye City Council held a brief special meeting at noon on June 27 to approve City Hall renovation plans and pass three ordinances.

The Sleepy Eye City Council held a brief special meeting at noon on June 27 to approve City Hall renovation plans and pass three ordinances.

First, the council heard from architect Eric Oleson, on the final plans and specs for the project to renovate City Hall to include the police department in the former liquor store space and make other safety-related improvements in the building. Oleson said his estimate of $750,000 to $800,000 for the project is higher than his first estimate with some material costs expected to increase due to recently announced tariffs. Oleson told the council the project specs do not seek the most high-end materials, but rather call for durable, good quality materials. The council approved the bid packet. Bids will be read on July 24 and call for the project to be completed by Dec. 21.

The council then had second readings, and approved, three ordinances relating to zoning and development. Two ordinances impact property in the Snow addition, south of Kibble Equipment where Frontier Labs plans to build a facility. First was an ordinance to annex—or bring into the city—the property as Snow 4th Addition. The second ordinance called for platting Snow 4th Addition. The third ordinance was for a zoning change from multi-family to residential, for Lot 4, Block 1 of Mathiowetz 3rd Addition. The change was requested by property owner Dean Mathiowetz who said he has not been able to sell the property for multi-family use and would like to build a house there.

The next regular meeting of the Sleepy Eye City Council is Tuesday, July 10 at 7 p.m.