Report on June 12 City Council meeting.

The first item on City Manager Mark Kober’s report at the Tuesday evening, June 12 City Council meeting, was an announcement of his intention to retire—in early 2019—after nearly 18 years with the City of Sleepy Eye. Kober read from a letter he presented to the council members indicating he looks forward to finishing the city hall renovation project and helping his successor with the 2020 Street and Utility Project kick off. (See Kober’s letter in box.)

Mayor Wayne Pelzel said he acknowledged Kober’s retirement announcement, with regret, and thanked him for his service. Pelzel said he and Kober and PUC Chairperson, Bob Weiss, interviewed two professional search firms and recommend hiring David Drown and Associates to conduct the search for a new city manager. The council approved. Mayor Pelzel then appointed Kober, the city councilors and PUC members to serve on a committee to conduct interviews, with Pelzel as chairman. He said the city council would make the final decision.

Other council business:

•Councilor Joann Schmidt reported the Park Board discussed citizens’ request for a dog park and proposed creating one west of the shelter at Eagles Park—the city providing land and water, with citizens arranging for a fence and caring for the park.

•Heard that the City Hall bid package was delayed and set noon June 27 special meeting to consider approval.

•Approved Dean Mathiowetz’s request to rezone property from multi-family to residential.

•Approved Library Director Andy Kelton’s request to utilize up to $15,000 of Lola Robertson’s $50,000 bequest to the library to create a Makerspace. (Read about it in Kelton’s newspaper column next week.)