You will never guess what came up at the City Council meeting Tuesday night.
You will never guess what came up at the City Council meeting Tuesday night. I’ll give you a hint. It has to do with Main Street.
If you guessed “crossing Main Street” you are right. The engineer’s report is usually given by Dave Palm, but he couldn’t be there. His colleague from Bolton & Menk, Shaun Luker, attended the meeting and gave the report. He barely got started talking about a few items that need to be completed on the Highway 14 project, when questions and concerns bubbled up from citizens and council members.
I kind of felt sorry for him. “Welcome to Sleepy Eye . . . we are not happy.” Someone on the council—maybe it was Mayor Pelzel—said something like, “sorry to shoot the messenger.” Shaun listened and both the engineering firm and the city can pass concerns on to MnDOT. It’s their project after all.
Obviously everyone is concerned about safety. People had concerns about crossing for pedestrians and also for vehicles when drivers find it difficult to see traffic approaching their intersection. Another mentioned that the parking lanes are narrow, making it difficult to get out of your car. The speed of vehicles, especially semis, remains a concern.
I think most people agree the highway looks very nice and drives smoothly. I understand it all takes some getting used to. And, of course, we are all responsible to look around carefully when we open our car door from a parking space, or when we begin to walk or drive across Main Street.
Last month, the City Council had to go into a closed session to hear about the possibility of litigation against the city by a city employee. Matters like this are not open meetings and I don’t know what it is about.
I hoped there would something to report on the matter. But it seems there isn’t. The City Attorney politely told me she could not comment.
So . . . you know how when information is not available, a person feels compelled to speculate? That’s how I feel. This is purely my speculation. I’m going to rely on that old adage, “no news is good news.” No one can tell me the matter is resolved, but no one can tell me there will be a lawsuit. I’m going to hope that a good resolution of the issue is near.
I’m going to end on a much lighter note. I had a very delightful visit with Rhoda Dietz and her children last week. She made 100 years look good. She was easy to visit with—had no problems hearing me, enjoyed telling me about growing up in Sleepy Eye, and raising her family and doing volunteer activities. I hope the family celebration they had over the weekend was a delight for her.