Mayor Pelzel's monthly column.

Our Christmas and holiday season is certainly going to be made bright this year with the efforts of two Sleepy Eye organizations. Their efforts show the tremendous accomplishments that a community working together can produce. The following committee leaders and their volunteers will add so much to our community during this special season.

The effort being made again this year by Sleepy Eye Holiday Lights in Motion is nothing short of impressive. That group of volunteers is transforming Sportsmen’s Park into what promises to be an even greater display extravaganza this year. We acknowledge Mike Suess, Shari Hittesdorf, Sandy Brinkman, Bob Shabert, Shaun Heiderscheidt, Boots Remus, Dave McDowell, Jon Reiderer, Scott Vaubel, Mary Ann Christiansen and Pat and Ann LaCourse, who make up the Holiday Lights in Motion Committee, for their inspiring and untiring work. But we also note that they couldn’t do this without the support of many, many volunteers. And all of them are supported by tremendous donors who make this effort financially possible. They are also aided by Zinniel Tree Service, Brown County REA and the City of Sleepy Eye whose donations of boom trucks and operators make the aerial portion of the display possible. Hats off to everyone involved.

Main Street will also take on a most festive look and a new glow thanks to the efforts of the Downtown District Committee. That committee is made up of Kathy Krenz, Nichole Krenz, David and Sara Hunter, Sean Connolly, William and Chloe Breczinski and Christi Currier. This committee and additional volunteers will be decorating four downtown buildings, adding to the spirit of the season. They have planned, and you won’t want to miss, a special tree lighting ceremony in Veteran’s Memorial Park at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2. This will be a new treat for the community.

Some of you tuned in to the Community Access channel to watch the October City Council meeting. Each Council meeting will be broadcast from now on and unless there is a special circumstance, meetings are always scheduled for the second Tuesday of the month, promptly at 7 p.m., beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance. I haven’t heard of anyone who fell asleep watching the last Council meeting.

City representatives have been in serious negotiations with a new business hoping to locate on property on the Snow Farm. Should these negotiations end positively, the business would be a great addition to our community and provide some good jobs as well. There is an ongoing effort seeking to recruit new businesses to our community.

Keep in mind that if the City did not have the land, there would be reduced ability to negotiate with any potential business that would bring new jobs, additional tax revenue and increased economic activity to our community.