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Spring Valley Council “Talks Trash”


Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

A regular meeting of the Spring Valley city council was held July 27 with all members present. A citizen, Luann, had signed up to address the council. She said, ”I have a complaint about Waste Management, about not getting service” and she went on to explain that on several occasions her trash hasn’t been picked up when scheduled, and that she’s called Waste Management several times and been assured it would be picked up, but it hasn’t been. Council members said that WM’s calls are often answered at a remote call center, and that better results are obtained by calling the local (Rochester) Waste Management District Office at 884-2903. Any citizens having problems with WM are encouraged to use this number.

The council also addressed two properties still not in compliance with the city’s “Junk Ordinance” regarding vehicles on their property. Police Chief Tim Rasmussen said, “There’s no change on the two (properties with inoperable vehicles) we’re working on, they’re still not operable”. One of the property owners was in attendance, and asked why the vehicle is required to be operable. Mayor Struzyk explained this is according to the city ordinance, and after some discussion, the council voted to give until the next council meeting for that vehicle to be operable. Regarding the other property owner and vehicle, Chief Rasmussen said the owner has been in Canada for a couple of weeks, and that the vehicle has no tabs, and is not yet registered in the property owner’s name. The council directed Chief Rasmussen to have the vehicle towed away to the impound lot on July 28.

The council discussed a list of concerns from the city attorney, Scott Springer, regarding the contract proposed by the attorney for the O’Connell’s regarding their planned purchase of the former elementary school lot. He mentioned several concerns related to possible liability issues for the city, and he suggested that the O’Connell’s attorney be asked to make the changes to the contract as Springer requests. He summarized in his letter that if the changes are not made, “…these are deal breaker concerns for me. If the city is going to have liability ties to this property, then you might as well continue to own it.” The council chose to follow Springer’s advice and ask the O’Connell’s attorney to change to contract as described.

The council addressed the Fire Relief Actuarial Service Proposal. Deb Zimm .....
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Spring Valley junk hearing held

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

Spring Valley city council met in regular session on July 13. Members present were Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. Prior to the regular meeting, the council held a public hearing for Junk Ordinance Vi ..... 
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Spring Valley to increase sewer rates

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council dealt with two main issues at the June 22 regular meeting. The first issue was a proposed increase in the city’s sewer rates. City Administrator Deb Zimmer stated, “This is just a slight increase” (of 2% to the ..... 
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Spring Valley capital improvement plan discussed

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on June 8, with all members present. Mike Bubany gave an Excel spreadsheet presentation showing the various projects Spring Valley aims to complete within the next five to ten years, including L ..... 
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Spring Valley approves ambulance management contract

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

On May 11, the Spring Valley City Council met at 5 p.m. to consider a proposed agreement between Gold Cross Ambulance Service and the city of Spring Valley. A regular council meeting followed at 6 p.m. Members present were Tony Archer, Todd Jones, ..... 
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Spring Valley “junk ordinance” being enforced

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on April 27, with all members present. Minutes of the previous meeting, and April accounts payable, were approved. A citizen, Paul Mittelstadt, addressed the council about the city’s “junk o ..... 
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Spring Valley contracts for EMS training

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

On April 13, the Spring Valley City Council met for annual Board of Review at 5:30 p.m., followed by the regular council meeting. Members present were Tony Archer, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, Jeff Vehrenkamp, and Administrator Deb Zimmer. The ..... 
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Mitchel Lentz wins a seat on the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The ballots are in, which means the votes are in, as well. In the ripple effect that started with Tom Kaase winning the November 2014 election to be named the Sheriff of Fillmore County, Kaase’s seat as Commissioner for District 1 became an open ..... 
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Bids accepted for Spring Valley Industrial Park project

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on March 23, attended by all members (Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, Jeff Vehrenkamp, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer). Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Tom Wente g ..... 
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