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Kingsland facility costs mulled


Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Kingsland School Board met on July 18 in regular session, with all members present (Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, Kristin Beck, Troy Asher, Gwen Howard and Ann Oeltjen, along with Superintendent John McDonald).

Jeff Erding addressed the board, stating in part, “In view of the fact that we now have the scope of work pretty well figured out on all of our three options, I would like to suggest tonight that we have a couple of “town hall meetings” to inform and gather input from citizens. He said he understands there is a time constraint, but added, “We need to put something in front of the people that has a good chance of passing; we need 51%.” He said Citizens United could help pay for facility rental if needed for such town hall meetings, as well as publicity.

The bulk of the meeting was a presentation by Paul Younquist, who presented facility cost estimate data compiled by the architectural firm ARY (Architects Rego & Youngquist) and Knutson Construction. Youngquist gave and explained twenty pages of “blueprints” and financial estimates for the three options Kingsland is considering. Option #1 is to discontinue use of the Wykoff school, and locate all district program at the Spring Valley campus. This option would cost roughly $13.5 million. Option #2 is to keep existing district programs at their current campuses and complete all maintenance items. This option totaled roughly $13.5 million as well. The third option is to remove the most costly parts of the Wykoff school and build back spaces to maintain current programs. Option #3 totaled roughly $16.5 million.

Youngquist also explained that they considered Kingsland using the vacant “ALCO building” for the Early Childhood program and Alternative Learning Center program. In this case, the total estimated cost for Option #1 would be about $12.5 million, Option #2 roughly $13 million, and Option #3 roughly $16 million. Youngquist also offered his opinion that if the board chooses to hold “town hall meetings.” they perhaps should be to inform the public of what the board has decided, rather than to seek input, because there have already been many meetings and opportunities for public input. There was discussion of the “time crunch” that the board is under regarding making a decision on anything that will be put to voters this fall, and the various deadlines involved in such referendums.

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Spring Valley moving ahead with street repairs

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, May 23, 2016. All members were in attendance (Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, Jeff Vehrenkamp, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer). The council approved minutes of the May 9 meet ..... 
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Spring Valley approves bond sale for street project

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, May 9, 2016. Members in attendance were Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Jeff Vehrenkamp, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. Bill Bires was absent. The council approved minutes of the Apri ..... 
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Spring Valley ambulance trailer use discussed

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, April 25, 2016. Members in attendance were Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. Jeff Vehrenkamp was absent. Ben Schlaak addressed the council o ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council & Board of Review

Mon, Apr 18th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 5:30 p.m., with all members in attendance: Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, Jeff Vehrenkamp, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. The annual Board of Review meetin ..... 
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Spring Valley Council hears audit report

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 6 p.m. with all members in attendance: Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, Jeff Vehrenkamp, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. The main topic on the agenda was pres ..... 
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Spring Valley accepts bid for Fremont/Lyndale project

Mon, Mar 21st, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 6 p.m. Members in attendance were: Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Jeff Vehrenkamp, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. Bill Bires was absent. A Special Assessment Hearing ..... 
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Spring Valley ambulance issues discussed

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 6 p.m. Members in attendance were: Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. Jeff Vehrenkamp was absent. Follo ..... 
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Spring Valley garbage pickup explained

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 6pm. All members were in attendance: Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, Jeff Vehrenkamp and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. Following the Pl ..... 
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