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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 base rate and 3% to the usage fee). She also reminded the Council that the rate hadn’t increased since October 2013, and said that due to increased costs, the City needs to increase rates, and she favors “trying to inch it up a little at a time rather than taking a big jump”. The Council approved Resolution 2015-25, increasing the base rate to $17.18 and the “per 1000 gallon” rate to $4.14. This will be effective with the September 1, 2015 billing.

Next, the Council discussed the Staff Proposal for Unused PTO Buyback, which had been briefly discussed at the previous City Council meeting. Zimmer summarized, “What they’re proposing is to discontinue the Short Term Disability and do a buyback of PTO hours”. The staff proposal states that the discontinuation of Short Term Disability would save the City $2244 per year. It also proposes a buyback system in which “Employees that have reached the maximum carryover of PTO the buyback up to 40 hours at a rate of 75%. Currently for the employees that have reached the maximum PTO carryover this would cost the City $2340 (maximum of 40 hours buyback). The potential cost to the City would be $3360 if all eligible employees received a buyback of 40 hours”.

Council member Jeff Vehrenkamp asked how many employees are at the maximum PTO carryover amount. Zimmer answered, “Three, possibly four”. Council member Todd Jones asked, “So really, it’s not going to cost us?” Zimmer replied, “No, it’s kind of a wash”. The Council voted unanimously to approve the change as outlined in the Staff Proposal.

The Council then approved the hiring of Travis Wilcox for the EMT crew. Chad Hindt (Streets Director) gave an update on crack-filling, and explained how it is determined which cracks are fixed, and how it is done. Troy Lange (Fire Chief) stated that the grain rescue equipment has arrived, and training on its use has been completed.

Council member Bill Bires asked if the City could save money by mowing less on the sides of the trail. John Fenske and Zimmer explained the current mowing process, in which two mowers go out together (for safety purposes). Fenske also said if the City mows less, there .....
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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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Who will be the next District 1 Commissioner?

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

Q & A with candidates vying for open Fillmore County District 1 Commissioner seat on March 31, 2015. Of 11,930 registered voters in all five districts of Fillmore County, District 1 has the most number of registered voters -- at 2,650. The question ..... 
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Who will be the next District 1 Commissioner?

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

Q & A with candidates vying for open Fillmore County District 1 Commissioner seat on March 31, 2015. Of 11,930 registered voters in all five districts of Fillmore County, District 1 has the most number of registered voters -- at 2,650. The question ..... 
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