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Spring Valley City Council talks chickens


Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Gary Peterson

The Spring Valley City Council met on March 25th and started off the meeting by opening the Public Hearing on the proposed Chicken Ordinance. Mayor Struzyk opened the hearing by saying; “there is a need for regulation of the chickens as they have started to move into the city.” The ordinance spells out what property owners who raise chickens need to do to be in compliance. The ordinance was drafted based on examples from other cities such as Rushford.

A half a dozen people gave their opinions and had some questions regarding such issues as distances from adjoining property and when they need to have a permit and when one is not needed. Denise Caldwell of 601 Hillcrest said her lot was 205 feet deep and 82 feet wide. She asked if she required a permit and City Administrator Deb Zimmer indicated that despite all the maps there will be no need to be all that accurate if the neighbors don’t complain. The distance is 150 feet and anything less than that will need approval. Another property owner from the north section said that chickens “make wonderful pets. They are clean and love to be petted!”

Concern was also voiced about the chicken’s safety from two hawks that have been seen in the neighborhood. One person said that the chicken coops will have to be constructed with a roof over the structure to discourage the hawks.

There was a minimum amount of discussion by the Council. Tony Archer stated, “we need to start somewhere and see where it goes.” He motioned for approval and the new chicken ordinance was passed with all members voting “aye.”

The audit review was presented by Smith Schafer Associates and it showed a positive position for the city.

•The General Fund unassigned fund balance equals 120 percent of the annual general fund expenditures.

•There is also a Capital Improvement fund balance of $754,090 available for future capital needs.

•LGA (Local Government Aid) provided $797,702 while property taxes provided $892,543 in 2012 revenue.

•All debt service funds are being adequately funded and all outstanding bonds are being paid on a timely basis,

•Revenues in the City’s five utilities are generally keeping pace with rising operating expenses, servicing all debt requirements and developing needed reserves for future capital projects, although Water Fund exhausted .....
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Spring Valley discusses EMT Incentives

By Kevin Blanchard

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Barb Jeffers Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Carnegie Building. Council members present were Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, Tony Archer, and Jeff Vehrenkamp. Absent was Todd Jones. City Administrator Deb ..... 
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Spring Valley looks at transportation issues

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Transportation Director of SEMCAC appeared before the Spring Valley City Monday night to discuss the possibility of increased transportation services in the Spring Valley area. Erlene Welshons is the Transportation Director for SEMCAC and she s ..... 
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Spring Valley SCDP preliminary proposal approved

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday night and took up several issues. Michelle Vrieze appeared before the council and discussed the Small Cities Block grant. She said that the city should know in June if the proposal of $539,750 is approved ..... 
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Spring Valley may receive Economic Development Grant

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Gary Peterson Spring Valley could be receiving $265,000 from the State of Minnesota in the form of an Economic Development Grant. The money is a result an extension of the Rochester .5 percent sales tax. The citizens of Rochester approved the ba ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council organizes for 2013

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Government

It was mostly routine business at the Spring Valley City Council meeting Monday night. There were the usual approval of new year items. The city had recently asked for bids on materials to build a bridge for the trails over the creek by the ambul ..... 
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Spring Valley discusses CR 1

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Gary Peterson Fillmore County Commissioner Chuck Amunrud appeared before the City Council with a proposed agreement between the County and the City which outlines a cooperative effort to re-route and upgrade CR 1 in Spring Valley. Amunrud said ..... 
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Highway 16 will get a facelift

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Government

Highway 16 between Spring Valley and Preston will be getting resurfaced beginning in early June 2013. Information about the project was given to the public at an open house held on December 6th, 2012 at the Spring Valley Community Center. In atten ..... 
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Rep. Greg Davids receives Minnesota Ambulance Association Award

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Government

(Spring Valley, MN) State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) was recently presented with the ambulance industry’s prestigious “Legacy Award” for his record of strong support for rural Emergency Medical Services policies at the Minnesota L ..... 
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