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Spring Valley City Council cleans up old business at meeting


Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

One of the oldest issues that the Spring Valley City Council addressed at its most recent meeting was the passage of an ordinance that provides for the regulation, maintenance and occupancy of rental housing in Spring Valley. According to the ordinance the public health will be protected, as well as the safety and the general welfare of the people of the city. It will protect the character and stability of residential areas within the city. It will also correct and prevent housing conditions that adversely affect or are likely to adversely affect the life, safety, general and welfare and health including standards for cooking, heating, and sanitary equipment necessary to the health and safety of occupants of buildings. Minimum standards for the maintenance of existing residential buildings will be provided in the ordinance to prevent slums and blight and to preserve the value of land and buildings throughout the city.

Before the action was taken Janelle Roe spoke to the Council and had several questions regarding the implementation of the ordinance so she, as a property owner, can plan ahead regarding charges and cycles of approval.

The seven-page document was discussed at great length and then came the motion to approve. There were four “yes” vote and the one dissenting vote was cast by Todd Jones. Jones was contacted after the meeting and was asked about his vote. He told the Fillmore County Journal that he believes it’s the wrong time for passing ordinances such as the Rental Ordinance. He continued to say, “I just don’t feel comfortable in passing this when we have other issues that need the council’s attention.”

It was unclear as to when the ordinance will go into effect, but when it does it will cost $25 per year starting in February.

The council and city officials thanked Librarian Dianne Swenson-Sikkink for the years she served our community and held an open house on Wednesday. Hiring of a new librarian will be approved for Jennifer Simon.

The council approved the labor and material for a public restroom to cost $58,060. The city can save $4,900 if city staff can do some of the work themselves. Those items by city staff includes excavating, sand and rock fill, paint allowance, landscaping allowance, trash removal and final cleanup. The bid was awarded to Bruce Kraut Construction, LLC of Spring Valley.

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Tue, Apr 29th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Clement “Casey” Mackori Clement “Casey” Mackori (Savage, Minn.) originally from Kenya, Africa was born May 18, 1977. He was a beloved husband, father, and faithful friend who died unexpectedly from a brain bleed on Thursday, April 23 at the ..... 
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Kingsland board approves formation of Facilities Task Force

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

The Kingsland school board met on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 in the district conference room. All school board members were present as well as Superintendent McDonald. Consent agenda items approved included the board agenda, April 2014 bills, polic ..... 
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Minar O. Therneau

Tue, Apr 22nd, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Minar O. Therneau, age 88, of Spring Valley, Minn. died Saturday April 19, 2014 at his home. Minar Otis Therneau was born on June 1, 1925, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Otis and Emily (Bussell) Therneau. He lived with his parents and his brother Glod ..... 
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Spring Valley ambulance director to retire August 15

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council heard a presentation by Brian Hoff of Fillmore County that furnished information on the 2014 levy and the effect it will have on taxes. Meeting at 5:30 was the Board of Review to give the public an opportunity to questi ..... 
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Margaret E. Isenberg

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Margaret E. Isenberg died Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at the Spring Valley Care Center.  She was born Margaret Elizabeth Thompson, daughter of Elmer and Mary Jane (Adams) Thompson in Goldfield, Iowa on November 22, 1926. On August 30, 1947, Margaret ..... 
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Kingsland early childhood programs

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Education

Kingsland School Age Child Care (SACC) Kingsland School Age Child Care (SACC) is the childcare program located on site in the elementary school in Spring Valley. This program serves students preschool through 5th grade 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost ..... 
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Carol E. Hamersma

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Carol Hamersma, age 66, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Tuesday April 1, 2014 at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, Minn. She was born April 14, 1947 in Spring Valley to Albert and Ella (Jensen) Musel. She was the youngest daughter of 12 siblin ..... 
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Carol E. Hamersma

Thu, Apr 3rd, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Carol Hamersma, age 66, of Spring Valley, Minn. died Tuesday April 1, 2014 at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, Minn. She was born April 14, 1947 in Spring Valley to Albert and Ella (Jensen) Musel. She was the youngest daughter of 12 siblin ..... 
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