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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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Rita Ann Heusinkveld

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Rita Ann Heusinkveld Rita Ann Heusinkveld, age 75, of Spring Valley, Minn., was received by the Lord, Wednesday morning, March 20, 2013, at the Spring Valley Care Center following a lengthy illness. Rita was born July 12, 1937, in Lanesboro, Minn ..... 
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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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Birthday Announcement - Corbin John Keim

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Social Scenes

Corbin John Keim Jeremy and Tonya Keim of Spring Valley, Minn. are proud to announce the birth of their son, Corbin John Keim. Corbin was born March 10, 2013, weighed 8 lbs. 11 oz and was 20 1/2 inches long. He joins brothers, Cowan and Carter at h ..... 
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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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Kingsland will be featured in EDTECH Magazine

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Features

The Kingsland School Board met Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kingsland conference room with a full agenda. All members were present as well as Superintendent McDonald. All consent agenda items were approved including February ..... 
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Dorothy L. Fisch

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Dorothy L. Fisch Dorothy Louise (Burns) Fisch, age 88, of Rochester, MN passed away February 21, 2013 at Shorewood Retirement Community in Rochester. She was born November 5, 1924 in Walsenburg, Colorado, the daughter of Joseph Bryan & Esther ( ..... 
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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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June I. Stender

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

June I. Stender, long-time Spring Valley resident, died Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at Seasons Hospice with family at her side. She and her twin sister, Jean, were born April 10, 1932, in Stewartville, Minn., to Boyd and Helen (Russell) Lenz. She ..... 
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