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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 meeting was held first, with information provided by Brian Hoff, Property Appraiser for the Fillmore County Assessor’s Office.

Hoff presented data on the rules and duties of the Board, and a Fillmore County 2016 Assessment Summary, including house rates, county land values, a valuation summary by taxing district, new construction values, and new construction history. The handout showed 246 residential sales and twelve commercial sales. He pointed out that his data showed “a pretty significant decrease in (farm) land values”, and he gave a chart comparing Fillmore and eleven nearby counties.

One citizen asked why his home has increased in value from $115,000 to $135,000 when nothing has changed regarding this home in many years, and he asked how much his taxation will now increase. Hoff explained the process used to determine valuation, and the process for appealing such decisions. He said, “As far as taxes, if everything stayed the same, if we were talking the same levy rates as we are currently, being that your value went up, yes, the taxes would go up. Exactly how much, it all depends on the city, the county, and the school district.” He also pointed out that the Truth in Taxation meetings will be held in November or December.

The board was given information regarding two decreased valuations that they needed to consider for approval. The Mike Wiersma property was to decrease from $79,700 to $62,000, and the old Olmstead Medical Building was to decrease from $305,700 to $185,500. After discussion, the board unanimously approved these. The Board of Review meeting adjourned about 6:07 p.m.

The city council meeting opened shortly thereafter, with a light agenda. No visitors had signed up to address the council. The council approved prior minutes and preliminary accounts payable, then discussed Resolution 2016-18, Resolution for Quarterly Ambulance Write-offs. The council voted to OK the resolution as submitted, with a bad debt write-off totaling $15,471.03.

Deb Zimmer shared info on an upcoming training Wednesday, April 27. It is the SEMLM annual meeting, to be held in Elgin. The council meeting adjourned about 6:20 p.m. The next regula .....
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Sue Ann O’Groske

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Sue Ann O’Groske, age 60, Of Spring Valley died Friday April 8th at Mayo Clinic – Methodist Campus. She was born November 17, 1955 in Spring Valley and grew up in Ostrander. She graduated from LeRoy- Ostrander HS. Susie was diagnosed with agg ..... 
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Correction

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

The March 21 issue of the Fillmore County Journal incorrectly listed the Bolton-Menk representative who addressed the Spring Valley City Council as Brian Malm, when it was actually Bryan Holtz. We apologize for this error.

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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Donna Garnatz

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

Memorial services for Donna Garnatz will be held 6:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at the Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley, MN. Burial will take place in the Etna Cemetery. Visitation will be held 4:00-6:00 P.M. on Tuesday at the funeral home. D ..... 
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Birth Announcement

Mon, Mar 28th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Social Scenes

Calvin Kayden Jones Keim Jeremy and Tonya Keim of Spring Valley are proud parents of a baby boy, Calvin Kayden Jones Keim. He was born February 29, 2016, weighed 8 lb 5 oz., and was 20.25 inches long. Calvin joins his big older siblings, Cowan, C ..... 
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Terry L. Brusse

Wed, Mar 23rd, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Terry L. Brusse, age 59, of rural Cherry Grove, Minn., died peacefully, Monday, March 21, 2016, at his home. Terry was born November 6, 1956, in Preston the son of Calvin and Stella (Nagel) Brusse. He was raised in the Cherry Grove area where he ..... 
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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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Arlyne Evelyn Seaton

Thu, Mar 17th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Arlyne Evelyn Seaton, age 95, of Spring Valley, Minn., passed away Wednesday evening, March 16, 2016, at the Spring Valley Care Center where she had been a resident for the past three years. Arlyne was born in Winneshiek County, Iowa, on Septembe ..... 
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