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Spring Valley discusses pool-related issues


Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Features

By Gary Peterson

“The Spring Valley Swimming Pool has a leak and is losing 7,000 gallons a day through the bottom of the pool.” Park Director John Fenske brought the problem to the City Council on Monday night. He said that he will probably be exceeding his budget because of several pool related issues, and that the Council only has a couple of options, one of which is to close the pool, or to monitor the situation and make the necessary repairs during the down season. He said that he has been checking it for some time now and it has an approximate level of water loss, 7,000 gallons. Fenske arrived at that number after he filled the pool at night and then measured the loss the next morning.

There is also an issue with the skimmers that filter debris from the water and this might require a new pump which would cost about $30,000. Because of the leak, it is necessary to treat the additional water with chemicals and that is expensive as well. Mayor Struzyk expressed his feelings about closing the pool and he is against that option. The pool issue will be discussed at the next Council meeting in two weeks.

At the Council meeting June 25 the Rental Ordinance Public Hearing was held and discussion of the ordinance was again brought up by the Mayor. He said that the majority of people that attended the hearing were owners of rental property and there were few if any renters present. He said he would like to see the renters express their opinions.

Bill Bires said that he knows of at least three formal complaints filed by renters about their living conditions in some rental property. And there was discussion back and forth among the Council members that perhaps the junk ordinance would cover many of the complaints or the state Fire Marshall could be brought in to respond to complaints. This step would probably have some costs connected to it. There weren’t any decisions made and it will undoubtedly appear on the agenda at a future date.

Rochester Sand & Gravel was awarded their bid to resurface the parking lot at South Park. The bid was $37,570. Deb Zimmer noted that the money is on hand to do the project.

Ambulance Director Jim Cooper appeared before the Council and said, “The situation with weekend call has finally reached the critical stage.” He said that twice this past weekend “we had time slots with only one person on the schedule.” According to Cooper, these o .....
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Work on South Broadway in Spring Valley is underway

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on June 11, 2012, and approved the first pay request to Elcor Construction Company of Rochester. $212,313.60 was approved for the South Broadway construction project. As the work proceeds this su ..... 
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Loretta A. Tart

Mon, Jun 11th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

LORETTA A. TART, age 92, of rural Spring Valley, Minn., died Wednesday morning, June 6, 2012, at the Stewartville Care Center. Loretta was born April 28, 1920, the daughter of Gustave and Augusta (Winters) Bornfleth in Forestville Township, ..... 
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Spring Valley approves four liquor licenses

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley All

The Spring Valley City Council met on Wednesday and accepted the resignation of Dave Schopper’s from the Street Department. The Council thanked Schoppers for the many years he was employed by the city. As a result of his resignation the Council wi ..... 
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New Fillmore County officer in Spring Valley

Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley All

As reported from the Spring Valley City Council meeting on May 14, a new officer will be on duty from the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Daryl Jensen informed the Council that Deputy Samantha Keasling will be filling in for Kevin Beck i ..... 
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Large crowd attends Spring Valley City Council meeting to hear decision on Off-Sale Liquor License Ordinance

Mon, May 21st, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley All

It was standing room only at the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Monday night. Over a dozen people were there to hear the City Council make a decision on revising the Off-Sale Liquor License Ordinance to permit more than one Off Sale in the Ci ..... 
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Lorraine R. Prohaska

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Lorraine R. Prohaska, age 88, of Spring Valley died Monday May 07, 2012, at Ostrander Care and Rehab in Ostrander, MN where she had resided for a little over a year. She was born April 19, 1924, at her parent’s home in Forrestville Towns ..... 
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Christine Lundeen-Holmen

Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Christine (Terri) Lundeen-Holmen, age 54, of Spring Valley, MN, joined the Lord Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at her home. Christine was born May 26, 1957, in St. Paul at Mounds Park Hospital. She was raised by her parents Kenneth and Charlott ..... 
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Spring Valley discusses liquor license change

Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley All

By Gary Peterson The Spring Valley City Council met on Wednesday night, April 18, and spent a good portion of the evening listening to citizen input on several matters. The first was a Public Hearing on an Ordinance Change which would allow two O ..... 
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