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Spring Valley 2017 levy set


Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Rich Wicks

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, September 12, 2016. Members in attendance were: Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. Jeff Vehrenkamp was absent. The council approved minutes of the previous meeting, and Preliminary Accounts Payable. No visitors had signed up to speak to the council.

Zimmer spoke about Resolution 2016-26, Resolution Adopting Preliminary Levy. She and Mayor Struzyk pointed out that once it’s set, “you can always go down, but you can’t go up”. Zimmer said the levy will need to be decided upon at either this meeting or the next. She presented a comparison of operating budgets for the city’s various departments and funds for budget years 2010 through 2017, and pointed out, “The reason I did your comparison of multi-year for the operating is, the departments are really not increasing their operation; they’re trying to be more efficient.” She said it’s the capital expenditures and street projects that are responsible for budget increases. After discussion, the council voted unanimously to approve Resolution 2016-26 as submitted, setting the total levy at $1,125,118.

The council also heard details on a request for additional 800mhz radios to be ordered for the Fire Department. Using county grant funding, the request is to order radios at a total cost to the city of $9,826.90. The city had previously OK’d spending up to $7,000. Following discussion of the need for the additional radios, the council OK’d spending $9,826.90.

The council approved the Industrial Park Expansion Final Pay Estimate of $75,209.36, and the Lyndale/Fremont Improvement Pay Estimate of $188,196.33. The council also OK’d a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the Spring Valley Public Utilities Main Substation Expansion (Resolution 2016-25), as outlined in the public hearing on August 31. Zimmer also shared a resolution that will be considered at the September 26 meeting. It is to raise sewer rates by $.85 to the base rate and $.21 per 1,000 gallons, bringing the new rates to a base rate of $18.03 and $4.34 per 1,000 gallons. If approved, these rates will go into effect January 1, 2017.

Zimmer also shared a letter of appreciation that Spring Valley received from Minnesota Energy. It thanks the city and residents for cooperation during the seven-month process of upgrades to the natural gas distribution syste .....
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Spring Valley’s new “coffee time” place

Mon, Sep 5th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Features

Anytime can be “coffee time” in Spring Valley since Wayne and Joanie Musel have opened the doors of Comforts of the Past August 15, 2016. The idea of sharing her gifts came to Joanie in 2013 when employment conditions changed and Wayne began th ..... 
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Love of steel guitar provides 65-year career for Barb Mosher

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Features

The first time Barb Mosher saw a steel guitar when she was a little girl, she was hooked. She was visiting the new chick hatchery in Spring Valley and a musician was there playing his steel guitar. She sat down in the front row and didn’t move u ..... 
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Spring Valley Capital Improvement plan discussed

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, August 22, 2016. All members were in attendance: Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, Jeff Vehrenkamp and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. The council approved minutes of the previous me ..... 
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Kingsland sets ballot for November 8

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Kingsland School Board met on August 15 in regular session. Members present were Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, Kristin Beck, Gwen Howard and Ann Oeltjen, along with Superintendent John McDonald. Troy Asher was absent. The board unanimously appro ..... 
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Spring Valley hires EMTs, sets public hearing

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, August 8, 2016. Members were in attendance were Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. The council approved minutes of the previous meeting, and Preliminary Acc ..... 
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Kingsland to put facility referendum on ballot

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

August 3, a special meeting of the Kingsland School Board was held to consider the operational costs associated with the facility options being proposed. All board members were present (Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, Kristin Beck, Troy Asher, Gwen Howar ..... 
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Pauline M. Carson

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Obituaries

Pauline M. Carson Pauline M. Carson, age 86, of Spring Valley, Minn., died Friday July 22, 2016 at the Spring Valley Senior Living, where she had resided for seven weeks. Pauline was born April 22, 1930 in Rural Fillmore County to Edward and Len ..... 
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Kingsland facility costs mulled

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Kingsland School Board met on July 18 in regular session, with all members present (Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, Kristin Beck, Troy Asher, Gwen Howard and Ann Oeltjen, along with Superintendent John McDonald). Jeff Erding addressed the board, s ..... 
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